Section 1 in The Science and Engineering Research Board Act, 2008

Title: Short title and commencement.

Description: (1) This Act may be called the Science and Engineering Research Board Act, 2008. (2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

Title: Definitions

Description: In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-- (a) "Board" means the Science and Engineering Research Board constituted under sub-section (1) of section 3; (b) "Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the Board; (c) "Fund" means the Fund for Science and Engineering Research constituted under sub-section (1) of section 10; (d) "member" means a member of the Board and includes the Chairperson; (e) "Oversight Committee" means the Oversight Committee of Experts constituted under sub-section (1) of section 5; (f) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act; (g) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Board appointed under sub-section (1) of section 4.

Title: Constitution and incorporation of Board

Description: (1) The Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute, for the purposes of this Act, a Board to be called the Science and Engineering Research Board. (2) The Board shall be a body corporate by the name aforesaid having perpetual succession and a common seal with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to contract and shall, by the said name, sue and be sued. (3) The Board shall consist of the following persons, namely:-- (a) Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Science and Technology, ex officio--Chairperson; (b) Member-Secretary, Planning Commission, ex officio--Member; (c) Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Biotechnology, ex officio--Member; (d) Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, ex officio--Member; (e) Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, ex officio--Member; (f) Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance or his nominee, ex officio--Member; (g) Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Health Research, ex officio--Member; (h) not more than three members to be appointed by the Central Government from amongst persons having experience in scientific research in different disciplines in academic institutions; (i) not more than three members to be appointed by the Central Government from amongst persons having experience in scientific research in different disciplines in Government research laboratories; (j) not more than four members to be appointed by the Central Government from amongst persons having experience in scientific research in different disciplines in the industry, international projects on science and technology, socio-economic sectors and other Government research laboratories. (4) The Head Office of the Board shall be at Delhi or in the National Capital Region. (5) The qualifications and experience, term of office and allowances of the members specified in clauses (h) to (j) of sub-section (3) shall be such as may be prescribed. (6) The Chairperson shall, in addition to presiding over the meetings of the Board, exercise and discharge such powers and duties, as may be prescribed or delegated to him by the Board. (7) No act or proceeding of the Board shall be invalidated merely by reason of— (a) any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the Board; (b) any defect in the appointment of a person acting as a member of the Board; (c) any irregularity in the procedure of the Board not affecting the merits of the case.

Title: Secretary and other officers and employees of Board

Description: (1) The Board may appoint an eminent Scientist not below the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India as the Secretary of the Board, in consultation with the Central Government. (2) The Board may appoint such other officers and employees as it considers necessary for the efficient discharge of its functions under this Act. (3) The qualifications and experience, terms and conditions of service including salary and allowances of the Secretary and other officers and employees of the Board shall be such as may be specified in the regulations made by the Board. (4) The Board may engage the services of personnel, both from within and outside the country as consultants, visiting scientists on such terms and conditions and remunerations as may be specified in the regulations made by the Board and shall facilitate their operations within the country

Title: Oversight Committee of Experts

Description: (1) Subject to the rules made in this behalf, the Board shall constitute an Oversight Committee of Experts consisting of experts, eminent scientists and academics to advise and assist the Board. (2) The Oversight Committee shall consist of the following persons, namely:-- (i) a scientist of eminence and international repute--Chairperson; (ii) Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Science and Technology, ex officio--Vice-Chairperson; (iii) Presidents of Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Academy of Engineering, ex officio--Members; (iv) not more than three members to be appointed by the Central Government from amongst distinguished experts in different areas of science and technology; and (v) Secretary to the Board, ex officio--Member.

The Science and Engineering Research Board Act, 2008