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. V.P. Kamboj, Ex-Director, CDRI and 
Honorary Scientist, INSA
Central Drug Research Institute
C/o Division of Endocrinology
Chattar Manzil, Post Box. No. 173
Lucknow – 226 0011

 

Chairman

2.

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

 

Member

3.

Dr. Raj Kumar, Professor & Head
Respiratory Allergy & Applied Immunology
Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, VP Chest Institute and
Head, Dept. Pulmonary Medicine
Faculty of Medical Sciences
University of Delhi, Delhi -110 007

Member

4.

Prof. A.N. Radha, Director 
Institute of Technical Training and Research
Apex Academy, Ruckmini Building
253-54, Ramnagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra

 

Member

5.

Dr. Girish S. Sahni              
Director, Institute of Microbial Technology
Sector 39A, Chandigarh – 160 036

 

Member

6.

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

 

 Member

7.

Dr. J. Nagaraju, Staff Scientist& Chief     
Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics
4-87/1, ECIL Road
Nacharam, Hyderabad – 500 076

 

Member

8.

Dr. Anjali A. Karande                  
Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Indian Institute of Science, Maleswaram
Bangalore – 560 012

 

Member

9.

Dr. D.P. Tiwari             
Professor, Department of Animal Nutrition
College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology
Pant Nagar - 263145
Uttarakhand

 

Member

 10.

Dr. A.K. Panda, Staff Scientist VI            
Product Development Cell
National Institute of Immunology
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg
New Delhi – 110 067

Member

11.

Dr. Dilip K. Dey, Scientist,                    
Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwavidhyalaya (BCKV), 
P.O. Krishi Vishwavidhyalaya, Mohanpur,
Dist. Nadia, West Bengal – 741 252


Member

12.

Dr. Raj Bhatnagar                  
Group Leader, Insect Resistance
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
P.O. Box No. 10504
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi – 110 067

 

Member

13.

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

14.

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

 

Member

15.

Dr. B.C. Viraktamath                  
Project Director
Directorate of Rice Research
Rajendra Nagar
Hyderabad - 500030, A.P.

 

Member

16.

Dr. I.S. Katageri           
Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding (Cotton)
Advanced Centre for Cotton Research
Agricultural Research Station
 Dharwad Farm, Dharwad – 580 007
Karnataka

 

Member

17.

Dr. S.S. Gosal              
Additional Director of Research, and
Prof. of Biotechnology cum Head
School of Agricultural Biotechnology
Punjab Agricultural University
Ludhiana, Punjab- 141004

 

Member

18.

Dr. Jay G. Varshney                     
Director
Directorate of Weed Science Research (DWSR)
(ICAR), Maharajpur
Adhartal, Jabalpur - 482004, M.P.

 

Member

19.

Dr. K.C. Bansal, Scientist,                
National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB),
IARI Campus, Pusa, New Delhi – 110 012.

 

Member

20.

Dr. K.V. Prabhu        
Head, Division of Genetics and
Officer-in-Charge, National Phytotron Facility
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
Pusa , New Delhi – 110 012

 

Member

21.

Dr. Tapan Chakrabarti         
Acting Director
National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)
Nehru Marg, Nagpur –  440 020

 

Member

22.

Dr. S.K.D.Majumdar                   
Principal Scientist
Division of Crop Protection
Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research
Raibareli Road, P.O. Dilkusha
Lucknow - 226 002, U.P.

 

Member

23.

Dr. S.K. Sharma

(Nominee, NBPGR)

Director,National Burea of Plant Genetic Resources(NBPGR)

Pusa Campus,New Delhi - 110 012

Member

24.

Dr. K.C.Jain                         
(Nominee, ICAR)
Asstt. Director General (CC)
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi – 110 001

 

Member

25.

Nominee, CSIR

 

Member

26.

Dr. K. Satyanarayana      
(Nominee, ICMR)
Scientist-G and Head
Division of P&P & RHN
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Ansari Nagar, Post Box No.4911
New Delhi – 110 029

 

Member
27.

Dr. Ranjini Warrier   
(Nominee MoE&F / GEAC)
Member Secretary, GEAC & Director, CS Division
Ministry of Environment & Forests,                              
Paryavaran Bhawan, C.G.O. Complex,
Lodi Road, New Delhi - 110 003

 

Member
28.

Dr. Satyapal Shani, Nominee DCG (I)           
Drugs Controller General of India
Directorate General of Health Services
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi - 110 011  

 

Member
29.

Dr. V.P. Gupta, Scientist-G          
DBT

 

Offical Member
30.

Shri S. Sinha,Scientist-G        
DBT

 

Offical Member
31.

Dr. S.R. Rao, Scientist-G          
DBT

 

Offical Member
32.

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

 

Member Secretary
33.

Ms. Rajalakshmi Muralidharan          
Scientist-D, DBT

 

Co-Member Secretary

 

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 manuals 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 (IBSC).

 

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, strip trials 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) or 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, can 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 the DBT of specific projects for furthering the cause of generating specific biosafety data related to use of GMOs and strengthening infrastructure facilities & dissemination of 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 S&T (IC) and DOPT (IC), PMO.

 

Sd/
                                                                             (Rajalakshmi Muralidharan)
                                                            Scientist-D &
Co-Member Secretary, RCGM