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Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 39 of 1974

  • Schedules
  • Act nº 39 of 1974



[Act, No. 39 of 1974]

[3rd September, 1974]


An Act to establish and incorporate a teaching University in the State of Andhra Pradesh and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

BE it enacted by parliament in the Twenty-fifth Year of the Republic of India as follows :

Section 1. Short title and commencement

(1) This Act may be called The University of Hyderabad Act, 1974.

(2) It shall come into force on such datea as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

Section 2. Definitions

In this Act, and in all Statutes made hereunder, unless the context otherwise requires,

(a) "Academic council" means the Academic Council of the University;

(b) "academic staff means such categories of staff as are designated as academic staff by the Ordinances;

(c) "Board of Studies" means the Board of Studies of the University;

(d) "Chancellor", "Vice-Chancellor" and "Pro-Vice-Chancellor" mean, respectively, the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University;

(e) "College" means a College maintained by the University;

(f) "Court" means the Court of the University;

(g) "Department" means a Department of Studies, and includes a Centre of Studies;

(h) "employee" means any person appointed by the University, and includes teachers and other staff of the University;

(i) "Executive Council" means the Executive Council of the University;(j) "Hall" means a unit of residence or of corporate life for the students of the University, College or Institution, provided, maintained or recognised by the University;

(k) "Institution" means an academic institution, not being a College, maintained by the University;

(l) "Principal" means the Head of a College or an Institution;

(m) "recognised institution" means an institution of higher learning recognised by the University;

(n) "recognised teachers" means person working in any recognised institution or in any Institution associated with the University and recognised by the University for the purpose of imparting instruction or conducting research or both;

(o) "School" means a School of Studies of the University;

(p) "Statutes", "Ordinances" and "Regulations" mean, respectively, the Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University for the time being in force;

(q) "teachers of the University" means Professors, Readers, Lecturers and such other persons as may be appointed for imparting instruction or conducting research in the University or in any College or Institution maintained by the University and designated as teachers by the Ordinances;

(r) "University" means the University of Hyderabad.

Section 3. The University

(1) There shall be established, in the State of Andhra Pradesh, a University by the name of "University of Hyderabad."

(2) The headquarters of the University shall be at Hyderabad and it may establish campuses at such other places within its jurisdiction as it may deem fit.

(3) The first Chancellor and the first Vice-Chancellor and the first members of the Court, the Executive Council and the Academic Council and all persons who may hereafter become such officers or members, so long as they continue to hold such office or membership, are hereby constituted a body corporate by the name of "University of Hyderabad."

(4) The University shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, and shall sue and be sued by the said name.

Section 4. Objects

The objects of the University shall be to disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in such branches of learning as it may deem fit and by the example of its corporate life, and in particular, to make special provisions for integrated courses in humanities and science in the educational programmes of the University and to take appropriate measures for promoting inter-disciplinary studies and research in the University.

Section 5. Powers of the University

The University shallhave the following powers, namely :-

(1) to provide for instructions in such branches oflearning as the University may, from time to time, determine and to makeprovision for research and for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge;

(2) to grant, subject to such conditions as the Universitymay determine, diplomas or certificates to, and confer degrees and otheracademic distinctions on the basis of examinations, evaluation or any othermethod of testing, on persons, and to withdraw any such diplomas, certificates,degrees or other academic distinctions for good and sufficient cause;

(3) to organise and to undertake extramural studies andextension services;

(4) to confer honorary degrees or other distinctions in themanner prescribed by the Statutes;

(5) to provide instruction, including correspondence andsuch other courses, to such persons as are not members of the University, as itmay determine;

(6) to institute Principal ships, Professorships,Readerships, Lecturerships, and other teaching or academic posts required by theUniversity and to appoint persons to such Principalships, Professorships,Readerships, Lecturerships or other posts;

(7) to recognise an Institution of higher learning for suchpurposes as the University may determine and to withdraw such recognition;

(8) to recognise persons working in any recognisedinstitution or in any Institution associated with the University for impartinginstruction or supervising research or both, and to withdraw such recognition;

(9) to appoint persons working in any other University ororganisation as teachers of the University for a specified period;

(10) to create administrative, ministerial and other postsand to make appointments thereto;

(11) to co-operate or collaborate or associate with anyother University or authority or institution of higher learning in such mannerand for such purposes as the University may determine;

(12) to establish such campuses, special centres,specialised laboratories or other units for research and instruction as are, inthe opinion of the University, necessary for the furtherance of its objects;

(13) to institute and award fellowships, scholarships,studentships, medals and prizes;

(14) to establish and maintain Colleges, Institutions andHalls;

(15) to make provision for research and advisory services;and for that purpose to enter into such arrangements with other Institutions orbodies as the University may deem necessary;

(16) to declare a College an Institution or a Department asan autonomous College or Institution or Department as the case may be;

(17) to determine standards for admission into theUniversity, which may include examination, evaluation or any other method oftesting;

(18) to demand and receive payment of fees and othercharges;

(19) to supervise the residences of the students of theUniversity and to make arrangements for promoting their health and generalwelfare;

(20) to make special arrangements in respect of womenstudents as the University may consider desirable;

(21) to regulate and enforce discipline among the employeesand students of the University and take such disciplinary measures in thisregard as may be deemed by the University to be necessary;

(22) to make arrangements for promoting the health andgeneral welfare of the employees;

(23) to receive donations and to acquire, hold, manage anddispose of any property, movable or immmovable, including trust and endowmentproperties for the purposes of the University;

(24) to borrow, with the approval of the CentralGovernment, on the security of the property of the University, money for thepurposes of the University;

(25) to do all such other acts and things as may benecessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of theobjects of the University.

Section 6. Jurisdiction

(1) The jurisdiction of the University shall extend to the whole of the State of Andhra Pradesh.

(2) No institution affiliated to or associated with or maintained by any other University in the State of Andhra Pradesh shall be recognised by the University of Hyderabad for any purpose except with the prior approval of the Government of the State of Andhra Pradesh and the concerned University.

Section 7. University open to all classes, castes and creed

The University shall be open to persons of either sex and of whatever race, creed, caste or class, and it shall not be lawful for the University to adopt or impose on any person any test whatsoever of religious belief or profession in order to entitle him to be admitted therein as a teacher or student, or to hold any office therein, or to graduate thereat or to enjoy or exercise any privilege thereof:

Provided that nothing in this section shall be deemed to prevent the University from making special provisions for admission of students of the weaker sections of the people and, in particular, of the Scheduled Casteg and the Scheduled Tribes.

Section 8. Visitor

(1) The President of India shall be the Visitor of the University.

(2) The Visitor shall have the right to cause an inspection to be made by such person or persons as he may direct, of the University, its buildings, laboratories and equipment, and of any college or Institution maintained by the University; and also of the examinations, teaching and other work conducted or done by the University and to cause an inquiry to be made in like manner in respect of any matter connected with the administration or finances of the University, Colleges or Institutions.

(3) The Visitor shall, in every case, give notice to the University of his intention to cause an inspection or inquiry to be made and on receipt of such notice, the University shall have the right to make such representations to the Visitor, as it may consider necessary.

(4) After considering the representations, if any, made by the University, the Visitor may cause to be made such inspection or inquiry as is referred to in sub-section (2).

(5) Where any inspection or inquiry has been caused to be made by the Visitor, the University shall be entitled to appoint a representative who shall have the right to be present and to be heard at such inspection or inquiry.

(6) The Visitor may, if the inspection or inquiry is made in respect of the University or any college or Institution maintained by it, address the Vice-Chancellor with reference to the result of such inspection or inquiry, and the Vice-Chancellor shall communicate to the Executive Council the views of the Visitor with such advice as the Visitor may be pleased to offer upon the action to be taken thereon.

(7) The Executive Council shall communicate through the Vice-Chancellor to the Visitor such action, if any, as it proposes to take or has been taken upon the result of such inspection or inquiry.

(8) Where the Executive Council does not, within a reasonable time, take action to the satisfaction of the Visitor, the Visitor may, after considering any explanation furnished or representation made by the Executive Council, issue such directions as he may think fit and the Executive Council shall comply with such directions.

(9) Without prejudice to the foregoing provisions of this section, the Visitor may, by order in writing annul any proceeding of the University which is not in conformity with this Act, the Statutes or Ordinances

Provided that before making any such order, he shall call upon the University to show cause why such an order should not be made, and, if any cause is shown within a reasonable time, he shall consider the same.

(10) The Visitor shall have such other powers as may be prescribed by the Statutes.

Section 9. Chief Rector

The Governor of the State of Andhra Pradesh shall be the Chief Rector of the University.

Section 10. Officers of the University

The following shall be the officers of the University :

(1) The Chancellor;

(2) The Vice-Chancellor;

(3) The Pro-Vice-Chancellor or, if more than one are appointed, the Pro-Vice-Chancellors.

(4) The Deans of Schools;

(5) The Registrar;

(6) The Finance Officer; and

(7) Such other officers as may be declared by the Statutes to be officers of the University.

Section 11. The Chancellor

(1) The Chancellor shall be appointed by the Visitor in such manner as may be prescribed by the Statutes.

(2) The Chancellor shall, by virtue of his office, be the Head of the University.

(3) The Chancellor shall, it present, preside at the convocation of the University held for conferring degrees.

Section 12. The Vice-Chancellor

(1) The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Visitorin such manner as may be prescribed by the Statutes.

(2) The Vice-Chancellor shall be the principal executiveand academic officer of the University, and shall exercise general supervisionand control over the affairs of the University and give effect to the decisionsof all the authorities of the University.

(3) The Vice-Chancellor may, if he is of opinion thatimmediate action is necessary on any matter, exercised, any power conferred onany authority of the University by or under this Act and shall report to suchauthority the action taken by him on such matter :

Provided that if the authority concerned is of opinion thatsuch action ought not to have been taken, it may refer the matter to the Visitorwhose decision thereon shall be final:

Provided further that any person in the service of theUniversity who is aggrieved by the action taken by the Vice-Chancellor underthis sub section shall have the right to appeal against such action to theExecutive Council within three months from the date on which decision on suchaction is communicated to him and thereupon the Executive Council may confirmmodify or reverse the action taken by the Vice-Chancellor.

(4) The Vice-Chancellor shall exercise such other powersand perform such other functions as may be prescribed by the Statutes orOrdinances.

Section 13. The Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Every Pro-Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed in such manner and shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be prescribed by the Statutes.

Section 14. Deans of Schools

Every Dean of a School shall be appointed in such manner and shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be prescribed by the Statutes.