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The Aga Khan University Order, 1983

PRESIDENT’S ORDER III OF 1983

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part I, 2nd March, 1983]

No. F. 17(2)/83-Pub.-The following Order made by the President is hereby published for general information;

Whereas His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and the Aga Khan Foundation have established in Pakistan a Health Science Complex whose programmes will promote human welfare in general and the welfare of the people ‘of Pakistan in particular and have expressed the desire to establish an autonomous university in Pakistan for the promotion and dissemination of knowledge and technology and for providing instruction, training, research, demonstration and service in the health sciences and such other benches of learning as the University may determine;

Now, therefore, in pursuance of the Proclamation of the fifth day of July, 1977, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the President is pleased to make the following Order:—

1. Short title and commencement.-(1) This order may be called the Aga Khan University Order, 1983.

(2) It shall come into force at once.

2. Definitions.-In this Order, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,—

(a) “Board” means the Board of Trustees of the University referred to in Article 11;

(b) “Chancellor” means the Chancellor of the University referred to in Article 8;

(c) Pro-Chancellor” means the Pro-Chancellor of the University appointed under Article 9;

(d) “Rector” means the Rector of the University appointed under Article 10;

(e) ”University” means the Aga Khan University established under this Order.

3. Establishment and incorporation of the University.(1)There shall be established a University to be called the Aga Khan University and consisting of,—

(a) the Patron, the Chancellor, the Pr®-Chancellor, the Rector, the members of the Board;

(b) the members of such councils, committees and other advisory bodies as the Board may establish or authorise from time to time;

(c) the members of the faculties, and students of the colleges, schools, institutes and other units; and

(d) such other officers and members of the staff as may be specified by the Board from time to time.

(2) The University shall be a body corporate by the name of the Aga Khan University, having perpetual succession and a common seal; with power, among others, to acquire, hold and dispose of any property and shall by the said name sue and be sued.

4. The purpose. Powers and functions of the University.–(1) The purposes of the University shall be the promotion and dissemination of knowledge and technology and to provide for instruction,- training, research,, demonstration and service in the health sciences and such other branches of learning as the University may determine.

(2) The University shall be a fully autonomous body with freedom to govern its academia functions in order to achieve its objectives, in particular, freedom to,—

(a) select and examine students;

(b) award degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions;

(c) select and promote faculties;

(d) determine courses of study in health sciences and such other bran ties of learning as the University may determine;

(e) pursue research;

(f ) establish and support hospitals, clinics and other sites and facilities for education, training and research;

(g) affiliate itself or associate with other institutions, and establish faculties in Pakistan or abroad for better discharge of its functions and responsibilities;

(h) decide teaching methods and strategies in order to ensure the most effective educational and other programmes; and

(i) use the financial and other resources allocated to it for the execution of its functions.

(3) The principal teaching facilities of the health science faculties of the University shall consist of the Aga Khan Hospital, at Karachi, but the University shall have the right to use the other institutions and programmes under the Aga Khan Health Services in Pakistan and the facilities of any other institution on terms to be settled by it with the Aga Khan Health Services or such institution.

(4) The University may enter into agreements, contracts and arrangements with Governments, organisations, institutions, bodies and individuals for the purpose of carrying out its functions and activities.

(5) The University may do all such other acts and things as may be requisite in order to further the objects of the University.

(6) The University may, with the approval of the Chancellor, provide facilities to the representatives of the University Grants Commission and the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council for visitation to enable them to verify that appropriate academic standards are being maintained by the University.

5. University open to all classes, creeds, etc.-The University shall be open to all persons of either sex of whatever religion, race, creed, colour or domicile who are academically qualified for admission to the courses of study offered by the University, and no such person shall be denied the privileges of the University on the ground only of sex, religion, creed, race, class, colour or domicile.

6. The Patron.-The President of Pakistan shall be the Patron of the University.

7. Officers of the University.-The following shall be the officers of the University, namely:—

(a) the Chancellor;

(b) the Pro-Chancellor; and

(c) the Rector.

8. The Chancellor.-(I) His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan shall be the first Chancellor of the University and shall be succeeded by the Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation for the time being.

(2) The Chancellor shall, when present, preside at convocations of the University and meetings at which business of the University is transacted.

(3) Every proposal to confer an honorary degree shall be subject to confirmation by the Chancellor.

9. The Pro-Chancellor.-(I) The Pro-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Chancellor for such. period and on such terms and conditions as the Chancellor may determine. (2) At any time when the office of Chancellor is vacant, or the Chancellor is absent or is unable to perform the functions of his office due to any cause, the Pro-Chancellor shall act for him.

(3) The Pro-Chancellor shall perform ‘such other functions as may be entrusted to him by the Chancellor.

10. The Rector.-(1) The Rector shall be appointed by the Chancellor for such period and on such terms and conditions as the Chancellor may determine.

(2) The Rector shall be the chief academic and administrative officer of the University and shall have overall responsibility for the direction, organisation, administration and programmes of the University in accordance with the guidelines and general policies formulated by the Board and for the implementation of the decisions and policies of the Board in particular; he shall,—

(a) Submit the plans of work and budget estimates of the University for the approval of the Board;

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