The Rajiv Gandhi University Act, 2007

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The Rajiv Gandhi University Act (RGU Act) on 10th January, 2007. This is Act to incorporate an affiliating University and to institute teaching in the State of Arunachal Pradesh. This Rajiv Gandhi University was prior known as Arunachal University.

This RGU is a Central University under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, in Government of India. This RGU is a corporate body having a common seal and perpetual succession, can and be sued in its name. The Members of this University is headed by a Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and the first members of the Court and such other persons who are deemed fit to function in pursuance to this Act shall be a member of this University.

The establishment of this Act has made several changes such as all rights and liabilities of RGU shall be transferred to the University, wherever there is a reference of RGU in any contracts shall be changed in the name of University. All assets are transferred or vested with the University from the date of commencement of this Act. All employees of RGU shall now continue to hold their Office for the same tenure with same terms and conditions as it may deems fit in pursuance to this Act. These employees shall hold Office with the same payment and remunerations unless there arise any alteration made in pursuance under this Act.

The main intention of this University is to propagate advance knowledge by endowing instrumental and research facilities in such categories of learning as it may deems fit. Its intention not only limited in providing facilities but also it makes several provision for integrated Courses and such other educational programs in pursuance to this Act. The other function of this University is to supervise and organize the procedures in such a manner as it fulfills the intention of the legislature while enacting this Act. This University shall be extended to whole part of Arunachal Pradesh unless there arise any alteration in Jurisdiction. This is open to all classes, creeds and race as per Constitution of India.

The President of India shall be a visitor at every time when it deems necessary and assist them on demand after proper inquiry made by the Representatives of the University and Executive Council, if he feels fit. The Visitor by an Order ought to perform its duties as it is specified under the provisions of this Act within the time specified and such other function as prescribed under this Statute.  The President shall appoint all the Higher Officials of this University in such a manner as specified under the provisions of this Act and shall delegate such functions in pursuance to this Act to do such duties and functions inorder to fulfill the intention of the legislature while enacting this Act.

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In case of constituting a Court and its term of Office of such members shall be in such a way prescribed under the provisions of this Act. The members elected shall be the Teachers, Employees and the Students of such University as specified under this Act. The Executive Council shall be the presiding authority of this University. The constitution of this Executive Council shall be done as per the Statute and the members elected shall be among the members of the Court as prescribed under the provisions of this Act.

The Executive Committee shall maintain the annual reports of this University and shall be presented before the Court on or before the date specified in this Act. The Court shall further precede these annual reports with comments to the President, who is a visitor of this University and a copy given to the Central Government inorder to present this before the Houses of the Parliaments. These Accounts statements and such other records shall be prepared under the direction of this Executive Committee by the Auditor-General of India and Comptroller. The Central Government shall present these statements before the Houses of the Parliament for generation of funds and such other as may be necessary to this University.

As that of Executive Council, there constituted The Academic Council and the College Development Council to perform their delegated functions in pursuance to this Act. There were several other Boards and Committees shall be formed if it deems necessary to Act in pursuance to this Act. This Statute has the power to enact several laws, Ordinance or regulations to this University. Their powers extends in appointing any number of Officers and delegate such powers to them as it deems fit and also to frame as many procedures they deems fit inorder to fulfill the purpose of this Act.

In case of any dispute arises due to the violation of any provisions under this Act, such employees or Officers shall be punished or the matters may be settled in the Arbitrational Tribunal or after a proper inquiry and investigations of  evidence etc, subject to Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 or even in pursuance to the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 with Indian Penal Code, 1860, such matter shall be disposed of. Any aggrieved party shall go for an appeal within certain mentioned period from the date of award by the Arbitrational Tribunal or an Order of a Civil Court or even upon punitive actions against him for any criminal activities by any employees or such other Officers and Higher Officials. No legal actions shall be taken against any Officers or an employee, who has done any activities in pursuance to this Act in good faith.

 The Central Government while enacting any new laws or regulations shall get the approval from the Houses of the Parliament and enact those laws in such a manner as it is not inconsistent to any other laws in force for the time being and remove such difficulties if any in acting in pursuance to this Act. The Rajiv Gandhi University Act, 1984 shall stood repealed and if in case of any action taken place of this repealed provisions of the 1984 Act shall be considered as and accepted as if those provisions have still been in existence. Since its inception, the University under this Act has made significant growth in the field of research, teaching and in innovative developments in several areas beyond expectations.

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by C.Srivenkatesh Prabhu.