Power and Functions of the Senate


17. Powers and functions of the Senate.

(1) The Senate shall have the power of general supervision of the University and shall hold the Vice-Chancellor and the authorities accountable for all the functions of the University. The Senate shall have all powers of the University not expressly vested in an Authority or officer by this Act and all other powers not expressly mentioned by this Act that are necessary for the performance of its functions.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the forgoing powers, the senate shall have the following powers namely:-

(a) to approve the proposed annual plan of work, the annual and revised budgets, the annual report and the annual statement of account;

(b) to hold, control and lay down policy for the administration of the property, funds and investments of the University, including the approval of the sale and purchase or acquisition of immovable property;

(c) to oversee the quality and relevance of the University’s academic programmes and to review the academic affairs of the University in general;

(d) to approve the appointment of Deans, Professors, Associate Professors and such other senior faculty and senior administrators as may be prescribed;

(e) to institute schemes, directions and guidelines for the terms and conditions of appointment of all officers, teachers, and other employees of the University;

(f) to approve strategic plans;

(g) to approve financial resource development plans of the University;

(h) to consider the drafts of statutes and regulations proposed by the Syndicate and the Academic Council and deal with them in the manner as provided for in sections 26 and 27, as the case may be:
Provided that the Senate may frame a statute or regulation on its own initiative and approve it after calling for the advice of Syndicate or the Academic Council as the case my be;

(i) to annul by order in writing the proceedings of any Authority or officer if the Senate is satisfied that such proceedings are not in accordance with the provisions of this Act, statutes or regulations after calling upon such Authority or officer to show cause why such proceedings should not be annulled;

(j) to recommend to the Chancellor removal of any member of the Senate in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

(k) to make appointments of members of the Syndicate, other then ex-officio members, in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

(l) to make appointments of members of the Academic Council, other then ex-officio members, in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

(m) to appoint Emeritus Professors on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed;

(n) to remove any person from the membership of any Authority if such person,-

(i) has become of unsound mind;
(ii) has become incapacitated to function as member of such Authority; or
(iii) has been convicted by a court of law for an offence involving moral turpitude; and

(o) to determine the form, provide for the custody and regulate the use of the common seal of the University.

(3) The Senate may, subject to the provisions of this Act delegate all or any of the powers and functions of any Authority, officer or employee of the University at its main campus, to any Authority, committee, officer or employee at its additional campus for the purpose of exercising such powers and performing such functions in relation to such additional campus, and for this purpose the Senate may create new posts or positions at the additional campus.

18. Visitation.
The Senate may, in accordance with the terms and procedures as mmay be prescribed, cause an inspection to be made in respect of any matter connected with the University.

Constitution of the Senate

Clause Provision in para-16(1) of the University Act
(a) the Chancellor who shall be the Chairperson of the Senate
(b) the Vice-Chancellor
(c) one member of the Government not below the rank of Additional Secretary from the Ministry of Education or any other department relevant to the special focus of the University
(d) four persons from society at large being persons of distinction in the fields of administration, management, education, academics, law, accountancy, medicine, fine arts, architecture, agriculture, science, technology and engineering such that the appointment of these persons reflects a balance across the various fields
(e) one person from amongst the alumni of the University
(f) Two persons from the academic community of the country, other than an employee of the University, at the level of professor or principal of a college
(g) four University Teachers
(h). one person nominated by the Commission
16(7) The Registrar shall be the Secretary of the Senate