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Universities Act - Part III

POWERS OF THE MINISTER


19. The Minister shall be responsible for the general direction of university education and the administration of this Act. Responsibility of Minister.
20 (1) (a) The Minister may from time to time issue to the Commission such general written directions as he may deem necessary in pursuance of national policy in matters such as finance, university places and medium of instruction, to enable him to discharge effectively, his responsibility for university education and the administration of this Act. Every such direction shall as soon as possible be tabled in Parliament. Power of the Minister to issue directions to the Commission.
(b) The Commission shall comply with such directions and the governing authority of every Higher Educational Institution shall afford such facilities, and furnish such information, to the Commission or any member or officer thereof as may be necessary to enable the Commission to comply with such directions.
(2) (a) For the purpose of enabling him to discharge effectively his responsibility for university education and the administration of this Act, the Minister may from time to time, order all or any of the activities, or the administration, of any Higher Educational Institution to be investigated and reported upon by the Commission.
(b) The Commission shall comply with such order and the governing authority of any Higher Educational Institution to which that order relates shall afford such facilities and furnish such information, to the Commission or any member or officer thereof as may be necessary to enable the Commission to comply with any such order.
(c) Upon the receipt of a report by the Commission in compliance with an order made under paragraph (a), the Minister may direct the Commission to take such remedial action as he may consider necessary with reference to any of the activities or the administration of the Higher Educational Institution concerned.
(3) Where the Minister is satisfied that the situation prevailing in a Higher Educational Institution is likely to endanger national security or is detrimental or prejudicial to national policy, or is likely to dislocate the functioning of such Institution, he may direct the Commission to take all such steps as he may deem necessary to bring such situation under control.
(4) Where the Minister is satisfied that, due to any strike or lockout or any other cause, the work or administration of any Higher Educational Institution has been seriously dislocated and that the Authorities of such Higher Educational Institution have failed to restore normal conditions, the Minister may take all such measures as may be necessary to ensure the restoration of normal conditions in such Higher Educational Institution. Pending the restoration of normal conditions, the Minister may, by Order published in the Gazette, make all such provisions as he may deem necessary in respect of all or any of the following matters relating to such Higher Educational Institution:-

[Inserted a new paragraph as 20(2)(c), 7 of 1985]

[S 20(3), 7 of 1985]

 

(a) the closure of such Higher Educational Institution;
(b) the appointment of any person by name or by office, to be a competent authority for the purpose of exercising, performing or discharging, in lieu of any officer, Authority or other body of such Higher Educational Institution, any power, duty or function under this Act or any appropriate Instrument, and
(c) any other matter connected with or relating to any of the matters aforesaid.
(5) Any Order made by the Minister under subsection (4) shall come into force on such date as may be specified therein. Any such Order shall, as soon as possible thereafter, be tabled in Parliament and shall, unless earlier rescinded, remain in force for a period not exceeding three months thereafter.
 

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