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Universities Act - Part VI

THE CHANCELLOR AND THE OFFICERS OF UNIVERSITIES


32. The President shall nominate the Chancellor of each University. The Chancellor shall be the Head of the University, hold office for a period of five years reckoned from the date of his nomination, and shall, preside at any Convocation of the University.

The Chancellor.

[S 32, 7 of 1985]

33 The Officers of a University shall be the following:- Officers of the University.
  (i) the Vice-Chancellor;
  (ii) the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, if any;
  (iii) the Rector of each Campus, if any;
  (iv) the Dean of each Faculty;
  (v) the Registrar;  
  (vi) the Librarian;  
  (vii) the Bursar; and  
  (viii) the holder of any other post declared by Ordinance to be a post, the holder of which is an Officer for the purpose of this section.  
34. (1) (a) The Vice-Chancellor of a University shall, subject to the provisions of paragraph (b), be appointed for a term of three years by the President, upon the recommendation of the Commission, from a panel of three names recommended by the Council of that University.

The Vice-Chancellor.

[S 34(1), 7 of 1985 & 1 of 1995]

    (b) No person shall be appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the same University for more than two consecutive terms.
    (c) The Vice-Chancellor of a University may be removed from office by the President, after consultation with the Commission.
  (2) The Vice-Chancellor shall be a full-time officer of the University, and shall be the principal executive officer and principal academic officer thereof. He shall be an ex officio member and Chairman of both the Council and the Senate. The Vice-Chancellor shall be entitled to convene, be present and speak at, any meeting of any other Authority of the University or other body, but shall not be entitled to vote at any such meeting unless he is a member of such other Authority or other body.  
  (3) It shall be the duty of the Vice-Chancellor, in accordance with such directions as may from time to time be lawfully issued to him in that behalf by the Council, to ensure that the provisions of this Act and of any appropriate Instrument are duly observed, and he shall have and may exercise all such powers as he may deem necessary for the purpose. [S 34(2), 7 of 1985]
  (4) Subject to the provisions of this Act, it shall be the duty of the Vice-Chancellor to give effect, or to ensure that effect is given, to the decisions of the Council and of the Senate.  
  (5) The Vice-Chancellor shall be the Accounting Officer of the University.  
  (6) The Vice-Chancellor shall be responsible -

[S 34(6), 7 of 1985]

    (a) for the execution of policies and measures approved by the Council in relation to the University and, subject to such policies, the direction, supervision and control of the University, including its administration; and  
    (b) for the maintenance of discipline within a University.  
  (7) The Vice-Chancellor shall, unless he vacates office earlier or is removed from office under subsection (1)(c) of this section, hold office for a term of three years, or until he has completed his sixty fifth year, whichever event occurs earlier.  
  (8) If the Vice-Chancellor by reason of leave, illness, absence from Sri Lanka or other cause is temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, if any, shall perform such duties. Where there is no Deputy Vice-Chancellor the Commission shall, within seven days of the occurrence of such inability, make such arrangements as it may think fit for carrying on the duties of the office. [S 34(8), 7 of 1985]
  (9) If any vacancy occurs in the office of Vice-Chancellor - [S 34(9), 7 of 1985]
    (a) the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, if any, shall perform the duties of the office of Vice-Chancellor, or  
    (b) where there is no Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Commission shall, within seven days of the occurrence of such vacancy, make such arrangements as it may think fit for carrying on the duties of the office,  
  until a permanent appointment is made under the preceding provisions of this section.  
  (10) A Vice-Chancellor who, resigns or is removed from office under subsection (1) or in any other way ceases to hold office as Vice-Chancellor, unless re-appointed, may, if he was a member of the staff of a Higher Educational Institution on the day prior to the date of his appointment as Vice-Chancellor, revert to his substantive post in the staff of such Institution provided he has not completed his sixty-fifth year.

Notwithstanding anything in the principal enactment the Vice-Chancellor of every University established or deemed to be established under the principal enactment shall, on the date of coming into operation of this section, cease to hold office as such Vice-Chancellor:

Provided, however, any Vice-Chancellor who so ceases to hold office, shall be eligible for re-appointment.

[Inserted a new subsection as 34(10), 7 of 1985]

Vice-Chancellors of Universities to cease to hold office on the coming into operation of this section.

[This section was effective till 18.02.1985, 7 of 1985]

35. The Council of a University may, at its discretion and with the prior approval of the Commission, appoint a Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The procedure for the appointment of a Deputy Vice-Chancellor and his powers, duties and functions shall be prescribed by Ordinance. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
36 (1) The Rector of a Campus shall be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University to which such Campus is attached. He shall, unless he vacates office earlier, hold office for a period of three years reckoned from the date of his appointment and shall, unless removed from office, be eligible for re-appointment for a further period of three years immediately succeeding the aforesaid period. The Rector of a Campus.
  (2) If the Rector, by reason of leave, illness, absence from Sri Lanka or other cause, is temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, the Vice-Chancellor shall, within seven days of the occurrence of such inability, make such arrangements as he may think fit for carrying on the duties of the office. Until such arrangements are made, the Registrar shall carry on the routine duties of the office.  
  (3) The Rector shall be a full-time officer of the Campus and shall be the academic and administrative Head of the Campus.  
  (4) The Rector shall be the Chairman of the Campus Board. He shall be entitled to convene, be present and speak at any meeting of any other body of the Campus, but shall not be entitled to vote at any such meeting unless he is a member of such other body. [S 36(4), 7 of 1985]
  (5) The Rector shall be responsible for the maintenance of discipline within the Campus.

[S 36(5), 7 of 1985]

37 (1) The Registrar of a University shall be appointed by the Council upon the recommendation of a Selection Committee, the composition of which shall be prescribed by Ordinance. He shall be a full-time officer of that University and shall exercise, perform and discharge such powers, duties and functions as may be conferred or imposed on or assigned to him by this Act or by any appropriate Instrument. The Registrar.
  (2) The Registrar shall be responsible for the custody of the records and the property of the University.  
  (3) The Registrar shall be the ex officio secretary of the Council and the Senate. [S 37(3), 7 of 1985]
  (4) The Registrar shall be the Assistant Accounting Officer of the University.  
  (5) The Registrar shall, subject to the direction and control of the Vice-Chancellor, be responsible for the general administration of the University and the disciplinary control of its non-academic staff.  
38. (1) The Bursar of a University shall be appointed by the Council upon the recommendation of a Selection Committee, the composition of which shall be prescribed by Ordinance. He shall be a full-time officer of that University and shall exercise, perform and discharge such powers, duties and functions as may be conferred or imposed on or assigned to him by this Act or by any appropriate Instrument. The Bursar.
  (2) The Bursar shall, subject to the direction and control of the Registrar, be responsible for the administration of the finances of the University, and maintain its accounts in such form and manner as may be prescribed by Rules. He shall have the custody of the funds of the University. [S 38(2), 7 of 1985]
39. (1) The Librarian of a University shall be appointed by the Council upon the recommendation of a Selection Committee, the composition of which shall be prescribed by Ordinance. He shall be a full-time officer of that University and shall exercise, perform and discharge such powers, duties and functions as may be conferred or imposed on or assigned to him by this Act or by any appropriate Instrument. The Librarian.
  (2) The Librarian shall, subject to the direction and control of the Vice-Chancellor, be responsible for the administration of the library or libraries of the University.  
 

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