CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute
(A premier R&D Institute in Electrochemistry)
Research Council

Research Council is the most important body in CSIR-CECRI whose mission is to improve decision making recruitment and public policy on R&D activities, increase public understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving electrochemical science and technology. The Research Council's independent, expert reports and other scientific activities inform policies and actions that have the power to improve the lives of people in India.

As suggested by the CSIR Rules and Regulations & Bye-Laws, the Research Council would be comprising of:

     I. Five external experts one of whom shall be designated as Chairman.

    II. Representatives of concerned Scientific Departments/Agencies of Govt. of India.

  III. Director of the laboratory.

   IV. Director/Senior Scientist from a sister Laboratory;

 Director-General or his representative shall be permanent invitee. Members at (i), (ii) and (iv) including the Chairman shall be nominated by Director-General. The Secretary of the Research Council shall be nominated by the Director. The Secretariat for Research Council shall be provided by the concerned laboratory. The term of nominated members of Research Council shall be for a period of three years. The Research Council shall meet not less than two times in a year


The Research Council shall:

  • Advise on the formulation of R&D programmes and future directions of activities of the laboratory keeping in view the Five Year Plans, national priorities and Emerging Technological opportunities.
  • Suggest networking with other CSIR National Laboratories on programmes of mutual interest.
  • Review R&D activities and research programmes and advise on future directions.
  • Advise on fostering linkages between the Laboratory, industry and potential clients.
  • Constitute Selection Committees and Assessment Committees/Peer Groups for selection, merit and assessment promotions of scientific staff.
  • Any other function as may be assigned by Director General/Governing Body.

The Proceedings of the Research Council shall be approved by its Chairman. In the absence of Chairman of RC, one of its members who presides the meeting as Chairman shall approve the proceedings of the said meeting. The Director-General may amend any of the decisions of the Research Council which shall be binding.



Professor K T Jacob

Emeritus Professor
Department of Materials Engineering
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore – 560 012
e-mail: katob[at]met.iisc.in


External Members


Professor M V Sangaranarayanan 
Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology 
Chennai – 600 036
e-mail: sangara[at]iitm.ac.in


 Professor S. Natarajan
 Framework Solids Laboratory
 Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit
 Indian Institute of Science
 Bengaluru - 560012


Professor V.S. Raja
Department of Metallurgical Ehgineering and Material Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology  Bombay
Powai, Mumbai - 400076


Professor Jayesh Bellari
Institute Chair Professor Chemical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Powai, Mumbai - 400076


Professor R. Murugavel
Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Powai, Mumbai - 400076

Agency Representative


Dr. R. Brakaspathy
Advisor/Scientist G
Department of Science and Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli road
New Delhi - 110016 

DG Nominee


Dr. Ashish lele
Polymers and Advanced Materials Laboratory
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory
Pune - 411008

Sister Laboratory


Prof Ram Rajasekharan
CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute
Mysore - 570020


Dr Vijayamohanan K Pillai
Karaikudi – 630 003
e-mail: director@cecri.res.in,  director.cecri[at]gmail.com 

Permanent Invitee

Head or his nominee
Planning and Performance Division
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Anusandhan bhawan,2,Rafi marg
New Delhi - 110001