Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM)

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REVIEW COMMITTEE ON GENETIC MANIPULATION

COMPOSITION

 

S. No.

Name, Designation and Address

Position

1.

Dr. B. Sesikeran
Director
National Institute of Nutrition (NIN)
Tarnaka
Hyderabad 500 007

 

Chairman

2.

Dr. A.K. Kondapi
Professor, Laboratory for Molecular Therapeutics
Dept. of Biotechnology
School of Life Sciences
University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad - 500046

 

Member

3.

Dr. A.C. Mishra
Director
National Institute of Virology
20-A. Dr. Ambedkar Road
P.B. No. 11
Pune - 41 1 001

 

Member

4.

Prof. S.V. Chiplunkar
Scientist-H
Chairperson, Academic & Training Programme
Principal Investigator, Chiplunkar Lab
Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC)
Tata Memorial Centre, Sector-22, Kharghar
Navi Mumbai - 410 210

 

Member

5.

Dr. Madhu Dikshit
Head - Pharmacology Division
Central Drug Research Institute
Chattar Manzil Palace
Lucknow -226 001
Uttar Pradesh

 

 Member

6.

Dr. Sarala K. Subbarao
Consultant, Vector Science Forum, ICMR, Delhi,
Formerly Director, National Institute of Malaria Research, Delhi
13/704 East End Apartments
Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension
Delhi-110092

 

Member

7.

Dr. Rajesh S. Gokhale,
Director
Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
Delhi University Campus
Mall Road
Delhi-110007

 

Member

8.

Dr. P. Kondaiah
Professor & Chairman
Deptt. of Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics
Indian Institute of Science
Maleswaram
Bangalore - 560 012

 

Member

 9.

Dr. K.V. Prabhu
Head, Division of Genetics
Indian Agricultural Research Institute
Pusa
New Delhi 110 012

Member

10.

Dr. P.K. Gupta
Hon. Emeritus Professor & INSA Senior
Scientist, Molecular Biology Laboratory
Dept. of Genetics and Plant Breeding
Ch. Charan Singh University
Meerut - 250 004


Member

11.

Dr. S.J. Rahman
Principal Scientist & Head
AICRP on Biological Control of Crop
Pests and Weeds
Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University
Rajendranagar
Hyderabad - 500 030

 

Member

12.

Dr. T. Mohapatra
Director
Central Rice Research Institute
Cuttack
Orissa - 753 006

 

Member

13.

Dr. Kantipudi N. Babu
Project Coordinator
All India Coordinated Research Project on Spice
Indian Institute of Spices Research
P.B. No. 1701, Marikunnu P.O.,
Kozhikode (Calicut)
Kerala 673012

 

Member

14.

Dr. R. Saikumar
Project Director
Directorate of Maize Research
Pusa Campus
New Delhi-110012

 

Member

15.

Dr. S. Solomon
Director
Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research
Raebareli Road
Lucknow-226 002
Uttar Pradesh

 

Member

16.

Dr. K.S. Varaprasad
Project Director
Directorate of Oilseeds Research
Rajendranagar
Hyderabad-500 030

 

Member

17.

Dr. K.C. Bansal
Director
National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources
IARI Campus, Pusa
New Delhi 110 012

 

Member

18.

Nominee
lndian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
Krishi Bhawan
New Delhi - 110001

 

Member

19.

Prof. Ram Rajasekharan
(Nominee, CSIR)
Director
Central Food Technological Research Institute,
Mysore - 570 020

 

Member

20.

Dr. Vijay Kumar
(Nominee, ICMR)
Scientist-F and Head (BMS)
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Ansari Nagar, Post Box No.4911
New Delhi- 110 029

 

Member

21.

Nominee (MoE&F / GEAC)
Ministry of Environment & Forests
Paryavaran Bhawan,
C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi - 110003

 

Member

22.

Nominee DCG (I)
The Drugs Controller General (lndia)
Directorate General of Health Services
Central Drug Standard Control Organization (CDSCO)
FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road
New Delhi - 110 002

 

Member

23.

Nominee (AYUSH)
Ministry of Health of Family Welfare
Deptt. of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy
Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)
Red Cross Building
New Delhi 110 001

 

Member

24.

Dr. B.K. Shukla,
Scientist-G
Nominee (DST)
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi 110 016

 

Member
25.

Dr. K.S. Charak
Scientist-G
DBT

 

Offical Member
26.

Dr. Bindu Dey
Scientist-G
DBT

 

Offical Member
27.

Mrs. Rajalakshmi Muralidharan,
Scientist-D, DBT

 

Offical Member
28.

Dr. K.K. Tripathi
Scientist-G, DBT

 

Member Secretary
29.

Dr. Nitin K. Jain
Scientist-D, DBT

 

Observer
30.

Dr. Amit Parikh
Scientist-C, DBT

 

Observer
31.

Dr. Rajneesh Gaur,
Scientist-C, DBT

 

Observer

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) OF RCGM

 

1.)As per the Rules for the manufacture, use. import, export & storage of hazardous microorganisms, genetically engineered organisms or cells, 1989 notified under the Environment (Protection)Act, 1986 and as amended from time to time, the Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM) shall function in the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) .

 

2.)RCGM shall monitor the safety related aspects in respect of ongoing recombinant DNA (r-DNA) projects and activities involving Genetically Engineered (GE) organisms/ hazardous microorganisms. All ongoing projects including high risk category and confined field experiments shall be reviewed by RCGM to ensure that adequate precautions and containment conditions are complied with as per the Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by DBT from time to time.

 

3.)The RCGM shall lay down procedures restricting or prohibiting production, sale, importation and use of such GE organisms or products thereof for research and applications as mentioned in the schedule of Rules, 1989.

 

4.)RCGM shall bring out rnanuals and guidelines specifying procedure for regulatory processes with respect to activities involving GE organisms in research, use and application including industry with a view to ensure safety to human, animal and environment health.

 

5.)The RCGM would issue the clearance letters/permits for import or exchange of genes, DNA fragments, vectors, plasmids, cosmids, etiologic agents and transgenic organisms or germplasm(s) including transformed calli, seeds, plants and plant parts for research use only. It will also take note of all such commercially available agents which are acquired from commercial sources through Institutional Biosafety Committee (lBSC).

 

6.)The RCGM shall be the regulatory body for receiving and reviewing the applications to conduct confined field trials (such as event selection trials, Biosafety Research Level I trials (BRL-I), pollen flow studies or any other trial involving GE organisms) and recommend appropriate studies to be conducted for data generation for biosafety assessment as per clause 4, as per the decision of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) for its authorization.

 

7.)The RCGM, on case-by-case basis, can authorize applicants to use bioreactors to produce sufficient material/end-products of GE organisms required for conducting pre-clinical studies and other relevant data generation including the use of capacity over and above as specified by Recombinant DNA Safety Guidelines, 1990. It will authorize to produce sufficient quantities of GE organism/plant product(s) for generating safety data in appropriate animals as per National and International Guidelines, as appropriate on case-by-case basis.

 

8.)The RCGM, if required, call generate, examine or invite the research projects, proposals for capacity building and training courses in biosafety, creation of information systems/data banks in electronic media, websites etc. for financial support and recommend the same to DBT for furthering the cause of generating specific biosafety data related to use of GMOs and strengthening infrastructure facilities & dissemination of information on biosafety rules, regulations and guidelines in the country.

 

9.)The RCGM may also invite, induct or appoint special experts in their individual capacities on a case by case basis.

 

10.)The RCGM may constitute subgroups of its members or subcommittees involving experts for specific functions or seek advice on specific matters from other external experts.

 

11.)The RCGM or its constituted subgroups/subcommittees may visit periodically the experimental sites where r-DNA projects and activities involving GE organisms/ hazardous microorganisms are being pursued to ensure that adequate safety measures have been taken as per the guidelines and compliance of SOPs.

 

12.)The RCGM shall maintain the classified/confidential business information provided by the applicants as confidential.

 

13.)The RCGM shall function for a period of three years from the date of notification.

 

14.)The RCGM shall meet once in a month or as and when required.

 

15.)The members of RCGM shall be paid TA/DA and honorarium as per the Government of India rules as applicable from time to time.

 

 

 

This issues with the approval of the Hon'ble Minister, Science and Technology and Earth Science.

 

Sd/
                                                                             (K.K. Tripathi)
                                                            Member Secretary, RCGM & &
Scientist-G, DBT