Incorporation of the University
  1. The Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, 1[the Pro-Vice Chancellor], the Fellows and the members of the Syndicate 2[and the Academic Council] of the University and all persons who may hereafter be appointed or elected as such officers, Fellows or members under this Act, so long as they continue to be such officers, Fellows or members, are hereby constituted and declared to be one body corporate by the name of the 3[Sardar Patel University] and such body corporate shall, by such name, have perpetual succession and a common seal and by such name shall sue and be sued.
  2. The University shall be competent to acquire and hold property, both movable and immovable, to lease, sell or otherwise transfer any movable or immovable property which may have become vested in, or may have been acquired by it for the purpose of the University,4[to raise loans upon the security of its assets] and to contract and do all other things necessary for the purposes of this Act.
5[provided that the power to raise loans upon the security of its assets shall be exercised after obtaining previous permission of the State Government],
Powers of University

Subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by or under the provisions of this Act, the University shall have the following powers namely:-

  1. to provide for instruction, teaching and training in such branches of learning and courses of study as it may think fit and to make provision for research and for the advancement and disssemination of knowledge;
  2. to make such provision as would enable affiliated colleges and recognized institutions to undertake specialization of studies;
  3. to organise, control and co-ordinate the programme of teaching and research and other activities of the University, whether carried on in constituent colleges or in University Departments or in affiliated colleges or recognised institutions;
  4. to organize university laboratories, libraries, museums and other equipment for teaching and research;
  5. to establish, maintain and manage college, 6[University] departments or practicing schools and institutions attached to colleges, 7[University] departments or schools for the purpose of practical work, experiment, research or preparatory instruction and institutes of research of specialized studies;
  6. to institute professorships, readerships, lectureships and any other posts of teachers required by the University;
  7. to appoint or recognize persons as professors, readers or lecturers or otherwise as teachers of the University;

1 These word were inserted by Gujarat Act No. 10 of 1982.
2 These word were inserted by Gujarat Act No. 8 of 1966, S.4 (i).
3 These word were substituted for “Sardar Vallabhbhai Vidyapeeth”, ibid. S.4 (ii).
4 These word were inserted by Gujarat Act. XL of 1963.
5 This proviso was inserted, ibid.
6 This word was inserted by Gujarat Act No. 8 of 1966, S.5 (i). 

7 This word was inserted ibid.

Powers of University
  1. to lay down the courses of instruction for various examinations;
  2. to guide the teaching in colleges or recognized institutions;
  3. to institute degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions;
  4. to hold examinations including University Entrance examination and confer degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions on persons who:-
  1. have pursued approved courses of study in the University or in an affiliated college or in a recognized institution unless exempted there from in the manner prescribed by the 8[Statutes, Ordinances or Regulations] and have passed the examinations prescribed by the University; or
  2. have carried on research under conditions prescribed by the Ordinances 9[and Regulations];
  1. to confer honorary degrees or other academic distinctions in the manner laid down by the Statutes;
  2. to grant such diplomas and certificates to and to provide such lectures, instruction, and training, for persons not being enrolled as students of the University as the University may determine by the 10[Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations];
  3. to admit educational institutions to the privileges of the University and to withdraw such privileges;
  4. to inspect colleges and recognized institutions and to take measures to ensure that proper standards of instruction, teaching or training are maintained in them;
  5. to control and co-ordinate the activities of, and give financial aid to, affiliated colleges and recognized institutions 11[and to regulate the fees to be paid by students in such colleges];
  6. to hold and manage trusts and endowments and to institute and award fellowships, travelling fellowships, scholarships, studentships, exhibitions, medals and prizes;
  7. to make special provision for the spread of University education among classes and communities, which are educationally backward;
  8. to make special provision for disseminating knowledge and promoting art and culture;
  9. to fix, to demand and to receive such fees and other charges as may be prescribed by the Ordinances;
  10. to establish, maintain and manage hostels;
  11. to recognize hostels not maintained by the University, to inspect such hostels and to withdraw recognition therefrom;
  12. to supervise and control the conduct and discipline of the students of the University and to provide for and to supervise and control their residence and to make arrangements for promoting their health and general welfare;

8 These words were substituted for “Statues or Ordinance” ibid. S.5 (2) (1).

9 These words were inserted, ibid. S.5 (2) (ii).

10 These words were substituted for “Statues & Ordinances,” ibid. S.5 (3).

11 These words were added by Gujarat Act No. 15 of 1970. Section 3 (i)

Powers of University
  1. to conduct, co-ordinate, regulate and control post-graduate research work and teaching in the affiliated colleges and the institutions recognized by the University;
  2. to co-ordinate, regulate and control the conduct of post-intermediate teaching and instruction in affiliated colleges and to undertake the same in University College to institute and manage -
(a) Printing and Publication Department,
(b) University Extension Boards,
(c) Information Bureaux, and
(d) Employment Bureaux;
  1. to make provision -
(a) for extra-mural teaching and research,
(b) for physical and military training,
(c) for Students' Unions, and
(d) for sports and athletic clubs;
  1. to provide for training for competitive examinations for services under the Union or the State Governments.
  2. to promote the development of the study 12[of Gujarati and Hindi in Devnagari script and the use of Gujarati or Hindi in Devnagari script or both] as medium of instruction and examination;
  3. to co-operate with other Universities and authorities in such manner and for such purpose as the University may determine;
  4. to do all such acts and things whether incidental to the powers aforesaid or not as may be requisite in order to further the objects of the University and generally to cultivate and promote arts, science and other branches of learning and culture.

12 These words were substituted for the words “of Hindi in Devanagari script and of Gujarati and the use of such Hindi” by Gujarat Act No. 15 of 1970, Section 4 (ii).

Jurisdiction and admission to privileges
  1. No educational institution situated within the University area shall, save with the consent of the University and the sanction of the State Government, be associated in any way with, or seek admission to any privileges of any other University established by law.
  2. Any such privileges enjoyed from such other University, before the date on which this section comes into force, by any educational institution situated within the University area shall be deemed to be withdrawn with effect from such date.
  3. With effect from such date all educational institutions admitted to the privileges of the Gujarat University and situated within the University area shall be deemed to be admitted to the privileges of the University, and the University shall, as far as may be possible and consistent with this Act, admit such institutions to all such privileges as they had from the Gujarat University immediately, before such date.
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University open to all irrespective of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or opinion
  1. No person shall be excluded from any office of the University or from membership of any of its authorities or from admission to any degree, diploma or other academic distinction or course of study on the grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, or political or other opinion:
    provided that the University may, subject to the previous sanction of the State Government, maintain, affiliate or recognize any college or institution exclusively for women either for education, instruction or residence, or reserve for women or members of classes and communities which are educationally backward, places for the purposes of admission as students in any college or institution maintained or controlled by the University.
  2. It shall not be lawful for the University to impose on any person any test whatsoever relating to religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, or political or other opinion in order to entitle him to be admitted as a teacher or to hold any office in the University or to qualify for any degree, diploma or other academic distinction or to enjoy or exercise any privileges of the University or benefaction thereof.

13 This sub-section was deleted ibid. S.4.

Inspection and Inquiry
  1. The Chancellor shall have the right to cause an inspection to be made by such person or persons as he may direct, of the University, its buildings, laboratories, libraries, museums, workshops and equipment, of any institution, college or hostel maintained or recognized by, or affiliated to the University, of the teaching and other work conducted by the University, and of the conduct of examinations held by the University, and to cause an inquiry to be made in respect of any matter connected with the University. The Chancellor shall in every case give notice to the University of his intention to cause an inspection or inquiry to be made and the University shall be entitled to be represented thereat.
  2. The Chancellor shall communicate to the Syndicate and to the Senate his views with references to the results of such inspection or inquiry and shall, after ascertaining the opinion of the Syndicate and the Senate thereon, advise the University on the action to be taken.
  3. The Syndicate shall report to the Chancellor such action, if any, as it has taken or may propose to take upon the results of the inspection or inquiry. Such report shall be submitted with the opinion of the Senate thereon and within such time as the Chancellor may direct.
  4. Where the Syndicate does not within a reasonable time take action to the satisfaction of the Chancellor, the Chancellor may, after considering an explanation furnished or representation made by the Syndicate, issue such direction as he may think fit and the Syndicate shall comply with such direction.