RASHID LATIF KHAN UNIVERSITY ACT, 2021
XXXVII OF 2021)
Act to provide for the establishment of Rashid
Latif Khan University
WHEREAS its expedient to
provide for the establishment of the Rashid Latif Khan University in Private
Sector and to provide for matters connected therewith and ancillary thereto.
Be it enacted by Provincial
Assembly of the Punjab as follows:
1. Short Title
and Commencement.– (1) This Act may be cited
as the Rashid Latif Khan University Act, 2021.
shall come into force at once.
In this Act:
“Academic Council” means the Academic
Council of the University;
“Act” means the Rashid Latif Khan
University Act 2021;
“Authority” means any of the
authorities of the University;
“Board” means the Board of Governors of
“Chairperson” means the Chairperson of
the Board of Governors of the University;
“Chancellor” means Governor of the
“Commission” means the Higher Education
Commission established under the Higher Education Commission Ordinance 2002
(LIII of 2002);
“Constituent College” means a college
maintained, administered and managed by the University;
“Controller of Examinations” means the
Controller of Examinations of the University;
“Dean” means the Head of a Faculty of
“Department” means a Teaching
Department maintained and administered or managed by the University in the
“Employee” means all individuals
employed by the University other than Teachers.
“Faculty” means an Administrative and
Academic Unit of the University consisting of one or more Departments or
Constituent Colleges as maybe prescribed;
“Government” means Government of the
“Head of Department” means the Head of
“Institute” means an Institute
maintained and administered or managed by the University;
“Prescribed” means prescribed by the
Rules, Statutes or Regulations;
“Principal” means Principal of a
“Punjab Higher Education Commission”
means Punjab Higher Education Commission set up under the Punjab Higher
Education Commission Act, 2014 (I of 2015);
“Registrar” means the Registrar of the
“Registered Graduate” means a Graduate
of the University who has his/her name entered in the register maintained
for the purpose;
“Schedule” means the Schedule appended
to the Act;
“Statutes”, “Regulations and “Rules”
mean respectively the Statutes, Regulations and Rules made under the Act;
“Teacher” includes a Professor,
Associate Professor, Assistant Professor or Lecturer engaged by the
University and such other persons as may be prescribed;
“Treasurer” means the Treasurer of the
University, by whatever name called i.e. Director Finance or Chief Finanical
“Trust” means the RLK Trust;
“University” means the Rashid Latif
Khan University, Constituted under the Act; and
“Vice Chancellor” means the Vice
Chancellor of the University.
of the University.–
(1) The Government shall, by notification, in the official gazette,
establish the Rashid Latif Khan University, in the private sector, with its
campus located at Lahore.
University shall be a body corporate having perpetual
succession and a common seal with power to acquire, hold and dispose of
property and shall, by the said name, sue and be sued.
4. Functions and
Powers of the University.– (1) The University
shall have the Powers to:
provide instructions and training in
Allied Health Sciences, Public Health Sciences, Social Sciences,
Pharmaceutical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Law, Physical & Biological
Sciences, Business and Management Sciences, Medical & Dental Sciences,
Nursing, Sciences of Human Body and Mind and any other branches of
knowledge, as the Board may determine and, where applicable, subject to the
prior approval of the relevant statutory body of professional education; and
decide teaching methods and strategies
including virtual, on-campus and, online, distance learning, etc. in a such
manner as prescribed by the Board to ensure the most effective educational
and training programs.
(2) The University
Establish, Maintain and Administer or
Manage Departments, Colleges, Institutes or Hospitals;
Prescribe Course of Studies;
Decide Teaching Methods and Strategies
in order to ensure the most Effective Educational and Training Programs,
including On Site and Distant and On Line / Virtual Methods of Teaching and
Hold examinations in the prescribed
manners; and confer on or Award Degrees, certificates, diplomas and other
Academic Distinctions to persons who have passed its examination;
Prescribe the Terms and Conditions of
Employment of the Officers, Teachers, Faculty and other Employees of the
Engage, where necessary, a person on
contract for a Specified Duration and specify the terms of the Engagement;
Confer Degree upon a person who has
successfully Completed the degree requirements in the prescribed manner;
Award in the prescribed manner an
honarary degree in recognition of outstanding performance or other
distinctions on the recommendations of the Board, in any field;
Award Professorship and Lectureship and
appoint any other person to any other post;
Create Posts for Research, Extension,
Administration or other related matters;
Institute Fellowships, Scholarships,
Bursaries, Medals and Prizes in the prescribed manner;
Establish other Institutions /
Departments / Faculties / Organizations for the Purpose of Teaching,
Training and Research;
Demand and receive such Fees and other
Charges from the Students as may be determined;
Print and Publish Research or other
Intellectual Patents; and perform any other prescribed Ancillary Function;
Sandwich Programs and Split Programs
between National and International Universities;
Develop and implement fund-raising
Accept an examination and the period of
study spent by a student of the University at any other University or place
of learning equivalent to an examination or period of study of the
University and may withdraw such acceptance;
Cooperate with a Public Authority,
University or Private Organization in the prescribed manner;
Make provision for Research, Advisory
or Consultancy Services, sign MOUs and enter into arrangements with any
other Institution, Public or Private Body, Commercial or Industrial
enterprise in the prescribed manner;
Receive, manage and dispose of property
transferred and grants, contributions made to the University and to invest
any fund in the manner as it may be prescribed;
Admit any College or other Educational
Institution to its privileges or withdraw such privileges in the prescribed
Exercise any power ancillary to the
above powers and functions as may be prescribed.
Open to All.– Subject to Reasonable
Restrictions as may be prescribed, the University shall be open to all
Persons; and, Admission to, or Privileges of, the University shall not be
denied merely on the basis of Gender, Religion, Race, Class or Colour.
(1) The jurisdiction of the University shall extend to Province of Punjab.
anything in subsection (1), the University shall not open any sub-campus for
a period of ten years from the commencement of the Act, after which period
it may open sub-campuses with the approval of the Chancellor.
7. Officers of
the University.– The following shall be the
Officers of the University:
Heads of Institutions;
Heads of Departments;
Controller of Examinations; and
Such other persons as may be prescribed
by the Statutes or Regulations to be the officers of the University.
(1) The Chancellor of the University shall be
the Governor of the Punjab.
Chancellor or his nominee shall preside at a
Convocation of the University.
(1) The Chancellor may direct inspection or inquiry into the affairs of the University.
(2) The Chancellor
shall convey his views with regard to the result of the inspection or
inquiry to the Board and may, after ascertaining the views of the Board,
recommend any remedial action to the Board.
(3) The Board shall,
within the time specified by the Chancellor, submit a report to the
Chancellor about the action taken on the recommendations of the Chancellor.
(4) If the Board
fails to take action to the satisfaction of the Chancellor within the
specified time, the Chancellor may issue such directions as he thinks fit
and the Board shall comply with the directions.
(5) The Chancellor
may, on the recommendation of a Committee constituted by him and comprising
of a nominee of the Board, a nominee of Higher Education Department not
below the rank of Additional Secretary and a Professor Emeritus or Vice
Chancellor of any university, take such action against the University as he
may deem appropriate.
(6) The Chancellor
shall not take any action under subsection (5), unless the Chairperson of
the Board is afforded an opportunity of hearing.
(7) The Chancellor
may set aside a decision or action of the Board, which, in the opinion of
the Chancellor, is against the objectives of the University or against the
interest of academic excellence, religious or cultural ideology or national
10. Board of
(1) The Board of Governors of the University shall consist of the
Chairperson of the Board of Rashid
Latif Khan University nominated by Board of Trustees of RLK Trust out of any
of its members;
Members of the Board of Trustees of RLK
Trust subject to a maximum numbers of Nine Members;
Four persons including at least Two
Women from eminent Scholars, Business Persons or Academicians nominated by
Chairperson of the BoG’s;
Chairperson, Higher Education
Commission or his nominee;
Vice Chancellor of a University
nominated by the Board of Trustees; and
Secretary to Government of the
Punjab, Higher Education Department or his nominee not below the rank of an
(2) The quorum for a meeting of the Board shall be one half of the
total number of members, a fraction being counted as one.
(3) The Members of
the Board, other than Ex-Officio Members, shall hold office for a Term of
Four Years and shall be eligible for Re-Appointment on the expiry of their
Term of office.
(4) The Board shall
take decision by majority of the votes of members present.
(5) The Chairperson
may fill a casual vacancy occurring because of Death, Resignation or
inability to perform duties as a member of the Board other than Ex-Officio
Member to the extent of the remainder of the term, of the former member.
11. Powers and
Duties of the Board.– The Administration,
Management and Financial matters of the University shall vest in the Board.
12. Business of
the Board.– (1) The Meetings and Business of
the Board shall be conducted in such manner and in accordance with such
procedure as may be prescribed in the University Regulations.
(2) The Statutes,
Regulations or Proceedings of the Board shall not become invalid merely by
the reason of any Vacancy or Defect in the Constitution of the Board.
of Powers.– The Board may delegate any Person
or Committee or sub-committee of its Powers, Duties or Functions.
Chancellor.– (1) The Vice Chancellor of the
University shall be appointed and removed by the Board, on such terms and
conditions as the Board may determine.
(2) The Vice
Chancellor shall be the person who possesses the prescribed Academic
Qualifications and Experience determined by Board.
(3) The Vice
Chancellor shall perform functions as are given in the Act or as are
assigned to him by the Board.
(4) If the office of
the Vice Chancellor is vacant or the Vice Chancellor is absent or is unable
to perform the functions of the Vice Chancellor, the Board will nominate the
substitute. In case of permanent vacancy, the Board shall appoint a person
as Vice Chancellor.
(1) The Registrar shall be appointed by the Board on such terms and
conditions as it may determine.
Registrar shall perform such functions as are assigned to him by the Board.
16. Controller of
Examinations.– (1) The Board shall, on the
recommendation of the Selection Board, appoint a Controller of Examinations
in such manner and on such Terms and Conditions as may be prescribed.
(2) The Controller
of Examinations shall be a Full-Time Officer of the University and shall be
responsible for all matters connected with the Conduct of Examinations and
shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed or assigned to him/her
by the Vice Chancellor or the Board.
(1) The Treasurer shall be a full-time officer of the University and shall
be appointed and removed by the Board on such terms and conditions as it may
(2) The Board shall
directly monitor and control the function of finance through treasurer.
(3) The Treasurer
(i) Manage the
property, the finance and the investment of the University;
(ii) Prepare the
annual and revised budget estimate of the University and present to the
(iii) Ensure that the
funds of the University are expended for the purposes for which they are
(iv) Perform such other
duties as may determine by the Board.
The University may appoint the requisite number of persons in its service on
such Terms and Conditions as the Board may determine.
19. Authorities of
the University.– (1) The following shall be
the Authorities of the University:
Board of Governors;
Boards of Faculties;
Board of Advanced Studies and Research;
Budget and Planning Committee; and
Any other Authority or Committee as may
be prescribed by the Rules & Regulations.
(2) The Board may
constitute committees consisting of the members of the Board or Teachers or
Officers of the University or a combination of all or any of such persons.
Council.– (1) The Academic Council
shall consist of:
Vice Chancellor (Chairperson);
Principals of Constituent Colleges;
Head of Departments / Directors; and
Controller of Examinations.
Quorum for a meeting of the Academic Council shall be one-half of the total
number of members of the Academic Council.
21. Powers and
Duties of Academic Council.– (1) The Academic
Council shall be the Academic Body of the University and may, subject to its
Statutes, lay down Proper Standards of Instruction, Research, Publication
and Examination and to Regulate and Promote the Academic life of the
Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing powers and subject to
the provisions of this Act, Rules, Statutes and Regulations, the Academic
Advise the Board on Academic Matters;
Regulate the Conduct of Teaching,
Research and Examinations;
Propose for each academic session, on
the recommendations of the Boards of Studies, Board of Faculties regulations
prescribing the Courses of Studies, the Syllabi and the Outlines of Tests
for all Examinations; provided that, if the recommendations of a Board of
Faculties or the Board of Studies are not received by the prescribed date,
the Academic Council may, subject to the approval of the Board, permit such
Regulations to continue for the following academic session;
Regulate the Admission of Students to
the Courses of Studies and Examinations in the University;
Recommend to the Board, teaching
examination systems including not limited to semester or annual system;
Regulate the Conduct and Discipline of
the Students and prescribe punishment or fines on misconduct;
Propose to the Board, a Scheme for the
Constitution and Organization of Faculties, Teaching Departments,
Constituent Colleges and Institutes;
Formulate Proposals for Planning and
Development of Teaching and Research in the University;
Recommend the Regulations to the Board
prescribing the Courses of Studies, the Syllabi and the Outlines of Tests
for the University Examinations;
Regulate the Award of Studentships,
Scholarships, Exhibitions, Medals and Prizes;
Recommend Regulations to the Board for
Approval; Appoint or Nominate members to various Authorities in accordance
with the provisions of this Act; and
Perform such other functions as may be
prescribed and determined by the Vice Chancellor in accordance with the
provisions of this Act.
Fund.– (1) There shall be a fund to be known
as Rashid Latif Khan University Fund which shall vest in the University.
(2) The University
may accept donations in the form of Cash, Land, Property, Vehicles,
Equipment or any other item that may Facilitate the Functioning of the
University and all such Donations shall be used, maintained and disposed of
by the University in the prescribed manner.
23. Budget, Audit
and Accounts.– The Budget of the University
shall be approved and its accounts shall be maintained and audited in such
manner as may be prescribed by the Board.
Subject to this Act, the Chairperson may approve statutes on the
recommendation of the Board in order to provide for and to regulate any
matter relevant to the University.
The Board may, by notification, make regulations for the administration and
management of the affairs of the University.
Rules.– (1) An Authority or a body of the
University may make rules consistent with this Act, Statutes and
Regulations, to regulate the Conduct of its business.
(2) The Board may
approve, amend or repeal the rules.
(3) The University
may enter into, carry out, vary or cancel contracts.
27. Management of
Institutes.– On the commencement of
this Act, all the institutes affiliated with Rashid Latif Medical Complex
may be deemed to be part of or managed and administrated by the University
as per the terms and conditions approved by the Board.
28. Removal of
Difficulties.– (1) If any question arises as
to the interpretation of any of the provision of this Act, it shall be
placed before the Chairperson and his decision thereon shall be final.
any difficulty arises in giving effect to any of the provisions of this Act,
the Chairperson may make such order after obtaining views of the Board; not
inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, as may appear to him to be
necessary for removing the difficulty.
Where this Act makes any provision for anything to be done but no provision
or no sufficient provisions has been made in respect of the authority or the
time at which it shall be done, then it shall be done by such authority, at
such time, or in such manner as the Chairperson may direct after obtaining
the views of the Board.
29. First Statutes.–
Notwithstading anything to the contrary contained in the Act, the statutes
setout in the Schedule shall be deemed to be the statutes made under Section
23 and shall continue to remain in force untill ammended or repealed in
accordance with the provisions of the Act.
[See-Section 2 (v) and
THE FIRST STATUTES
The University shall include the following Faculties:-
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences;
Faculty of Public Health Sciences;
Faculty of Social Sciences;
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences;
Faculty of Arts and Humanities;
Faculty of Law;
Faculty of Physical & Biological
Faculty of Business & Management
Faculty of Medical & Dental Sciences;
Faculty of Nursing;
Faculty of Sciences of Human Body and
Faculty of any other Branches of
2. Board of
The Board of Faculty shall consisting
Dean of the Faculty (Chairperson);
Professors and Heads of Departments;
Two Teachers, to be nominated by the
Academic Council owing to their Specialized Knowledge of the Subjects which,
though not assigned to the Faculty, have in the opinion of the Academic
Council, important bearing on the Subjects assigned to the Faculty;
Two Experts, in the field from outside
the University to be appointed by the Board;
One member to be nominated by the Vice
Director Quality Enhancement Cell
The Members other than Ex-Officio
Members of a Board of Faculty hold office for a period of three years.
The Quorum for a meeting of a Board of
Faculty shall be One Half of the total Number of Members.
A Board of Faculty, subject to the
general control of the Academic Council and the Board as may be prescribed:
Co-ordinate the Teaching and Research
Work in the subjects assigned to the Faculty Members (teachers);
Scrutinize the recommendations of a
Board of Studies with regard to the appointment of Paper-Setters and
Examiners for Graduate and Postgraduate Examinations and to forward the
Panels of suitable Paper-Setters and Examiners for each Examination to the
Consider any other Academic matter
relating to the Faculty and to submit its report to the Academic Council;
Prepare a Comprehensive Annual Report
regarding the Performance on each Department, Faculty, Constituent College
or Institute for presentation to the Academic Council; and
Perform such other Functions as may be
prescribed by Statutes.
(5) The Dean of the
Faculty shall be the Chairperson and Convener of the Board of Faculty.
(6) The Dean shall
be appointed by the Board on the Recommendations of the Vice Chancellor from
amongst the Professors of the Faculty and he shall hold office:
Provided that in a
Department, Institute or Constituent College where there are less than Three
Eligible Professors, the appointment shall be made from amongst the Three
Senior most Professors and Associate Professors of the Department or
(7) The Dean shall
present Candidates, for Admission to Degree, except an Honorary Degree,
Courses Falling within the Purview of the Faculty as deemed prescribed.
(8) The Dean shall
have such Powers and Duties as may be prescribed by the Board on the
recommendations of the Vice Chancellor.
Departments, Institutes and Constituent Colleges.–
(1) There shall be an Academic Department, Constituent College or an
Institute for each subject or a Group of Subjects, as may be prescribed by
the Regulations and each Academic Department, Constituent College or
Institute shall be Headed by Head of the Department or Principal of the
(2) The Board shall,
on the Recommendations of the Vice Chancellor, appoint the Head of
Department amongst the Professors or Associate Professors other than a
Professor already working as Dean and the Head of Department, shall be
Eligible for re-appointment.
(3) The Head of
Department shall Plan, Organize and supervise the work of the Department,
Constituent College or Institute and shall be responsible to the Dean for
the work of his / her Department, Constituent College or Institute.
(4) The Head of
Department shall, under the General Supervision of the Vice Chancellor and
the Dean, exercise all the Administrative and Academic powers and such other
Duties or Powers as may be delegated to him / her.
(5) The Head of
Department shall prepare a Comprehensive Annual Report regarding the
Performance of the Department, Constituent College or Institute at the
Graduate and Postgraduate Levels, Faculty Research and Development and
submit this report to the Dean for Evaluation.
4. Board of
Advanced Studies and Research.– (1) The Board
of Advanced Studies and Research will consist of:
Vice Chancellor (Chairperson);
All Deans / All
Controller of Examinations;
One University Professor from each
Faculty, other than the Dean, to be appointed by the Vice Chancellor;
Three Members, including at least one
woman, from the relevant field, Research Organizations, to be nominated by
the Vice Chancellor; and
The Registrar (Secretary).
Quorum for a meeting of the Board of Advanced Studies and Research shall be
one-half of the Total Number of Members.
5. Functions of
the Board of Advanced Studies and Research.–
The Board of Advanced Studies and Research will:
Advise an Authority on all matters
restated to the Promotion of Advanced Studies and Research Publication in
Consider and Report to an Authority
with regard to a Research Degree of the University;
Propose Regulations regarding the Award
of a Research Degree;
Appoint Supervisors for a Postgraduate
Research Student and to approve Title and Synopses of a Thesis or
Recommend Panels of names of Examiners
for Evaluation of a Research Examination; and
Perform such other functions as may be
prescribed by the Board.
Board.– (1) The Selection Board will consist
Vice Chancellor (Chairperson);
Dean of the Faculty Concerned;
Head of the Department Concerned;
Two Members of the Board to be
nominated by the Board of Governors;
One Eminent Scholar to be nominated by
the Board of Governors;
Director QEC; and
Registrar (Secretary of the Selection
(2) Three Members of
the Selection Board shall constitute the Quorum for a meeting of the
(3) No member who is
a Candidate or whose Family Member is a Candidate, for a post to which
appointment is to be made, shall take part in Proceedings of the Selection
Board for Selection of a Candidate on such post.
(4) In Selection of
Candidates for the Post of Professor or Associate; Professor, the Selection
Board shall Coopt or Consult Experts in the Subject, approved by the Board.
(5) The Board may
revise the standing list of Experts of a Subject on the recommendations of
the Selection Board.
7. Functions of
the Selection Board.– (1)
The Selection Board will:
Consider the applications and recommend
to the Board of Governors, the names of Suitable Candidates for appointment
of Principals of the affiliated and Constituent Institutions and Dean of the
Consider the Applications and recommend
the names of Suitable Candidates for posts of Registrar, Treasurer and
Controller of Examinations for such promotion or Selection to the Board of
Consider all cases of Promotion or
Selection of officers of the University and appoint the suitable candidate.
selection board shall be the appointing authority for all the other posts
including faculty, officers, administrators or any other EXCEPT mentioned in
(1)(a) and (b) above, where the selection board will recommend the suitable
candidates to Board of Governors for appointment.
8. Budget and
(1) The Budget and Planning Committee will consist of:
All Deans/Head of
Two Members of the
Board to be nominated by the Board;
One Nominee of the
Members of the Budget and Planning Committee shall Constitute the Quorum for
a Meeting of the Budget and Planning Committee.
9. Functions of
the Budget and Planning Committee.–
Propose Annual Development Plan and Budget Estimates for
recommendations to the Board and for its committees thereof.
Indemnity.– No suit
or legal proceedings shall lie against the University or any Authority,
Officer or Employee of the University or any person in respect of anything
which is done in good faith under this Act or as prescribed.