Section 1 in The National Sports University Act 2018

Title: Short title extent and commencement

Description: (1) This Act may be called the National Sports University Act, 2018. (2) It extends to the whole of India. (3) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 31st day of May, 2018.

Title: Definitions

Description: In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,— (a) "Academic and Activity Council" means the Academic and Activity Council of the University; (b) "academic staff" means such categories of staff as are designated as academic staff by the Ordinances; (c) "Board of Sports Studies" means the Board of Sports Studies of a Department of the University; (d) "Chancellor" means the Chancellor of the University; (e) "College" means a college or other academic institution established or maintained by, or admitted to the privileges of, 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) "Finance Committee" means the Finance Committee of the University; (k) "Fund" means the University Fund referred to in section 30; (l) "Hall" means a unit of residence or of corporate life for the students of the University, or of an Outlying Campus or of a College or an Institution, maintained by the University; (m) "Head of the Department" means the head of any teaching department of the University; (n) "Institution" means an academic institution, not being a College, maintained by, or admitted to the privileges of, the University; (o) "Outlying Campus" means the campus of the University as may be established by it at any place within or outside India; (p) "Principal" means the Head of a College or an Institution maintained by the University and includes, where there is no Principal, the person for the time being duly appointed to act as Principal, and in the absence of the Principal, or the acting Principal, a Vice-Principal duly appointed as such; (q) "Regional Centre" means a centre established or maintained by the University for the purpose of coordinating and supervising the work of Study Centres in any region and for performing such other functions as may be conferred on such centre by the Executive Council; (r) "Regulations" means the regulations made by any authority of the University under this Act for the time being in force; (s) "School" means a School of Studies of the University; (t) "section" means the section of this Act; (u) "State" includes a Union territory; (v) "Statutes" and "Ordinances" mean, respectively, the Statutes and the Ordinances of the University for the time being in force; (w) "Study Centre" means a centre established, maintained or recognised by the University for the purpose of advising, counselling, training or for rendering any other assistance required by the students; (x) "teachers of the University" means Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors and such other persons as may be appointed for imparting instructions, training or conducting research in the University or in any Outlying Campus, College or Institution or Regional Centres and Study Centres maintained by the University and are designated as teachers by the Ordinances; (y) "University" means the National Sports University established and incorporated as a University under this Act; (z) "Vice-Chancellor" means the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Title: Establishment of University

Description: (1) There shall be established a University by the name of "National Sports University". (2) The headquarters of the University shall be in the State of Manipur and it may establish or maintain Outlying Campuses, Colleges, Regional Centres and Study Centres at such other places in India as it may deem fit: Provided that the University may, with the prior approval of the Central Government, also establish Outlying Campuses and Study Centres outside India. (3) The first Chancellor, the first Vice-Chancellor and the first members of the Court, the Executive Council and the Academic and Activity Council, and all such 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 "National Sports University". (4) The University shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, and shall sue and be sued by the said name.

Title: Objects of University

Description: The objects of the University shall be–– (i) to evolve as an institute of advanced study in the field of physical education and sports sciences; (ii) to provide for research and development and dissemination of knowledge in physical education and sports sciences by providing specially designed academic and training programmes in various areas of physical education and sports sciences and training in advanced technologies of sports; (iii) to strengthen physical education and sports training programmes to promote sports including traditional and tribal sports and games; (iv) to establish centres and institutions of excellence for imparting state of the art educational training and research in the fields of physical education and sports sciences, sports technology and high performance training for all sports and games; (v) to provide professional and academic leadership to other institutions in the field of physical education and sports sciences; (vi) to provide vocational guidance and placement services in physical education, sports sciences, sports medicine, sports technology and other related fields; (vii) to generate capabilities for the development of knowledge, skills and competences at various levels in the fields of physical education and sports sciences, sports technology and high performance training for all sports and games; (viii) to generate capabilities to provide infrastructure of international standard for education, training and research in the areas related to physical education and sports sciences, sports technology and high performance training for all sports and games; (ix) to prepare highly qualified professionals in the fields of physical education and sports sciences, sports technology and high performance training for all sports and games; (x) to serve as a Centre of Excellence for the elite and other talented sportspersons of all sports and games and innovation in physical education and sports sciences and to carry out, endorse and propagate research; (xi) to function as a leading resource centre for knowledge and development in the areas of physical education and sports sciences, sports technology and high performance training for all sports and games; (xii) to provide international collaboration in the fields of physical education and sports sciences, sports technology and high performance training for all sports and games; (xiii) to establish close linkage with sports academies, schools, colleges, sports and recreation clubs, sports associations and international federations for the purpose of teaching, training and research in physical education and sports sciences, sports technology and high performance training for all sports and games; (xiv) to train talented athletes so as to help them to evolve into elite athletes of international level; (xv) to make India become a sporting power; (xvi) such other objects, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, which the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf.

Title: Powers and functions of University

Description: (1) The University shall have the following powers and functions, namely:–– (i) to plan, design, develop and prescribe courses of study and conduct appropriate academic and training programmes in physical education and sports sciences including sports technology and to provide for instruction and training in such branches of learning as the University may, from time to time, determine and to make provisions for research and for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge; (ii) to grant, subject to such conditions as the University may determine, diplomas or certificates to, and confer degrees or other academic distinctions on, persons, on the basis of examinations, evaluation or any method of testing, and to withdraw any such certificates, diplomas, degrees or other academic distinctions for good and sufficient cause; (iii) to provide opportunities to the students of the University to participate in the sports tournaments and competitions in co-ordination with established International Sports Federations, National Sports Federations, Indian Olympic Association and Association of Indian Universities; (iv) to have liaison or membership with various international professional organisations or bodies; (v) to establish and maintain, with the prior approval of the Central Government, such Outlying Campuses, Regional Centres, specialised laboratories or other units for research, instruction and training as are, in the opinion of the University, necessary for the furtherance of its objects; (vi) to establish, maintain or recognise Study Centres in the manner laid down by the Statutes; (vii) to establish and maintain Colleges, Institutions and Halls; (viii) to confer honorary degrees or other distinctions in the manner prescribed by the Statutes; (ix) to institute Principalships, Professorships, Associate Professorships, Assistant Professorships and other teaching or academic positions, required by the University and to appoint persons to such Principalships, Professorships, Associate Professorships, Assistant Professorships or other teaching or academic positions; (x) to appoint persons working in any University or academic institution, including those located outside the country, as teachers of the University for a specified period; (xi) to create administrative, ministerial and other posts and to make appointments thereto; (xii) to co-operate or collaborate or associate with any other University or authority or Institution of higher learning, including those located outside the country, in such manner and for such purposes as the University, may determine; (xiii) to provide facilities through the distance education system to such persons and in such manner as may be prescribed by the Statutes; (xiv) to institute and award fellowships, scholarships, studentship, medals and prizes for raising academic standards and research; (xv) to organise and to undertake extramural studies, training and extension services; (xvi) to make provision for research and advisory services and for that purpose, to enter into such arrangements with other institutions, industrial or other organisations, as the University may deem necessary; (xvii) to organise and conduct refresher courses, workshops, seminars and other programmes for teachers, evaluators, other academic staff and students; (xviii) to appoint on contract or otherwise visiting Professors, Emeritus Professors, Consultants and such other persons who may contribute to the advancement of the objects of the University; (xix) to determine standards of admission to the University, which may include examination, evaluation or any other method of testing; (xx) to demand and receive payment of fees and other charges; (xxi) to supervise the residences of the students of the University and to make arrangements for promoting their health and general welfare; (xxii) to lay down conditions of service of all categories of employees, including their code of conduct; (xxiii) to regulate and enforce discipline among the students and the employees, and to take such disciplinary measures in this regard as may be deemed by the University to be necessary; (xxiv) to make arrangements for promoting the health and general welfare of the employees; (xxv) to receive benefactions, donations and gifts and to acquire, hold and manage, and to dispose of, with the previous approval of the Central Government, any property, movable or immovable, including trust and endowment properties, for the purposes of the University; (xxvi) to borrow, with the previous approval of the Central Government, on the security of the property of the University, money for the purposes of the University; (xxvii) to conduct innovative experiments and promote new methods and technologies in the fields of physical education, sports sciences, sports medicine, sports technology, sports management and other related fields; (xxviii) to purchase or to take on lease any land or building or sports complex or sports infrastructure and scientific sports research equipment or indoor stadium or works which may be necessary or convenient for the purposes of the University, on such terms and conditions as it may think fit and proper and to construct, alter and maintain any such building or work; (xxix) to start any new allied course or research programme or diploma or training programme and discontinue any course or training programme; (xxx) to invest the funds of the University in or upon such securities and transpose any investment from time to time in such manner as it may deem fit in the interest of the University; (xxxi) to execute conveyances regarding transfers, mortgages, leases, licenses, agreements and other conveyances in respect of the property, movable or immovable, including Government securities, belonging to the University or to be acquired for the purposes of the University, after taking prior permission of the Central Government; (xxxii) to act as a technical advisory body to Government of India and other National Organisations, State Governments and National Sports Federations on all matters related to sports; (xxxiii) to provide training, coaching and other back up to high level sports persons for achieving success in different national and international sports competitions; (xxxiv) to give effect to the procedures and standards provided under the Khelo India Scheme or the National Sports Talent Search and Identification Scheme; (xxxv) to confer autonomous status on a College or an Institution in the manner laid down by the Statutes; (xxxvi) to admit to its privileges any College or Institution in or outside India subject to such conditions as may be laid down by the Statutes: Provided that no College or Institution shall be so admitted except with the prior approval of the Central Government; (xxxvii) to provide for the preparation of instructional and training materials, including films, cassettes, tapes, video cassettes and other software; (xxxviii) to recognise persons for imparting instructions in any College or Institution admitted to the privileges of the University; and (xxxix) to do all such other acts and things as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of its objects. (2) The University shall in the exercise of its powers have jurisdiction over the whole of India and to the Outlying Campuses and Study Centres outside India. (3) In exercising its powers referred to in sub-section (1), it shall be the endeavour of the University to maintain an all-India character and high standards of teaching, training and research, and the University shall, among other measures which may be necessary for the said purpose, take, in particular, the following measures, namely:–– (i) admissions of students and recruitment of faculty shall be made on all-India basis through appropriate procedures approved by the Executive Council of the University; (ii) foreign students shall be admitted by the University to various courses and programmes as per the policy and schemes of the Government of India and the procedure approved by the Executive Council of the National Sports University; (iii) inter-University mobility of faculty with portable pension scheme benefits, if any, and protection of seniority shall be encouraged; (iv) semester system, continuous evaluation and choice-based credit system shall be introduced and the University shall enter into agreement with other Universities and academic institutions for credit transfer and joint degree programmes; (v) innovative courses and programmes of studies shall be introduced with a provision for periodic review and restructuring; (vi) active participation of students shall be ensured in all academic activities of the University, including evaluation of teachers; (vii) accreditation shall be obtained from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council or any other accrediting agency at the national level; and (viii) e-governance shall be introduced with effective management information.

The National Sports University Act