Act No. of Year: ACT NO. 53 OF 1966
Date: [22nd December, 1966].
Act Objective: An
Act to establish and incorporate a university in Delhi. BE it
enacted by Parliament in the Seventeenth Year of the Republic of
India as follows:-
Short title and commencement. (1) This Act may be called the
Jawaharlal Nehru University Act, 1966.
shall come into force on such date 1* as the Central Government may,
by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.
ACT YEAR NO: 196653
1. Short title and commencement. (1) This Act
may be called the Jawaharlal Nehru University Act, 1966.
(2) It shall come into force on such date 1* as the Central
Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.
2. Definitions. In this Act, unless the
context otherwise requires,-
(a) "College" means
a college maintained by the University;
"Hall" means a unit of residence, by whatever name called, for
students of the University provided, maintained or recognised by it;
(c) "recognised institution" means an institution of
higher learning maintained or recognised by, or associated with, the
(d) "prescribed" means prescribed by
Statutes, Ordinances or Regulations;
"Statutes", "Ordnances" and "Regulations" mean, respectively, the
Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University made under
(f) "University" means the Jawaharlal
3. The University.
(1) There shall be constituted in the Union territory of Delhi a
University by the name of "Jawaharlal Nehru University".
(2) The first Chancellor and the first Vice-Chancellor of the
University and the first members of the Court, the Executive Council
and the Academic Council and all persons who may hereafter become
such officers of members so long as they continue to hold such
membership are hereby constituted a body
corporate by the name of "Jawaharlal Nehru University".
(3) The University shall have perpetual succession and a common
seal, and shall sue and be sued by the said name.
1. 22nd April, 1969: See Notification No. S.O. 1525, dated the 21st
April, 1969, Gazette of India, 1969, Pt. II, Sec. 3(ii), p. 1443.
4. Objects. The objects of the
University shall be to disseminate and advance knowledge, wisdom and
understanding by teaching and research and by the example and
influence of its corporate life and in particular the objects set
out in the First Schedule.
5. Powers of
the University. The University shall have the following powers,
(1) to provide for instruction including
the method of correspondence courses in such branches of learning as
the University may from time to time determine, and to make
provision for research and for the advancement and dissemination of
(2) to establish within the Union
territory of Delhi or outside that territory such Special Centres
and Specialised Laboratories and such other units for research and
instruction as are necessary for the furtherance of its objects;
(3) to organise and to undertake extra-mural teaching and
(4) to hold examinations and
grant diplomas or certificates to, and confer degrees and other
academic distinctions on, persons and to withdraw any such
diplomas, certificates, degrees or other academic distinctions for
good and sufficient cause;
(5) to confer honorary
degrees or other academic distinctions in the manner laid down in
(6) to create such teaching,
administrative and other posts as the University may deem necessary,
from time to time, and to make appointments thereto;
(7) to appoint or recognise persons as Professors, Readers or
Lecturers or otherwise as teachers of the University;
(8) to institute and award Fellowships, Scholarships, Exhibitions
(9) to establish and maintain
Colleges and Halls, to recognise, guide, supervise and control Halls
not maintained by the University and other accommodation for
students, and to withdraw any such recognition;
(10) to regulate and enforce discipline among students and employees
of the University and to take such disciplinary measures in this
regard as may be deemed necessary;
(11) to make
arrangements for promoting health and general welfare of students
and employees of the University;
determine and provide for examinations for admission into the
(13) to recognise for any
purpose, either in whole or in part, any institution or members or
students thereof on such terms and conditions as may, from
time to time, be prescribed and to withdraw such recognition;
(14) to co-operate with any other University, authority or
association or any other public or private body having in view the
promotion of purposes and objects similar to those of the University
for such purposes as may be agreed upon, on such terms and
conditions as may, from time to time, be prescribed;
(15) to enter into any agreement for the incorporation in the
University of any other institution and for taking over its rights,
properties and liabilities and for any other purpose not repugnant
to this Act;
(16) to demand and receive payment
of such fees and other charges as may be prescribed, from time to
(17) to receive donations and to acquire,
hold, manage and dispose of any property movable or immovable,
including trust or endowed property within or outside the
Union territory of Delhi, for the purposes or objects of the
University, and to invest funds in such manner as the University
(18) to make provision for research
and advisory services; and for that purpose to enter into such
arrangements with other institutions or bodies as the University may
(19) to provide for the printing,
reproduction and publication of research and other work which may be
issued by the University:
(20) to borrow, with
the approval of the Central Government, on the security of the
University property, money for the purposes of the University;
(21) to do all such things as may be necessary, incidental
or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects of the
6. Jurisdiction of the
University. (1) The jurisdiction of the University shall extend to
all Colleges and recognised institutions.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in clause (13) of section 5,
the Jawaharlal Nehru University shall not grant recognition, either
in whole or in part, to any institution which has already been
recognised by the University of Delhi unless the Central Government,
after consultation with the University of Delhi, authorises the
Jawaharlal Nehru University to do so.
(3) On and
from the date of the recognition either in whole or in part of an
institution by the Jawaharlal Nehru University under sub- section
(2), the University of Delhi shall to the extent of such recognition
cease to have jurisdiction over that institution.
7. Powers and Jurisdiction in respect of institution or
body outside the Union territory of Delhi. Notwithstanding anything
contained in section 5,-
(a) where any
institution or body established outside the Union territory of Delhi
seeks recognition from the University, or
where the University establishes and maintains any institution or
body outside the Union territory of Delhi,
the powers and jurisdiction of the University shall extend to such
institution or body subject to-
(i) the laws in
force in the State within which, and
rules and regulations of the University within whose jurisdiction,
the said institution or body is situated.
8. Visitor. (1) The President of India shall be the Visitor of the
(2) The Visitor may, from time to
time, appoint one or more persons to review the work and progress of
the University and to submit a report thereon; and upon receipt of
that report, the Visitor may, after obtaining the views of the
Executive Council thereon, 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 University shall be bound
to comply with such directions.
(3) The Visitor
shall also 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 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 respect of any matter connected with the University.
(4) The Visitor shall in every case give notice to the
University of his intention to cause an inspection or inquiry to be
made, and the University shall be entitled to appoint a
representative who shall have the right to be present and be heard
at such inspection or
Visitor may address the Vice-Chancellor with reference to the result
of such inspection and inquiry, and the Vice-Chancellor shall
communicate to the Executive Council the views of the Visitor with
such advice as the Visitor may offer upon the action to be taken
(6) The Executive Council shall
communicate through the Vice- Chancellor to the Visitor such action,
if any, as it is proposed to take or has been taken upon the result
of such inspection or inquiry.
(7) 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
Executive Council shall be bound to comply with such directions.
(8) The Visitor may be order in writing annul any
proceeding of the University which is not in conformity with this
Act, the Statutes or the Ordinances.
Visitor shall also have such other powers as may be prescribed by
9. Officers of the
University. (1) There shall be a Chancellor appointed in the manner
prescribed by the Statutes who shall be the Head of the University.
(2) The Chancellor shall, if present, preside at
convocation of the University for conferring degrees and all
meetings of the Court.
(3) There shall be a
Vice-Chancellor appointed in the manner prescribed by the Statutes
who shall be the principal executive and Academic Officer of the
University and ex officio Chairman of the Executive Council,
Academic Council and Finance Committee and he
shall, in the
absence of the Chancellor preside at any convocation for conferring
degrees and also at any meeting of the Court.
There shall be one or more Rectors who shall be appointed in such
manner and with such powers and duties as may be prescribed by the
(5) There shall be a Dean for each
School of Study who shall be appointed in such manner and with such
powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Statutes.
(6) There shall be a Registrar who shall act as Secretary of the
Court, the Executive Council and the Academic Council and he shall
be appointed in such manner and with such powers and duties as may
be prescribed by the Statutes.
(7) There shall be
a Finance Officer who shall be the Secretary of the Finance
Committee and exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be
prescribed by the Statutes.
(8) There shall be
such other officers as provided for in the Statutes.
10. Authorities of the University. The authorities of the
University shall be the Court, the Executive Council, the Academic
Council, the Schools of Studies, the Finance Committee and such
other authorities as may be declared by the Statutes to be
authorities of the University.
Court. (1) The Court shall be the supreme authority of the
University, and its constitution and the terms of office of its
members shall be prescribe by the Statutes.
The Court shall have the power to review the acts of the Executive
Council and the Academic Council (save when these authorities have
acted in accordance with the powers conferred upon them under this
Act, the Statutes or the Ordinances) and shall exercise all the
powers of the University not otherwise provided for by this Act or
Provided that the power of review
under this sub-section shall not be exercised except by a majority
of the total membership of the Court and by a majority of not less
than two-thirds of the members of the Court present and voting.
12. The Executive Council. (1) The Executive
Council shall be the executive body of the University, and its
constitution and the terms of office of its members, other than ex
officio members, shall be prescribed by the Statutes.
(2) It shall be in charge of the general management and
administration (including the revenue and property) of the
13. The Academic Council.
(1) The Academic Council shall be the academic body of the
University, and its constitution and the terms of office of its
members, other than ex officio members, shall be prescribed by the
(2) The Academic Council shall, subject
to the provisions of this Act, the Statutes and the Ordinances, have
the control and general regulation, and be responsible for the
maintenance, of standards of instruction, education and examination
within the University, and shall exercise such other powers and
perform such other duties as may be conferred or imposed upon it by
14. The Academic Advisory
Committee. (1) There shall be constituted an Academic Advisory
Committee of the University which shall advise generally on the
planning and development to the University and keep under review the
standard of education and
research in the University.
(2) The Committee shall consist of-
(a) not more than seven persons of high academic standing who shall
be appointed in such manner as may be prescribed by the statutes,
(b) the Vice-Chancellor.
(3) The Visitor may determine a date with effect from which the
Academic Advisory Committee shall stand dissolved.
15. Statutes. Subject to the provisions of this Act, the
statutes may provide for all or any of the following matters,
(a) the constitution, powers and duties
of the authorities and other bodies of the University, the
qualifications and disqualifications for membership of such
authorities and other bodies, appointment and removal of members
thereof and other matters connected therewith;
(b) the appointment, powers and duties of the officers of the
(c) the appointment, terms and
conditions of service and the powers and duties of the employees of
(d) the terms and conditions
under which institution may be associated with the University;
(e) the administration of the University, the
establishment and abolition of Colleges, institutions and Halls, the
grant and withdrawal of recognition to institutions, the institution
of Fellowships, Awards and the like, the conferment of degrees and
other academic distinctions and the grant of diplomas and
(f) any other matter which is
necessary for the proper and effective management and conduct of the
affairs of the University and which by this Act is to be or may be
provided by the Statutes.
how made. (1) The first Statutes are those set out in the Second
(2) The Executive Council may, from
time to time, make new or additional Statutes or may amend or repeal
the Statutes in the manner hereafter in this section provided:
Provided that the Executive Council shall not make any
Statute or any amendment of a Statute affecting the status, powers
or constitution of any existing authority of the University until
such authority has been given an opportunity of expressing an
opinion on the proposal, and any opinion so expressed shall be in
writing and shall be considered by the Executive Council:
Provided further that no Statute shall be made by the
Executive Council affecting the discipline of students, and
standards of instruction, education and examination except after
consultation with the Academic Council.
new Statute or addition to the Statutes or any amendment or repeal
of a Statute shall require the approval of the Visitor who may
assent thereto or withhold assent on remit to the Executive Council
(4) A new Statute or a Statute
amending or repealing an existing Statute shall have no validity
unless it has been assented to by the Visitor.
17. Ordinances. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and the
Statutes, the Ordinances may provide for all or any of the following
(a) the admission of students,
the courses of study and the fees therefore, the qualifications
pertaining to degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic
distinctions, the conditions for the grant of Fellowships, Awards
and the like;
(b) the conduct of examinations,
including the terms of office and appointment of examiners, and the
conditions of residence of students and their general discipline;
(c) the management of colleges and institutions maintained
by the University;
(d) any other matter which by
this Act or the Statutes is to be or may be provided by the
(2) The first Ordinances shall be
made by the Vice-Chancellor with the previous approval of the
Central Government and the Ordinances so made may be amended,
repealed or added to at any time by the Executive Council in the
manner prescribed by the Statutes.
Regulations. The authorities of the University may make Regulations
consistent with this Act, the Statutes and the Ordinances for the
conduct of their own business and that of the committees appointed
by them and not provided for by this Act, the Statutes or the
Ordinances in the manner prescribed by the Statutes.
19. Annual report. (1) The annual report of the University
shall be prepared under the direction of the Executive Council and
shall be submitted to the Court on or before such date as may be
prescribed by the Statutes and shall be considered by the Court at
Court may communicate its comments thereon to the Executive Council.
20. Audit of accounts. (1) The accounts of the
University shall, once at least in every year and at intervals of
not more than fifteen months, be audited by the Comptroller and
Auditor-General of India, or any person authorised by him in this
(2) The accounts, when audited shall be
published in the Gazette of India, and a copy of the accounts
together with the audit report shall be submitted by the Registrar
to the Visitor and to the Court.