Affiliated College, Educational Agency, Faculty College, Junior College,
Professional College

(ACT 12 OF 1985)
An Act to establish and incorporate a University at Kottayam by the name [2][Mahatma
Gandhi] University.
Preamble.—WHEREAS it is considered necessary to establish a new teaching
and affiliating University in the State to provide for the urgent development of higher
education in the areas comprised in the Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki revenue
districts, the Kuttanad taluk of the Alleppey revenue district and the Kozhencherry,
Mallappally, Thiruvalla and Ranni taluks of the Pathanamthitta revenue district of the
BE it enacted in the Thirty-sixth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

  1. Short title and commencement.—(1) This Act may be called the[3][Mahatma Gandhi University Act] 1985. (2). It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 2nd day of October, 1983.
    1. Definitions.—In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,–
      (1). “Academic council” means the Academic Council of the University;
      (2). “affiliated college” means 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;
      (3). “annual meeting” means one of the ordinary meetings of the Senate held
      every year under sub-section (1) of section 20 and declared by the Statutes to be the
      annual meeting of Senate;
      (4). “Appellate Tribunal” means the Appellate Tribunal constituted under sub-
      section (1) of section 69;
      (5). “Board of Studies” means a Board of Studies of the University;
      (6). “Chancellor” means the Chancellor of the University; (7). “college” means an institution maintained by, or affiliated to the University,
      in which instruction is provided in accordance with the provisions of the Statutes,
      Ordinances and Regulations;
      (8). “department” means a department designated as such by the Ordinances or
      Regulations with reference to a subject or group of subjects;
      (9). “educational agency” means any person or body of persons who or which
      establishes and maintains a private college or more than one private college;
      (10). “faculty” means a faculty of the University;
      (11). “Government college” means a college maintained by the Government and
      affiliated to the University;
      (12). “hostel” means a unit of residence for the students of the University or the
      colleges or institutions maintained by, or affiliated to, the University in accordance with
      the provisions of this Act or the Statutes or Ordinances;
      (13). “junior college” means a college imparting instructions in Pre-Degree courses
      (14). “non teaching staff of the University or a college means the employees of the
      University or that college, other than teachers;
      (15). “prescribed” means prescribed by the Statutes, Ordinances, Regulations, rules
      or bye-laws made under this Act;
      (16). “principal’ means the head of a college;
      (17). “private college’ means a college maintained by an educational agency other
      than the Government or the University and affiliated to the University;
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      (19). “Professional college” means a college in which instruction is given in any of
      the following subjects, namely:-
  2. Engineering and Technology;
  3. Allopathic Medicine and Para Medical Courses;
  4. Dental Medicine;
  5. Ayurvedic Medicine;
  6. Homeopathic Medicine;
  7. Law; and
  8. Education; (20). “Pro-Vice Chancellor” means the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University;
    (21). “recognized institution” means an institution for research or special studies,
    other than an affiliated college, recognized as such by the University;

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