Section 9 in The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology Act, 2007

Title: Functions of Institute

Description: The Institute shall perform the following functions, namely:-- (i) nurture and promote quality and excellence in education and research in the area of petroleum and hydrocarbons; (ii) provide for programmes and courses of instruction and research leading to the award of the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in engineering and technology, management, sciences and arts in the area of petroleum and hydrocarbons; (iii) grant, subject to such conditions as the Institute may determine, degrees, diplomas, certificates or other academic distinctions or titles at various academic levels to candidates who have attained the prescribed standard of proficiency as judged on the basis of examination or on any other basis of testing and evaluation and to withdraw any such degrees, diplomas, certificates or other academic distinctions or titles for good and sufficient reasons; (iv) confer honorary degrees or other distinctions and to institute and award fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, prizes and medals; (v) lay down standards of admission to the Institute through an examination or any other method of testing and evaluation; (vi) fix, demand and receive fees and other charges; (vii) manage the content, quality, design and continuous evaluation of its academic and research programmes in a manner that earns accreditation of an international stature; (viii) promote research and development for the benefit of oil, gas and petrochemical industry through the integration of teaching and research; (ix) foster close educational and research interaction through networking with national, regional and international players in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry; (x) co-operate with educational and research institutions in any part of the world having objects wholly or partly similar to those of the Institute by exchange of teachers and scholars, conduct of joint research, undertaking sponsored research and consultancy projects, etc; (xi) organise national and international symposia, seminars and conferences in the area of petroleum and hydrocarbons; (xii) establish, maintain and manage halls, residences and hostels for students; (xiii) create academic, administrative, technical and other posts and to make appointments thereto; (xiv) lay down conditions of service including a code of conduct for teachers and other categories of employees; (xv) supervise, control and regulate the discipline of all categories of employees of the Institute and to make arrangements for promoting their health and general welfare; (xvi) supervise and regulate the discipline of students and to make arrangements for promoting their health, general welfare and cultural and corporate life; (xvii) frame Statutes and Ordinances and to alter, modify or rescind the same; (xviii) deal with any property belonging to or vested in the Institute in such manner as the Institute may deem fit for advancing its objects; (xix) receive gifts, grants, donations or benefactions from the Central and State Governments and to receive bequests, donations, grants and transfers of movable or immovable properties from testators, donors, transferors, alumni, industry or any other person; (xx) borrow money for the purposes of the Institute with or without security of the property of the Institute; (xxi) integrate new technology in the classroom to encourage student-centric learning strategies and the development of an attitude for learning; (xxii) develop and maintain an information resource centre of print and non-print knowledge resources in the field of petroleum sector covering the entire hydrocarbon value chain as well as other related areas of science and technology; (xxiii) provide for further education to the working professionals and other employees of the Institute in the advanced areas of technology relating to oil, gas and complete hydrocarbon value chain; and (xxiv) do all things, not specifically covered above, as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects of the Institute.

Title: Powers of Board

Description: (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board shall be responsible for the general superintendence, direction and control of the affairs of the Institute and shall exercise all the powers not otherwise provided for by this Act, the Statutes and the Ordinances, and shall have the power to review the acts of the Senate. (2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), the Board shall— (a) take decisions on questions of policy relating to the administration and working of the Institute; (b) lay down policy regarding the duration of the courses, nomenclature of the degrees and other distinctions to be conferred by the Institute; (c) institute courses of study and to lay down standards of proficiency and other academic distinctions in respect of the courses offered by the Institute; (d) lay down policy regarding the cadre structure, qualification, the method of recruitment and conditions of service of the teaching and research faculty as well as other employees of the Institute; (e) guide resource mobilisation of the Institute and to lay down policies for investment; (f) consider and approve proposals for taking loans for purposes of the Institute with or without security of the property of the Institute; (g) frame Statutes and to alter, modify or rescind the same; (h) consider and pass resolutions on the annual report, the annual accounts and the budget estimates of the Institute for the next financial year as it thinks fit together with a statement of its development plans; and (i) do all such things as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the aforesaid powers. (3) The Board shall have the power to appoint such committees as it considers necessary for the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties under this Act. (4) The Board shall have the power to establish campus and academic centres at any place within or outside India: Provided that no campus or academic centre shall be established outside India without prior approval of the Central Government. (5) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 4, the Board shall not dispose of in any manner, any immovable property of the Institute without prior approval of the Central Government. (6) The Board may, through a specific resolution to this effect, delegate any of its powers and duties to the President, Director, any officer or any authority of the Institute subject to reserving the right to review the action that may be taken under such delegated authority.

Title: Institute to be open to all races, creeds and classes

Description: (1) The Institute shall be open to persons of either sex and of whatever race, creed, caste or class, and no test or condition shall be imposed as to religious belief or profession in admitting students, appointing teachers or employees or in any other connection whatsoever. (2) No bequest, donation or transfer of any property shall be accepted by the Institute which in the opinion of the Board involves conditions or obligations opposed to the spirit and object of this section.

Title: Teaching at the Institute

Description: All teaching and other academic activities at the Institute shall be conducted by or in the name of the Institute in accordance with the Statutes and the Ordinances made in this behalf.

Title: Visitor

Description: (1) The President of India shall be the Visitor of the Institute. (2) The Visitor may appoint one or more persons to review the work and progress of the Institute and to hold inquiries into the affairs thereof and to report thereon in such manner as the Visitor may direct. (3) Upon receipt of any such report, the Visitor may take such action and issue such directions as he considers necessary in respect of any of the matters dealt with in the report and the Institute shall be bound to comply with such directions.

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