Section 4 in The National Forensic Sciences University Act, 2020

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provided by or under this Act or the Statutes or Ordinances or regulations, continue in force unless and until they are superseded by the Statutes or Ordinances made under this Act; (c) the status of "Centre of Excellence" and "Institute of Strategic or Security related Interest" granted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.

Title: Objects of University.

Description: The objects of the University shall be— (i) to facilitate and promote academic learning and practices in the field of forensic science in conjunction with applied behavioural science studies, law, legal studies, criminology and other allied areas and technology, including training, skill-development, research and extension of work with focus on emerging areas in the said fields for strengthening criminal justice institutions in the country; (ii) to foster research and applied applications in forensic science, applied behavioural science studies, law, legal studies and other allied areas and technology for training, research and development by promoting innovations and best practices; (iii) to promote and provide advanced institutional and research facilities in the fields of forensic science, applied behavioural science, law, legal studies and other allied areas and technology; (iv) to create capacities and capabilities of global standards of education, training and research for development of aptitude, skills and knowledge within and outside the country at various levels in the fields of forensic science, applied behavioural science, law, legal studies and other allied areas and technology; (v) to coordinate with the Central Government and State Governments to improve investigation, crime detection and prevention through projects and research, funded by grants-in-aid from the Central Government and State Governments, in fields of forensic science, applied behavioural science, law, legal studies, criminology and other allied areas and technology; (vi) to advice and assist the Central Government, State Governments and Union territory Administrations in formulation of relevant policies including their review in the fields of forensic science, applied behavioural science, law, legal studies, criminology and other allied areas and technology; (vii) to coordinate and network with the institutions having specialisation so as to expand the fields of forensic science, applied behavioural science, law, legal studies, criminology and other allied areas and technology, for promoting academics and research work through various pursuits; (viii) to administer, maintain and manage the University and to establish such off-site campus and off-shore centres for education, training and research as are necessary for the furtherance of the objects of the University within and outside the country; (ix) to assist the Central Government or State Governments to accredit forensic science laboratories, provide standard operating procedures, and lay down specifications for forensic equipment and kits to be used for forensic work in the country; (x) to set-up campus, colleges, schools, centres and institutions of excellence for imparting State of-the-art education, training and research in the fields of forensic science, cyber security and digital forensics, behavioural science, technology and management; (xi) to assist the Central Government to create and maintain national forensic data base required for criminal investigation, including fingerprints, voice, Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA), firearms, counterfeit currency, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, cyber security, cyber defence and internal security; (xii) to undertake special projects for Central Government and State Governments; and (xiii) to undertake any other objects, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act which the Central Government may, by notification, specify in this behalf.

Title: Powers and functions of University.

Description: (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the University shall exercise the following powers and perform the following functions, namely:-- (a) to provide for studies, training, skill-development, research and extension of work in forensic science, applied behavioural science, law, legal studies, criminology and other allied areas and technology with focus on emerging areas of forensic science studies and related technologies; (b) to establish and maintain campuses, colleges, institutions, schools, departments, laboratories, libraries, centres of research, training, skill-development, research and specialised studies within and outside the country; (c) to plan and prescribe courses of study or skill-development, such as degrees, diplomas, and certificates; (d) to hold examinations and grant degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions; (e) to confer honorary degrees or other distinctions; (f) to grant, subject to such conditions as the University may determine, diplomas or certificates to, of evaluation or any other method of testing, and to withdraw any such diplomas, certificates, degrees or other academic distinction for good and sufficient cause; (g) to provide facilities through the distance education system to such persons as it may determine; (h) to introduce semester system, continuous evaluation and choice-based credit system and enter into agreements with other Universities and academic institutions for credit transfer and joint degree programmes; (i) to make provisions for research and advisory services and for that purpose to enter into such arrangements with other institutions or bodies, national or international, as the University may deem necessary; (j) to receive grants-in-aid to undertake projects for research and special assignments for the Central Government and State Governments; (k) to determine, specify and receive payment of fees and other charges as the University may deem fit, from students and any other person, institution or body corporate for instruction and other services, including training, consultancy and advisory services, provided by the University; (l) to establish, maintain and manage University buildings, halls, hostels and other campuses for the University in any other place; (m) to affiliate colleges and institutions of higher learning for such purposes as the University may determine and to withdraw such recognition; (n) to supervise and control the residence and regulate the discipline of students of the University and to make arrangements for promoting their health, general welfare, cultural and corporate life; (o) to create academic and other teaching posts and to make appointments thereto (except the posts of Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor) as may be necessary for imparting instruction and managing the affairs of the University; (p) to appoint on contract or otherwise visiting professors, emeritus professors, consultants, scholars including those located outside the country, and such other persons who may contribute to the advancement of the University; (q) to create non-teaching, administrative, ministerial and other posts in the University and to make appointment thereto; (r) to cooperate, collaborate or partner or associate with educational or other institutions and organisations, public and private, including those located outside the country having objects wholly or partly similar to those of the University by exchange of teachers and scholars and generally in such manner as may be conducive to their common objects; (s) to institute and award fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, prizes and medals; (t) to provide for the preparation of instructional material including related software and other audio-visual aids; (u) to sponsor and make provision for research and development in areas of core competence of the University; (v) to enter into, carry out, vary or cancel contracts; (w) to demand and receive such fees and other charges as may be specified by Ordinances; (x) to receive benefactions, donations and gifts from persons and to name after them such chairs, institutions, buildings and the like, as the University may determine, whose gift and donations to the University is worth such as the University may decide; (y) to acquire, hold, manage and dispose of any property, movable or immovable, including trust and endowment properties for the purposes of the University; (z) to initiate measures to enlist the cooperation of the industry to provide complementary facilities; (za) to establish off-shore campus at any place outside the country as and when it is considered necessary for advancing the aims and objectives of the University; (zb) to provide for printing, reproduction and publication of research and other work; (zc) to provide, control and maintain discipline among the students and all categories of employees and to lay down the conditions of service of such employees, including their code of conduct; (zd) to conduct innovative experiments and develop new methods and technologies in the field of science, technology and management in relation to the domains of investigation, prevention and detection of crimes and furthering the cause of criminal justice systems in order to achieve international standards of such education, training research and consultancy; (ze) to admit students for courses in Institute and its affiliated centers and institutes on an all India basis in such manner as may be laid down in the Statutes; (zf) to admit foreign students, Overseas Citizen of India card holder, Person of Indian Origin, non-resident Indian, children of Indian workers in Gulf and South-East Asian Countries, in such manner and as may be laid down in the Statutes; (zg) to purchase or to take on lease any land or building or works which may be necessary or convenient for the purpose of the University on such terms and conditions as it may think fit and proper and to construct, alter and maintain any such buildings or works; (zh) to raise and borrow moneys on bonds, mortgages, promissory notes or other obligations or securities founded or based upon all or any of the properties and assets of the University or without any securities and upon such terms and conditions as it may think fit and to pay out of the funds of the University, all expenses incidental to the raising of moneys, to repay and redeem any money borrowed after taking prior permission of the Board of Governors; (zi) 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 University; and (zj) to do all such things as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects of the University. (2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the University shall not dispose of in any manner any immovable property without the prior approval of the Central Government.

Title: Jurisdiction of University.

Description: The jurisdiction of the University shall extend to the whole of India.