PIRIVENA EDUCATION act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

AIMS AND OBJECTS OF PIRIVENA EDUCATION

2. Objects of Pirivena Education.

3. Aims of Pirivena Education.

PART II

PIRIVENA EDUCATION BOARD

4. Pirivena Education Board.

5. Powers, duties and functions of the Board.

6. Committees of the Board.

PART III

CLASSIFICATION OF PIRIVENAS AND ESTABLISHMENT OF PIRIVENA TRAINING INSTITUTES

7. Classification of Pirivenas other than Pirivena Training Institutes.

8. Mulika Pirivena.

9. Maha Pirivena.

10. Pirivena Vidyayathana.

11. The curriculum and duration of course of study.

12. The situation and management of Pirivenas.

13. Pirivena Training Institutes.

14. Director-General to determine courses of study.

15. Advisory Committee of Pirivena Training Institutes.

16. Members not to receive remuneration.

17. Powers and duties of Advisory Committee.

PART IV

POWERS, DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL

18. Powers, duties and functions of the Director-General.

PART V

MANAGERS, PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS OF PIRIVENAS

19. Manager of a Pirivena.

20. Managers of Mulika Pirivenas, Maha Pirivenas and Pirivena Vidyayathana.

21. Manager of a Pirivena Training Institute.

22. Holder of a paid office under the Republic disqualified for appointment as Manager.

23. Manager of a Pirivena to be responsible to the Director-General.

24. Powers, duties and functions of Managers of Pirivenas.

25. Principal of Pirivenas.

26. Teachers of Pirivenas.

27. Certain matters to be prescribed.

PART VI

GENERAL

28. Existing Pirivenas to continue under this Act.

29. Manager, Principal and teacher of any existing Pirivenas.

30. Board may make rules.

31. Registered Pirivenas to comply with this Act.

32. Grants payable to a Pirivena.

33. Regulations.

34. Rescission.

35. Interpretation.

64 of 1979.

AN ACT to provide for the re-organisation of Pirivena Education; for the establishment of a Pirivena Education Board; for the registration maintenance and administration of Pirivenas and for the establishment of Pirivena Training Institutes and for connected matters.

[Date of Commencement: 1st October, 1980]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Pirivena Education Act.

PART I

AIMS AND OBJECTS OF PIRIVENA EDUCATION

2. Objects of Pirivena Education.

The objects of Pirivena Education shall be to provide educational facilities—

(a) to Bhikkhus; and

(b) to male lay pupils over fourteen years of age who are desirous of following a course of studies imparted in a Pirivena and who wish to receive their education in a Buddhist environment.

3. Aims of Pirivena Education.

The aims of Pirivena Education shall be—

(a) to foster an interest among Bhikkhus in the protection and progress of the threefold Sasane namely, Pariyatti, Patipaththi, Pativedha;

(b) to foster discipline, knowledge in the Tripitaka and devotion to Dhamma among Bhikkhus in order to maintain the order of Bhikkhus descending from the lineage of Sariputtra and Moggallana Maha Theras;

(c) to give a training in practical knowledge, necessary for the Dhamma dutha activities in Sri Lanka and abroad and in other services appropriate to Bhikkhus; and

(d) to provide facilities for Bhikkhus to acquire a thorough knowledge in various subjects and languages including Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Culture, Buddhist History, Sinhala, Pali and Sanskrit.

PART II

PIRIVENA EDUCATION BOARD

4. Pirivena Education Board.

(1) There shall be established a Board to be called the Pirivena Education (hereinafter referred to as the Board, "Board”) consisting of the following members—

(a) the Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siam Nikaya or any other Bhikkhu of that Nikaya nominated by him;

(b) the Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Nikaya or any other Bhikkhu of that Nikaya nominated by him;

(c) the Mahanayake Thera of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Nikaya or any other Bhikkhu of that Nikaya nominated by him;

(d) the Mahanayake Thera of the Sri Lanka Ramanya Nikaya or any other Bhikkhu of that Nikaya nominated by him;

(e) the Director-General;

(f) the Director in charge of Pirivena Education;

(g) three Bhikkhus, who have experience in Pirivena Education, nominated by the Minister; and

(h) three laymen, who profess Buddhism and who have considerable experience in Buddhist Education and Buddhist activities, nominated by the Minister.

(2) The members of the Board shall at the first meeting of the Board elect from among its members a Bhikkhu to be the Chairman of the Board.

(3) The Director in charge of Pirivena Education shall be the Secretary of the Board.

(4) The Chairman shall preside at the meeting of the Board. In the absence of the Chairman at any meeting of the Board, the members of the Board shall elect from among themselves a Bhikkhu to preside at that meeting.

(5) A person shall be disqualified for being nominated or being a member of the Board if he—

(a) is bankrupt or has been adjudicated an insolvent; or

(b) has been found guilty of any criminal offence involving moral turpitude; or

(c) is under any law for the time being in force found or declared by a Court of competent jurisdiction to be of unsound mind.

(6) Every member of the Board nominated by the Minister under paragraph (g) or paragraph (h) of subsection (1) (hereinafter referred to as "nominated member”) shall subject to the provisions of subsections (7), (8) and (9), hold office for a period of three years from the date of nomination and shall be eligible for re-nomination:

Provided, however, that a person who is nominated in place of a nominated member who resigns or dies or otherwise vacates office shall, unless he earlier resigns, dies or otherwise vacates office, hold office for the unexpired part of the term of office of the member whom he succeeds.

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