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Arrangement of Sections


Establishment of the National Institute of Education

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of the National Institute of Education.

3. Objects of the Institute.

4. Powers of the Institute.

5. Academic powers of the Institute.

6. Administration of Institute vested in Council.

7. Constitution of the Council.

8. Seal of the Institute.

9. Meeting of the Council.

10. Academic Affairs Board.


Appointment of the Director-General of the Institute and Staff of the Institute

11. Appointment of the Director-General of the Institute.

12. Staff of the Institution.

13. Service to the Institute deemed to be service to the Government for the purposes of certain contracts.

14. Appointment of public officers to the staff of the Institute.

15. Delegation of powers of the council to the Director-General or any Committee of Council.



16. Initial capital of the Institute.

17. Fund of the Institute.

18. Financial year of the Institute.

19. Audit of Accounts.

20. Certain provisions of the Finance Act No. 88 of 1971 to apply.



21. Powers of Minister in relation to the Council.

22. Certain provisions of Universities Act, No. 16 of 1978 not to apply.

23. State Property movable and immovable to be made available to the Institute.

24. Council to submit a report of its activities.

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

26. Members and Employees of the Institute deemed to be public servants.

27. Protection of action taken under this Act.

28. Regulations.

28 of 1985.

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

[Date of Commencement: 6th August, 1985]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the National Institute of Education Act.


Establishment of the National Institute of Education

2. Establishment of the National Institute of Education.

(1) There shall be established an Institute which shall be called the National Institute of Education (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.

3. Objects of the Institute.

The objects of the Institute shall be to promote the development of education and in particular to—

(a) advise the Minister regarding plans, programmes and activities for the development of education in Sri Lanka;

(b) provide and promote post-graduate education in the several specialties of education;

(c) conduct and promote studies on the education system including its performance, goals, structures, content and methodology and on the social, economic and other aspects of education;

(d) initiate and promote innovative practices in the education system including adaptation of technology for educational purposes;

(e) provide for the development of professional and general competence of personnel in the education system;

(f) make available to the Government and other approved organisations, specialist services in education;

(g) carry out education development programmes approved by the Minister; and

(h) co-ordinate with other institutions having similar objectives.

4. Powers of the Institute.

The Institute shall have the following powers—

(a) to acquire and hold, any property, movable or immovable and to sell, lease, mortgage, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same:

Provided, however, that no immovable property of the Institute shall be sold without the prior approval in writing, of the Minister;

(b) to open and maintain, current, savings and deposit accounts, in any bank or banks;

(c) to accept grants or donations, from persons or bodies of persons, in or outside Sri Lanka;

(d) to enter into and perform all such contracts as may be necessary for the exercise of its powers, or the performance of its duties;

(e) to invest any moneys belonging to the Institute including any unapplied income, in any security in which. under the provisions of section 20 of the Trusts Ordinance or of any other written law, it is lawful to invest trust moneys, or, to invest any such moneys in the purchase of immovable property in Sri Lanka or vary such investments, or to place in fixed deposit in any bank, any portion of such moneys not required for immediate expenditure;

(f) to initiate, promote, conduct and co-ordinate research surveys and investigations in relation to any aspect of the development of the education;

(g) to conduct training courses and teaching programmes for teachers and other personnel in the education system and award degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions to persons who have successfully completed such courses and programmes and have passed the prescribed examinations;

(h) to make grants, to any person or a team of persons or any recognised institute or institutions, for a specific research project or projects related to education;

(i) to establish, equip and maintain centres for the purposes of study and training;

(j) to erect, equip and maintain, for the purposes of the Institute, libraries and laboratories and to provide other services necessary for research and studies in education;

(k) to 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;

(l) to levy fees or charges for any service rendered by the Institute;

(m) to make rules in respect of the management of the affairs of the Institute; and

(n) to do all such other acts or things which in the opinion of the Institute are necessary for, or conducive or incidental to, the attainment of its objects.

5. Academic powers of the Institute.

Without prejudice to the generality of the powers conferred upon it by section 4, the Institute shall exercise, perform and discharge the following academic powers, functions and duties—

(a) (i) to prescribe by rule, the examinations and other conditions leading to the award of degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions of the Institute, which are recognised as teaching qualifications under this Act—

(ii) to register students of affiliated colleges and teachers for the examinations referred to in subparagraph (i);

(iii) to hold, subject to the provisions of section 10(3), examinations for the purposes of ascertaining the persons who have reached the standards, prescribed by rule, for the award of the degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions referred to in sub-paragraph (i).

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