Each consultancy project has a Principal Investigator (PI) who is a faculty member/scientist in the service of the Institute and is responsible for :
- Formulating the project proposal which may include planning of the work to be done, estimating costs according to the guidelines provided in the Institute regulations, if identifying other faculty member(s)/ scientist(s) in the service of the Institute to work as Co-investigators of the project and identifying technical staff for assistance, if required.
- Co-ordination and execution of work.
- Associating students, outside experts and external agencies, as and if required.
- Handling all communications with the client.
- Writing intermediate and final reports for the project.
- Making recommendations to the Dean (SRIC) regarding expenditure from the project funds and remuneration to be paid to faculty, staff and students.
The client (sponsoring organization) usually approaches the Institute for consultancy work through a faculty member or a functionary of the Institute (i.e. Head of the Department, Dean SRIC or Director). When a faculty member is approached for the work, he will be the Principal Investigator . If he does not wish to be the Principal Investigator, the HOD/Centre will identify a suitable person as the PI. If the project is referred to a functionary, the Principal Investigator would be identified by the concerned HOD.
Normally the agreed charges of the project are to be deposited by the client, in full, before the work commences. However, this stipulation is negotiable. In cases where the work is started with only partial payment, the arrangement of balance payment will be clearly spell out in advance and approved by Dean (SRIC). All payment from clients will be received by the Registrar on behalf of the Institute , or Head of the Department, if accounts are maintained by the Department.
Principal Investigator will take approval of Dean (SRIC) for undertaking the consultancy project through the concerned Head of The Department.