Section 1 in The National Forensic Sciences University Act, 2020

Title: Short title and commencement.

Description: (1) This Act may be called the National Forensic Sciences University Act, 2020. (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. 1st October, 2020, vide notification No. S.O. 3424(E), dated 30th August, 2020, see Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, sec. 3(ii).

Title: Declaration of National Forensic Sciences University as an institution of national importance.

Description: Whereas the objects of the National Forensic Sciences University are such as to make it an institution of national importance, it is hereby declared that the National University of Forensic Sciences is an institution of national importance.

Title: Definitions

Description: In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-- (a) "Academic Council" means the Academic Council of the University referred to in section 18; (b) "academic staff" means teachers and such categories of staff as are designated to be academic staff by the Statutes; (c) "affiliated college" means an institution recognised as such by the Board of Governors in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the Statutes made thereunder; (d) "Board of Governors" means the Board of Governors of the University referred to in section 15; (e) "campus" means the campus of the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University situated at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, and that of the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences situated at Rohini, New Delhi, or such other campus as may be established by the University at any place within India or outside India; (f) "Chancellor" means the Chancellor of the University; (g) "college" means a college or institution maintained or admitted to the privileges of the University for imparting education and training in forensic sciences or its related disciplines; (h) "Court" means the Court of the University referred to in section 14; (i) "Dean", in relation to any School campus, means the Dean of such School campus; (j) "department" means an academic department of the University; (k) "distance education system" means the system of imparting education through any means of communication such as broadcasting, telecasting, internet, correspondence courses, seminars, contact programmes or the combination of any two or more such means; (l) "employee" means any person appointed by the University and includes teachers, other academic and non-academic staff of the University; (m) "Executive Registrar" means the Executive Registrar of the University referred to in section 25; (n) "Finance Committee" means the Finance Committee of the University referred to in section 28; (o) "Fund" means the Fund of University referred to in section 35; (p) "notification" means a notification published in the Official Gazette; (q) "School" means a school of study of the University; (r) "Statutes" and "Ordinances" mean, respectively, the Statutes and Ordinances of the University made under this Act; (s) "student" means a student of the University and its affiliated colleges, and includes any person who has enrolled for pursuing any course of study in the University; (t) "teachers" means Directors, Deans, professors, associate professors, assistant professors and such other persons as may be appointed for imparting instruction or conducting research or for giving guidance for research or rendering assistance to students, in the University or in any college or institution maintained by the University; (u) "University" means the National Forensic Sciences University established under this Act; (v) "Vice-Chancellor" means the Vice-Chancellor of the University referred to in section 21.

Title: Establishment and incorporation of University.

Description: (1) The Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat established under the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University Act, 2008 (Gujrat Act 17 of 2018), and the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi shall be established as an University by the name of National Forensic Sciences University. (2) The National Forensic Sciences University 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 the said name, sue or be sued. (3) The headquarters of the University shall be at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. (4) The campuses of the University shall include the campuses situated at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat and the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi and such other campuses as the Central Government may, by notification, specify. (5) The first Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Board of Governors, Academic Council, Directors, Deans, Executive Registrar and all other persons who may hereafter become such officers or members, so long as they continue to hold such office or membership, shall constitute the University.

Title: Effect of incorporation of University.

Description: On and from the commencement of this Act,-- (a) any reference to the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat or the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi in any other law for the time being in force or in any contract or other instrument, shall be deemed as a reference to the University; (b) all appointments made, orders issued, degrees and other academic distinctions conferred, diplomas and certificates awarded, privileges granted or other things done under the provisions of the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University Act, 2008, in so far as it relates to the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, shall be deemed to have been, respectively, made, issued, conferred, awarded, granted or done under the corresponding provisions of this Act, and, except as otherwise provided by or under this Act or the Statutes or Ordinances or regulations, continue in force unless and until they are superseded by the Statutes or Ordinances made under this Act; (c) the status of "Centre of Excellence" and "Institute of Strategic or Security related Interest" granted to the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar by the Government of Gujarat and the status of "Center of Excellence for Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances" conferred by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, to the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, shall be applicable to the University; (d) all properties, movable and immovable, of or belonging to the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat or the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi shall vest in the University; (e) all rights, debts and other liabilities of the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat or the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi shall be transferred to and be the rights, debts and liabilities of the University; (f) every person employed by the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat or the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi, immediately before such commencement, shall hold his office or service in the University 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 if this Act had not been passed, and shall continue to do so unless and until his employment is terminated or until such tenure, remuneration and terms and conditions are duly altered by the Statutes, not detrimental to the service conditions of such employee: Provided that any reference, by whatever form of words, to the Registrar and other officers of the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat or the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi, in any law for the time being in force, or in any instrument or other document, shall be deemed to be reference to the Executive Registrar and other officers of the University; (g) any activity for appointment or promotion of academic or non-academic staff underway in the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar at the time of commencement of this Act shall be deemed to be valid, and further proceeding in such appointment or promotion shall be taken in accordance with the provisions of this Act and be continued from the stage at the time of commencement of this Act; (h) every person pursuing, before the commencement of this Act, any academic or research course or programmes of study in the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, shall be deemed to have migrated and registered with the University, on such commencement, at the same level of course or programme and shall continue to pursue such academic or research course and programmes of study in the University; (i) every person pursuing, before the commencement of this Act, any academic or research course in the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi, shall continue to pursue their academic courses and programmes of study under the enrolment and affiliation of the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi which shall conduct examinations and award degrees to them upon successful completion of such courses and programmes of study; (j) all suits and other legal proceedings instituted or which could have been instituted by or against the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar or the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi, immediately before the commencement of this Act, shall be continued or instituted by or against the University.