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RGCB - Human Ethics Committee

The Human Ethics Committee (HEC) at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology operates in the framework prescribed by the Constitution of India as well the guidelines for research on human subjects set by the Indian Council of Medical Research ( and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India ( The HEC has two primary aims:

  • To protect the rights and welfare of human subjects and minimise the risk of physical and mental discomfort, harm and danger from research procedures;
  • To protect the rights of the researcher to carry out legitimate investigation as well as the Institute's reputation for the research conducted and sponsored by it;
Major Mandates of the RGCB-HEC
  • To consider the ethical implications of all proposed human research projects and determine whether or not they are acceptable on ethical grounds.
  • To monitor research projects until completion so that the committee may be satisfied that they continue to conform to approved ethical standards. The method of monitoring may vary from project to project.
  • To maintain a record of all proposed research projects preserved in the form in which they are finally approved.
  • To ensure, while promoting the advance of knowledge by research, that the rights of the subjects of research take precedence over the expected benefits to human knowledge.
  • To ensure that the adequacy and completeness of verbal and/or written information is provided to subjects, relatives, guardians or legal representatives.
  • To consider the extent of any reward, inducement or burden for participation in research projects.
  • To examine the method of subject recruitment and informed consent process.
  • To ensure that correct procedures relating to obtaining consent are observed.
  • To ensure that research projects take into consideration local cultural and social attitudes.
  • To give its own consideration to projects that involves research in more than one institution.
  • To require the investigators to disclose any previous decisions regarding the project, or a similar project, made by another Ethics Committee and whether the protocol is presently before another Ethics Committee.

The RGCB Human Ethics Committee comprises a panel of distinguished luminaries in various professional and social fields. The committee is chaired by Justice K.T. Thomas, former Honourable Judge of the Supreme Court of India. The complete list of members is given below:

Justice K. T Thomas
Former Honourable Judge, Supreme Court of India,
Muttambalam, Kottayam 686004
Dr. C. Adithan
Professor of Pharmacology
Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry
Dr. V. Ramankutty
Achutha Menon Centre for Health Sciences
Thiruvananthapuram 695011
Professor. P. M. Gopinath
Senior Scientist, Manipal Life Sciences Centre, Manipal University,
Manipal, 576 104,
Dr. K. E. Elizabeth
Professor. of Paediatrics
SAT Hospital, Medical College
Thiruvananthapuram 695011
Shri. T. Damu
Vice President
Indian Hotels Company Limited.
Taj Residency, Marine Drive,
Cochin 682 011
Dr. S. Rema Devi
[Former Professor of Sociology, Trivandrum Medical College]
Programme Consultant
International Clinical Epidemiology Network, CERTC, Medical College
Thiruvananthapuram 695 011
Shri. P Balagopal
Managing Director
I-2, Jawahar Nagar
Thiruvananthapuram 695 003
Dr. Girish Menon
Additional Professor of Neurosurgery
Sree Chitra Thirunal Institue of Medical Sciences (SCTIMST)
Thiruvananthapuram 695 011
Ms. Vimla Menon
Secretary, Cheshire Home
Kawdiar Post
Thiruvananthapuram 695 003
Dr. K. Ramadas
Additional Professor & Chief
Head & Neck Oncology
Regional Cancer Centre
Thiruvananthapuram 695 011
Dr. Sanil George
(Member Secretary)
Scientist C
Chemical Biology Group
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology