Section 8 in The Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research Act, 2011

Title: Functions and powers of Academy.

Description: (1) The Academy shall discharge its functions and exercise the following powers, namely:— (i) to provide for instructions and conduct research in such branches of learning like natural sciences, life sciences, mathematical and computational sciences, medical sciences, engineering, applied art, humanities, social sciences, law relating to these areas and interfaces thereof, and in particular, in inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary areas of these branches, and in all such areas as may emerge in future and other emerging areas of knowledge, as the Academy may from time to time determine and make provision for advancement and dissemination of knowledge; (ii) to lay administrative standards and structures and decide on all matters of creation of posts, laying down standards for recruitment, determining compensation packages, and contractual arrangements; (iii) to design its curriculum and pedagogy for award of diplomas or certificates and confer degrees or other academic distinctions as it may deem fit; (iv) to grant, subject to such conditions as the Academy may determine, diplomas or certificates and confer degrees or other academic distinctions on the basis of such methods of evaluation and to hold its examinations, as the Academy may, from time to time, determine and to withdraw any such diplomas, certificates, degrees or other academic distinctions for good and sufficient cause; (v) to frame Statutes and Ordinances and to alter, modify or rescind the same; (vi) to organise and undertake extramural studies, training and extension services; (vii) to confer honorary degrees or other distinctions; (viii) to provide distance education in such branches of learning and to such persons as it may determine; (ix) to institute professorships, associate professorships and assistant professorships including Academy Professors, Professors of Eminence, Distinguished Professors, Outstanding Professors, Senior Professors, Emeritus Professors, or visiting positions and other teaching or academic or other positions, required by the Academy and to make appointments to such positions; (x) to appoint persons from any other university, or institution, or industry, or persons of eminence from appropriate fields of studies, including those outside the country, as Faculty of the Academy; (xi) to create administrative, ministerial and other posts and to make appointments thereto; (xii) to co-operate or collaborate or associate with any body including, any university or institution, or industry, located in India or outside India; (xiii) to establish such centres and specialised laboratories or other units for research and instruction as may be required; (xiv) to set up schools, centres and campuses and function there from or conduct classes from any place of its choice, including the premises of laboratories or other centres of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; (xv) to institute and award fellowships, scholarships, studentships, medals and prizes; (xvi) to conduct research, advisory and consultancy services with or for any entity, public or private, whether in India or outside India, which are in conformity with the spirit and object of the Academy; (xvii) to engage scientists of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research as Faculty in imparting instruction and conducting research in the Academy; (xviii) to establish, maintain and manage institutions and hostels for residence of students or establish and maintain such institutions through the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research or any other body; (xix) to fix, demand and receive payment of fees and other charges; (xx) to determine the standards of admission to the Academy, which may include examination, other innovative models of testing or evaluation; (xxi) to supervise the residences of the students of the Academy and to make arrangements for promoting their health, general welfare, cultural and corporate life; (xxii) to lay down conditions of service for all categories of employees, including their code of conduct; (xxiii) to regulate and enforce discipline, among the students and employees and to take such disciplinary measures in this regard as may be necessary; (xxiv) to make arrangements for promoting the health and general welfare of the employees; (xxv) to receive grants, benefactions, donations, gifts, bequests and transfer or acquire, hold and manage and dispose of any property movable or immovable, including trust and endowment properties for the purposes of the Academy: Provided that no such grants, benefactions, donations, gifts, bequests and transfer shall be accepted by the Academy which in the opinion of the Board involves conditions or obligations opposed to the spirit and object of this Act; (xxvi) to borrow, on the security of property of the Academy or otherwise, money for the purposes of the Academy or utilise its property for such purposes as are in conformity with the spirit and object of this Act; (xxvii) 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) In exercising its powers referred to in sub-section (1), it shall be the endeavour of the Academy to maintain an all India character and high standards of teaching and research, and, the Academy shall, among other measures which may be necessary for the said purpose, take, in particular, the following measures, namely:— (i) subject to the provisions of section 9, the admission of students shall be made on merit; (ii) continuous evaluation or other innovative methods of evaluation and choice based credit system may be introduced and the Academy may enter into agreements with other universities and academic institutions in India or outside India for credit transfer and joint degree programmes; (iii) innovative courses and programmes of studies shall be introduced with a provision for periodic review and restructuring; (iv) the imparting of instruction shall be, as far as may be, through use of modern techniques or technologies; (v) the systems and structures of the Academy should be flexible to adapt to the requirements of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary studies; (vi) active participation of students may be ensured in governance of academic matters of the Academy.

Title: Academy open to all castes, creed, race or class.

Description: (1) The Academy shall be open to all persons, of either sex, irrespective of caste, creed, race or class, and it shall not be lawful for the Academy to adopt or impose on any person, any test whatsoever of religious belief or profession in order to be entitled to be appointed as a Faculty of the Academy or to hold any other office therein, or to be employed therein or to be admitted as a student in the Academy or to graduate thereat or to enjoy or exercise any privilege thereof. (2) The Academy shall make special provision for the employment or admission of women, persons with disabilities or of persons belonging to the weaker sections of the society and, in particular, of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the other socially and educationally backward classes of citizens and any exemption from making such reservation under the proviso to clause (b) of section 4 of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 (5 of 2007) shall not be applicable to the Academy: Provided that no such special provision shall be made on the ground of domicile.

Title: Authorities of Academy.

Description: The following shall be the authorities of the Academy, namely:— (a) The Board; (b) Senate; (c) Director; (d) Boards of Studies; (e) such other authorities as may be declared by the Statutes to be the authorities of the Academy.

Title: Composition of Board of Governors.

Description: (1) The Board referred to in clause (a) of section 10 shall consist of the following, namely:-- (a) the Chairperson of the Board, to be appointed under section 12; (b) the Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, ex officio vice-chairperson; (c) the President of the Indian National Science Academy, ex officio member; (d) the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Government of India, ex officio member; (e) the Chairman, Space Commission, Government of India, ex officio member; (f) the Chairman, University Grants Commission, Government of India, ex officio member; (g) the Finance Secretary in the Ministry of finance Government of India, ex officio member; (h) the heads of three premier institutions in the field of imparting education in Science and Technology, members to be nominated under section 13; (i) four distinguished scientists or academicians of global eminence, of which two should be from reputed institutions outside India, members to be nominated under section 13; (j) three eminent industrialists or technologists, members to be nominated under section 13; (k) four distinguished scientists or outstanding scientists or Directors of laboratories of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, members to be nominated under section 14; (l) the Director of the Academy, ex officio member. (2) The Chairperson shall ordinarily preside over the meetings of the Board. (3) The Board may evolve its own procedure for the purpose of conducting its meetings and transacting business therein. (4) The Associate Director in charge of administration of the Academy shall be the Secretary of the Board.

Title: Appointment of Chairperson.

Description: (1) The Chairperson shall be appointed by the President of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, on the recommendation of the selection committee constituted under sub-section (2): Provided that the Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, being the ex officio Vice-Chairperson , as referred to in clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 11, shall act as the Chairperson until the first Chairperson is selected and appointed in accordance with the provisions of this Act: Provided further that no person shall be selected and appointed as Chairperson unless such person is an Indian citizen. (2) The selection committee referred to in sub-section (1) shall consist of four eminent scientists or technologists of international repute, as may be nominated by the President of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. (3) At least two eminent scientists or technologists of international repute nominated under sub-section (2) shall be from the heads of international societies, academies, or similar organisations in the field of science and technology. (4) The selection committee referred to in sub-section (2) shall— (a) be constituted within six months before the completion of tenure of the incumbent as the Chairperson of the Board; (b) submit its recommendation at least three months before the completion of the tenure of the incumbent Chairperson. (5) The selection committee may evolve its own procedure for the purposes of meetings and making recommendations under sub-section (1) including making recommendations in respect of a person who has not applied for the post of Chairperson. (6) Three members of the selection committee referred to in sub-section (1) shall form quorum for the meeting of the committee. (7) The Chairperson shall exercise such other powers and perform such other functions as may be assigned to him by this Act or the Statutes.

The Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research Act, 2011