Government College Lahore Act, 1997

An Act to provide for the reconstitution and reorganization of the Government College Lahore

[Gazette of Punjab, Extraordinary, 16th June, 1997]

No. Legis. 2(3)/97/76, dated 16‑6‑1997.‑‑The Government College Lahore Bill, 1997, having been passed by the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab on June 13, 1997 and assented to by the Governor of the Punjab on June 14, 1997, is hereby published as an Act of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab.

Preamble Whereas it is expedient to reconstitute and reorganise the Government College, Lahore.

It is hereby enacted as follows:—

1. Short title and commencement.‑‑ (1) This Act may be called the Government College Lahore Act, 1997.

(2) It shall come into force at once.

2. Establishment of the College.‑‑ (1) The Government may reconstitute the Government College, Lahore in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

(2) The College so reconstituted 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.

3. Board of Governors.‑‑(1) The Board of Governors of the College shall consist of the following:‑‑-

(i) Minister for Education Punjab;

(ii) One Member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab to be nominated by the Government;

(iii) Secretaries to the Government of the Punjab Education, Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Finance Departments or their nominees not below the rank of Additional Secretary;

(iv) Chairman University Grants Commission or his representative not below the rank of a whole time Member;

(v) Vice-chancellor University of Engineering and Technology or University of Punjab;

(vi) Two distinguished educationists, four distinguished alumnae out of whom at least one shall be female to be nominated by the Government on the recommendation of the Principal;

(vii) The Principal;

(2) The Minister for Education, Punjab shall be the Chairman of the Board and the Principal shall be the Secretary of the Board.

4. Powers and functions of the Board.‑‑(1) The administration and management of the affairs of the College shall vest in the Board.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions, the functions and powers of the Board shall be,—

(i) to take effective measures to raise the standards of teaching, research and publication and other academic pursuits in the light of national and international needs;

(ii) to hold, control and administer the property and funds of the College;

(iii) to consider and approve the annual and revised budget estimates and to advise the concerned authorities thereon;

(iv) to transfer and accept transfer of movable or immovable property on behalf of the College;

(v) to enter into, vary, carry out and cancel contracts on behalf of the College;

(vi) to cause proper books of accounts to be kept for all sums of money received and expended by the College and for the assets and liabilities of the College;

(vii) to invest any money belonging to the College including any unapplied income in any of the securities described in section 20 of the Trust Act, 1882, or in the purchase of immovable property or in such other manner, as it may determine, with the like power of varying such investments;

(viii) to receive and manage any property transferred, and grants, bequests, trusts, gifts, donations, endowments and other contributions made to the College;

(ix) to govern and regulate the finance, accounts and investments of the College and for that purpose, to appoint such agents as it may think fit;

(x) to determine the form, custody and regulate the use of the Common Seal of the College;

(xi) to provide buildings, libraries, premises, furniture, apparatus, equipment and other means required for carrying out the work of the College;

(xii) to establish and maintain halls of residence and hostels or approve or license hostels or lodgings for the residence of students;

(xiii) to institute Professorship, Associate Professorship, Assistant Professorship, Lectureship and other teaching posts or to suspend or abolish such posts;

(xiv) to create, suspend or abolish such teaching, research, training, extension, administration or other posts as may be necessary and to appoint persons thereto;

(xv) to prescribe the terms and conditions of service of teaching and non‑teaching staff including their qualifications, experience and eligibility for appointment and to appoint, confer, suspend, remove, dismiss or take disciplinary action against the staff in the prescribed manner;

(xvi) to institute Emeritus Professorship and make these appointments on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed;

(xvii) to confer Honorary Degrees in accordance with the conditions prescribed;

(xviii) to prescribe the duties of officers, teachers and other employees of the College;

(xix) to institute fellowships, scholarships, medals and prizes; and

(xx) to promote cooperation with the Government, national and international organizations and universities in activities falling within the purview of the College;

5. Principal.‑‑(1) The Government shall, in consultation with the Board of Governors, appoint a Principal of the College whose qualifications and terms and conditions of service shall be such as may be determined by the Board.

(2) The Principal shall be the Chief Executive of the College and shall perform such functions as may be prescribed or assigned to him by the Board.

6. Committees. The Board may constitute such committees as may be deemed necessary for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

7 Appointments.‑‑(1) The College may appoint such persons in its service as may be necessary on the terms and conditions as may be determined by the Board.

(2) All persons serving the College, in any capacity, immediately before the commencement of this Act unless absorbed in the service of the College, shall remain on deputation or loan, liable to be transferred to their parent Department at any time.

8. Delegation of powers. The Board may delegate to any person or a committee any of its powers, duties or functions.

9. Business of the Board.‑‑(1) The meetings and the business of the Board shall be conducted in such manner and in accordance with such procedure as may be prescribed and until these matters are prescribed, as may be determined by the Board.

(2) No act or proceeding of the Board shall be invalid by reason of any vacancy or defect in the constitution of the Board.

10. Functions and powers of the College. The functions and powers of the College shall be,—

(i) to provide instruction, tuition, training, research, demonstration and service in the fields of Arts and Sciences and applied disciplines at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels.

(ii) to perform academic functions to achieve its objectives;

(iii) to prescribe criteria of admission, migration and examination of students;

(iv) to admit and examine students;

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

(vi) to select, appoint and promote academic and administrative staff;

(vii) to frame and prescribe courses of study;

(viii) to provide for research and printing and publication of research and other works;

(ix) to decide teaching methods and strategies, as well as co curricular activities in order to ensure the most effective educational and other related programmes;

(x) to accept examinations passed and the periods of study spent by students at other colleges or universities or institutions and places of learning as equivalent to such examination and study in the College as it may determine and to withdraw such acceptance;

(xi) to make provision for research, consultancy and advisory service and with these objectives to enter into arrangements with other institutions or with public bodies tinder prescribed conditions;

(xii) to affiliate or associate itself with other institutions within Pakistan or abroad and to establish facilities in Pakistan or abroad for the effective discharge of its functions and ‘responsibilities;

(xiii) to introduce, suspend or abolish any of the disciplines; and

(xiv) to do such other acts and things whether incidental to the powers aforesaid or not as may be requisite in order to further the objects of the College as a place of education, learning and research.

11. College fund.‑‑(1) There shall be a fund to be known as the “Government College” Fund which shall vest in the College and to which shall be credited all sums received by the College.

(2) The fund shall be kept in such custody and shall be utilized and regulated in such manner as may be prescribed.

12. Budget, audit and accounts. The budget of the College shall be approved and its accounts shall be maintained and audited in such manner as may be prescribed.

13. Rules. The Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

14. Regulations. The Board may, by notification, make regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder for the administration and management of the affairs of the College.

15. Savings. Upon the commencement of this Act,—

(a) all funds, properties, rights and interests of whatsoever kind issued, used, enjoyed, possessed, owned or vested in the Government College Lahore existing immediately before the commencement of this Act and all liabilities subsisting against the said College shall stand transferred to the College established under this Act; and

(b) everything done, action taken, obligations and liabilities incurred, rights and assets acquired, persons appointed or authorized, jurisdictions or powers conferred, endowments, bequests, funds or trusts created, donations or grants made, orders issued and rules or regulations made by or in relation to the Government College Lahore existing immediately before the commencement of this Act shall be deemed to have been respectively done, taken, incurred, acquired, appointed, conferred, created, made or issued under this Act.

16. Removal of difficulties. If any difficulty arises in giving effect to any of the provisions of this Act, the Government may, on the recommendations of the Board give such directions, not inconsistent with the said provisions, as it may consider necessary for the removal of such difficulty.

17. Repeal. The Government College, Lahore Ordinance, 1997 (XVII of 1997) is hereby repealed.

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