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RAJIV GANDHI INSTITUTE OF PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY ACT

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 54 of 2007


  • Chapter I
  • Chapter II
  • Chapter III
  • Act nº 54 of 2007

Chapter I

Section 1. Short title and commencement

(1)This Act may be called the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology Act, 2007.

(2) It shall come into force on such date1 as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act.

1. Enforcement date appointed as 1st day of June, 2008 by the Notification No : SO1244(E) dated 28.05.2008.


Section 2. Declaration of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology as an institution of national importance

Whereas the objects of the institution known as the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Jais, District -- Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh are such as to make the institution one of national importance, it is hereby declared that the institution known as the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology is an institution of national importance.

Section 3. Definitions

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,--

(a) "appointed day" means the date appointed under sub-section (2) of section 1 for coming into force of this Act;

(b) "Board" means the Board of Governors of the Institute constituted under sub-section (1) of section 5;

(c) "Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the General Council;

(d) "Director" means the Director of the Institute appointed under section 20;

(e) "fund" means the fund of the Institute to be maintained under section 24;

(f) "General Council" means the General Council established under sub-section (1) of section 15;

(g) "Institute" means the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology incorporated under section 4;

(h) "President" means the President of the Board appointed under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 5;

(i) "Registrar" means the Registrar of the Institute referred to in section 21;

(j) "Senate" means the Senate of the Institute referred to in section 17;

(k) "Society" means the Rajiv Gandhi institute of Petroleum Technology Society, Jais, District -- Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860; and

(l) "Statutes" and "Ordinances" mean, respectively, the Statutes and Ordinances of the Institute made under this Act.

Chapter II

Section 4. Incorporation of Institute

The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property and to contract, and shall, by that name, sue and be sued.

Section 5. Constitution of Board of Governors

(1) With effect from such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, there shall be constituted by the Central Government for the purposes of this Act, a Board to be known as the Board of Governors consisting of the following members, namely:--

(a) the President to be appointed by the Central Government in such manner as may be provided by the Statutes:

Provided that the first President shall be appointed by the Central Government on such terms and conditions as it deems fit, for a period not exceeding six months from the date the first Statutes comes into force.

(b) the Director of the Institute, ex officio;

(c) two persons from the Board of Directors of the promoting companies to be nominated by the Central Government.

Explanation.-- For the purposes of this clause, promoting companies mean those companies contributing to the endowment fund referred to in section 25;

(d) one Professor of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur to be nominated by the Director of that Institute;

(e) five eminent experts in the field of petroleum technology covering the entire hydrocarbon value chain having specialised knowledge or operational experience in respect of education, research, engineering and technology to be nominated by the General Council, in consultation with the Director of the Institute;

(f) two Professors of the Institute to be nominated by the Senate of the Institute; and

(g) one representative of the graduates of the Institute to be nominated by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association.

(2) The Registrar of the Institute shall act as the Secretary of the Board.

(i) The Board shall ordinarily meet four times during a calendar year.

Section 6. Term of office of, Vacancies among, and allowances payable to, members of Board

(1) Save as otherwise provided in this section, the term of office of the President or any other member of the Board, other than ex officio members shall be three years from the date of his appointment or nomination thereto.

(2) An ex officio member shall cease to be a member of the Board as soon as he vacates the office by virtue of which he is a member of the Board.

(3) The term of a member nominated to fill a casual vacancy shall continue for the remainder of the term of the member in whose place he has been nominated.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, an outgoing member shall, unless the Central Government otherwise directs, continue in office until another person is nominated as a member in his place.

(5) The members of the Board shall be entitled to such allowances, if any, from the Institute, as may be provided for in the Statutes, but no member other than the member referred to in clause (f) of section 5 shall be entitled to any salary.

Section 7. Vesting of properties

On and from the appointed day and subject to the other provisions of this Act, all properties which had vested in the Society immediately before that day, shall, on and from that day, vest in the Institute.

Section 8. Effect of incorporation of Institute

On and from the appointed day,--

(a) any reference to the Society in any contract or other instrument shall be deemed as a reference to the Institute;

(b) all the rights and liabilities of the Society shall be transferred to, and be the rights and liabilities of, the Institute; and

(c) every person employed by the Society immediately before the appointed day shall hold office or service in the Institute by the same tenure, at the same remuneration and upon the same terms and conditions and with the same rights and privileges as to pension, leave, gratuity, provident fund and other matters as he would have held the same if this Act had not been passed, and shall continue to be so unless and until his employment is terminated or until such tenure, remuneration and terms and conditions are duly altered by the Statutes:

Provided that if the alteration so made is not acceptable to such employee, his employment may be terminated by the Institute in accordance with the terms of the contract with the employee or, if no provision is made therein in this behalf, on payment to him by the Institute of compensation equivalent to three months' remuneration in the case of permanent employees and one month's remuneration in the case of other employees.

Section 9. Functions of Institute

The Institute shall perform the following functions, namely:--

(i) nurture and promote quality and excellence in education and research in the area of petroleum and hydrocarbons;

(ii) provide for programmes and courses of instruction and research leading to the award of the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in engineering and technology, management, sciences and arts in the area of petroleum and hydrocarbons;

(iii) grant, subject to such conditions as the Institute may determine, degrees, diplomas, certificates or other academic distinctions or titles at various academic levels to candidates who have attained the prescribed standard of proficiency as judged on the basis of examination or on any other basis of testing and evaluation and to withdraw any such degrees, diplomas, certificates or other academic distinctions or titles for good and sufficient reasons;

(iv) confer honorary degrees or other distinctions and to institute and award fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, prizes and medals;

(v) lay down standards of admission to the Institute through an examination or any other method of testing and evaluation;

(vi) fix, demand and receive fees and other charges;

(vii) manage the content, quality, design and continuous evaluation of its academic and research programmes in a manner that earns accreditation of an international stature;

(viii) promote research and development for the benefit of oil, gas and petrochemical industry through the integration of teaching and research;

(ix) foster close educational and research interaction through networking with national, regional and international players in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry;

(x) co-operate with educational and research institutions in any part of the world having objects wholly or partly similar to those of the Institute by exchange of teachers and scholars, conduct of joint research, undertaking sponsored research and consultancy projects, etc;

(xi) organise national and international symposia, seminars and conferences in the area of petroleum and hydrocarbons;

(xii) establish, maintain and manage halls, residences and hostels for students;

(xiii) create academic, administrative, technical and other posts and to make appointments thereto;

(xiv) lay down conditions of service including a code of conduct for teachers and other categories of employee's;

(xv) supervise, control and regulate the discipline of all categories of employees of the Institute and to make arrangements for promoting their health and general welfare;

(xvi) supervise and regulate the discipline of students and to make arrangements for promoting their health, general welfare and cultural and corporate life;

(xvii) frame Statutes and Ordinances and to alter, modify or rescind the same;

(xviii) deal with any property belonging to or vested in the Institute in such manner as the Institute may deem fit for advancing its objects;

(xix) receive gifts, grants, donations or benefactions from the Central and State Governments and to receive bequests, donations, grants and transfers of movable or immovable properties from testators, donors, transferors, alumni, industry or any other person;

(xx) borrow money for the purposes of the Institute with or without security of the property of the Institute;

(xxi) integrate new technology in the classroom to encourage student-centric learning strategies and the development of an attitude for learning;

(xxii) develop and maintain an information resource centre of print and non-print knowledge resources in the field of petroleum sector covering the entire hydrocarbon value chain as well as other related areas of science and technology;

(xxiii) provide for further education to the working professionals and other employees of the Institute in the advanced areas of technology relating to oil, gas and complete hydrocarbon value chain; and

(xxiv) do all things, not specifically covered above, as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects of the Institute.

Section 10. Powers of Board

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board shall be responsible for the general superintendence, direction and control of the affairs of the Institute and shall exercise all the powers not otherwise provided for by this Act, the Statutes and the Ordinances, and shall have the power to review the acts of the Senate.

(2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), the Board shall--

(a) take decisions on questions of policy relating to the administration and working of the Institute;

(b) lay down policy regarding the duration of the courses, nomenclature of the degrees and other distinctions to be conferred by the Institute;

(c) institute courses of study and to lay down standards of proficiency and other academic distinctions in respect of the courses offered by the Institute;

(d) lay down policy regarding the cadre structure, qualification, the method of recruitment and conditions of service of the teaching and research faculty as well as other employees of the Institute;

(e) guide resource mobilisation of the Institute and to lay down policies for investment;

(f) consider and approve proposals for taking loans for purposes of the Institute with or without security of the property of the Institute;

(g) frame Statutes and to alter, modify or rescind the same;

(h) consider and pass resolutions on the annual report, the annual accounts and the budget estimates of the Institute for the next financial year as it thinks fit together with a statement of its development plans; and

(i) do all such things as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the aforesaid powers.

(3) The Board shall have the power to appoint such committees as it considers necessary for the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties under this Act.

(4) The Board shall have the power to establish campus and academic centres at any place within or outside India:

Provided that no campus or academic centre shall be established outside India without prior approval of the Central Government.

(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 4, the Board shall not dispose of in any manner, any immovable property of the Institute without prior approval of the Central Government.

(6) The Board may, through a specific resolution to this effect, delegate any of its powers and duties to the President, Director, any officer or any authority of the Institute subject to reserving the right to review the action that may be taken under such delegated authority.

Section 11. Institute to be open to all races, creeds and classes

(1) The Institute shall be open to persons of either sex and of whatever race, creed, caste or class, and no test or condition shall be imposed as to religious belief or profession in admitting students, appointing teachers or employees or in any other connection whatsoever.

(2) No bequest, donation or transfer of any property shall be accepted by the Institute which in the opinion of the Board involves conditions or obligations opposed to the spirit and object of this section.

Section 12. Teaching at the Institute

All teaching and other academic activities at the Institute shall be conducted by or in the name of the Institute in accordance with the Statutes and the Ordinances made in this behalf.

Section 13. Visitor

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

(2) The Visitor may appoint one or more persons to review the work and progress of the Institute and to hold inquiries into the affairs thereof and to report thereon in such manner as the Visitor may direct.

(3) Upon receipt of any such report, the Visitor may take such action and issue such directions as he considers necessary in respect of any of the matters dealt with in the report and the Institute shall be bound to comply with such directions.