DEFENCE SERVICES COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEFENCE SERVICES COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE

2. Establishment of the Defence Services Command and Staff College.

3. Staff College to be the responsibility of the Secretary, Ministry of Defence.

4. Objectives of the Staff College.

5. Functions of the Staff College.

6. Seal of the Staff College.

PART II

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF THE STAFF COLLEGE, THE COMMANDANT AND THE BOARD OF STUDIES AND THE BOARD OF DISCIPLINE

7. Constitution of the Board of Management of the Staff College.

8. Wings of the Staff College.

9. Meetings and quorum at meetings of the Board.

10. Meetings of the Board.

11. Vacancy among members not to invalidate proceedings of the Board.

12. Annual estimates.

13. The Commandant.

14. Duties of the Commandant.

15. The Board of Studies of the Staff College.

16. Board of Discipline.

17. Code of Discipline and its application.

17A. Disciplinary control of the permanent staff and civilian staff of the Staff College.

PART III

FINANCE

18. Fund of the Staff College.

19. Payment into the Fund.

20. Payment out of the Fund.

21. Audit of Accounts.

22. Appointment of an Accountant.

23. Payment of emoluments.

24. Borrowing powers of the Board.

PART IV

GENERAL

25. Board to make rules.

25 A. Appointment of Public Officers to the civilian staff of the Staff College.

26. Regulations.

27. Protection for action taken under this Act or on the direction of the Staff College.

28. Members of the Board and officers and servants of the Staff College, deemed to be public officers.

29. Staff College deemed to be a Scheduled Institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

30. Provisions of Act No. 16 of 1978, not to apply.

31. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

32. Interpretation.

5 of 2008,

13 of 2012,

29 of 2013.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of a Defence Services Command and Staff College; to identify the objectives and functions of, and to provide for the management and administration of the Defence Services Command and Staff College; and to provide for matters connected therewith, or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 19th February 2008]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Defence Services Command and Staff College Act.

PART I

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEFENCE SERVICES COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE

2. Establishment of the Defence Services Command and Staff College.

(1) There shall be established a college, which shall be called the "Defence Services Command and Staff College” (hereinafter referred to as "the Staff College”).

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

3. Staff College to be the responsibility of the Secretary, Ministry of Defence.

The Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Defence, shall be charged with the responsibility of ensuring the efficient management and administration of the Staff College, in order to achieve the objectives for which the Staff College is established.

4. Objectives of the Staff College.

The objectives of the Staff College shall be—

(a) to develop the professional knowledge and understanding of officers of the armed forces selected for training at the Staff College in order to prepare and equip them for appointment to appropriate appointments and promotions in the respective service to which they belong;

(b) to prepare and equip officers of the armed forces selected for training at the Staff College to function effectively, both in command and on the staff functions in single service and joint services environment, both in peace and war. A general education in relation to their functions shall also be given in order to enable them to perform effectively in command and stall appointments.

5. Functions of the Staff College.

For the purpose of carrying out its objectives, the Staff College shall be vested with all or any of the following functions—

(a) to admit student officers from the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka to follow the courses of study at the Staff College;

(b) to admit student officers from the Department of Police and military establishments outside Sri Lanka, to follow the courses of study at the Staff College;

(c) to admit public officers to follow courses of study as determined by the Board of Studies relating to defence and military management at the Staff College and where necessary to levy such lees as are prescribed;

(d) to conduct examinations for the purpose of ascertaining the student officers admitted under paragraphs (a), (b) and (c), who have acquired proficiency in the selected courses of study;

(e) to issue Certificates and grant and confer the designation "psc” (passed staff college) on student officers and public officers on the successful completion of the courses of study;

(f) to erect, equip and maintain for the purposes of the Staff College, libraries, laboratories and other buildings;

(g) to create Professorships, Lectureships and other posts as may be required for the efficient functioning of the Staff College;

(h) to appoint such employees and agents as are necessary for the administration of the affairs of the Staff College;

(i) to receive grants, gifts or donations, whether from local or foreign sources;

(j) to borrow or raise money for the purpose of the Staff College in such manner and upon such security as the Board of Management may think fit;

(k) to take or hold any movable or immovable property which may become vested in it by this Act, or by virtue of any purchase, grant, gift, testamentary disposition or otherwise, and to sell, mortgage, lease, grant, convey, devise, assign, exchange or otherwise dispose of any such movable or immovable property;

(l) to enter into and perform or carry out, whether directly or through any officer or agent authorised in that behalf by the Staff College, all such contracts or agreements, as may be necessary for the attainment of the objectives of the Staff College;

(m) to invest its funds in such a manner as the Board of Management may think fit; and

(n) to do all such acts as are necessary for conducive or incidental to the attainment of its objectives.

6. Seal of the Staff College.

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