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Institutional Ethics Review Board
Institutional Ethics Review Board



JNU is a research university which takes pride in exploring the frontier areas of knowledge and research. A number of studies pursued in JNU involve participation of human subjects. Speech and language deficit in cases of neurological damage, aphasia studies, dyslexia and developmental disorders of language, SLI, acquisition in children with normal / delayed onset of speech and language, heritability of voice patterns etc are some of the areas being currently pursued. The National Centre of Applied Human Genetics at SLS and number of other Centres/Schools have a number of projects involving human subjects. In view of the above, JNU Executive Council vide its resolution no. 5.3. dated 3/09/08 approved the constitution of Institutional Ethics Review Board (IERB-JNU) to review all research proposals involving human subjects, submitted by faculty members and research students.

Orientation Program: a report

Constitution of IERB
Institutional Ethics Review Board for research on Human subjects was constituted vide resolution no. 5.3 of the Executive Council meeting held on 3rd Sept 2008, as per ICMR guidelines, to review all research proposals submitted by the faculty members and also M.Phil / Ph.D research involving human participants. The tenure of the Chairperson and the Member- Secretary is five years while for the members on the panel is three years from the date of appointment.


A.  Constitution of IERB- JNU as approved by the JNU EC is as follows:

  1. Chairperson
  2. Scientist from Medical Practice (External)
  3. Scientist from Basic Sciences (External)
  4. Scientist from Basic Sciences (Internal, JNU)
  5. Social Scientist / Philosopher / Social Activist (External)
  6. Social Scientist / Philosopher / Social Activist (Internal, JNU)
  7. Advisor, Member of ethics review board of another Institution (ICMR, AIIMS, ICGEB )
  8. Legal Advisor (External)
  9. Legal Advisor (Internal, JNU)
  10. Lay Persons (one or two)
  11. Member - Secretary (JNU)


A panel of names in each one of these categories was also approved by the EC in the same meeting of the 3rd Sept 2008, as per ICMR guidelines for research on human subjects. Since 2008 several project proposals and M.Phil/ Ph.D research proposals were reviewed by committees constituted by the Chairperson involving at least one person from each category as specified in A above.

A fresh panel of names in each one of the categories was approved by the EC in its meeting held on 5th April 2011, vide resolution number 6.22.  Since the Chairperson, Prof R.N.K.Bamezai has joined MVDTU, Jammu as Vice Chancellor, the name of Prof Shiv K.Sarin, Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, is approved as Chairperson for a period of five years from the date of appointment. Prof R.N.K.Bamezai continues to be a member of the IERB as indicated in category 4 below, i. e. as Researcher from Basic sciences (internal). For the sake of continuity the panel also includes names of some of the earlier members for another term.  Every category has a panel of four to five names so that at least one from each category may be included while constituting a committee for a specific project review meeting.

B.  The panel names in each category for a period of three years w.e.f. 21.12.2023


  1. Prof. Amit Dinda, MD Department of Pathology, AIIMS, New Delhi


Member Secretary (optional) (Affiliated)


  1. Dr. Sushil Kumar Jha, SLS


Basic Medical Scientist[Affiliated/Non-Affiliated]

  1. Prof. Alok C. Bharti, Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Delhi, New Delhi
  2. Prof. Praveen Kumar Verma, SLS, JNU, New Delhi
  3. Prof. Neel S. Bhawesh, ICGEB, New Delhi
  4. Prof. Rakesh Kumar Tyagi, SCMM, JNU. New Delhi


Clinician [ Affiliated/Non-Affiliated]

  1. Dr. P.K. Gulati, Dr. Gulati Imaging Institute, Hauz Khas New Delhi
  2. Dr. Govind Makharia, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, AIIMS, New Delhi
  3. Dr. S.C. Malik, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi
  4. Dr. Sameer Gulati, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi


Social Scientist [Affiliated/Non-Affiliated]   

  1. Dr. Nemthianngai Guite, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, SSS, JNU
  2. Dr. Bhaswati Das, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, SSS, JNU


Socially Aware Person (under Lay-Person category) [Affiliated/Non-Affiliated]

  1. Dr. Dervesh Gopal, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi


Legal Expert[s] [Affiliated/Non-Affiliated]

  1. Mr. Sandeep Mahapatra, Advocate, The Supreme Court of India, New Delhi


Tenure :

Every member in the panel will have a tenure of three years, after which a fresh panel of three names in the same category will be submitted to the EC, JNU so that one out of the three may be appointed in place of the retiring person. For the sake of continuity the Chairperson and the Member- Secretary will have a term of five years.

Terms of Appointment

As per ICMR guidelines, the appointee will be informed of the rights and duties of the committee. and that the external members will receive honorarium for every consultative meeting held on the campus.


The ERC will meet at least once in two months/twice every semester or more if required, to review all the applications including proposals for M.Phil/Ph.D. research; also including research proposals submitted by the faculty involving human subjects for any kind of data.  The internal members of the committee will screen the proposals before they are circulated to the external members. The presence of Minimum five persons including the Chairperson and Member Secretary will be mandatory to conduct a meeting.


Once the IERB is satisfied that the study is in no way harmful to the subjects under study, the committee will issue an Ethical Clearance Certificate, valid for the period of study specified.

The committee will also advise the researcher about the "informed consent" to be obtained from the subjects, and "confidentiality" to be maintained vis-a-vis subjects.

Minutes of the Institutional Ethics Review Board Meeting to discuss SOP held on 29th November 2014

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.