Section 34 in The School of Planning and Architecture Act, 2014

Title: Term of office of vacancies among, and allowances payable to, Members of Council.

Description: (1) Save as otherwise provided in this section, the term of office of a Member of the Council, other than an ex officio Member, shall be three years from the date of notification. (2) The terms of office of an ex officio Member shall continue so long as he holds office by virtue of which he is such a Member. (3) The term of office of a member nominated under clause (b) of sub-section (2) of section 33 shall expire as soon as he ceases to be Member of the House, which elected him. (4) The term of office of a Member of the Council nominated or elected to fill a casual vacancy shall continue for the remainder of the term of the Member in whose place he has been appointed. (5) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section an outgoing Member of the Council shall, unless the Central Government otherwise directs, continue in office until another person is appointed as a Member in his place. (6) The members of the Council shall be entitled to such travelling and other allowances, as may be prescribed, for attending meetings of the Council or the Committees thereof.

Title: Functions of Council.

Description: (1) It shall be the general duty of the Council to co-ordinate the activities of all the Schools. (2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), the Council shall perform the following functions, namely: (a) to advise on policy matters relating to the duration of the courses, the degrees and other academic distinctions to be conferred by the Schools, admission standards and other academic matters; (b) to recommend to the Central Government, proposals for establishment of new Schools of Planning and Architecture; (c) to deliberate on such matters of common interest to Schools as may be referred to it by any School; (d) to lay down policy regarding cadres, methods of recruitment and conditions of service of employees, institution of scholarships and freeships, levying of fees and other matters of common interest; (e) to examine the development plans of each School and to approve such of them as are considered necessary and also to indicate broadly the financial implications of such approved plans; (f) to advise the Visitor, if so required, in respect of any function to be performed by him under this Act; and (g) to perform such other functions as may be referred to it by the Central Government: Provided that nothing in this section shall derogate the powers and functions vested in the Board or Senate or other authorities of a School.

Title: Chairperson of Council.

Description: (1) The Chairperson of the Council shall ordinarily preside at the meetings of the Council: Provided that in his absence, the Vice-Chairperson of the Council shall preside at the meetings of the Council. (2) It shall be the duty of the Chairperson of the Council to ensure that the decisions taken by the Council are implemented. (3) The Chairperson shall exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as are assigned to him by this Act. (4) The Council shall meet once in every year and follow such procedure in its meetings as may be prescribed.

Title: Power to make rules in respect of matters in this Chapter.

Description: (1) The Central Government may, after previous publication, by notification, make rules to carry out the purposes of this Act. (2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:— (a) the manner and the conditions for providing provident fund and pension fund or insurance scheme under sub-section (1) of section 26; (b) the travelling and other allowances for the Members for attending the meetings of the Council or the Committees thereof under sub-section (6) of section 34; (c) the procedure to be followed in the meetings of the Council under sub-section (4) of section 36. (3) Every rule made by the Central Government under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

Title: Acts and proceedings not to be invalidated by vacancies, etc.

Description: No act of the Council, or any School or Board or Senate or any other body set up under this Act or the Statutes, shall be invalid merely by reason of— (a) any vacancy or defect in the constitution thereof; or (b) any defect in the election, nomination or appointment of a person acting as a Member thereof; or (c) any irregularity in its procedure not affecting the merits of the case.