OF SOUTH ASIA
LAHORE ACT, 2005
An Act to provide for
the establishment of the University of South Asia, Lahore.
Whereas it is expedient to provide for the establishment of the
University of South Asia, Lahore in the private sector and matters connected
therewith and ancillary thereto;
It is hereby enacted as follows:-
Short title and commencement.–
Act may be called the University of South Asia, Lahore Act 2005.
It shall come into force at once.
Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context–
“Academic Council” means the Academic Council of the University;
“Authority” means any of the Authorities of the University specified in
“Board” means the Board of Governors of the University constituted under
“Chancellor” means the Governor of the Punjab;
“Chairperson of Department” means the head of a teaching department;
“Company” means the Gateway Technologies (Pvt.) Limited;
“Dean” means the Chairman of the Board of a Faculty;
“Department” means a teaching department established, maintained,
administered, or recognized by the University in the manner prescribed by
“Faculty” means a faculty of the University;
“Government” means the Government of the Punjab;
“Higher Education Commission” means the Higher Education Commission set up
by the Higher Education Commission Ordinance, 2002;
“Prescribed” means prescribed by Statutes, Regulations or Rules made under
“Registrar” means the Registrar of the University;
“Schedule” means Schedule to the Act;
“Search Committee” means a Search Committee set up for making
recommendations for appointment of Vice Chancellor;
“Statutes”, “Regulations” and “Rules” mean respectively the Statutes, the
Regulations and the Rules made or deemed to have been made under this Act;
“Teachers” include Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors
and Lecturers engaged whole time by the University and such other persons as
may be declared to be Teachers by Regulations;
“University” means the University of South Asia,
constituted under this Act;
(s) “University Teacher” means a whole time
teacher appointed and paid by the University, or recognized by the
University as such; and
“Vice Chancellor” means the Vice Chancellor of the University.
Establishment of the University.–
shall be established a University to be called the University of South Asia,
Lahore in the private sector with its campus located at
The 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.
The University shall consist of the following namely-
the Chancellor, the Chairman and members of the Board of Governors and the
the members of the authorities of the University established under section
all University teachers and persons recognized as students of the University
in accordance with terms prescribed from time to time; and
all other full time officers and members of the
staff of the University.
Functions and powers of the University.–
functions and powers of the University shall be–
to provide for instruction and training in―
Faculties of Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Management
Sciences, Commerce, Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, Art and Fashion
Design, Engineering and Technology, Allied Health Sciences, Sciences, and
Food and Culinary Sciences;
(ii) such other
branches of learning as the Board may determine with the approval of the
Provided that in case of medical and engineering education, approval of the
Pakistan Medical Commission and Pakistan Engineering Council respectively
shall be a prerequisite;]
to provide for research, demonstration and other services, and for the
advancement and dissemination of knowledge;
to hold examinations in a manner as may be determined by the Government and
confer on or award degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic
distinctions to persons who have passed its examinations;
to select and promote faculties;
to prescribe courses of studies;
to establish and support other facilities for education, training and
to decide teaching methods and strategies including virtual teaching,
on-campus and, online, distance learning etc., in a such manner as
prescribed by the Board to ensure the most effective education and training
to institute programs for the exchange of students and teachers between the
University and other universities, educational institutions and research
organizations, inside as well as outside Pakistan;
to affiliate and disaffiliate educational institutions under prescribed
conditions as may be determined by the Board;
to inspect colleges and other educational institutions affiliated or seeking
affiliation with it;
to accept the examinations passed and the period of study spent by students
of the University at other universities and places of learning equivalent to
such examinations and periods of study in the University, as it may
prescribe, and to withdraw such acceptance on such terms and conditions as
may be prescribed by the Board;
to appoint members of the various bodies and committees as the Board may
determine for instructional and co-curricular activities and admit students
of the University and its constituent units;
to regularize any difficulty incurred previously.]
University open to all.–
University shall be open to 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 person shall be
denied the privileges of the University on any of such grounds.
(1) The jurisdiction of the University shall be restricted to the Province
of the Punjab.
The University shall not open any sub-campus or affiliate any other
educational institution for a period of ten years from the commencement of
this Act after which period it may have sub-campuses and or affiliate any
other educational institutions with the approval of the Chancellor.]
Chancellor.– (1) The Governor of
the Punjab shall be the Chancellor of the
The Chancellor or his nominee shall preside at the convocations of the
Every proposal to confer an honorary degree shall be subject to confirmation
by the Chancellor.
The Chancellor shall have the power to assent to the Statutes submitted to
him by the Board or refer them back to the Board for reconsideration.
Inspection and inquiry.– (1) The
Chancellor may cause an inspection or inquiry to be made in respect of any
matter connected with the affairs of the University.
The Chancellor shall communicate to the Board his views with regard to the
result of the inspection or inquiry and shall, after ascertaining the views
of the Board, advise the Board on the action to be taken by it.
The Board of Governors shall, within such time as may be specified by the
Chancellor, communicate to him such action as has been taken as a result of
the inspection or inquiry.
(4) Where the Board does not, within the time specified, take action
to the satisfaction of the Chancellor, the Chancellor may issue such
directions as he thinks fit and the Board shall comply with all such
The Chancellor may, on the recommendation of a Committee constituted by him
and comprising a nominee of the Board, a Judge of the Lahore High Court to
be nominated by the Chief Justice of the said Court and a Professor Emeritus
or Vice Chancellor, take appropriate action against the University by
appointing an administrator who shall exercise the powers of the Board to
run the affairs of the University till such time as may be specified:
Provided that no action shall be taken unless the Chairman of the Board is
afforded an opportunity of being heard.
The Government may make Rules to give effect to the provisions of
(7) The Chancellor shall have the authority to annul any decision or
action of the Board, which he thinks was taken against the interest of
academic excellence, religious and cultural ideology and national integrity.
The Vice Chancellor shall be an eminent scholar of national repute and
shall be appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Search
Committee on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Board.]
The Vice Chancellor shall perform such functions as are assigned to him by
University may appoint such persons in its services as may be necessary on
such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Board.
be a fund to be known as the University of South Asia, Lahore Fund which
shall vest in the University and to which shall be credited all sums
received by the University.
Budget, audit and accounts.–
of the University shall be approved and its accounts shall be maintained and
audited in such manner as may be prescribed by the Board.
Officers of the University.–
The following shall be the officers of the University:-
the Vice Chancellor;
the Chairperson of the teaching department;
the Controller of examinations; and
such other persons as may be prescribed by the Statutes or Regulations to be
the officers of the University.
Authorities of the University.–
following shall be the Authorities of the University:-
the Board of Governors;
the Academic Council;
the Boards of Faculties;
the Board of Advanced Studies and Research;
the Selection Board;
the Finance and Planning Committee; and
such other Authorities as may be prescribed by the Statutes and the
Board of Governors.–
Board of Governors of the University shall consist of the following:-
the Chief Executive of the Company;
(ii) Directors of the Company subject to a maximum of eight
the Chairman, Higher Education Commission or his nominee not below the rank
of a Director;
a Vice Chancellor of a public sector University in the Punjab nominated by
the Chancellor; and
Secretary to Government of the Punjab, Education Department or his nominee
not below the rank of an Additional Secretary.
the Vice Chancellor of the University.]
The Chief Executive of the Company shall be the Chairman of the Board.
Members of the Board, other than ex-officio members, shall hold office for a
term of three years and shall be eligible for re-appointment on the expiry
of their term of office.
The quorum for a meeting of the Board shall be one half of the total number
of members, a fraction being counted as one; provided that at least two
members shall be official members.
Powers and duties of the Board.– (1)
The administration and management of the affairs of the University shall
vest in the Board.
The Board shall forward the draft of Statutes to the Chancellor for
Without prejudice to the generality of the aforementioned powers, the Board
may exercise powers and perform functions as follows:-
to formulate or approve the principles, policies and plans governing the
activities and operations of the University so as to facilitate research,
teaching and other academic work;
(b) to make and, from time to time, revise Statutes, Regulations and
Rules for the efficient and effective operations of the University;
to create a component of the University such as faculties, departments,
institutes under its jurisdiction subject to clause (ii) of sub-section (a)
of section 4;
to constitute such standing committees, councils and other administrative or
academic advisor bodies as it deems necessary, and review their work; and to
create such academic or administrative posts as it may deem necessary and to
approve appointments to such posts as it may specify;
(e) to hold, control and administer the property, funds and resources
of the University and raise funds for the purpose of the University upon
such security as may be required under regulations;
to undertake the responsibility for the financial viability of the
University including responsibility for ensuring effectiveness of its
operations, their continuity and preservation of the autonomy of the
(g) to consider and pass through a resolution the annual report, plan
of work, statement of accounts and the annual budget estimates;
to call for and consider reports relating to the activities of the
University and to direct the Vice Chancellor to furnish information relating
to any matter specified by the Board; and
to take all such initiatives as it may consider necessary or desirable for
the efficient and effective management and functioning of the University.
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 Regulations and
until these matters are prescribed, as may be determined by the Board.
No Statute, Regulation or proceeding of the Board shall be invalid by reason
of any vacancy or defect in the constitution of the Board.
Delegation of powers.– The Board may
delegate to any person or a committee any of its powers, duties or
Academic Council.– (1) The Academic
Council shall consist of–
the Vice Chancellor (Chairman);
all the Deans;
all the Heads of the Departments/Institutes;
all Professors and Associate Professors of the University;
nominee of the Secretary Education not below the rank of Deputy Secretary;
two Associate Professors, two Assistant Professors and two Lecturers to be
nominated by the Board;
(vii) three persons eminent in the fields of arts and sciences of whom
at least one shall be from each category, to be nominated by the Board;
Director Academic, Higher Education Commission; and
the Registrar (Member/Secretary).
(2) Members appointed by nomination shall hold office for three
The quorum for a meeting of the Academic Council shall be one half of the
total number of members, a fraction being counted as one.
Powers and duties of Academic Council.–
Academic Council shall be the academic body of the University and shall, by
the Statutes, have the powers to lay down proper standards of instruction,
research, publication and examination and to regulate and promote the
academic life of the University.
Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing powers and subject to
the provisions of this Act and the Statutes, the Academic Council shall have
the powers to–
advise the Board on academic matters;
regulate the conduct of teaching, research and publication;
regulate the admission of students to the courses of studies and
examinations in the University;
regulate the conduct and discipline of the students of the University;
propose to the Board, scheme for the constitution and organization of
Faculties and teaching departments;
consider or formulate proposals for the planning and development of teaching
and research in the University;
make Regulations prescribing the courses of studies, the syllabi and the
outlines of tests for all University examinations subject to the approval of
regulate the award of studentships, scholarships, exhibitions, medals and
frame Regulations for submission to the Board;
appoint or nominate members to the various Authorities in accordance with
the provisions of this Act; and
perform such other functions as may be prescribed by Statutes.
the provisions of sub-section (6) of section 8 and section 22, Statutes may
be made to provide for and to regulate any matter relevant to the
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act, the Statutes
set out in the Schedule appended to this Act shall be deemed to be the
Statues made under section 21 and shall continue to remain in force until
amended or repealed.
Regulations.– The Board may, by
notification, make Regulations for the administration and management of the
affairs of the University.
Removal of difficulties.– If any
difficulty arises in giving effect to any of the provisions of this Act, the
Board may, with the approval of the Government, give such directions, not
inconsistent with the said provisions, as it may consider necessary for the
removal of such difficulty.
commencement of this Act–
(i) all funds, properties, rights and interests of whatsoever kind
issued, used, enjoyed, possessed, owned by or vested in the Institute of
South Asia, Lahore, at the time of the commencement of this Act and all
liabilities subsisting against the said Institute, shall stand transferred
to the University established under this Act; and
(ii) everything done, actions 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 or orders issued by the Institute of South
Asia, Lahore, existing immediately before the commencement of this Act,
shall be deemed to have been respectively done, taken, incurred, acquired,
appointed or authorized, conferred, created, made or issued under this Act.
Institute of South Asia, Lahore Act, 2003 (XII of 2003), is hereby repealed.
The amendments, omissions, insertions and substitutions made in this Act,
shall be deemed to have been so made with effect from the commencement day
of the Act.]
(See Section 22)
The First Statutes
be a faculty for a teaching department or a group of teaching departments.
The University shall include the following faculties and such other
faculties as may be prescribed:-
Faculty of Computer Sciences and Information Technology;]
Faculty of Management
Management and Aviation Management);]
(c) Faculty of Commerce (Department of Accounting,
Finance and Economics);
Faculty of Law;]
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (Department of Arts & Media
Sciences, Mass Communication, Political Science, Statistics,
Mathematics, Education, English, Languages and Literature, and
Faculty of Art and Fashion Design (Department of Fine Arts and
(g) Faculty of
Engineering and Technology (Department of Electrical Engineering,
Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering
Technology, Civil Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering
(h) Faculty of
Allied Health Sciences (Department of Physiotherapy, Radiological
Sciences & Medical Imaging Technology, Aesthetics and Cosmetology,
Medical Lab Technology, Healthcare Management, Public Health,
Dietetics, and Nutrition Sciences);
of Sciences (Department of Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology,
Botany, Zoology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and
Environmental Sciences,); and
of Food and Culinary Sciences (Department of Culinary Sciences,
Hospitality and Tourism Management, Hotel Management, and Food
Board of Faculty.–
shall be a Board of each Faculty which shall consist of–
the Dean of the Faculty;
the Professors and the heads of the teaching departments in the
one member other than Professors and head of each teaching department to be
nominated by the Head of Department;
two teachers to be nominated by the Academic Council by reason of 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 of Governors; and
one member to be nominated by the Vice Chancellor.
The members other than ex-officio members shall hold office for a period of
The quorum for a meeting of the Board of a Faculty shall be one half of the
total number of members, a fraction being counted as one.
The Board of each Faculty shall, subject to the general control of the
Academic Council and the Board, have the powers to-
(i) co-ordinate the teaching and research work in the
subjects assigned to the faculty;
(ii) scrutinize the recommendations of the Boards of Studies
comprising the faculty 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
(iii) consider any other academic matter relating to the
faculty and to submit its report to the Academic Council;
(iv) prepare a comprehensive annual report regarding the
performance of each department comprising the faculty for presentation to
the Academic Council; and
(v) perform such other functions as may be prescribed by the
There shall be a Dean of each Faculty who shall be the Chairman and Convener
of the Board of Faculty.
The Dean shall be appointed by the Board from amongst the three
senior most professors of the faculty on the
recommendations of the Vice Chancellor and shall hold office for a period of
three years and shall be eligible for reappointment.
The Dean shall present candidates for admission to degree, except honorary
degrees, courses falling within the purview of the faculty.
The Dean shall have such powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board
on the recommendations of the Vice Chancellor.
Academic Departments and Heads of the Departments.–
(1) There shall be an Academic Department for each subject or a group of
subjects, as may be prescribed by the Regulations and each Academic
Department shall be headed by a Head of Department.
The Head of an Academic Department shall be appointed by the Board on the
recommendations of the Vice Chancellor from amongst three
senior most Professors other than a Professor
already working as Dean for a period of three years and shall be eligible
for re-appointment; provided that in a department 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.
The Head of the Department shall plan, organize and supervise the work of
the department and shall be responsible to the Dean for the work of his
The Head of the Department shall, under the general supervision of the Vice
Chancellor and the Dean, exercise all the administrative, financial and
academic powers and such other duties or powers as may be delegated to him.
The heads of the departments shall prepare a comprehensive annual report
regarding the performance of department at the Graduate and Postgraduate
levels, Faculty research and development and submit this report to the Dean
of the Faculty for his evaluation.
Board of Advanced Studies and Research.–
Board of Advanced Studies and Research shall consist of-
the Vice Chancellor (Chairman);
all the Deans;
one University Professor from each Faculty other than Dean to be appointed
by the Board;
one member to be nominated by the Vice Chancellor;
three members from the relevant field, research Organizations and Government
Departments, to be nominated by the Board; and
the Registrar (Secretary).
The term of office of the members of the Board of Advanced Studies and
Research, other than ex-officio members, shall be three years.
The quorum for a meeting of the Board of Advanced Studies and Research shall
be one half of the total number of members, a fraction being counted as one.
Functions of the Board of Advanced Studies and
functions of the Board of Advanced Studies and Research shall be to–
advise the Authorities on all matters connected with the promotion of
advanced studies and research publication in the University;
consider and report to the Authorities of research degrees in the
propose Regulations regarding the award of research degrees;
appoint supervisors for Postgraduate research students and to approve titles
and synopses of their thesis/dissertations;
recommend panels of names of examiners for evaluation of their other
research examinations; and
perform such other functions as may be prescribed by the Statutes.
Selection Board shall consist of–
the Vice Chancellor (Chairman);
the Dean of the Faculty concerned;
the Head of the Academic Department concerned;
(d) one member of the Board of Governors to be nominated by the Board;
one eminent scholar to be nominated by the Board of Directors of the
one expert in the subject to be nominated by the Secretary to Government of
the Punjab, Education Department.
The Registrar shall be the Secretary of the Selection Board.
The members, other than ex-officio members, shall hold office for a period
of three years.
The quorum for a meeting of the Selection Board shall be four.
No member, who is a candidate for the posts to which appointment is to be
made, shall take part in the proceedings of the Selection Board.
In selection of candidates for the posts of Professors and Associate
Professors, the Selection Board shall co-opt or consult three experts in the
subject concerned and in selecting candidates for other teaching posts, two
experts in the subject concerned, to be nominated by the Vice Chancellor
from a standing list of experts for each subject approved by the Board on
the recommendation of the Selection Board and revised from time to time.
Functions of the Selection Board.–
functions of the Selection Board shall be to–
consider the applications and recommend to the Board of Governors the names
of suitable candidates for appointment to teaching and other posts, as the
case may be, and recommend suitable salary for the candidate concerned; and
consider all cases of promotion or selection of officers of the University
and recommend the names of suitable candidates for such promotion or
selection to the Board.
Finance and Planning Committee.–
Finance and Planning Committee shall consist of–
the Vice Chancellor (Chairman);
all the Deans;
one member of the Board to be nominated by the Board;
one member of the Academic Council to be nominated by the Academic Council;
one representative each from Education Department and Finance Department of
the Government of the Punjab not below the rank of Deputy Secretary;
Director Planning, Higher Education Commission;
the Registrar; and
(h) one nominee of
the Board of Directors of the Company.
The term of office of the nominated members shall be three years.
The quorum for a meeting of the Finance and Planning Committee shall be
Functions of the Finance and Planning Committee.–
The functions of the Finance and Planning Committee shall be to―
prepare the annual statement of accounts and propose annual budget estimates
and advise the Board thereon;
review periodically the financial position of the University;
advise the Board on all matters relating to finance, investments and
accounts of the University; and
perform such other functions as may be prescribed by the Statutes.