Kannur, Educational Agency, Faculty, College, University, University Area,
University Fund
Amendments appended: 11 of 1998, 14 of 2001, 12 of 2012

An Act to establish and incorporate University of Kannur by the name Kannur
University .
Preamble .-WHEREAS it is considered necessary to establish a teaching, residential
and affiliating University in the State of Kerala to provide for the development of higher
education in the Kasaragod and Kannur revenue districts and the Mananthavady taluk of
the Wayanad district in the State which are lagging in the field of higher education;
BE it enacted in the Forty-seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

  1. Short title and commencement.- (1) This Act may be called the Kannur University
    Act, 1996.
    (2) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 9 th day of November 1995.
  2. Definitions .- In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-
    • “Academic Council” means the Academic Council of the University;
    (ii) “affiliated college” means a college affiliated to the University in accordance with
    the provisions of this Act and the Statutes and in which instruction is provided in
    accordance with the provisions of the statutes, Ordinances and Regulations;
    (iii) “annual meeting” means one of the ordinary meetings of the Senate held every year
    under sub-section (1) of section 22 and declared by the Statutes to be the annual meeting
    of the Senate;
    (iv) “Appellate Tribunal” means the Appellate Tribunal constituted under sub-section
    (1) of section 72;
    (v) “Board of Studies” means a Board of Studies of the University;
    (vi) “Chancellor” means the Chancellor of the University;
    (vii) “college” means an institution maintained by, or affiliated to the University in
    which instruction is given in accordance with the provisions of the Statutes, Ordinances
    and Regulations;
    (viii) “department” means a department designated as such by the Ordinances or
    Regulations with reference to a subject or group of subjects;
    (ix) “educational agency” means any person or body of persons who or which
    establishes and maintains a private college or more than one private college;
    (x) “faculty” means a faculty of the University;
    (xi) “Government college” means a college maintained by the Government and
    affiliated to the University;
    (xii) “hostel” means a unit of residence for the students of the University or the
    (xiii) “non-teaching staff” of the University or a college means the employees of the
    University or that college, as the case may be, other than teachers;
    (xiv) “prescribed” means prescribed by the Statutes, Ordinances, Regulations, rules or
    bye-laws made under this Act;
    (xv) “principal” means the head of a college;
    (xvi) “private college” means a college maintained by an educational agency other than
    the Government or the University and affiliated to the University;
    (xvii)“Pro-Chancellor” means the Pro-Chancellor of the University;
    (xviii)“professional college” means a college in which instruction is given only in any
    one or more of the following subjects, namely:-
    • engineering and technology;
    • public administration;
    • allopathic medicine and paramedical subjects;
    • dental medicine;
    • ayurvedic medicine
    • homoeopathic medicine;
    • law;
    • educational studies;
    • imaging technology;
    • fashion technology and beauty culture;
    • biotechnology;
    • hotel management;
    • management studies;
    • forest and wood technology;
    • opto electronics;
    • industrial fisheries;
    • textile technology;
    • visual arts;
    • music;
    • pharmacological studies;
    • ceramic technology;
    • environmental studies;
    • computer science;
    • marine technology; and
    • any other subject to promote advanced knowledge in modern sicnece and technology
    which the University may deem fit to include in its educational programme.
    (xix) “Pro-Vice-Chancellor” means the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University;
    (xx) “recognised institution” means an institution for research or special studies, other
    than an affiliated college, recognised as such by the University;
    [2]. ((xxi) )
    (xxii) “Senate” means the Senate of the University;
    (xxiii) “State” means the State of Kerala ;
    (xxiv) “Statutes” , “Ordinances”, “Regulations”, “bye-law”, and “rules” means,
    respectively, the Statutes, Ordinances, Regulations, bye-laws and rules of the University;
    (xxv) “student” means a part-time or full-time student receiving instruction or carrying on
    research in any of the University departments, colleges or recognised institutions;
    (xxvi) “Students’ Council” means the Students’ Council of the University;
    (xxvii) “Syndicate” means the Syndicate of the University;
    (xxviii) “teacher” means a principal, professor, associate professor assistant professor,
    reader, lecturer, instructor or such other person imparting instruction or supervising
    research in any of the colleges or recognised institutions and whose appointment has been
    approved by the University;
    (xxix) “teacher of the University” means a person employed as teacher in any institution
    maintained by the University:
    [3] ( (xxix A) ‘Un-aided college’ means a private college which is not entitled to any
    financial assistance from the Government or the University)
    (xxx) “University” means the Kannur University constituted under this Act;
    (xxxi) “University area” means the area to which the jurisdiction of the University
    extends under sub-section (1) of section 4;
    (xxxii) “University Fund” means the Kannur University Fund established under subsection (1) of section 48;
    (xxxiii) “Vice-Chancellor” means the Vice-Chancellor of the University.
  3. The University.- (1) The Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor, the Vice-chancellor, the
    Pro-vice-Chancellor and the members of the Senate, the Syndicate and the Academic
    Council, for the time being, shall constitute a body corporate by the name of the “ Kannur
    University ”.
    (2) The headquarters of the University shall be at Kannur.
    (3) The University shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, with power to
    acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, and to enter into
    contracts and shall sue and be sued by the said name.
    (4) The University shall establish, maintain, manage and develop campuses at Kannur,
    Kasaragod, Mananthavady, Payyannur, Thalassery, Kanhangad and such other places as
    are necessary for providing study and research facilities to promote advanced knowledge
    in Science and Technology and other relevant disciplines and the campus in the
    University headquarters at Kannur shall be the main campus.
  4. Territorial limits .-(1) The jurisdiction of the University shall extend to the
    Kasaragod and Kannur revenue districts and the existing Mananthavady taluk of the
    Wayanad district of the State.
    (2) No educational institution situated beyond the territorial limits of the University
    shall, save with the sanction of the Chancellor and the Government, be affiliated to the
    University, and no educational institution within the territorial limits of the University
    shall, save with the sanction of the Chancellor and the Government, seek or continue
    affiliation to any other University established by law.
  5. Powers of the University.- Subject to the provisions of this Act, the University shall
    have the following powers, namely:-
    (i) to provide for instruction and training in such branches of learning as the University
    may deem fit and to make provision for research and for the advancement and
    dissemination of knowledge;
    5 to confer academic autonomy to an affiliated college, department of an affiliated
    college or university department.)
    (ii) to introduce semester and credit system of courses of study and examinations;
    (iii) to institute degrees, titles, diplomas and other academic distinctions;
    (iv) to hold examinations and to confer degrees and other academic distinctions on
    persons who-
    (a) shall have pursued a prescribed course of study in a college under the University,
    unless exempted therefrom in the manner prescribed, and shall have passed the
    prescribed examination; or
    (b) shall have carried on research under prescribed conditions and which has been duly
    (v) to confer honorary degrees or other distinctions on distinguished persons in
    accordance with the conditions to be prescribed in the Statutes;
    (vi) to grant diplomas, certificates or other distinctions to persons who shall have pursued
    a prescribed course of study under prescribed conditions;
    (vii) to withdraw or cancel degrees, titles, diplomas, certificates or other distinctions
    under conditions that may be prescribed by the Statutes, after giving the person affected a
    reasonable opportunity to present this case;
    (viii) to maintain, supervise and control the residence and discipline of students of the
    University, campuses, colleges and recognised institutions and to make arrangements for
    promoting their health and general welfare;
    (ix) to recognise hostels which are maintained by bodies other than the University and to
    withdraw such recognition;
    (x) to exercise such control over the students as will ensure their physical and moral wellbeing;
    (xi) to constitute a Board to entertain, to adjudicate upon and to redress any grievances of
    the students of colleges, who may, for any reason, be aggrieved, otherwise than by an act
    of any court;
    [5]((xi a) to fix the minimum infrastructural facilities that shall be provided in an unaided college.)
    ((xi b) to fix the qualification of teachers and non-teaching staff of an un-aided college)
    (xii) to fix the fees payable to the University and to demand and receive such fees;
    (xiii) to fix and regulate, with the previous sanction of the Government the fees payable
    in colleges and recognised institutions affiliated to the University;
    (xiv) with the previous sanction of the Government, to regulate the emoluments and to
    prescribe the duties and conditions of service of teachers and on-teaching staff in private
    (xv) to hold and manage endowments and bursaries and to institute and award
    fellowships, scholarships, studentships, medals and prizes and to organize exhibitions;
    (xvi) to institute and provide funds wherever necessary for the maintenance of-
  • a Student’s Advisory Bureau;
  • an Employment Bureau;
  • a University Union for students;
  • University Athletic Clubs
  • the National Cadet Corps;
  • the National Service Scheme;
  • University Extension Board;
  • Student’s Cultural and Debating Societies;
  • a Translation and Publication Bureau;
  • Red Cross; and
  • Co-operative societies and other similar institutions for promoting the welfare of
    students and employees of the University;
    (xvii) to co-operate with other Universities or any authorities or associations in such
    manner and for such purposes as the University may determine;
    (xviii) to take and hold any property, movable, or immovable, which may become vested
    in it for the purpose of the University by purchase, grant, testamentary dispositon or
    otherwise and to grant, demise, alienate or otherwise dispose of all or any of the
    properties belonging to the University and also to do all other acts incidental or
    appertaining to a body corporate;
    (xix) to direct, manage and control all immovable and movable properties transferred to
    the University by the Government;
    (xx) to co-ordinate, supervise, regulate and control the conduct of teaching and research
    work in the affiliated colleges and the institutions recognised by the University;
    (xxi) to define the powers and duties of the officers of the University other than the ViceChancellor;
    (xxii) to provide for the inspection of affiliated colleges and to issue such directions as
    the University may deem fit;
    (xxiii) to establish, maintain and manage campuses, colleges, institutes of research and
    other institutions of higher studies;
    (xxiv) to affiliate to itself colleges in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the
    Statues, Ordinances and Regulations and to suspend or withdraw affiliation of colleges;