Section 8 in The South Asian University Act, 2008

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.

Title: Visitor

Description: (1) The Foreign Minister of the current Chair of the SAARC shall be the Visitor of the University. (2) The Visitor shall have such powers as may be prescribed by the Statutes

Title: Officers of University

Description: (1) There shall be a President of the University, and such other officers appointed in such manner as may be prescribed, who shall exercise such powers and functions as may be prescribed. (2) The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the University.

Title: President and its powers

Description: (1) The President shall be appointed by the Governing Board in such manner as may be prescribed by the Statutes: Provided that until the President is appointed, the Chief Executive Officer of the Project Office shall exercise the powers of the President and function as Chief Executive Officer of the University. (2) The President shall, as the Chief Executive Officer, exercise general supervision and control over the affairs of the University and shall be responsible for implementing the objectives of the University and fulfilling the policy directives of the Governing Board. (3) The President may, if he is of the opinion that immediate action is necessary on any matter, exercise any power conferred on any authority of the University by or under this Act and shall report to such authority at its next meeting the action taken by him on such matter: Provided that such exercise of power shall be made only in emergent situations and in no case in respect of creation and upgradation of posts, and appointments thereto: Provided further that if the authority concerned is of the opinion that such action ought not to have been taken, it may refer the matter to the Governing Board whose decision thereon shall be final. (4) The President, if he is of the opinion that any decision of any authority of the University is beyond the powers of the authority conferred by the provisions of this Act and the Statutes or that any decision taken is not in the interest of the University, may ask the authority concerned to review its decision within sixty days of such decision and if the authority refuses to review the decision either in whole or in part or no decision is taken by it within the said period of sixty days, the matter shall be referred to the Governing Board whose decision thereon shall be final. (5) The President or any officer of the University, authorised by him in this behalf, shall have the power to enter into agreements, sign documents and authenticate records on behalf of the University. (6) The President shall exercise such other powers as may be prescribed by the Statutes.

The South Asian University Act, 2008