Section 5 in The South Asian University Act, 2008

Title: Jurisdiction

Description: The jurisdiction of the University shall extend to whole of India and to campuses and centres established outside India in the SAARC region: Provided that where the University establishes and maintains any campus or centre outside India at any place in the SAARC region, then the jurisdiction of the University shall extend to such campus or centre, subject to the provision of the Agreement and laws in force in any of the Member States within which such campus or centre is situated.

Title: Governing Board

Description: (1) There shall be a Governing Board of the University consisting of two members from each of the Member States of the SAARC and the President of the University: Provided that until the first Governing Board is formed, the Inter-Governmental Steering Committee of the SAARC shall function as an interim Governing Board. (2) The Governing Board shall be headed by the Chairperson who shall be elected from amongst the members of the Governing Board. (3) The members of the Governing Board shall be selected in such manner and for such term as provided in Article 5 of the Schedule. (4) The President of the University shall be the ex officio member of the Governing Board. (5) The Governing Board shall be responsible for all the policies and directions of the University and management of its affairs. (6) The Chairperson of the Board shall exercise such powers as may be prescribed by the Statutes.

Title: Objectives of University

Description: The objectives of the University shall be— (a) to disseminate and advance knowledge, wisdom and understanding by providing instructional and research facilities in such branches of learning as it may deem fit; (b) to take appropriate measures for promoting innovations in teaching-learning process, inter-disciplinary studies and application of knowledge to social advancement, and human welfare and to the promotion of regional peace and security; (c) to impart liberal and humane education towards capacity building of the South Asian nations in the domain of science, technology and other areas of higher learning vital for improving their quality of life and to give students the analytical tools needed for the pursuit of profession and inculcate in them the quality of leadership; (d) to foster in the students sound civic sense and to train them to become useful citizens of democratic societies; (e) to build a South Asian community of learning where students from countries of South Asia are able to develop their fullest intellectual potential and to create a South Asian community by strengthening regional consciousness; and (f) to harmonise the academic standards and accreditation norms in teaching, research and curriculum that are acceptable to all Member States.

Title: Powers of University

Description: The University shall have the following powers, namely:-- (i) to provide for instruction in such branches of learning as the University may, from time to time, determine and to make provisions for research and for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge; (ii) to establish such special centres and specialised laboratories and such other units for research and instruction as are necessary for the furtherance of its objects; (iii) to plan and prescribe courses of study for degrees, diplomas, certificates or for any other purpose; (iv) to grant, subject to such conditions as the University may determine, diplomas or certificates and confer degrees or other academic distinctions on the basis of examinations, evaluation or any other method of testing and to withdraw any such diplomas, certificates, degrees or other academic distinctions for good and sufficient cause; (v) to confer honorary degrees or other distinctions in the manner prescribed by the Statutes; (vi) to organise and to undertake open learning programmes, extramural studies, training and extension services; (vii) to institute Chairs, principalships, professorships, readerships and lecturerships and other teaching and academic positions, required by the University and to appoint persons to such Chairs, Principalships, Professorships, Readerships and lecturerships and other teaching and academic positions; (viii) to appoint visiting professors, Emeritus professors, consultants, scholars and such other persons who may contribute to the advancement of the objects of the University; (ix) to recognise persons as Professors, Readers or Lecturers or otherwise as teachers of the University; (x) to create administrative and other posts as the University may deem necessary from time to time and to make appointments thereto; (xi) to lay down conditions of service of all categories of employees, including their code of conduct; (xii) to establish and maintain campuses, Centres, Regional Centres as may be determined from time to time; (xiii) to admit to its privileges institutions situated within its jurisdiction as the University institutions and to withdraw all or any of those privileges in accordance with such conditions as may be prescribed by the Statutes; (xiv) to co-operate or collaborate or associate with any other University or authority or institution of higher learning or any other public or private body, having in view the promotion of purposes and objects similar to those of the University, in such manner as may be prescribed and for such purposes as may be determined or agreed upon by the University; (xv) to determine standards of admission, including examination, evaluation or any other method of testing, to the University, and the institutions maintained by or admitted to the privileges of the University; (xvi) to demand and receive payment of fees and other charges as may be prescribed; (xvii) to establish Halls and to recognise, guide, supervise and control Halls not maintained by the University and other accommodation for students, and to withdraw any such recognition; (xviii) to make arrangements for promoting health and general welfare of students and employees of the University; (xix) to regulate and enforce discipline among the students and the employees, and to take such disciplinary measures in this regard as may be deemed by the University to be necessary; (xx) to institute and award Fellowships, Scholarships, Studentships and prizes; (xxi) to receive benefactions, donations and gifts in accordance with the regulations made by the Governing Board as per norms of the SAARC and to acquire, hold, manage and dispose of any property, movable or immovable, including trust and endowment properties, for the purposes or objects of the University and to invest funds in such manner as it deems fit; (xxii) to borrow, with the approval of the Governing Board, on the security of the University property, money for purposes of the University; (xxiii) to recognise for any purpose, either in whole or in part, any institution or members or students thereof on such terms and conditions as may, from time to time, be prescribed and to withdraw such recognition; (xxiv) to enter into any agreement for the incorporation of any other institution in the University and for taking its rights, properties and liabilities and for any other purpose not repugnant to this Act; (xxv) to make provision for research and advisory services and for that purpose to enter into such arrangements with other institutions or bodies as it may deem necessary; (xxvi) to provide for the printing, reproduction and publication of research and other work which may be issued by the University; (xxvii) to exercise such other powers accorded to it under the Agreement; and (xxviii) to do all such other acts as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the promotion of all or any of the objects of the University.

Title: University open to all persons.

Description: The University shall be open to all persons irrespective of gender, caste, creed, disability, ethnicity or socio-economic background and it shall not be lawful for the University to adopt or impose on any person, any test whatsoever of religious belief or profession in order to entitle him to be appointed as a teacher of the University or to hold any office therein or be admitted as a student in the University or to graduate thereat or to enjoy or exercise any privilege thereof.

The South Asian University Act, 2008