Section 3 in The Indian Maritime University Act, 2008

Title: The University

Description: (1) There shall be established a University by the name of Indian Maritime University. (2) The headquarters of the University shall be at Chennai with its campuses at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and such other places within its jurisdiction as it may deem fit. (3) The first Chancellor, the first Vice-Chancellor, the first members of the Court, the Executive Council, the Academic Council, the Planning Board and all persons who may hereafter become such officers or members, so long as they continue to hold such office or membership, shall constitute the University. (4) The University shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and shall sue and be sued by the said name. (5) The University shall be both, a teaching and an affiliating University.

Title: Objects of the University

Description: The objects of the University shall be,-- (i) to facilitate and promote maritime studies, training, research and extension work with focus on emerging areas of studies like oceanography, maritime history, maritime laws, maritime security, search and rescue, transportation of dangerous cargo, environmental studies and other related fields, and also to achieve excellence in these and connected fields and other matters connected therewith or incidental thereto; (ii) to promote advanced knowledge by providing institutional and research facilities in such branches of learning as it may deem fit and to make provisions for integrated courses in Science and other key and frontier areas of Technology and allied disciplines in the educational programmes of the University; (iii) to take appropriate measures for promoting innovations in teaching-learning process, interdisciplinary studies and research; and to pay special attention to the promotion of educational and economic interests and welfare of the people of India; (iv) to promote freedom, secularism, equality and social justice as enshrined in the Constitution of India and to act as catalyst in socio-economic transformation by promoting basic attitudes and values of essence to national development; and (v) to extend the benefits of knowledge and skills for development of individuals and society by associating the University closely with local, regional and national issues of development

Title: Powers of the 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 provision for research and for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge; (ii) to make provision for recognised institutions to undertake special studies; (iii) to establish and maintain campuses, colleges, institutions, departments, laboratories, libraries, museums, centres of research, training and specialised studies; (iv) to establish and maintain hostels, health centres and other related facilities like auditoria, playgrounds, gymnasiums, swimming pools, training ships; (v) to provide for establishment of campuses for serving a group of recognised colleges and to provide for and maintain common resource centres in such campuses in the form of libraries, laboratories, computer centres and the like centres of learning; (vi) to grant, subject to such conditions as the University may determine, diplomas for certificates other than Certificates of Competencies of Sea-farers, which shall continue to be issued by DirectorGeneral of Shipping, Government of India till the Central Government otherwise decides, and confer degrees and other academic distinctions on the basis of examinations, evaluation or any other method of testing on persons, and to withdraw any such diplomas, certificates, degrees or other academic distinctions for good and sufficient cause; (vii) to confer honorary degrees or other distinctions in the manner prescribed by the Statutes; (viii) to organise and to undertake extra-mural studies, training and extension services; (ix) to institute Directorships, Principalships, Professorships, Associate Professorships, Assistant Professorships and other teaching or academic positions, required by the University and to appoint persons to such Principalships, Professorships, Associate Professorships, Assistant Professorships or academic positions; (x) to provide for the terms and conditions of service of— (i) Directors, Principals and teachers and other members of the academic staff appointed by the University; (ii) teachers and other members of the academic staff appointed by any college or institution; and (iii) any other employee of recognised college or institution, whether appointed by the University or such college or institution; (xi) to appoint persons working in any other University or organisation as teachers of the University for a specified period; (xii) to recognise an institution of higher learning for such purposes as the University may determine and to withdraw such recognition; (xiii) to organise and conduct refresher courses, workshops, seminars and other programmes for teachers, evaluators and other academic staff; (xiv) to appoint on contract or otherwise visiting Professors, Emeritus Professors, Consultants, Scholars and such other persons who may contribute to the advancement of the objects of the University; (xv) to create teaching, non-teaching, administrative, ministerial and other posts in the University and to make appointments thereto; (xvi) to co-operate or collaborate or associate with any other University or authority or institution of higher learning within India or abroad, in such manner and for such purposes as the University may determine; (xvii) to approve appointment of persons for imparting instructions in any institution admitted to the privileges of the University and to withdraw such approval; (xviii) to inspect recognised institutions through suitable machinery established for the purpose, and to take measures to ensure that proper standards of instruction, teaching and training are maintained by them, and adequate library, laboratory, hospital, workshop and other academic facilities are provided for; (xix) to prescribe fees and other charges to be levied on the students of self-financing colleges and institutions; (xx) to coordinate the work of different colleges and institutions working in the same and similar areas; (xxi) to set up central facilities like computer centre, training centre, instrumentation centre, library, simulators; (xxii) to set up curriculum development centres for different subjects; (xxiii) to admit to its privileges colleges and institutions, not maintained by the University, and to withdraw all or any of those privileges in accordance with such conditions as may be prescribed by the Statutes; (xxiv) to recognise guide, supervise and control Halls not maintained by the University and other accommodation for students, and to withdraw any such recognition; (xxv) to make provision for research and advisory services and for that purpose, to enter into such arrangements with other institutions or bodies as the University may deem necessary; (xxvi) to prescribe fees for recognising of colleges and institutions; (xxvii) to determine standards of admission to the University which may include examination, evaluation or any other method of testing; (xxviii) to institute and award fellowships, scholarships, studentships, assistantships, medals and prizes; (xxix) to demand and receive payment of fees and other charges; (xxx) to supervise the residences of the students of the University and to make arrangements for promoting their health and general welfare; (xxxi) to make such special arrangements in respect of women students as the University may consider desirable; (xxxii) to regulate the conduct of the students of the University and of colleges and institutions; (xxxiii) to control and regulate admission of students for various courses of study in Departments, recognised institutions, schools and centres of studies; (xxxiv) to regulate the work and conduct of the employees of the University and of the employees of the colleges and institutions; (xxxv) to regulate and enforce discipline among the employees and students of the University and to take such disciplinary measures in this regard as may be deemed necessary; (xxxvi) to prescribe code of conduct for managements of recognised colleges and institutions; (xxxvii) to make arrangements for promoting the health and general welfare of the employees of the University and those of colleges and institutions; (xxxviii) to receive benefactions, donations and gifts from persons and to name after them such chairs, institutions, buildings and the like, the University may determine, whose gift or donation to the University is worth such amount as the University may decide; (xxxix) to acquire, hold, manage and dispose of any property, movable or immovable, including trust and endowment properties for the purposes of the University; (xl) to borrow, with the approval of the Central Government, on the security of the property of the University, money for the purposes of the University; (xli) to assess needs of the students in terms of subjects, fields of specialisation, levels of education and training of technical manpower, both on short and long term basis, and to initiate necessary programmes to meet these needs; (xlii) to initiate measures to enlist the co-operation of the industry to provide complementary facilities; (xliii) to provide for instruction through "distance learning" and "open approach" and for mobility of students from the non-formal open learning stream to the formal stream and vice versa; (xliv) to establish such campuses, special centres, specialised laboratories or other units for research and instruction as are, in the opinion of the University, necessary for the furtherance of its objective; (xlv) to confer autonomous status on a college or an institution or a Department, as the case may be, in accordance with the Statutes; (xlvi) to arrange for the training to upgrade maritime standard of the employees of the industry and institutes and to levy fees for such training as prescribed by the Statutes; (xlvii) 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; and (xlviii) 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.

Title: Jurisdiction

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

Title: University open to all classes, castes and creed

Description: The University shall be open to persons of either sex and of whatever caste, creed, race or class, 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 other office therein or be admitted as a student in the University or to graduate thereat or to enjoy or exercise any privilege thereof: Provided that nothing in this section shall be deemed to prevent the University from making special provisions for the employment or promotion of educational interests of women, physically handicapped or of persons belonging to the weaker sections of the society and, in particular, of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

The Indian Maritime University Act, 2008