Quinquennial Review Team (QRT)

The ICAR has established a tradition of Quinquennial Reviews (QRs) to provide a mechanism of transparency and accountability to the Governing Body of the ICAR. QRs are the responsibility of the ICAR and are conducted for the institution once every five years (each institute/ unit is expected to facilitate the QRT so that the report is finalized and submitted to the competent authority one year prior to the start of each Five-Year Plan). As each institution is functionally independent, QRs serve as an essential component of the monitoring and accountability system of the ICAR. The five-year review (achievement audit) is essential for monitoring the progress of research, its relevance and excellence, and for providing guidelines to the ICAR for taking steps for the fulfillment of the mission and goals of the institutes and other units supported by it. The purpose of the independent review is to help the Governing Body of the ICAR to assess contributions made by each one of its institutes/units, and to evaluate its constraints, potentials, strategies, and plans in scientific research and management of the program. It is thus both retrospective and prospective. The review should be viewed as a joint venture of the ICAR headquarters and the concerned institute/unit. It is the means for each unit to share its past achievements and problems with the ICAR headquarters, and to develop strategies and plans for the future. For conducting the Quinquennial Review, the ICAR will appoint a Committee of experts with an outstanding scientist as its Chairman. The review will be conducted in accordance with the guidelines approved by the Governing Body of the ICAR.


Research Advisory Committee (RAC)

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is the apex research committee of the Directorate to assess and evaluate the research programs. The committee plays a catalytic role in improving the ongoing research and advises the administration on matters of policy pertaining to research at the Institute. It has the following functions 1)To suggest research programmes based on the national and global context of research in the thrust areas. 2)To review the research achievements of the Institute and to see that these are consistent with the mandate of the Institute.3) Any other function that may be assigned to it by the Director of the Institute or The Director-General, ICAR.


Institute Research Committee (IRC)

The Institute Research Committee (IRC) is the main technical monitoring mechanism of research projects in the Institute. The director is the chairman of IRC and all scientific staff members are members and one scientist is designated as a Member (Secretary). The IRC generally meets once a year and monitors the ongoing research projects in the Institute.


Institute Management Committee (IMC)

  • Periodical review of the progress of development schemes
  • Consideration of the proposal for the annual budget
  • Consideration of items of expenditure which are beyond the powers of the Director of the Institute
  • Policy issues relating to the Institute, including the rights and obligations of staff
  • Consideration of action taken on the recommendations of the grievance Cell And Institute Joint Council.
  • Any other items, as may be desired by the Director or other members of the committee or as may be required to be considered as per delegation of powers as directions of the Governing Body whether contained in any manual, orders issued, resolution passed or other instructions approved by the Governing Body, and
  • Such powers may be delegated by the Governing Body to enable the management Committee to administer the funds allocated and approved.


Institute Technology Management Unit (ITMU) & Institute Technology Management Committee (ITMC)

In the three-tier IP management in ICAR, various primary activities such as disclosure of IP contemplated or generated, patent/IPR/prior art search, patent/IPR application writing, filing of applications at the concerned granting authorities, pre-grant and post-grant follow-up, offering /advertising for commercialization, commercializing, license fee/royalty collection, benefit sharing, etc. are to be handled in the Institute level technology management units (ITMU). The ITMU will discharge day-to-day functions for the management of the IPR portfolio and commercialization of IPR-enabled ICAR technologies. The decision support system to ITMUs is provided through the Institute Technology Management Committee (ITMC).

ITMU acts as a facilitating and supporting unit to identify emerging technologies and manage the IP portfolios of the institute. The unit scrutinizes and processes the cases brought before it for filing of patent applications. ITMU will address the issues under IP regime and technology transfer as governed by the Institute Technology Management Committee (ITMC) following ICAR policy guidelines.



  • To pursue all IP protection, maintenance, and transfer/commercialization-related matters at the institute level following ICAR guidelines and any other administrative or policy decisions taken in ICAR from time to time.
  • To seek any specific case-to-case basis advice/ assistance from the Zonal Agro-Technology Management Centres (ZTMCs) at the zonal level or the Agro-Technology Management Centre (ATMC) at the ICAR headquarters to pursue objective 1.