SCHOOLS AND CENTRES OF
EXCELLENCE AUTHORITY ACT, 2010
(Act V of 2010)
1. Short title and
3. The Authority.
4. Powers and
functions of the Authority.
5. Managing Director.
6. Secretariat and
7. Schools and
8. Powers of
10. Members to act pro
13. Budget and
17. Instructions and
18. Transfer of
Dissolution and savings.
PUNJAB DAANISH SCHOOLS AND CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE AUTHORITY ACT 2010
(Act V of 2010)
[24 February 2010.]
An Act to provide for
the establishment and management of the
and Centers of Excellence in the Punjab.
Whereas it is expedient to make provisions for the establishment and
efficient management of the Daanish Schools and Centers of Excellence in the
Punjab with a view to provide quality elementary, secondary and higher
secondary education to under privileged and other segments of the society
and to provide for other connected matters;
It is enacted as follows:-
Short title, extent and commencement.–
(1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab Daanish Schools and Centers of
Excellence Authority Act 2010.
(2) It extends to the whole of the
(3) It shall come into force at once.
In this Act–
means the principal of a School assisted by a head teacher and other staff
meant for managing and administering the affairs of the School;
verification committee” means a committee established by the governing body
to investigate, verify and certify the antecedents of a student of a
(c) “Authority” means the
Schools and Centers of
Excellence Authority established under the Act;
of Excellence” means a high or
higher secondary school notified by the Government as the
of Excellence and includes a
Center of Excellence
established by the Authority;
(e) “Chairperson” means the
Chairperson of the Authority;
School” means a school
established by the Authority to provide quality education to the children of
the most deprived and marginalized strata of the society in accordance with
the provisions of the Act;
means a person who has lost total functionality of mind or of at least two
of his limbs;
means the district as defined in the Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001
(XIII of 2001);
body” means a body appointed by the Authority to manage, administer and run
(j) “Government” means the
Government of the Punjab;
means a nuclear family residing at one place to the exclusion of any other
(l) “Member” means a Member of the
(m) “Managing Director” means the Managing Director of the Authority;
means prescribed by the rules or regulations made under the Act;
(o) “School” means a
School or a
Center of Excellence
established or notified under the Act;
means a student of a School and includes a candidate for admission in a
includes the principal and an employee of a School who is imparting
instructions to the students; and
(r) “Town” or “Tehsil” means a Town
or Tehsil as defined in the Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001 (XIII of
The Authority.– (1) The Government
shall establish an Authority to be called the
Schools and Centers of
(2) The Authority shall be a body
corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal with power to enter
into contract and shall, by the said name, sue and be sued.
(3) The Authority shall not dispose of
an immovable property without the prior approval of the Government.
(4) The Authority shall consist of–
(a) Chief Minister of the
(b) Three Members of the
Provincial Assembly Members
at least one
member of the Assembly] nominated
(c) Chief Secretary of the
(d) Senior Member, Board
Revenue of the Government;
(e) Secretary to the
(f) Secretary to the
The Chairperson may co-opt any Government servant or any person from the
private sector with experience in the field of business, education,
literature, academia, fine arts, public service, social work or development
sector, as Member of the Authority for a meeting or for a specified period.
(6) The Government may nominate one of the Members as Vice
Chairperson of the Authority and the Chairperson may delegate any of his
powers or functions to the Vice Chairperson.
(7) The Authority may regulate its
meetings according to the procedure as it deems appropriate.
4. Powers and functions of the Authority.–
(1) The Authority shall establish and ensure sustainable management of a
(2) The Authority shall:
instructions in a School as it may deem fit;
provision for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in a School in
such manner as it may determine;
(c) promote public education and
awareness of environmental issues through mass media and other means
including seminars and workshops;
prescribe courses of studies for the Centers of Excellence and
and Centers of Excellence;
co-operate with schools and public or private organizations or
institutions in such manner and for such purposes as may be prescribed;
institute and award scholarships, exhibitions, medals and prizes
under prescribed conditions;
establish, maintain and control the halls of residence of the
students and approve or license hostels and lodgings of the students;
supervise and control the discipline of the
promote the extra-curricular and recreational activities of students
and make arrangements for promoting the health and general welfare of the
internal examinations and assessment of students;
and receive such fees and other charges as it may determine;
own and manage its property;
posts of teachers and other staff for the efficient management and
administration of the Schools;
disciplinary action against its employees in the prescribed manner or in
accordance with the law;
prescribe code of conduct for the Members, governing bodies, teachers
and other employees of the Authority;
pre-service and in-service training of teachers and other employees of the
establish and maintain a website containing information about its
functions and update it at least on weekly basis;
affiliate a School with an examining board, body or authority;
its annual budget containing the estimated receipts and expenditures; and
such other functions as may be prescribed or which are incidental to the
(3) The Authority may–
into a contract;
hold or dispose of property;
measures to the Government for improvement in the education system
especially elementary, secondary and higher secondary education;
cooperation with the international agencies and non-governmental
organizations for the promotion of quality elementary and secondary
education in the Punjab;
research in the field of education, print or publish any book or other work;
any other power ancillary to the aforementioned powers or which is essential
for performance of its functions.
(4) The Authority may receive grants
and funds from the Government or from any other source and shall distribute
these, in line with the objects of the Act and principles of equity, need
and deservedness, amongst the governing bodies for establishing, managing,
running, expanding the Schools in the prescribed manner.
(5) The Authority may make any
expenditure out of the funds or grants received by it on its secretariat, a
School or any other purpose under the Act.
(6) The Authority may conduct a third
party performance evaluation in respect of a School and may publish the
result of the evaluation.
(1) The Government shall
appoint a person as the
Managing Director who
shall be the chief executive officer of the Authority.
Government shall determine the terms and conditions of service of the
The Managing Director shall hold office for a term of three years.
Government may remove the Managing Director, during the tenure of his
office, for reasons to be recorded in writing.
Managing Director shall perform such functions and exercise such powers as
may be conferred or delegated by the Authority.
Managing Director may delegate any of his powers or functions to a governing
body or an employee of the Authority.
6. Secretariat and
(1) The Authority may establish its secretariat with any number of posts and
incidental costs as it deems appropriate.
(2) The Government may appoint a person
as Secretary of the Authority in the prescribed manner.
7. Schools and governing bodies.–
(1) The Authority shall, by notification, declare a School as
Center of Excellence.
(2) The Authority shall, by
notification, appoint a governing body of a School for a period of two
(3) The governing body shall consist of
five or more members who, in the opinion of the Authority, possess sound
moral and financial integrity, enjoy an unquestioned and non-controversial
reputation and do not have any conflict of interest with the aims and
objects of the School.
(4) The Authority shall nominate one of
the members of the governing body as Convener of the governing body.
(5) The Principal of a School shall be
the secretary of the governing body of the School.
(6) The Authority shall not appoint a
private person as member of more than two governing bodies.
(7) The Authority shall delegate
administrative and financial powers to the governing body and the
administration of a School in the prescribed manner.
(8) The Authority may, for reasons to
be recorded in writing, dissolve a governing body and appoint a new
governing body within three months of the dissolution of the governing body.
(9) If the Authority dissolves a
governing body, it may appoint any person as administrator of the School to
look after the affairs of the School till the appointment of the governing
8. Powers of governing bodies.–
Subject to the overall supervision of the Authority, a governing body may–
receive charities and donations;
accounts and finance of the School;
appointment of teaching and non teaching staff of the School in the
prescribed manner; and
(iv) administer day to day affairs of the School
9. Admission to Daanish Schools.–
(1) The governing body of a
shall ensure that admission in the School is merit-based within a particular
category or sub-category in terms of the provisions of this section.
(2) The governing body of a
shall admit students, on ten percent seats, who shall pay the fee and other
expenses, as may be determined by the governing body.
(3) Subject to sub-section (2), the
governing body of a Daanish School shall admit the destitute, most deprived
and marginalized student, if the total combined gross income of the members
of the household of the student does not exceed six thousand rupees per
month, or any other amount as may be notified by the Authority and the
student, in order of precedence, falls in either of the following
(a) he is orphan having lost both
of his parents and having no guardian or being taken care of by an elder
sibling or a member of extended family;
is orphan and living with his mother;
both parents are illiterate, the parents do not own any immovable property
and either of them is disabled;
has been a school dropout and his both parents are illiterate and the
parents do not own any immovable property;
both parents are illiterate, the parents do not own any immovable property
and do not have any fixed job or source of income;
(f) he is not resident of a town,
tehsil or district headquarters and any of his parent is a semi-skilled or
unskilled menial village worker, and the parents do not own any immovable
property and are illiterate; and
is resident of a town, tehsil or district headquarters and his household
resides in a katcha house.
(4) The governing body of a
may admit a student whose parent is an employee of the School.
The antecedent verification committee shall determine the merit for
admission in the School on the basis of criteria mentioned in this section.
(6) The governing body may, for reasons
to be recorded in writing, alter or set aside a decision of the antecedent
verification committee if it finds that the decision is not based on the
criteria for admission.
10. Members to act pro bono.–
A member of a governing body shall act pro bono and shall not receive any
remuneration for any service rendered as the member of the governing body.
11. Financial management.–
(1) A governing body shall maintain the accounts of the School in the
(2) The Authority shall appoint a firm
of chartered accountants for annual audit of accounts of a School.
(3) The Government may order a partial
or complete audit of account of a School and may take such action as it
(1) There shall be a Fund of the Authority, which shall vest in the
Authority and in which shall be credited all moneys received by the
(2) The fund shall be kept in such
custody and shall be utilized and regulated in such manner as may be
(3) The fund shall consist of:
made or loans advanced by the Government or the Federal Government;
(b) aid and assistance, grants,
advances, donations and other non-obligatory funds received from any person,
body or entity, national or international agency;
and advances obtained from the financial institutions with the approval of
the Government; and
other income received from any other source.
(4) The Authority may receive, own and
maintain a property transferred to it by any person, body or organization.
13. Budget and accounts.–
(1) The Managing Director shall prepare the annual budget of the Authority.
(2) The Managing Director shall, with
the approval of the Chairperson, place the budget proposals for approval
before the Authority at least thirty days prior to the commencement of a
(3) The accounts of the Authority shall
be maintained in such manner as may be prescribed.
(1) The Government shall appoint a firm of chartered accountants for the
annual audit of accounts of the Authority.
(2) The firm of chartered accountants
shall submit the annual audit report of the Authority to the Government.
(1) A governing body shall prepare an annual performance report of the
School for a year ending on 30th April.
(2) A governing body shall, before 31st
May, submit the annual performance report to the Authority for evaluation.
(3) The Authority shall prepare an
annual performance report for a financial year before 31st July
and forward the report to the Government.
(4) The Government shall, within ninety
days of the receipt of the report, submit a notice for laying the annual
report in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab.
16. Public servants.– A person
appointed, acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any provision of this
Act, shall be deemed to be public servant within the meaning of section 21
of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (XLV of 1860).
Instructions and guidelines.–
(1) The Authority may issue general or special instructions or guidelines to
a governing body for proper management of the School on any matter
incidental to the functioning of the School.
(2) The instructions or guidelines
issued by the Authority shall be binding on a governing body and
18. Transfer of Government employees.–
(1) The Government may, with the concurrence of the Authority, transfer the
services of any of its employees to the Authority.
(2) The Authority may, with the
concurrence of an employee and the Government, absorb the services of the
employee into its service.
(3) The terms and conditions of the
service of an employee transferred from the Government or absorbed in the
service of the Authority shall be such as may be prescribed.
19. Advisors, consultants etc.–
The Authority may appoint such advisors, consultants or experts as may be
necessary for the efficient performance of its functions on such terms and
conditions as may be prescribed.
The Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the
purposes of this Act.
Subject to the rules, the Authority may, by notification, frame regulations
to give effect to the provisions of the Act.
22. Dissolution and savings.–
(1) The Authority may dissolve a Society by issuing a notification for
dissolution of the Society.
(2) An asset or liability of a Society,
dissolved by the Authority, shall stand transferred to the Authority.
(3) The Authority shall transfer the
assets of a Society to a governing body in accordance with the provisions of
(4) A decision or action taken by any
public functionary or a Society, before the commencement of this Act, shall
be deemed to have been taken in good faith for the purposes of the Act.
(5) In this section, “Society” means a
society registered, before coming into force of this Act, under the
Societies Registration Act 1860 (XXI of 1860) for the purpose of
establishment and running a Daanish School.
The Punjab Education Authority Ordinance 1999 (LII of 1999) is hereby