The Visva-Bharati Act, 1951

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The Visva-Bharati Act, 1951

THE VISVA-BHARATI ACT, 1951 ACT NO. 29 OF 1951

[9th May, 1951.]

An Act to declare the institution known as "Visva-Bharati" to be an institution of national importance and to provide for its functioning as a unitary teaching and residential university.

BE it enacted by Parliament as follows:--

PRELIMINARY

1.

Short title and commencement.

1. Short title and commencement. (1) This Act may be called the Visva-Bharati Act, 1951.

(2) It shall come into force on such date 1* as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

2.

Declaration of Visva-Bharati as an institution of national importance.

2. Declaration of Visva-Bharati as an institution of national importance. Whereas the late Rabindranath Tagore (Thakur) founded an institution known as Visva-Bharati at Santiniketan in the district of Birbhum in West Bengal the objects of which are such as to make the institution one of national importance, it is hereby declared that the institution known as "Visva-Bharati" aforesaid is an institution of national importance 2*[and is as such hereby constituted as a University].

3.

In this Act, and in all Statutes made hereunder, 3*[3. In this Act, and in all Statutes made hereunder, unless the context otherwise requires,--

(a) "academic staff" means such categories of staff as are designated as academic staff by the statutes;

(b) "Acharya (Chancellor)" and "Upacharya (Vice-

Chancellor)" mean, respectively, the Acharya (Chancellor) and the Upacharya (Vice-Chancellor) of the University;

(c) "adhyapaka" includes a Professor, Reader, Lecturer and any other person engaged in imparting instruction in relation to any learning process and designated as an adhyapaka by the Ordinances;

(d) "Alumni Association" means the Association of the Alumni of the University, constituted under the provisions of this Act and the Statutes;

(e) "approved institution" means an institution (not being an institution maintained by the University) of higher learning or studies approved by the University;

(f) "Bhavana" means an academic institution maintained by the University and named as such;

(g) "campus" means a unit established or constituted by the University for imparting instruction or supervising research, for both;

(h) "Chatravasa" means a unit of residence, or of corporate life, for the students of the University provided, maintained or recognised by the University;

(i) "Department" means a Department of Studies and includes a centre of studies established by, or under, the Statutes;

(j) "employee of the University" means any person appointed by the University or any Institution, and includes an employee of a Bhavana;

(k) "Institute Board" means a Board constituted by the University for the management of an Institute;

(l) "Institution" means an institution maintained by the University;

(m) "Karma-Samiti (Executive Council)" means the Karma-

Samiti (Executive Council) of the University;

(n) "Patha-Samiti (Board of Studies)" means a Board constituted by the University for the regulation of stu...

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