Reviewing System in vogue at ICMR is outlined in the above Chart.
The President of the Governing Body of the ICMR is the Union Minister
for Health & Family Welfare, the Health Secretary being the
The Governing Body comprises eminent scientists / public health experts
as also elected members of the Parliament.
Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the ICMR is the highest technical
body which reviews the work of ICMR (in its totality) and advises
the ICMR on both short term and long term research policies, strategies,
thrust areas of research etc.
of the ICMR Institutes / Centres has, a Scientific Advisory Committee
(SAC) which comprises of experts (subject specialists) in the specific
areas of research undertaken by the specific Institute/Centre. The
full SAC meets at least once a year while the members interact with
the Institute throughout the year.
of the five Technical Divisions at the ICMR Hrs. (Epidemiology & Communicable
Diseases, Non-communicable Diseases, Reproductive Health and Nutrition,
Basic Medical Sciences and Publications & Information) has a Scientific
Advisory Group (SAG) which meets annually and is composed of experts
in the respective fields. The SAGs essentially review the extramural
activities of the concerned Divisions, and also deliberate on the
linkages between intramural and extramural research activities.
reports of the SACs of Institutes and SAGs of Technical Divisions
of ICMR headquarters are placed before the SAB for its consideration,
while the report & recommendations of the SAB are placed before
the Governing Body. The Government of India constituted Review Committees
which looked into the working of the ICMR from the scientific, administrative
and financial angles, including the working conditions of staff etc.
in the late 1960s and the early 1980s. The last Reviewing Committee
of the ICMR submitted its report in 1984.