National INSTITUTE OF FUNDAMENTAL STUDIES, SRI LANKA Act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

THE NAtional INSTITUTE OF FUNDAMENTAL STUDIES, SRI LANKA

2. Incorporation of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka.

3. Aims and objects of the Institute.

4. Powers of the Institute.

PART II

AUTHORITIES OF THE INSTITUTE

5. Authorities of the Institute.

6. Board of Governors.

7. Proceedings of the Board.

8. Secretary to the Institute.

9. Powers and duties of the Institute vested in the Board.

10. Academic Council.

11. Powers and functions of Council.

PART III

PROJECTS AND RESEARCH STAFF OF THE INSTITUTE

12. Projects of the Institute.

13. Research Staff of Projects.

14. Director may function as Research Professor.

15. Research Staff of the Institute.

16. Repealed.

17. Repealed.

18. Repealed.

PART IV

APPOINTMENT AND DISCIPLINARY CONTROL OF RESEARCH AND OTHER STAFF AND OTHER MATTERS

19. Appointment of Director, Associate Directors and Deputy Directors.

20. Appointment of Research Professors, Associate Research Professor, Research Fellows and rules relating to them.

21. Board may appoint other staff.

22. Board to exercise disciplinary control over all staff including the research staff.

23. Rules may be made governing matters referred to in sections 21 and 22.

24. Appointment of public officers and servants of the Local Government Service or of any local authority to the staff of the Institute.

PART V

National INSTITUTE OF FUNDAMENTAL STUDIES PROVIDENT FUND

25. National Institute of Fundamental Studies Provident Fund.

26. Rules for regulation of Provident Fund.

27. Contributions to the Provident Fund.

28. Repayment to contributors.

29. Deductions from Provident Fund first charge.

30. Widows’ and Orphans Pension Fund in addition to or as alternate to the Provident Fund.

31. Delegation of powers of Secretary to another officer.

PART VI

FINANCE

32. Government grant.

33. Institute entitled to receive grants from any source.

34. Fund of the Institute.

35. Exemption from rates and taxes.

36. Accounts of the Institute.

PART VII

GENERAL

37. Distinctions of sex, race, creed, nationality or religion, prohibited.

38. Indemnity for acts in good faith.

39. No writ to issue against person or property of a member of the Institute.

40. Officers and servants of the Institute deemed to be public servants under the Penal Code.

41. The Institute deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

42. Power to make rules.

43. Transitory provisions.

44. Interpretation.

55 of 1981,
5 of 1997,
25 of 2014.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of a National Institute of Fundamental Studies and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Long title am by s 2 of Act 25 of 2014.]

[Date of Commencement: 3rd September, 1981]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka Act.

[S 1 am by s 3(1) of Act 25 of 2014.]

PART I

THE national INSTITUTE OF FUNDAMENTAL STUDIES,
SRI LANKA

[Part I am by s 3(1) of Act 25 of 2014.]

2. Incorporation of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka.

(1) There shall be established an Institute which shall be called the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the “Institute”).

(2) The Institute shall by the name assigned to it by subsection (1) be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in such name.

[S 2 am by s 3(1) of Act 25 of 2014.]

3. Aims and objects of the Institute.

The aims and objects of the Institute shall be to create an interest in and to provide facilities for fundamental and advanced studies and in particular to—

(a) initiate, promote and conduct research and original investigation into fundamental studies in generation with particular emphasis on mathematics, physical and chemical sciences, life sciences, social sciences and philosophy, taken in the broadest sense;

[S 3(a) subs by s 2(1) of Act 5 of 1997.]

(aa) to collabrate with public and private institutions as may be necessary to further develop applications relevant to the studies conducted in relation to paragraph (a)

[S 3(aa) ins by s 4(1) of Act 25 of 2014.]

(b) arrange lectures, meetings, seminars and symposia in pursuance of its research work and for the diffusion of scientific knowledge;

[S 3(b) am by s 2(2) of Act 5 of 1997.]

(c) invite scientists, in Sri Lanka and from abroad, actively engaged in creative work to deliver lectures and participate in its research activities;

[S 3(c) am by s 2(3) of Act 5 of 1997.]

(d) establish and maintain liaison with scientific workers and scientific institutions in other countries and promote international co-operation in matters relating to the aims and objects of the Institute, while taking care to protect and promote the national interest;

[S 3(d) am by s 2(4) of Act 5 of 1997.]

(e) provide training, guidance and assistance for research leading to the award of post graduate degrees by institutions recognized by the University Grants Commission established by the Universities Act, No.16 of 1978.

[S 3(e) ins by s 4(2) of Act 25 of 2014.]

(f) do such other acts and things as may be necessary to promote the aims and objects of the Institute.

[S 3(f) renumbered by s 4(3) of Act 25 of 2014.]

4. Powers of the Institute.

The Institute shall have such powers and rights as may be necessary to achieve its aims and objects and in particular it may—

(a) make rules in respect of the management of the affairs of the Institute;

(b) institute Research Professorships, Associate Research Professorships, Research Fellowships, and award prizes and medals, for fundamental and advanced studies;

[S 4(b) am by s 3 of Act 5 of 1997.]

(c) erect, equip and maintain libraries and laboratories, and provide other services for fundamental and advanced studies;

(d) take and hold any property, movable or immovable, which may become vested in it by virtue of any purchase, grant, gift, testamentary disposition or otherwise and subject to the rules of the Institute shall, assign, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same;

(e) establish a research fund for the promotion of fundamental and advanced studies;

(f) enter into agreements for co-operation with educational or other institutions whether in Sri Lanka or abroad having objects wholly or partly similar to those of the Institute, for the exchange of personnel and students and generally for such purposes as may be conducive to their common objects;

(g) make appointments to the staff of the Institute; and

(h) do all such other acts or things as in the opinion of the Institute are necessary to facilitate the attainment of its aims and objects and the carrying out of its functions.

PART II

AUTHORITIES OF THE INSTITUTE

5. Authorities of the Institute.

The Authorities of the Institute shall be the Board of Governors and the Research Council.

[S 5 am by s 4 of Act 5 of 1997.]

6. Board of Governors.

(1) The administration, management and control of the affairs of the Institute shall be vested in the Board of Governors (hereinafter referred to as the “Board”) which shall consist of—

(a) the following ex-officio members, namely—

(i) the Advisor to the President on Scientific affairs;

(ii) the Chairman of the University Grants Commission; and

(iii) the Director of the Institute;

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