Ordinance  No. V of 2000

[7th February, 2000]

An Ordinance to provide for the establishment of Bahria University at Islamabad

WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the establishment of Bahria University at Islamabad and to provide for the matters connected therewith or incidental thereto;

AND WHEREAS the National Assembly and the Senate stand suspended in pursuance of the Proclamation of Emergency of the fourteenth day of October, 1999, and the Provisional Constitution Order No. 1 as amended;

AND WHEREAS the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action;

NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of Proclamation of the fourteenth day of October, 1999, and Provisional Constitution Order No. l of 1999, as amended, as well as Order No.9 of 1999, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:—

1. Short title and commence­ment.—(1) This Ordinance may be called the Bahria University Ordinance, 2000.

(2)   It shall come into force at once.

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

(a) "Academic Council" means, the Academic Council of the University constituted under section 19;

(b) "affiliated institution" means an educational institution authorised by the Board to conduct academic programmes approved by the University;

(c) "authority" means any of the authorities of the University specified in section 15;

(d) "Board" means the Board of Governors of the University constituted under section 16;

(e) "Chancellor" means the Chancellor of the University;

(f) "Constituent Units" means the Bahria Institutes of Management and Computer Sciences at Islamabad and Karachi, the Pakistan Naval Academy, Manora, Karachi, the Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore, the institute of Professional Psychology, Karachi, the Bahria Colleges at Islamabad and Karachi the faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences and includes any other faculty or college instituted by the Board or any other unit established by, or on the authority of, the Board;

(g) "Committee" means the Executive Committee of the University constituted under section 18;

(h) "head" means the head of a college or institution under the University by whatever name or designation;

(i) "institute" means a teaching unit of the University;

(j) "prescribed" means prescribed by Regulations, Rules or Statutes;

(k) "Pro-Chancellor" means the Pro-Chancellor appointed under section 8;

(l) "Rector" means the Rector of the University appointed under section 9;

(m) "Registrar" means the Registrar of the University;

(n) "Regulations, Rules and Statutes" means Regulations, Rules and Statutes made or deemed to have been made under this Ordinance; and

(o) "University" means the Bahria University established under this Ordinance.

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

(i) the Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor, the Rector, the Registrar, the Directors;

(ii) the Governing bodies of the Constituent Units by whatever names called;

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

(iv) the members of the faculties and students of the colleges and Constituent Units; and

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

(2) The University shah be a body corporate by the name of the Bahria University Islamabad 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.

(3) The principal seat of the University shall be at Islamabad, and it may set up any number of colleges and institutes at such places in Pakistan as the Board may determine.

4. Purposes, 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 such branches of learning as the Board may deem fit.

(2) The University shall be a fully autonomous body with freedom to govern its academic and administrative functions in order to achieve its objectives in general and in particular freedom to—

(a) determine courses of study in management sciences, computer sciences, information and communication technology, professional psychology, naval sciences, war and strategic studies, earth and environmental sciences and such other disciplines as it may determine;

(b) determine courses of study at the undergraduate level in its constituent units where applicable as well as in its affiliated institutions;

(c) select and examine students;

(d) award degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions

(e) pursue and co-ordinate research;

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

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

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

(i) confer in the manner prescribed honorary degrees or other distinctions on persons approved by the Board for the purpose;

(j) confer degrees on persons who have carried on independent research under prescribed conditions;

(k) provide for such instructions for persons not being students of the University as it may determine and grant certificates and diplomas to such persons;

(l) accept the examinations passed, and the periods of study spent, by students of the University at other universities and places of learning as equivalent lo such examinations and periods of study in the University as it may determine, and to withdraw such acceptance;

(m) institute professorships, associate professorships, assistant professorships, lectureships, research associateships and other posts, and to make appointments thereto;

(n) create posts for teaching, research, administration and other related purposes and to appoint persons thereto;

(o) institute and award fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, medals and prizes under prescribed conditions;

(p) establish institutes, faculties, libraries, laboratories, workshops, museums and other centres of learning for the development of teaching and research and make such arrangements for their maintenance, management and administration as it may determine;

(q) make provision for research and advisory services and with these objectives to enter into arrangements with other institutions or with public bodies within Pakistan and abroad under prescribed conditions;

(r) enter into, carry out, vary or cancel contracts;

(s) receive and manage property transfers and grants, bequests, trusts, gifts, donations, endowments and other contributions made to it and invest any funds representing such property, grants, bequests, trusts, gifts, donations, endowments or contributions and convert one kind of property into another, in such manner as it may deem fit;

(t) provide for the printing and publication of research and other works;

(u) authorise and agree when warranted by the circumstances to the mobility of qualified staff among universities, research organizations and the Government or corporate bodies, provided that the rights and privileges of the staff under this arrangement shall be protected; and

(v) do all such other acts and things, whether incidental to the powers aforesaid or not, as may be required in order to further its objectives as a place of education, learning and research.

(3) The principal teaching facilities of the University shall be in the Constituent Units and such other colleges and institutes as may be determined by the Board from time to time.

(4) Academic activities, examinations and syllabi at the colleges and institutes referred to in sub-section (3) shall be in conformity with such conditions as the University may prescribe.

(5) The University may, with the approval of the Board, provide facilities to the representatives of the University Grants Commission and the Pakistan Navy or such relevant organizations for visitation to enable them to verify and ensure that appropriate academic standards are being maintained by it.

5. University open to all classes, creeds etc. The University shall be open to all persons of either sex without prejudice of religion race, class, creed, colour or domicile who qualify for admission for the courses of study offered by it based on the criteria and policy determined by the Board, and no such person shall be denied the privileges of the University on the ground of sex, religion, race, class, creed, colour or domicile.

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

(a) the Chancellor;

(b) the Pro-Chancellor;

(c) the Rector;

(d) the Registrar;

(e) the Director of Examinations and Academic Affairs;

(f) the Director Finance;

(g) the Director of Research and Development;

(h) Heads of Constituent Units and Faculties; and

(i) such other persons as may be prescribed to be officers by the Board.

7. Chancellor.—(1) The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan shall be the Chancellor of the University.-

(2) The Chancellor shall preside over the convocations of the University and meetings at which his presence is desirable in the light of the business being transacted.

(3) In the absence of the Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor or the Rector shall preside at convocation of the University.

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

(5) If the Chancellor is satisfied that the proceedings or orders of any authority are not in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance, the statutes, regulations or the rules, he may, after calling upon such authority to show cause in writing, annual such proceedings or orders.

8. Pro-Chancellor.—(1) The Chancellor shall appoint an educationist of repute as Pro-Chancellor for such period and on such terms and conditions as he may determine.

(2) The Pro-Chancellor shall act for the Chancellor at any time when the office of the Chancellor is vacant, or the Chancellor is absent or is unable to perform the functions of his office due to any cause.

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

9. Rector.—(1) The Board shall appoint an educationist of good repute and experience as Rector to ensure the disciplined educational environment visualized for the University.

(2) The Rector shall hold office for a term of three years and shall be eligible for reappointment for a similar term or such shorter period on such terms and conditions as the Board may determine.

(3) The Rector shall be the chief executive of the University in all fields of academics and administration, and shall have overall responsibility for the direction, organization, 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 and shall, without prejudice to the provisions of section 4,—

(a) oversee, monitor and supervise all academic activities, including examinations and applied research to ensure that proper academic standards are maintained;

(b) exercise administrative control over the academic and administrative staff employed by the University including their recruitment;

(c) submit the plans of work and budget estimates of the University for the approval of the Board;

(d) direct the activities connected with execution of programmes for instruction, training, research, demonstration and service, and authorize expenditure   provided for in the budget as approved by the Board;

(e) make appointments to academic and non-academic positions that he has been authorized in accordance with the policies and procedures approved by the Board so as to ensure the highest intellectual and moral qualities in the persons appointed;

(f) appoint, subject to approval of the Board, on contract, teachers, officers and members of staff of the University and such other persons as may be necessary for a period not exceeding two years;

(g) submit to the Board, in accordance with the rules of procedure framed by it, reports on the activities of the University and the execution of the plans of works;

(h) prepare and revise from time to time statutes and regulations with the approval of the Board for the efficient and effective operations of the University; and

(k) provide necessary assistance to the Board in its functioning.

10. Registrar. The Registrar shall be mainly responsible for the maintenance of University records, student affairs and administration and in addition, he may be entrusted with other responsibilities by the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee or the Rector as considered appropriate and necessary.

11. Director of Examinations and academic affairs. There shall be a Director examinations and academic affairs who shall deal with all matters concerning examinations and coordination with constituent and affiliated institutions and shall be responsible for policy making, coordinating and overseeing all activities relating to academics, research and development.

12. Director Finance. The Director Finance shall be mainly responsible for the proper and judicious management of the University funds received from various sources in accordance with the policies laid by the Board of Governors.

13. Director (Research and Development). There shall be a Director (Research and Development) who shall be responsible for providing guidelines and coordinating all arrangements for research and development activities in the University and its Constituent Units. He shall also perform such other duties as may be assigned to him by the Rector.

14. Heads of Constituent Units. The Heads of Constituent Units shall be appointed in the manner and on the terms and conditions prescribed who shall, in addition to their positions as academic heads, abide by the academic rules and requirements of syllabi, conduct of examinations etc; prescribed by the University and perform their duties as executive heads of their respective institutions. 

15.Authorities. The following shall be the authorities of the University, namely:—

(a) the Board of Governors;

(b) the Executive Committee;

(c) the Academic Council;

(d) the faculty Board of Studies;

(e) the Selection Board;

(f) the Finance and Planning Committee;

(g) governing bodies of Constituent Units by whatever name called; and

(h) such other authorities as may be prescribed.

16. Board of Governors.—(1) The general supervision and control of the affairs of the University and the powers to lay down the policies shall vest in the Board of Governors consisting of—

(i) the Chief of the Naval Staff who shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Board;

(ii) the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Training and Personnel);

(iii) Principal staff officers or administrative authorities as approved by the Chairman of the Board;

(iv) the Rector;

(v) Chairman, University Grants Commission, or his nominee not below the rank of a whole-time member;

(vi) Secretary, Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan, or his nominee not below the rank of Joint Secretary;

(vii) Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan, or his nominee not below the rank of Joint Secretary;

(viii) Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, or his nominee not below the rank of Joint Secretary;

(ix) Vice Chancellor or Rector of a recognized Pakistani University nominated by the Chancellor for a period of two years;

(x) Director Naval Educational Services, NHQ Islamabad;

(xi) the Heads of Constituent Units ;

(xii) two nominees from the industrial or financial sector nominated by the Board of Governors for a period of two years;

(xiii) two renowned educationists as approved by the Chairman of the Board; and

(xiv) Deans Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Bahria Institutes.

(2) Registrar will be the member and shall act as Secretary of the Board but shall not be entitled to vote.

(3) The Chancellor may, in consultation with the Board, appoint any other person, including a scientist or educationist, as members of the Board.

(4) The Board may direct any officer, member of faculty or any other person to be in attendance during all or any of its meetings.

(5) Without prejudice to the generality of sub-section (1), the Board shall exercise the powers and perform the functions hereinafter specified, namely:—

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