It has often been taken for granted that universities are international. The
universal nature of knowledge, a long tradition of international collegiality
and cooperation in research, the comings and goings of faculty and students
since Antiquity have all served to create this impression. Conscious that this
impression only partially reflects the day to day reality of higher education
institutions and noting that internationalisation of higher education is today
more than ever a worthy goal, there is an urgent need to reaffirm the commitment
and to urge all stakeholders to contribute to its realisation.
As we approach the 21st Century, a number of major challenges face women and men
as they interact with one another as individuals, groups, and with nature.
Globalisation of trade, of production, and of communications has created a
highly interconnected world. Yet the tremendous gaps between the rich and the
poor continue to widen both within, and between nations. Sustainable development
remains an elusive long-term goal, too often sacrificed for short-term gains.
It is imperative that higher education offers solutions to existing problems and
innovate to avoid problems in the future. Whether in the economic, political, or
social realms, higher education is expected to contribute to raising the overall
quality of life. To fulfil its role effectively and maintain excellence, higher
education must become far more internationalised; it must integrate an
international and intercultural dimension into its teaching, research, and
Preparing future leaders and citizens for a highly interdependent world,
requires a higher education system where internationalisation promotes cultural
diversity and fosters intercultural understanding, respect, and tolerance among
peoples. Such internationalisation of higher education contributes to building
more than economically competitive and politically powerful regional blocks; it
represents a commitment to international solidarity, human security and helps to
build a climate of global peace.
Technological advances in communications are powerful instruments, which can
serve to further internationalisation of higher education and to democratise
access to opportunities. However, to the extent that access to new information
technologies remains unevenly distributed in the world, the adverse side effects
of their widespread use can threaten cultural diversity and widen the gaps in
the production, dissemination, and appropriation of knowledge.
Highly educated manpower at the highest levels are essential to increasingly
knowledge-based development. Internationalisation and international cooperation
can serve to improve higher education by increasing efficiency in teaching and
learning as well as in research through shared efforts and joint actions.
The CIU at this point of time thinks it proper to define the principle of
Institutional Autonomy as the necessary degree of independence from external
interference that the University requires in respect of its internal
organisation and governance, the internal distribution of financial resources
and the generation of income from non public sources, the recruitment of its
staff, the setting of the conditions of study and, finally, the freedom to
conduct teaching and research.
The CIU wishes to further define the principle of Academic Freedom as the
freedom for members of the academic community that is, scholars, teachers and
students to follow their scholarly activities within a framework determined by
that community in respect of ethical rules and international standards, and
without outside pressure.
Rights confer obligations. These obligations are as much incumbent on the
individuals and on the University of which they are part, as they are upon the
State and the Society.
Academic Freedom engages the obligation by each individual member of the
academic profession to excellence, to innovation, and to advancing the frontiers
of knowledge through research and the diffusion of its results through teaching
Academic Freedom also engages the ethical responsibility of the individuals and
the academic community in the conduct of research, both in determining the
priorities of that research and in taking account of the implications, which its
results may have for Humanity and Nature.
For its part, the University has the obligation to uphold and demonstrate to
Society that it stands by its collective obligation to quality and ethics, to
fairness and tolerance, to the setting and the upkeep of standards - academic
when applied to research and teaching, administrative when applied to due
process, to the rendering of accounts to Society, to self-verification, to
institutional review and to transparency in the conduct of institutional
For their part, organising powers and stakeholders public or private, stand
equally under the obligation to prevent arbitrary interference, to provide and
to ensure those conditions necessary, in compliance with internationally
recognised standards, for the exercise of Academic Freedom by individual members
of the academic profession and for University Autonomy to be exercised by the
In particular, the organising powers and stakeholders public or private, and the
interests they represent, should recognise that by its very nature the
obligation upon the academic profession to advance knowledge is inseparable from
the examination, questioning and testing of accepted ideas and of established
wisdom. And that the expression of views, which follows from scientific insight
or scholarly investigation may often be contrary to popular conviction or judged
as unacceptable and intolerable.
Hence, agencies which exercise responsibility for the advancement of knowledge
as to particular interests which provide support for, or stand in a contractual
relationship with, the University for the services it may furnish, must
recognise that such expressions of scholarly judgement and scientific inquiry
shall not place in jeopardy the career or the existence of the individual
expressing them nor leave that individual open to pursual for delit d'opinion on
account of such views being expressed.
If the free range of inquiry, examination and the advance of knowledge are held
to be benefits Society derives from the University, the latter must assume the
responsibility for the choices and the priorities it sets freely. Society for
its part, must recognise its part in providing means appropriate for the
achievement of that end.
Resources should be commensurate with expectations - especially those which,
like fundamental research, demand a long-term commitment if they are to yield
their full benefits.
The obligation to transmit and to advance knowledge is the basic purpose for
which Academic Freedom and University Autonomy are required and recognised.
Since knowledge is universal, so too is this obligation.
In practice, however, Universities fulfil this obligation primarily in respect
of the Societies in which they are located. And it is these communities,
cultural, regional, national and local, which establish with the University the
terms by which such responsibilities are to be assumed, who is to assume them
and by what means and procedures.
Responsibilities met within the setting of 'national' society, extend beyond the
physical boundaries of that society. Since its earliest days, the University has
professed intellectual and spiritual engagement to the principles of
'universalism' and to 'internationalism' whilst Academic Freedom and University
Autonomy evolved within the setting of the historic national community.
For Universities to serve a world society requires that Academic Freedom and
University Autonomy form the bedrock to a new Social Contract - a contract to
uphold values common to Humanity and to meet the expectations of a world where
frontiers are rapidly dissolving.
In the context of international cooperation, the exercise of Academic Freedom
and University Autonomy by some should not lead to intellectual hegemony over
others. It should, on the contrary, be a means of strengthening the principles
of pluralism, tolerance and academic solidarity between institutions of higher
learning and between individual scholars and students.
At a time when the ties, obligations and commitments between Society and the
University are becoming more complex, more urgent and more direct, it appears
desirable to establish a broadly recognised Charter of mutual rights and
obligations governing the relationship between University and Society, including
adequate monitoring mechanisms for its application.
The Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU), being founded to promote
cooperation among higher education institutions, notes that despite the
universality of knowledge, which has always served to affirm the nature of
higher education, the level of internationalisation remains low and uneven.
Furthermore, cooperation has had relatively little impact of global wealth and
resource distribution even in the realm of higher education.
Worse, the external brain drain and other negative consequences of poorly
designed cooperative activities have, at times, even exacerbated the conditions
in developing nations.
In more recent times, commercial and financial interests have gained prominence
in the internationalisation process and threaten to displace the less
utilitarian and equally valuable aspects of this enriching and necessary
transformation of higher education.
Letters of invitation have been sent to all the university level institutions in
India for enabling them to send their consent to be the founder members and
sponsors of the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU).
The names of university level institutions from where consent letters have been
received are kept under this document as Annexure.
Declaration of Name
The name of the organisation shall be "Confederation of Indian Universities -
" . It shall be a self-governing body having
non-political, non-governmental and non-profit making character.
The Registered Office will presently be situated at A 14 Paryavaran Complex,
South of Saket, New Delhi - 110030. The Registered Office may be changed in
future but will remain in the NCT of Delhi.
Masterplan envisaged by the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU)
1. There is an unprecedented demand for and a great diversification in higher
education, as well as an increased awareness of its vital importance for
sociocultural and economic development, and for building the future, for which
the younger generations will need to be equipped with new skills, knowledge and
2. Higher education includes ‘all types of studies, teaching, training and
research at the post-secondary level, provided by universities or other
educational establishments that are approved as institutions of higher education
by the Competent Authorities.
3. Everywhere higher education is faced with great challenges and difficulties
related to financing, equity of conditions at access into and during the course
of studies, improved staff development, skills-based training, enhancement and
preservation of quality in teaching, research and services, relevance of
programmes, employability of graduates, post-graduates and doctorates,
establishment of efficient co-operation agreements and equitable access to the
benefits of international co-operation.
4. At the same time, higher education is being challenged by new opportunities
relating to technologies that are improving the ways in which knowledge can be
produced, managed, disseminated, accessed and controlled. Equitable access to
these technologies should be ensured at all levels of education systems.
5. The initial years of this century and the last 50 years of the twentieth
century will go down in the history of higher education as the period of its
most spectacular expansion: an over sixfold increase in student enrolments
worldwide. But it is also the period which has seen the gap between the
industrially developed, the developing countries and in particular the least
developed countries with regard to access and resources for higher learning and
research, already enormous, becoming even wider. It has also been a period of
increased socio-economic stratification and greater difference in educational
opportunity within countries, including in some of the most developed and
6. Without adequate higher education and research institutions providing a
critical mass of skilled and educated people, no country can ensure genuine
endogenous and sustainable development and, in particular, developing countries
and the least developed countries cannot reduce the gap separating them from the
industrially developed ones. Sharing knowledge, international co-operation and
new technologies can offer new opportunities to reduce this gap.
7. Higher education has given ample proof of its viability over the centuries
and of its ability to change and to induce change and progress in society. Owing
to the scope and pace of change, society has become increasingly knowledge-based
so that higher learning and research now act as essential components of
cultural, socio-economic and environmentally sustainable development of
individuals, communities and nations.
8. Higher education itself is confronted, therefore, with formidable challenges
and must proceed to the most radical change and renewal it has ever been
required to undertake, so that our society, which is currently undergoing a
profound crisis of values, can transcend mere economic considerations and
incorporate deeper dimensions of morality and spirituality.
9. It is with the aim of providing solutions to these challenges and of setting
in motion a process of in-depth reform in higher education worldwide that the
Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) is being established with a view to
designing a Masterplan Paradigm for introducing development systems for
strengthening the cause of higher education in the third millennium.
CIU's declaration on higher education
We, the University level Institutions in India assembled at New Delhi on 15
10. Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states in Article
26, paragraph 1, that ‘Everyone has the right to education’ and that ‘higher
education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit’, and
endorsing the basic principles of the Convention against Discrimination in
Education (1960), which, by Article 4, commits the States Parties to it to ‘make
higher education equally accessible to all on the basis of individual capacity’.
11. Convinced that education is a fundamental pillar of human rights, democracy,
sustainable development and peace, and shall therefore become accessible to all
throughout life and that measures are required to ensure co-ordination and
co-operation across and between the various sectors, particularly between
general, technical and professional secondary and post-secondary education as
well as between universities, colleges and technical institutions.
12. Believing that, in this context, the solution of the problems faced in the
twenty-first century will be determined by the vision of the future society and
by the role that is assigned to education in general and to higher education in
13. Aware that at the beginning of a new millennium it is the duty of higher
education to ensure that the values and ideals of a culture of peace prevail and
that the intellectual community should be mobilized to that end.
14. Considering that a substantial change and development of higher education,
the enhancement of its quality and relevance, and the solution to the major
challenges it faces, require the strong involvement not only of governments and
of higher education institutions, but also of all stakeholders, including
students and their families, teachers, business and industry, the public and
private sectors of the economy, legislatures, the media, the community,
professional associations and society as well as a greater responsibility of
higher education institutions towards society and accountability in the use of
public and private, national or international resources;
15. Emphasizing that higher education systems should enhance their capacity to
live with uncertainty, to change and bring about change, and to address social
needs and to promote solidarity and equity; should preserve and exercise
scientific rigour and originality, in a spirit of impartiality, as a basic
prerequisite for attaining and sustaining an indispensable level of quality; and
should place students at the centre of their concerns, within a lifelong
perspective, so as to allow their full integration into the global knowledge
society of this new century; and
16. Also believing that international co-operation and exchange are major
avenues for advancing higher education throughout the world.
Proclaim the following:
MISSIONS AND FUNCTIONS OF the confederation of indian universities (CIU)
Mission to Educate, to Train and to undertake Research
We affirm that the core missions and values of higher education, in particular
the mission to contribute to the sustainable development and improvement of
society as a whole, should be preserved, reinforced and further expanded,
17. Educate highly qualified graduates and responsible citizens able to meet the
needs of all sectors of human activity, by offering relevant qualifications,
including professional training, which combine high-level knowledge and skills,
using courses and content continually tailored to the present and future needs
18. Provide opportunities for higher learning and for learning throughout life,
giving to learners an optimal range of choice and a flexibility of entry and
exit points within the system, as well as an opportunity for individual
development and social mobility in order to educate for citizenship and for
active participation in society, with a worldwide vision, for endogenous
capacity-building, and for the consolidation of human rights, sustainable
development, democracy and peace, in a context of justice.
19. Advance, create and disseminate knowledge through research and provide, as
part of its service to the community, relevant expertise to assist societies in
cultural, social and economic development, promoting and developing scientific
and technological research as well as research in the social sciences, the
humanities and the creative arts.
20. Help understand, interpret, preserve, enhance, promote and disseminate
national and regional, international and historic cultures, in a context of
cultural pluralism and diversity.
21. Help protect and enhance societal values by training young people in the
values which form the basis of democratic citizenship and by providing critical
and detached perspectives to assist in the discussion of strategic options and
the reinforcement of humanistic perspectives; and
22. Contribute to the development and improvement of education at all levels,
including through the training of teachers.
Ethical Role, Autonomy, Responsibility and Anticipatory Function
Higher education institutions and their personnel and students should :
23. Preserve and develop their crucial functions, through the exercise of ethics
and scientific and intellectual rigour in their various activities.
24. Be able to speak out on ethical, cultural and social problems completely
independently and in full awareness of their responsibilities, exercising a kind
of intellectual authority that society needs to help it to reflect, understand
25. Enhance their critical and forward-looking functions, through continuing
analysis of emerging social, economic, cultural and political trends, providing
a focus for forecasting, warning and prevention.
26. Exercise their intellectual capacity and their moral prestige to defend and
actively disseminate universally accepted values, including peace, justice,
freedom, equality and solidarity.
27. Enjoy full academic autonomy and freedom, conceived as a set of rights and
duties, while being fully responsible and accountable to society.
28. Play a role to help identify and to address issues that affect the
well-being of communities, nations and global society.
SHAPING A NEW VISION OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Equity of Access
29. In keeping with Article 26.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
admission to higher education should be based on the merit, capacity, efforts,
perseverance and devotion, showed by those seeking access to it, and can take
place in a lifelong scheme, at any time, with due recognition of previously
acquired skills. As a consequence, no discrimination can be accepted in granting
access to higher education on grounds of race, gender, language or religion, or
economic, cultural or social distinctions, or physical disabilities.
30. Equity of access to higher education should begin with the reinforcement
and, if need be, the reordering of its links with all other levels of education,
particularly with secondary education. Higher education institutions must be
viewed as, and must also work within themselves to be a part of and encourage, a
seamless system starting with early childhood and primary education and
continuing through life. Higher education institutions must work in active
partnership with parents, schools, students, socio-economic groups and
31. Secondary education should not only prepare qualified candidates for access
to higher education by developing the capacity to learn on a broad basis but
also open the way to active life by providing training on a wide range of jobs.
However, access to higher education should remain open to those successfully
completing secondary school, or its equivalent, or presenting entry
qualifications, as far as possible, at any age and without any discrimination.
32. As a consequence, the rapid and wide-reaching demand for higher education
requires, where appropriate, all policies concerning access to higher education
to give priority in the future to the approach based on the merit of the
33. Access to higher education for members of some special target groups, such
as indigenous peoples, cultural and linguistic minorities, disadvantaged groups,
peoples living under occupation and those who suffer from disabilities, must be
actively facilitated, since these groups as collectivities and as individuals
may have both experience and talent that can be of great value for the
development of societies and nations. Special material help and educational
solutions can help overcome the obstacles that these groups face, both in
accessing and in continuing higher education.
Enhancing Participation and Promoting the Role of Women
34. Although significant progress has been achieved to enhance the access of
women to higher education, various socio-economic, cultural and political
obstacles continue in many places in the world to impede their full access and
effective integration. To overcome them remains an urgent priority in the
renewal process for ensuring an equitable and non-discriminatory system of
higher education based on the principle of merit.
35. Further efforts are required to eliminate all gender stereotyping in higher
education, to consider gender aspects in different disciplines and to
consolidate women’s participation at all levels and in all disciplines, in which
they are under-represented and, in particular, to enhance their active
involvement in decision-making.
36. Gender studies (women’s studies) should be promoted as a field of knowledge,
strategic for the transformation of higher education and society.
37. Efforts should be made to eliminate political and social barriers whereby
women are under-represented and in particular to enhance their active
involvement at policy and decision-making levels within higher education and
Advancing Knowledge through Research in Science, the Arts and Humanities and the
Dissemination of its Results
38. The advancement of knowledge through research is an essential function of
all systems of higher education, which should promote postgraduate studies.
Innovation, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity should be promoted and
reinforced in programmes with long-term orientations on social and cultural aims
and needs. An appropriate balance should be established between basic and
40. Institutions should ensure that all members of the academic community
engaged in research are provided with appropriate training, resources and
support. The intellectual and cultural rights on the results of research should
be used to the benefit of humanity and should be protected so that they cannot
41. Research must be enhanced in all disciplines, including the social and human
sciences, education (including higher education), engineering, natural sciences,
mathematics, informatics and the arts within the framework of national, regional
and international research and development policies. Of special importance is
the enhancement of research capacities in higher education research
institutions, as mutual enhancement of quality takes place when higher education
and research are conducted at a high level within the same institution. These
institutions should find the material and financial support required, from both
public and private sources.
Long-Term Orientation based on Relevance
42. Relevance in higher education should be assessed in terms of the fit between
what society expects of institutions and what they do. This requires ethical
standards, political impartiality, critical capacities and, at the same time, a
better articulation with the problems of society and the world of work, basing
long-term orientations on societal aims and needs, including respect for
cultures and environmental protection. The concern is to provide access to both
broad general education and targeted, career-specific education, often
interdisciplinary, focusing on skills and aptitudes, both of which equip
individuals to live in a variety of changing settings, and to be able to change
43. Higher education should reinforce its role of service to society, especially
its activities aimed at eliminating poverty, intolerance, violence, illiteracy,
hunger, environmental degradation and disease, mainly through an
interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach in the analysis of problems and
44. Higher education should enhance its contribution to the development of the
whole education system, notably through improved teacher education, curriculum
development and educational research.
45. Ultimately, higher education should aim at the creation of a new society -
non-violent and non-exploitative - consisting of highly cultivated, motivated
and integrated individuals, inspired by love for humanity and guided by wisdom.
Strengthening Co-operation with the World of Work and Analysing and Anticipating
46. In economies characterized by changes and the emergence of new production
paradigms based on knowledge and its application, and on the handling of
information, the links between higher education, the world of work and other
parts of society should be strengthened and renewed.
47. Links with the world of work can be strengthened, through the participation
of its representatives in the governance of institutions, the increased use of
domestic and international apprenticeship/work-study opportunities for students
and teachers, the exchange of personnel between the world of work and higher
education institutions and revised curricula more closely aligned with working
48. As a lifelong source of professional training, updating and recycling,
institutions of higher education should systematically take into account trends
in the world of work and in the scientific, technological and economic sectors.
In order to respond to the work requirements, higher education systems and the
world of work should jointly develop and assess learning processes, bridging
programmes and prior learning assessment and recognition programmes, which
integrate theory and training on the job. Within the framework of their
anticipatory function, higher education institutions could contribute to the
creation of new jobs, although that is not their only function.
49. Developing entrepreneurial skills and initiative should become major
concerns of higher education, in order to facilitate employability of graduates
who will increasingly be called upon to be not only job seekers but also and
above all to become job creators. Higher education institutions should give the
opportunity to students to fully develop their own abilities with a sense of
social responsibility, educating them to become full participants in democratic
society and promoters of changes that will foster equity and justice.
Diversification for Enhanced Equity of Opportunity
50. Diversifying higher education models and recruitment methods and criteria is
essential both to meet increasing international demand and to provide access to
various delivery modes and to extend access to an ever-wider public, in a
lifelong perspective, based on flexible entry and exit points to and from the
system of higher education.
51. More diversified systems of higher education are characterized by new types
of tertiary institutions: public, private and non-profit institutions, amongst
others. Institutions should be able to offer a wide variety of education and
training opportunities: traditional degrees, short courses, part-time study,
flexible schedules, modularized courses, supported learning at a distance, etc.
Innovative Educational Approaches: Critical Thinking and Creativity
52. In a world undergoing rapid changes, there is a perceived need for a new
vision and paradigm of higher education, which should be student-oriented,
calling in most countries for in-depth reforms and an open access policy so as
to cater to ever more diversified categories of people, and of its contents,
methods, practices and means of delivery, based on new types of links and
partnerships with the community and with the broadest sectors of society.
53. Higher education institutions should educate students to become well
informed and deeply motivated citizens, who can think critically, analyse
problems of society, look for solutions to the problems of society, apply them
and accept social responsibilities.
54. To achieve these goals, it may be necessary to recast curricula, using new
and appropriate methods, so as to go beyond cognitive mastery of disciplines.
New pedagogical and didactical approaches should be accessible and promoted in
order to facilitate the acquisition of skills, competencies and abilities for
communication, creative and critical analysis, independent thinking and team
work in multicultural contexts, where creativity also involves combining
traditional or local knowledge and know-how with advanced science and
technology. These recast curricula should take into account the gender dimension
and the specific cultural, historic and economic context of each country. The
teaching of human rights standards and education on the needs of communities in
all parts of the world should be reflected in the curricula of all disciplines,
particularly those preparing for entrepreneurship. Academic personnel should
play a significant role in determining the curriculum.
55. New methods of education will also imply new types of teaching-learning
materials. These have to be coupled with new methods of testing that will
promote not only powers of memory but also powers of comprehension, skills for
practical work and creativity.
Higher Education Personnel and Students as Major Actors
56. A vigorous policy of staff development is an essential element of higher
education institutions. Clear policies should be established concerning higher
education teachers, who nowadays need to focus on teaching students how to learn
and how to take initiatives rather than being exclusively founts of knowledge.
Adequate provision should be made for research and for updating and improving
pedagogical skills, through appropriate staff development programmes,
encouraging constant innovation in curriculum, teaching and learning methods,
and ensuring appropriate professional and financial status, and for excellence
in research and teaching. Furthermore, in view of the role of higher education
for lifelong learning, experience outside the institutions ought to be
considered as a relevant qualification for higher educational staff.
57. Clear policies should be established by all higher education institutions
preparing teachers of early childhood education and for primary and secondary
schools, providing stimulus for constant innovation in curriculum, best
practices in teaching methods and familiarity with diverse learning styles. It
is vital to have appropriately trained administrative and technical personnel.
58. National and institutional decision-makers should place students and their
needs at the centre of their concerns, and should consider them as major
partners and responsible stakeholders in the renewal of higher education. This
should include student involvement in issues that affect that level of
education, in evaluation, the renovation of teaching methods and curricula and,
in the institutional framework in force, in policy-formulation and institutional
management. As students have the right to organize and represent themselves,
students’ involvement in these issues should be guaranteed.
59. Guidance and counselling services should be developed, in
co-operation with student organizations, in order to assist students in the
transition to higher education at whatever age and to take account of the needs
of ever more diversified categories of learners. Apart from those entering
higher education from schools or further education colleges, they should also
take account of the needs of those leaving and returning in a lifelong process.
Such support is important in ensuring a good match between student and course,
reducing drop-out. Students who do drop out should have suitable opportunities
to return to higher education if and when appropriate.
FROM VISION TO ACTION
60. Quality in higher education is a multidimensional concept, which should
embrace all its functions, and activities: teaching and academic programmes,
research and scholarship, staffing, students, buildings, facilities, equipment,
services to the community and the academic environment. Internal self-evaluation
and external review, conducted openly by independent specialists, if possible
with international expertise, are vital for enhancing quality. Independent
national bodies should be established and comparative standards of quality,
recognized at international level, should be defined. Due attention should be
paid to specific institutional, national and regional contexts in order to take
into account diversity and to avoid uniformity. Stakeholders should be an
integral part of the institutional evaluation process.
61. Quality also requires that higher education should be characterized by its
international dimension: exchange of knowledge, interactive networking, mobility
of teachers and students, and international research projects, while taking into
account the national cultural values and circumstances.
62. To attain and sustain national, regional or international quality, certain
components are particularly relevant, notably careful selection of staff and
continuous staff development, in particular through the promotion of appropriate
programmes for academic staff development, including teaching/learning
methodology and mobility between countries, between higher education
institutions, and between higher education institutions and the world of work,
as well as student mobility within and between countries. The new information
technologies are an important tool in this process, owing to their impact on the
acquisition of knowledge and know-how.
The Potential and the Challenge of Technology
63. The rapid breakthroughs in new information and communication technologies
will further change the way knowledge is developed, acquired and delivered. It
is also important to note that the new technologies offer opportunities to
innovate on course content and teaching methods and to widen access to higher
learning. However, it should be borne in mind that new information technology
does not reduce the need for teachers but changes their role in relation to the
learning process and that the continuous dialogue that converts information into
knowledge and understanding becomes fundamental. Higher education institutions
should lead in drawing on the advantages and potential of new information and
communication technologies, ensuring quality and maintaining high standards for
education practices and outcomes in a spirit of openness, equity and
international co-operation by:
64. Engaging in networks, technology transfer, capacity-building, developing
teaching materials and sharing experience of their application in teaching,
training and research, and making knowledge accessible to all;
65. Creating new learning environments, ranging from distance education
facilities to complete virtual higher education institutions and systems,
capable of bridging distances and developing high-quality systems of education,
thus serving social and economic advancement and democratization as well as
other relevant priorities of society, while ensuring that these virtual
education facilities, based on regional, continental or global networks,
function in a way that respects cultural and social identities;
66. Noting that, in making full use of information and communication technology
(ICT) for educational purposes, particular attention should be paid to removing
the grave inequalities which exist among and also within the countries of the
world with regard to access to new information and communication technologies
and to the production of the corresponding resources;
67. Adapting ICT to national, regional and local needs and securing technical,
educational, management and institutional systems to sustain it;
68. Facilitating, through international co-operation, the identification of the
objectives and interests of all countries, particularly the developing
countries, equitable access and the strengthening of infrastructures in this
field and the dissemination of such technology throughout society;
69. Closely following the evolution of the ‘knowledge society’ in order to
ensure high quality and equitable regulations for access to prevail;
70. Taking the new possibilities created by the use of ICTs into account, while
realizing that it is, above all, institutions of higher education that are using
ICTs in order to modernize their work, and not ICTs transforming institutions of
higher education from real to virtual institutions.
Strengthening Higher Education Management and Financing
71. The management and financing of higher education require the development of
appropriate planning and policy-analysis capacities and strategies, based on
partnerships established between higher education institutions and state and
national planning and co-ordination bodies, so as to secure appropriately
streamlined management and the cost-effective use of resources. Higher education
institutions should adopt forward-looking management practices that respond to
the needs of their environments. Managers in higher education must be
responsive, competent and able to evaluate regularly, by internal and external
mechanisms, the effectiveness of procedures and administrative rules.
72. Higher education institutions must be given autonomy to manage their
internal affairs, but with this autonomy must come clear and transparent
accountability to the government, legislature, students and the wider society.
73. The ultimate goal of management should be to enhance the institutional
mission by ensuring high-quality teaching, training and research, and services
to the community. This objective requires governance that combines social
vision, including understanding of global issues, with efficient managerial
skills. Leadership in higher education is thus a major social responsibility and
can be significantly strengthened through dialogue with all stakeholders,
especially teachers and students, in higher education. The participation of
teaching faculty in the governing bodies of higher education institutions should
be taken into account, within the framework of current institutional
arrangements, bearing in mind the need to keep the size of these bodies within
74. The promotion of North-South co-operation to ensure the necessary financing
for strengthening higher education in the developing countries is essential.
Financing of Higher Education as a Public Service
The funding of higher education requires both public and private resources. The
role of the government remains essential in this regard.
75. The diversification of funding sources reflects the support that society
provides to higher education and must be further strengthened to ensure the
development of higher education, increase its efficiency and maintain its
quality and relevance. Public support for higher education and research remains
essential to ensure a balanced achievement of educational and social missions.
76. Society as a whole must support education at all levels, including higher
education, given its role in promoting sustainable economic, social and cultural
development. Mobilization for this purpose depends on public awareness and
involvement of the public and private sectors of the economy, legislature, the
media, governmental and non-governmental organizations, students as well as
institutions, families and all the social actors involved with higher education.
Sharing Knowledge and Know-How across Borders and Continents
77. The principle of solidarity and true partnership amongst higher education
institutions worldwide is crucial for education and training in all fields that
encourage an understanding of global issues, the role of democratic governance
and skilled human resources in their resolution, and the need for living
together with different cultures and values. The practice of multilingualism,
faculty and student exchange programmes and institutional linkage to promote
intellectual and scientific co-operation should be an integral part of all
higher education systems.
78. The principles of international co-operation based on solidarity,
recognition and mutual support, true partnership that equitably serves the
interests of the partners and the value of sharing knowledge and know-how across
borders should govern relationships among higher education institutions in both
developed and developing countries and should benefit the least developed
countries in particular. Consideration should be given to the need for
safeguarding higher education institutional capacities in regions suffering from
conflict or natural disasters. Consequently, an international dimension should
permeate the curriculum, and the teaching and learning processes.
79. Regional and international normative instruments for the recognition of
studies should be ratified and implemented, including certification of the
skills, competencies and abilities of graduates, making it easier for students
to change courses, in order to facilitate mobility within and between national
From ‘Brain Drain’ to ‘Brain Gain’
80. The ‘brain drain’ has yet to be stemmed, since it continues to deprive the
developing countries and those in transition, of the high-level expertise
necessary to accelerate their socio-economic progress. International
co-operation schemes should be based on long-term partnerships between
institutions in the South and the North, and also promote South-South
co-operation. Priority should be given to training programmes in the developing
countries, in centres of excellence forming regional and international networks,
with short periods of specialized and intensive study abroad.
81. Consideration should be given to creating an environment conducive to
attracting and retaining skilled human capital, either through national policies
or international arrangements to facilitate the return - permanent or temporary
- of highly trained scholars and researchers to their countries of origin. At
the same time, efforts must be directed towards a process of ‘brain gain’
through collaboration programmes that, by virtue of their international
dimension, enhance the building and strengthening of institutions and facilitate
full use of endogenous capacities.
Partnership and Alliances
82. Partnership and alliances amongst stakeholders - national and institutional
policy-makers, teaching and related staff, researchers and students, and
administrative and technical personnel in institutions of higher education, the
world of work, community groups - is a powerful force in managing change. Also,
non-governmental organizations are key actors in this process. Henceforth,
partnership, based on common interest, mutual respect and credibility, should be
a prime matrix for renewal in higher education.
The Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) adopts this Declaration and
reaffirms the right of all people to education and the right of access to higher
education based on individual merit and capacity.
The Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) pledges to act together within
the frame of our individual and collective responsibilities, by taking all
necessary measures in order to realize the principles concerning higher
education contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the
Convention against Discrimination in Education.
The Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) solemnly reaffirms the commitment
to peace. To that end, CIU is determined to accord high priority to education
for reducing peacelessness, unemployment, pollution and intolerance.
The Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) adopts, therefore, this
Declaration on Higher Education and Development. To achieve the goals set forth
in this Declaration and, in particular, for immediate action, CIU agrees on the
following Framework for Priority Action for Change and Development of Higher
FRAMEWORK FOR PRIORITY ACTION FOR CHANGE
AND DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Priority Actions at National Level
States, including their governments, legislatures and other decision-makers,
83. Establish, where appropriate, the legislative, political and financial
framework for the reform and further development of higher education, in keeping
with the terms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which establishes
that higher education shall be ‘accessible to all on the basis of merit’. No
discrimination can be accepted, no one can be excluded from higher education or
its study fields, degree levels and types of institutions on grounds of race,
gender, language, religion, or age or because of any economic or social
distinctions or physical disabilities;
84. Reinforce the links between higher education and research;
85. Consider and use higher education as a catalyst for the entire education
86. Develop higher education institutions to include lifelong learning
approaches, giving learners an optimal range of choice and a flexibility of
entry and exit points within the system, and redefine their role accordingly,
which implies the development of open and continuous access to higher learning
and the need for bridging programmes and prior learning assessment and
87. Make efforts, when necessary, to establish close links between higher
education and research institutions, taking into account the fact that education
and research are two closely related elements in the establishment of knowledge;
88. Develop innovative schemes of collaboration between institutions of higher
education and different sectors of society to ensure that higher education and
research programmes effectively contribute to local, regional and national
89. Fulfil their commitments to higher education and be accountable for the
pledges adopted with their concurrence, at several forums, particularly over the
past decade, with regard to human, material and financial resources, human
development and education in general, and to higher education in particular;
90. Have a policy framework to ensure new partnerships and the involvement of
all relevant stakeholders in all aspects of higher education: the evaluation
process, including curriculum and pedagogical renewal, and guidance and
counselling services; and, in the framework of existing institutional
arrangements, policy-making and institutional governance;
91. Define and implement policies to eliminate all gender stereotyping in higher
education and to consolidate women’s participation at all levels and in all
disciplines in which they are under-represented at present and, in particular,
to enhance their active involvement in decision-making;
92. Recognize students as the centre of attention of higher education, and one
of its stakeholders. They should be involved, by means of adequate institutional
structures, in the renewal of their level of education (including curriculum and
pedagogical reform), and policy decision, in the framework of existing
93. Recognize that students have the right to organize themselves autonomously;
94. Promote and facilitate national and international mobility of teaching staff
and students as an essential part of the quality and relevance of higher
95. Provide and ensure those conditions necessary for the exercise of academic
freedom and institutional autonomy so as to allow institutions of higher
education, as well as those individuals engaged in higher education and
research, to fulfil their obligations to society.
96. States in which enrolment in higher education is low by internationally
accepted comparative standards should strive to ensure a level of higher
education adequate for relevant needs in the public and private sectors of
society and to establish plans for diversifying and expanding access,
particularly benefiting all minorities and disadvantaged groups.
97. The interface with general, technical and professional secondary education
should be reviewed in depth, in the context of lifelong learning. Access to
higher education in whatever form must remain open to those successfully
completing secondary education or its equivalent or meeting entry qualifications
at any age, while creating gateways to higher education, especially for older
students without any formal secondary education certificates, by attaching more
importance to their professional experience. However, preparation for higher
education should not be the sole or primary purpose of secondary education,
which should also prepare for the world of work, with complementary training
whenever required, in order to provide knowledge, capacities and skills for a
wide range of jobs. The concept of bridging programmes should be promoted to
allow those entering the job market to return to studies at a later date.
98. Concrete steps should be taken to reduce the widening gap between
industrially developed and developing countries, in particular the least
developed countries, with regard to higher education and research. Concrete
steps are also needed to encourage increased co-operation between countries at
all levels of economic development with regard to higher education and research.
Consideration should be given to making budgetary provisions for that purpose,
and developing mutually beneficial agreements in order to sustain co-operative
activities and projects through appropriate incentives and funding in education,
research and the development of high-level experts.
PRIORITY ACTIONS AT THE LEVEL OF SYSTEMS AND INSTITUTIONS
99. Each higher education institution should define its mission according to the
present and future needs of society and base it on an awareness of the fact that
higher education is essential for any country or region to reach the necessary
level of sustainable and environmentally sound economic and social development,
cultural creativity nourished by better knowledge and understanding of the
cultural heritage, higher living standards, and internal and international
harmony and peace, based on human rights, democracy, tolerance and mutual
respect. These missions should incorporate the concept of academic freedom.
In establishing priorities in their programmes and structures, higher education
100. Take into account the need to abide by the rules of ethics and scientific
and intellectual rigour, and the multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary
101. Be primarily concerned to establish systems of access for the benefit of
all persons who have the necessary abilities and motivations;
102. Use their autonomy and high academic standards to contribute to the
sustainable development of society and to the resolution of the issues facing
the society of the future. They should develop their capacity to give
forewarning through the analysis of emerging social, cultural, economic and
political trends, approached in a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary
manner, giving particular attention to:
high quality, a clear sense of the social pertinence of studies and their
anticipatory function, based on scientific grounds;
knowledge of fundamental social questions, in particular related to the
elimination of poverty, to sustainable development, to intercultural dialogue
and to the shaping of a culture of peace;
the need for close connection with effective research organizations or
institutions that perform well in the sphere of research; and
fundamentals of human ethics, applied to each profession and to all areas of
103. Ensure, especially in universities and as far as possible, that faculty
members participate in teaching, research, tutoring students and steering
104. Take all necessary measures to reinforce their service to the community,
especially their activities aimed at eliminating poverty, intolerance, violence,
illiteracy, hunger and disease, through an interdisciplinary and
transdisciplinary approach in the analysis of challenges, problems and different
105. Set their relations with the world of work on a new basis involving
effective partnerships with all social actors concerned, starting from a
reciprocal harmonization of action and the search for solutions to pressing
problems of humanity, all this within a framework of responsible autonomy and
106. Ensure high quality of international standing, consider accountability and
both internal and external evaluation, with due respect for autonomy and
academic freedom, as being normal and inherent in their functioning, and
institutionalize transparent systems, structures or mechanisms specific thereto.
107. As lifelong education requires academic staff to update and improve their
teaching skills and learning methods, even more than in the present systems
mainly based on short periods of higher teaching, establish appropriate academic
staff development structures and/or mechanisms and programmes.
108. Promote and develop research, which is a necessary feature of all higher
education systems, in all disciplines, including the human and social sciences
and arts, given their relevance for development are needed to ensure continued
progress towards such key national objectives as access, equity, quality,
relevance and diversification.
109. Remove gender inequalities and biases in curricula and research, and take
all appropriate measures to ensure balanced representation of both men and women
among students and teachers, at all levels of management.
110. Provide, where appropriate, guidance and counselling, remedial courses,
training in how to study and other forms of student support, including measures
to improve student living conditions.
111. While the need for closer links between higher education and the world of
work is important worldwide, it is particularly vital for the developing
countries and especially the least developed countries, given their low level of
economic development. Governments of these countries should take appropriate
measures to reach this objective through appropriate measures such as
strengthening institutions for higher/professional/vocational education. At the
same time, international action is needed in order to help establish joint
undertakings between higher education and industry in these countries. It will
be necessary to give consideration to ways in which higher education graduates
could be supported, through various schemes, following the positive experience
of the micro-credit system and other incentives, in order to start small- and
medium-size enterprises. At the institutional level, developing entrepreneurial
skills and initiative should become a major concern of higher education, in
order to facilitate employability of graduates who will increasingly be required
not only to be job-seekers but to become job-creators.
112. The use of new technologies should be generalized to the greatest extent
possible to help higher education institutions, to reinforce academic
development, to widen access, to attain universal scope and to extend knowledge,
as well as to facilitate education throughout life. Governments, educational
institutions and the private sector should ensure that informatics and
communication network infrastructures, computer facilities and human resources
training are adequately provided.
Institutions of higher education should be open to adult learners:
113. By developing coherent mechanisms to recognize the outcomes of learning
undertaken in different contexts, and to ensure that credit is transferable
within and between institutions, sectors and states.
114. By establishing joint higher education/community research and training
partnerships, and by bringing the services of higher education institutions to
115. By carrying out interdisciplinary research in all aspects of adult
education and learning with the participation of adult learners themselves.
116. By creating opportunities for adult learning in flexible, open and creative
ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
117. Co-operation should be conceived of as an integral part of the
institutional missions of higher education institutions and systems.
Intergovernmental organizations, donor agencies and non-governmental
organizations should extend their action in order to develop inter-university
co-operation projects in particular through twinning institutions, based on
solidarity and partnership, as a means of bridging the gap between rich and poor
countries in the vital areas of knowledge production and application. Each
institution of higher education should envisage the creation of an appropriate
structure and/or mechanism for promoting and managing international
118. The intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations
active in higher education, the states through their bilateral and multilateral
co-operation programmes, the academic community and all concerned partners in
society should further promote international academic mobility as a means to
advance knowledge and knowledge-sharing in order to bring about and promote
solidarity as a main element of the global knowledge society of tomorrow,
including through strong support a the joint work plan 2004-2010 on the
recognition of studies, degrees and diplomas in higher education and through
large-scale co-operative action involving, inter alia, the establishment of an
educational credit transfer scheme, with particular emphasis on South-South
co-operation, the needs of the least developed countries and of the small states
with few higher education institutions or none at all.
119. Institutions of higher education in industrialized countries should strive
to make arrangements for international co-operation with sister institutions in
developing countries and in particular with those of poor countries. In their
co-operation, the institutions should make efforts to ensure fair and just
recognition of studies abroad. Initiatives should be taken to develop higher
education throughout the world, setting itself clear-cut goals that could lead
to tangible results. One method might be to implement projects in different
regions renewing efforts towards creating and/or strengthening centres of
excellence in developing countries relying on networks of national, regional and
international higher education institutions.
120. All concerned parts of society, should also undertake action in order to
alleviate the negative effects of ‘brain drain’ and to shift to a dynamic
process of ‘brain gain’. An overall analysis is required in all regions of the
world of the causes and effects of brain drain. A vigorous campaign should be
launched through the concerted effort of the international community and on the
basis of academic solidarity and should encourage the return to their home
country of expatriate academics, as well as the involvement of university
volunteers - newly retired academics or young academics at the beginning of
their career - who wish to teach and undertake research at higher education
institutions in developing countries. At the same time it is essential to
support the developing countries in their efforts to build and strengthen their
own educational capacities.
Within this framework, International Organisations should:
121. Promote better co-ordination among intergovernmental, supranational and
non-governmental organizations, agencies and foundations that sponsor existing
programmes and projects for international co-operation in higher education.
Furthermore, co-ordination efforts should take place in the context of national
priorities. This could be conducive to the pooling and sharing of resources,
avoid overlapping and promote better identification of projects, greater impact
of action and increased assurance of their validity through collective agreement
and review. Programmes aiming at the rapid transfer of knowledge, supporting
institutional development and establishing centres of excellence in all areas of
knowledge, in particular for peace education, conflict resolution, human rights
and democracy, should be supported by institutions and by public and private
122. Jointly with the various intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations, become a forum of reflection on higher education issues aiming
(i) preparing update reports on the state of knowledge on higher education
issues in all parts of the world;
(ii) promoting innovative projects of training and research, intended to enhance
the specific role of higher education in lifelong education;
(iii) reinforcing international co-operation and emphasizing the role of higher
education for citizenship education, sustainable development and peace; and
(iv) facilitating exchange of information and establishing, when appropriate, a
database on successful experiences and innovations that can be consulted by
institutions confronted with problems in their reforms of higher education.
123. Take specific action to support institutions of higher education in the
least developed parts of the world and in regions suffering the effects of
conflict or natural disasters.
124. Make renewed efforts towards creating or/and strengthening centres of
excellence in developing countries.
125. Take the initiative to draw up an international instrument on academic
freedom, autonomy and social responsibility.
Ensure follow-up of this Declaration jointly with other inter-governmental and
non-governmental organizations and with all higher education stakeholders. It
should have a crucial role in promoting international
cooperation in the field of higher education in implementing this follow-up
under the aegis of the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) and in the
light of the following context :
126. At the start of the twenty-first century, universities nationwide and
worldwide, though their circumstances differ, face important and common
127. The phenomenon of globalisation which affects diverse sectors - the
economy, the media, etc. - also has its impact on higher education throughout
the world. It demands change and an explicit policy of internationalisation by
127. The unprecedented development of information and communication technologies
is an important vehicle in the processes of globalisation and technological
accleration which carry with them opportunities and challenges that are specific
to universities and to the way they fulfil their missions.
128. More than ever, the creation of knowledge, access to knowledge and its
development are central to the development of societies. The knowledge society
requires a new generation of skilled people. In this context, demand for more
differentiated higher and continuing education, including professional
development as well as open and distance learning, is in all countries expanding
and, in some regions, overwhelming.
129. The rapid production of knowledge and technological development spur on the
quest for quality, excellence and relevance. The university has a special
responsibility to ensure that attention is paid to solving ethical questions. In
this setting, the university's critical role towards society assumes a new
130. The preconditions for universities and other types of higher education
institutions to cope successfully with new challenges such as these remain,
however, basically unchanged. These preconditions include autonomy of action,
academic freedom and adequate human and financial resources.
131. For higher education of quality to be today and in the future a motor of
social, cultural and economic development, other conditions are required,
amongst which effective dialogue with external partners and responsible
As a social institution, the university cannot be replaced. Hence, it must
continue to adapt and change if the challenges are to be met. It will remain an
institution central to societies throughout the world as long as its activities
make a difference to better the condition of humankind.
Aims and Objects
1. To encourage links between institutions of higher education throughout the
2. To base the mission of the Confederation on the fundamental principles for
which every university should stand, namely the right to pursue knowledge for
its own sake, to follow wherever the search for truth may lead, the tolerance of
divergent opinion and freedom from political interference.
3. To aim to give expression to the obligation of universities to promote,
through teaching and research, the principles of freedom and justice, of human
dignity and solidarity, and to contribute through regional, national and
international cooperation to the development of national and moral assistance
for the strengthening of higher education generally.
4. To link up its members, offer them quality services and provide a forum for
the universities from all over the country to work together and to speak on
behalf of universities, and of higher education in general, and to represent
their concerns and interests in public debate and to outside parties.
5. To pursue its goals through future oriented collective action including
information services, informed policy discussion, research and publications.
6. To facilitate the exchange of experience and learning.
7. To restate and defend the values that underlie and determine the proper
functioning of universities in the Indian subcontinent.
8. To uphold and contribute to the development of a long term vision of
universities' role and responsibility in society.
9. To voice the concerns for higher education with regard to policies of
national and international bodies.
10. To contribute to a better understanding of current trends and developments
through analysis, research and debate.
11. To provide comprehensive and authoritative information on higher education
systems, institutions and qualifications worldwide.
12. To act as a cooperation and service-oriented organisation to promote the
exchange of information, experience and ideas to facilitate academic mobility
and mutual, technical, national and international collaboration among
universities, and to contribute through research and meetings to informed higher
education policy debate.
13. To organise congress, conferences, seminars, round tables and workshops.
14. To conduct comparative studies and higher education policy research.
15. To strengthen cooperation and clearing-house activities.
16. To establish national information networks.
17. To provide consultancy, credential evaluation and advice.
18. To invite university level degree granting institutions whose main objective
is higher education and research, irrespective of whether or not they carry the
name of university.
19. To maintain and preserve university autonomy, academic freedom and mutual
20. To stand for the right to pursue knowledge for its own sake.
21. To remain free from political and economic interference, and give, room for
22. To work for the advancement of ethical values in the work of the
Confederation and its members as well as in society and respect for diversity.
23. To remember the responsibility of universities and academies as guardians of
free intellectual activity.
24. To stand for the universities' obligation as social institutions to deliver
education, research and service to the community, and, in connection with this,
to advance the principles of freedom and of justice, of sustainable development,
human dignity and of solidarity.
25. To conserve the obligation of universities to foster constructive criticism
and intellectual independence in the research for truth.
26. To contribute to the development of the long term vision of the university's
role and responsibilities in society.
27. To strengthen solidarity and to contribute to reducing inequalities amongst
universities, while keeping alive their cultural differences.
28. To promote access to higher education and equal opportunities for students.
29. To encourage quality and excellence worldwide, through sharing, knowledge,
know-how and experience, through collaboration and through networking.
30. To help universities to become better learning organisations (for students,
for teachers, for administrators).
31. To contribute to a better understanding of developments in higher education,
through analysis, research and debate, as well as through the provision of
information services on higher education.
32. To design and implement programmes for its members in partnership with other
organisations working in the same field.
33. To pledge itself to be an open, inclusive and transparent organisation, the
common voice of the university level institutions.
34. To provide a centre of cooperation among the universities and similar
institutions of higher education, as well as organisations in the field of
higher education generally, and to be an advocate for their concerns.
35. To facilitate the interchange of students and academic staff, and develop
means for the better distribution and exchange of laboratory material, books and
other equipment for university study and research.
36. To formulate the basic principles and higher education values for which the
CIU will stand for.
37. To establish a strong structural relationship with the national as well as
regional associations of universities and seek their direct involvement in the
life and work of CIU.
38. To focus its activities on institutional examples regarding the use of new
information and communication technologies in teaching and learning.
39. To encourage sustainability to be considered as being central to teaching,
research, outreach and operations at universities and to identified exemplary
practices and strategies.
40. To prepare comprehensive assessments periodically on how the principles of
sustainable development can best be pursued and promoted by higher education
41. To identify the key issues of a future-oriented higher education policy
debate, as well as concrete needs for support in academic exchange, knowledge
transfer, and capacity building through international cooperation.
42. To assess our respective capacities to respond to such needs, the
complementarity and uniqueness of our respective possibilities and
responsibilities, as compared with what can be better done by others,
bilaterally or multi-laterally, on the institutional, national, regional or
43. To establish appropriate networking structures and facilities that will
allow to serve better, through shared efforts, the needs and interests of our
common higher education constituency.
44. To translate into action the services set out by CIU more clearly in terms
of support to concrete cooperation needs, both of individual universities and of
partner organisations, and to identify new services as best corresponding to the
Confederation's vocation and possibilities; and to give expression to its
internal and external missions through a strengthened confederative life,
including a broader interaction with other university organisations.
45. To disseminate relevant information on the world of higher education in an
international perspective, on missions, policies and strategies, in the form of
concise briefs and overviews, easily accessible and usable for higher education
policy and decision-makers.
46. To have a similar approach in relation to issues of research and debate,
comparison of experiences, publications or conjointly organised special meetings
and seminars for university leaders and administrators.
47. To provide a link to consultancy, second opinions and referee networks for
universities, particularly in developing countries, who wish to have access to
independent advice, for example on directives from Governments and different
agencies or on institutional development plans.
48. To maintain a pool of independent advisors to be made available for special
tasks, third party assessments, legal advice, management advice, helping with
analysis, formulation of strategic plans, governance strategies, and codes
related to academic freedom, etc.
49. To offer consultancy to agencies related to university cooperation.
50. To evaluate the institutional impact of university links and collaborative
programmes, independent from the usual evaluation by sponsors to be pointed to
practical and ethical guidelines for collaboration and codes of good practice,
which could serve universities in their interaction.
51. To benefit from academic freedom and institutional autonomy with regard to
the Central Mission of research and teaching.
52. To assume, in carrying out the tasks, its responsibility to society and to
promote the principles of freedom, justice, human dignity and solidarity.
53. To reduce the tensions arising within the universities between the
requirements of technological and economic globalisation and the specificities
of cultural and national roots.
54. To contribute to the production and dissemination of information and
knowledge concerning facts, trends and developments in higher education.
55. To help contribute to the production and dissemination of reflection,
research and debate concerning the universities.
56. To help clarify, disseminate and refine a vision of the university and of
its value base.
57. To pay particular attention to strengthening solidarity and reducing
inequalities between universities of different backgrounds, resources and
58. To express a common voice of the universities, on national as well as global
level, vis-a-vis partners like national and international statutory bodies and
UN agencies as well as the public opinion.
59. To catalyse the cooperation of universities and university organisations
amongst themselves and with other partners, with regard to major questions of
society, which are national as well as international in nature and to which
universities must make an important contribution, such as: the construction of
peace and democracy; sustainable development; the challenges and stakes of
globalisation and accelerated change in society; the commitment to ethical
standards in the conduct of science and technology.
60. To offer to other national and international university and higher education
organisations a preferential platform for information, contacts and networking,
and to participate itself in such international networks.
61. To stipulate the indissociable principles for which every university should
stand, including the right to pursue knowledge for its own sake and to follow
wherever the search for truth may lead; the tolerance of divergent opinion and
freedom from political interference; the obligation as social institutions to
promote, through teaching and research, the principles of freedom and justice,
of human dignity and to develop mutually material and moral aid on both national
as well as international levels.
62. To collect data regarding the new forms of higher education over the ensuing
half century with special reference to the number of universities, of academic
staff, of students, of the emergence of a world economy, of its benefits and its
dangers with a view to locating the required practical nature of the
university's historic and abiding commitment to universalism, pluralism and
63. To evaluate whether in the course of the twentieth century, which has seen
an unparalleled growth in knowledge, in research and their diffusion, the
universities have shouldered the responsibilities in the common endeavour of
human development, social, economic, technical and cultural advancement, and in
responding to the major planetary problems such as environmental protection and
poverty eradication, violence and social exclusion.
64. To promote the philosophy that human development and the continued extension
of knowledge depend upon the freedom to examine, to enquire, and that academic
freedom and university autonomy are essential to that end.
65. To urge universities to seek, establish and disseminate a clearer
understanding of Sustainable Development - "development which meets the needs of
the present without compromising the needs of future generations" - and
encourage more appropriate sustainable development principles and practices at
the local, national and global levels, in ways consistent with their missions.
66. To utilise resources of the university to encourage a better understanding
on the part of the Central and the State Governments and the public at large of
the inter-related physical, biological and social dangers facing the planet
Earth, and to recognise the significant interdependence and international
dimensions of sustainable development.
67. To emphasise the ethical obligation of the present generation to overcome
those practices of resource utilisation and those widespread disparities which
lie at the root of environmental unsustainability.
68. To enhance the capacity of the university to teach and undertake research
and action in society on sustainable development principles, to increase
environmental literacy, and to enhance the understanding of environmental ethics
within the university and with the public at large.
69. To cooperate with one another and with all segments of society in the
pursuit of practical and policy measures to achieve sustainable development and
thereby safeguard the interests of future generations.
70. To encourage universities to review their own operations to reflect best
sustainable development practices.
71. To make an institutional commitment to the principle and practice of
sustainable development within the academic milieu and to communicate that
commitment to its students, its employees and to the public at large.
72. To promote sustainable consumption practices in its own operations.
73. To develop the capacities of its academic staff to teach environmental
74. To encourage among both staff and students an environmental perspective,
whatever the field of study.
75. To utilise the intellectual resources of the university to build strong
environmental education programmes.
76. To encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative research programmes related
to sustainable development as part of the institution's central mission and to
overcome traditional barriers between disciplines and departments.
77. To emphasise the ethical obligations of the university community - current
students, faculty and staff - to understand and defeat the forces that lead to
environmental degradation, and the inter-generational inequities; to work at
ways that will help its academic community, and the graduates, and the
governments that support it, to accept these ethical obligations.
78. To promote interdisciplinary networks of environmental experts at the local,
national and international levels in order to disseminate knowledge and to
collaborate on common environmental projects in both research and education.
79. To promote the mobility of staff and students as essential to the free trade
80. To forge partnerships with other sectors of society in transferring
innovative and appropriate technologies that can benefit and enhance sustainable
81. To devote its activities to the study of systems, institutions and processes
in higher education to specially focus on the historical role of higher
education in society, contemporary policy problems, and how universities and
colleges can change to meet the growing educational, research, and public
service needs of a "knowledge" society.
82. To promote public confidence that quality of provision and standards of
awards in higher education are being safeguarded and enhanced.
83. To help other confederal bodies of universities and higher education
institutions in other countries aimed at providing quality education and at
supporting synergistic ventures in teaching, examination, research and community
84. To seek to make a significant contribution to the understanding of
policy-making, governance and management of universities and other higher
85. To emphasise equity and access and the improvement of educational
experiences of people of all age levels and backgrounds.
86. To include partnerships with other like minded organisations to address a
wide array of problems, drawing upon the insights of academic disciplines and
87. To meet the widely felt need in the Indian subcontinent for a centre for
policy research and cooperation in education in the Indian perspective, with the
sole purpose to contribute to policy analysis in education and training, to
carry out evaluation of systems, reforms, programmes and institutions, and to
provide technical assistance and support to all interested actors in this field.
88. To help the member universities in designing new information and
communications technologies for heralding as a revolution for the world of
learning and to fulfil the promise of better and cheaper higher education for
89. To review the open and distance learning in the context of present
challenges and opportunities, describe relevant concepts and contribution,
outline significant current global and regional trends, suggest policy and
strategy considerations and identify CIU's role in capacity building, national
as well international cooperation.
89. To maintain an inventory of successful strategies to increase the
participation of women in higher education and promote the principle of gender
equity, and to increase access and retention as well as to improve the quality
of education for all women in universities.
90. To serve as a clearing house of information for providing regular
opportunities for the discussion on university development in general and on
academic development in particular with a view to assisting the member
universities in the recruitment and placement of faculty and staff, exchange of
teachers and students and in the development of cooperative arrangements.
91. To establish relations with significant players and opinion makers from
education, business, culture, law, and government sectors in order to facilitate
strategic alliances with other organisations.
92. To support preparation, production and widespread distribution of
educational materials on higher education with a view to strengthen the
employment generation movement.
92. To help promote such new Central and State legislation or amendments as may
be deemed necessary for the development of higher education.
93. To encourage the students of all universities to be active, to emphasize the
personal nature of learning, to accept that difference is desirable, to
recognise student's right to make mistakes, to tolerate imperfection, to
encourage openness of mind and trust in self, to make feel respected and
accepted, to facilitate discovery, to put emphasis on self evaluation in
cooperation, to permit confrontation of ideas.
94. To promote the hypothesis that learning is primarily controlled by the
learner, is unique and individual, is affected by the total state of the
learner, is cooperative and collaborative, is a consequence of experience, is
not directly observable, is both an emotional and intellectual process, is
evolutionary process, is development oriented, and, is quite sustainable.
95. To collaborate, affiliate and federate with the Central and the State
Governments, agencies and bodies for implementing the projects on higher
96. To raise and borrow money for the purpose of the Confederation in such a
manner as may be decided from time to time and to prescribe the membership fees,
charges, grants in aid etc.
97. To purchase, take on lease or exchange, hire or otherwise acquire
properties, movable or immovable and rights and privileges all over the world,
which may be deemed necessary or convenient for the benefit of the Confederation
and to sell, lease, mortgage, dispose or otherwise deal with all or any part of
the property of the Confederation.
98. To open branches, chapters and constitutent centres in different parts of
the country and get them registered with appropriate authorities if needed and
felt conducive for the attainment of the aims and objects of the Confederation.
99. To invest the money of the Confederation not immediately required in such
securities and in such manner as may be decided from time to time, the money
especially collected through subscriptions, advertisements, sponsorship, sale of
publications, fees, gifts, endowments, donations, grants etc.
100. To finally provide information, knowledge, wisdom, and education that
prepares every body for educational leadership and social responsibility
enabling to think and communicate effectively and to develop a global awareness
and sensitivity for a better global understanding, world peace and unity.
101. To motivate the Member Universities and Organisations to maintain
integrity, honesty, fairness and impartiality in all the dealings and treat
others with dignity and respect, care and curtesy.
102. To guide the Member Universities and Organisations for using University's
funds, equipment, buildings, information and other resources with care and
103. To educate the Member Universities and Organisations regarding their
obligations to maintain confidentiality of information.
104. To train the Member Universities and Organisations to be fair and honest in
their relationship with the suppliers and purchasers of the Univeristy's goods
105. And to generally do all that is incidental and conducive to the attainment
of the aims and objects mentioned above.
Income of confederation of Indian Universities
The income and the property of the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU)
shall be utilized only for the purpose of the aims and objects as set forth
above and no portion of the fund shall be directly or indirectly diverted to any
other organisation(s) or person(s). This would identify the CIU as a Non Profit
Accordingly the registeration taking place by the name of the "Confederation of
Indian Universities (CIU)" will be applying from time to time to the Income Tax
Department for seeking exemption under different sections and provisions of the
Income Tax Act of the Government of India.
Powers and Functions of the Confederaton of Indian Universities (CIU)
Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing powers of the management
and control, the CIU shall have the following functions it may consider
necessary or desirable:
a) To purchase, hire, take on lease, land, movable or immovable properties and
assets anywhere in the world, accept gifts, grants or loans on such terms and
conditions and subjects to the payment of interest or otherwise as the CIU may
b) To enter into contracts, agreements and arrangements with any including the
Government authorities, municipal, local and others for the purpose of obtaining
concessions, privileges or other benefits or which may seem conducive to
carrying out all the objects and purposes of the CIU or any of them to obtain
and carry out, exercise and comply with any such contracts, agreements or
c) To borrow or receive money with or without security or secured by bonds,
mortgages, or other securities charged on the undertaking of all or any of the
assets of the CIU.
d) To deal with, sell, mortgage, charge, lease, invest, open bank accounts,
advance loans against adequate security and generally deal with the fund or any
part thereof as the CIU may decide and consider desirable or necessary.
e) To invest money of the CIU in such a manner and in such investments as the
CIU may in their absolute discretion from time to time deem fit so to be in
confirmity with any law or provision of the relevant acts of the Government.
f) To open, operate and close such accounts with any bank or banks as the CIU
may deem necessary.
g) To manage the CIU’s fund and to collect and recover interest, dividends and
income thereof and to pay the expenses for collection and other outgoings if
h) To pay or utilise the balance of such interest and dividends and income of
the CIU and if the CIU so desires, to utilise the corpus of the CIU’s Fund if
any or part thereof for the CIU's purposes.
i) To maintain separate accounts of the CIU for facilities like provident funds,
pension funds, or any other fund for the support or relief or maintenance of any
employee or class of employees either full time or part time or their dependents
or any other person/persons.
j) To institute, defend, compound, compromise or abandon any legal proceedings
by or against the CIU or its officers or otherwise concerning the assets of the
CIU and also to compound and allow time for payment or satisfaction of any debt
due to be paid and claim or demands by or against the CIU.
k) To refer matters to arbitration.
l) To engage the services of any person or persons upon such remuneration and
terms as the CIU may deem fit, to take disciplinary action against them and also
to terminate their services.
m) The CIU may incur all costs and expenses considered necessay for the due and
efficient management of the affairs and properties of the CIU.
n) To sign, endorse, transfer and negotiate all kinds of documents relating to
the investment of the funds of the CIU.
o) To receive money and to grant receipts and discharge thereof.
p) To delegate to any person or persons all or any of the foregoing powers
conferred on the CIU in so far as they may lawfully do, subject however to the
CIU retaining the ultimate control and descretion over the delegated action and
q) To transfer any funds or property of the CIU with objects or purposes similar
to those of the CIU and whose income is exempt from any liability by virtue of
different sections related to the non profit making organisation.
r) To frame and implement from time to time rules and regulations for the
administration of the CIU fund and carrying out of all/any of the CIU purposes.
s) To help organise full time, part time, weekend, correspondence and distance
learning educational programmes for conferring secondary, post secondary,
bachelor's, master's and doctoral level degrees, diplomas and certificates in
different areas and subjects through the insitutions including universities,
colleges and schools already existing anywhere in the world or established / to
be established with the assistance/approval of the CIU.
t) To empanel the institutions, colleges and universities offering recognised
degrees, diplomas and certificates.
u) To establish branch offices and campuses of CIU for educational planning,
publication, study, training, research and consultancy as may be required for
the benefit of regional, national as well as global society.
v) To do all such things as may be necessary for the effective functioning of
Interpretation of the Object
The CIU is established for public benefit and accordingly the objects of the CIU
as setforth above will be interpreted and restricted to mean such objects and
purposes as are regarded in law to be of a public charitable nature.
The CIU Open to all Universities
a) The CIU shall be open to all Universities including Fedeation and / or
Association of Universities in India. The CIU may also admit similar bodies from
b) No benefaction shall be accepted by the CIU which in its opinion involves
conditions and obligations opposed to the spirit and objects for which this CIU
Properties and Assets
a) The CIU shall be the custodian of its properties and assets pertaining to its
computer centres, reprography units, printing and publishing outfits,
constituent units, its administrative offices and other activities that are
transferred to it by the donors and sponsors on lease or otherwise or obtained
by it or constructed by it with its own funds or the grants from the
State/Central Government or any other outside agency or charitable organisations
besides business, trade and industrial houses.
b) The CIU shall hold, transfer or otherwise dispose of any immovable property
so acquired and settled in for the purpose of the CIU provided that where such
assets have been created through a grant from any agency, prior concurrence of
the agency concerned will be obtained in this behalf.
c) Movable as well as immovable properties and assets for the CIU will be
created as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act of the Government of India
viewing the rules and regulations regarding Income Tax exemption declared from
time to time.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
These rules shall be called the rules of "Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU)"
which shall hereinafter be referred to as the Rules of the CIU.
In these Rules unless the context otherwise requires :
a) Authorities means the Authorities of the CIU.
b) Advisory Council means the Advisory Council of the CIU.
c) Board of Management means the Board of Management of the CIU.
d) Director means the Director of a particular Department of the CIU.
e) Finance Committee means the Finance Committee of the CIU.
f) General Conference means the General Confeence of the CIU.
g) Government means the Central and the State Governments.
h) Patron-in-Chief means the Patron-in-Chief of the CIU.
i) President means the President of the CIU.
j) Planning Committee means the Planning Committee of the CIU.
k) Rules & Bye-Laws means the Rules & Bye-laws of the CIU.
l) Secretary General means the Secretary General of the CIU.
m) Vice President means the Vice-President of the CIU.
n) Year means the Financial Year
a) There shall be a Patron-in-Chief of the CIU.
b) The role of the Patron-in-Chief in the realm of the set-up of the CIU shall
be that of the supreme guide in the moral discipline of the CIU. He will, inter
alia, advise/exhort/address as and when he feels opportune or on the request of
the authorities of the CIU and also about the advancement of knowledge/learnings
in the CIU.
The Partron-in-Chief will head the Board of Patrons with members invited by the
Authorities of the CIU
The following shall be the authorities of the CIU :
a) The General Conference
b) The Board of Management
c) The Advisory Council
d) The Planning Committee
e) The Finance Committee
f) Such other Authorities as may be deemed necessary by the CIU.
There shall be two categories of membership of the Confederation :
a) Member Universities, and
b) Member Organisations.
Those degree-conferring institutions whose main object is education and the
development of knowledge, whether or not they carry the name of university, may
be admitted as Member Universities.
These institutions must be dedicated to the study of several branches of
knowledge and must be at the level of higher education, as shown by the quality
of their instruction and the preparatory training demanded of their students, as
well as by the active participation of their staffs in scientific or scholarly
research and the type of working equipment placed at their disposal.
Exceptionally, however, the Board of Management, may admit institutions of high
standing which are concerned with a specialised field of knowledge.
Any Association / Alliance / Agglomeration / Federation of Universities may be
admitted as a Member Organisation.
Membership of the Confederation shall be granted or withdrawn by the Board of
Management on the advice of the Secretary General and after consultation with
The decision of the Board of the Management shall be subject to appeal to the
The rights accorded to the Members of the Confederation by this Constitution may
be suspended or Membership may be terminated by the decision of the Board of
Management in the case of those members who have not fulfilled their
Each Member of the Confederation shall pay an annual subscription, the amount of
which shall be determined by the Board of Management. The Board of Management is
authorised to make exceptional arrangements in special cases. However there will
be no membership fee for the first five years from the date of registration of
Every Member shall appoint a correspondent and one alternate to be responsible
for relations with the Confederation. All communications may be validly
addressed to this correspondent.
Members may resign from the Confederation after giving six months notice of
intention to do so to the Secretary General; the subscription for the year
already started shall remain payable.
Organisations, institutions, networks and individuals who are regular partners
of the Confederation in working in the field of higher education and university
cooperation can be granted affiliate status with CIU by the decision of the
Board of Management.
The General conference
a) The General Conference shall be composed of all the Members of CIU.
Affiliates may attend the General Conference as observers. The General
Conference may be opened to other observers as well. Any person admitted to a
General Conference as observer may be invited to address the Conference but will
not have the right to vote.
b) Each Member of CIU will be represented by a duly accredited representative
actually present. But a representative may not exercise more than one vote
despite the number of members he or she may represent.
The General Conference shall be the supreme organ of the Confederation; among
other things it shall have the following powers :
c) To determine the general policy of the Confederation and in particular to
determine to extent of collaboration with organisations generally dealing with
d) To approve or amend the general framework for the working programmes and
budgets of the Confederation.
e) To lay down the principles on which subscriptions shall be fixed and
periodically to revise them.
f) To elect the Members of the Board of Management.
g) To elect the President of the Confederation.
The General Conference shall meet at least once every five years at the time and
place it shall have appointed during its preceding meeting; in case of
emergency, this place may be changed by the President of the Confederation.
It may convene an extraordinary session on the written request of the majority
of members addressed to the Board of Management or, if so decided, by the Board
of Management by a two-thirds majority of the members present.
At the mid-point in between General Conference, there may be a Mid-Term
Conference of Members to discuss matters of general concern to higher education.
These Mid-Term Conferences will not involve voting on CIU business.
The Secretary General of the CIU may participate in the General Conference as
Secretary, but shall not take part in the voting.
2. Meeting of the General Conference
a) The President shall preside over the meeting of the General Conference and in
his absence one of the Vice Presidents shall preside.
b) The annual meeting of the General Conference shall be held on the date fixed
by the President.
c) At the annual meeting of the General Conference a report on the working of
the CIU of the preceding year together with the Audited Accounts and the Budget
estimates of the CIU for the next year shall be presented.
d) The President may, whenever he/she thinks fit, and shall upon a requisition
in writing signed by not less than twentyfive members of the General Conference
convene a special meeting of the General Conference.
e) Any emergent business necessary for the General Conference to transact may be
carried out by circulation amongst all the members and any resolution so
circulated and approved by a majority of the members signing shall be as
effective and binding as if such resolution had been passed at a meeting of the
General Conference; Provided that at least half the members of the General
Conference have recorded their views on the resolution.
f) The ruling of the President in all matters of procedure shall be final.
g) The quorum of the meeting of the General Conference shall be the presence of
h) In every meeting of the General Conference each member present in person
shall have one vote and decision of the General Conference shall be by majority
vote of the members present and voting. In event of the equality of the votes
the Chairperson shall have a second or casting vote.
3. Powers and Functions of the General Conference
Subject to the provisions of the Rules of the CIU, the General Conference shall
act as a general deliberative and supervisory body and shall perform the
following functions :
a) to review from time to time the broad policies and programmes of the CIU and
to suggest measures for improvement and development of the CIU.
b) to consider and approve resolutions with or without modifications, if any, on
the annual report and the annual accounts of the CIU and the audit reports on
c) to advise the President in respect of any matter that may be referred to it
d) to perform such other functions as may be considered expedient or thought fit
in the interest of the CIU.
Board of Management
A. Powers and Functions
The Board of Management shall be the principal executive body of the CIU and
except as provided otherwise in the Rules/Bye-laws, shall exercise all powers
vested in it and do all such acts and things as may be exercised or done by the
The powers of the Board of Management shall include the following :
1. To manage/conduct and administer all the affairs of the CIU not otherwise
specifically provided for.
2. To create, keep in abeyance or abolish administrative, academic and
ministrial posts, to determine number, qualifications and cadres thereof and the
emoluments of such posts in consultation with the Finance Committee.
3. To make appointments for different posts within the CIU in terms of the
cadres laid down.
4. To grant leave of absence to the President or to any other officer of the CIU
and to make necessary arrangements for carrying on the functions of the officers
proceeding on leave during their absence.
5. To regulate and enforce discipline among the employees of the CIU and to take
appropriate disciplinary action, wherever necessary.
6. To manage and regulate the finances and investments of funds, property and
all other administrative affairs of the CIU and for that purpose to appoint such
agent or agents as it may deem fit.
7. To entertain and adjudicate upon and if thought fit to redress the grievances
of the employees.
8. To select an emblem and to have a common seal and flag for the CIU and to
provide for the custody and use of such seal.
9. To institute Chairs, Fellowships, including Travelling Fellowships,
Scholarships, Studentships, Medals and Prizes on the recommendation of the
Advisory Council and Finance Committee in accordance with the Bye-laws to be
framed for the purpose.
10. To appoint such Committees for such purposes and with such powers as the
Board of Management may think necessary and to co-opt such persons on these
Committees as it thinks fit.
11. To appoint Auditors for the ensuing year.
12. To open account or accounts of the CIU with any one or more scheduled banks
and to lay-down the procedure for operating the same.
13. To issue appeals for funds consistent with the objects of the CIU, to
receive grants, donations, contributions, gifts, prizes, scholarships, fees and
other moneys, to give grants and donations, to award prizes, scholarships etc.
14. To draw, accept, make and endorse discount and negotiable promisory notes,
bills of exchange, cheques or other negotiable instruments.
15. To transfer or accept transfers of any movable property on behalf of the
16. To provide building or buildings, premises, furniture, fittings, equipment,
appliances and other facilities required for carrying on the work of the CIU.
17. To appoint, in order to execute an instrument or transact any business of
the CIU, any person as attorney of the CIU with such powers as it may deem fit.
18. To raise funds/donations and to pay out of the funds of the CIU, all
expenses incidental to the raising of money and to repay and redeem any money
19. To build up a corpus of such an amount of which annual income and earning is
to be utilised for the purposes of the CIU provided that the corpus as a whole
or a part will not be depreciated.
20. To invest the funds of the CIU or money entrusted to the CIU in or upon such
securities and in such manner as it may deem fit and from time to time transpose
21. To maintain a fund to which shall be credited :
a) all moneys provided by the Central or State Governments or any other
National/International Funding Agencies.
b) all subscriptions and fees and other charges received by the CIU.
c) all moneys received by the CIU as grants, gifts, donations, benefactions,
bequests or transfers, and
d) all moneys received by the CIU in any other manner or from any other source.
22. To deposit all moneys credited to the Fund in scheduled bank(s) or to invest
them in consultation with the Finance Committee.
23. To maintain proper accounts and other relavant records and prepare annual
statements of Accounts for every previous financial year, in such form as may be
prescribed by the Regulations/Bye Laws.
24. To constitute for the benefit of the research, teaching, academic,
technical, administrative, editorial, production, marketing, circulation, and
other staff, in such manner and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed
by the Regulations/Bye-Laws such pension, insurance, provident fund and gratuity
as it may deem fit for the benefit of the employees of the CIU and to aid in the
establishment and support of Associations, Institutions, Funds, Trusts and
Conveyances calculated to benefit the staff and others associated with the CIU.
25. To delegate all or any of its powers to any committee or sub-committee
constituted by it or to the President or any other officer of the CIU.
26. To establish on the advice of the Advisory Council of CIU any number of
Divisions and Departments for administrative, research, academic and
coordination work and functions of the CIU and to allocate areas of
administration, study, teaching, research and extension work to them.
27. To establish, maintain and manage libraries, documentation centres,
information networks, virtual campuses and rest houses for the Members of the
The Board of Management shall consist of :
a) President - Chairman
b) Five Vice Presidents (one each for East, West, North, South and Central
c) Four nominees of the General Conference
d) Secretary General
The Secretary General shall be the Secretary of the Board of Management.
C. Term of Membership
All the members of the Board of Management other than Ex-officio members shall
hold office for a term of five years and shall be eligible for re-appointment.
D. Meeting of the Board
a) The Board of Management shall meet at least two times a year. Not less than
15 days notice shall be given of a meeting of the Board of Management and a copy
of the proceedings of each meeting shall be furnished to the President as soon
as possible after the meeting. In case of urgency, the meeting may be called by
the President by giving a notice of not less than 3 days.
b) Each member of the Board of Management including the President shall have one
vote and decision at the meeting of the Board shall be taken by simple majority.
In case of a tie, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
c) Every meeting of the Board of Management shall be presided over by the
President, and in his absence members present shall elect one among the Vice
Presidents to preside over the meeting.
d) Any business necessary may be carried out by circulating an appropriate
resolution among its members and resolution so circulated and approved by a
simple majority shall be as effective and binding as if such resolution had been
passed at the meeting of the Board of Management.
e) If a member accepts a full-time appointment in the CIU or he does not attend
three consecutive meetings of the Board of Management without proper leave of
absence from the President, he shall cease to be a member of the Board of
f) One third of the total members or a minimum of 3 members whichever is less
shall form the quorum.
E. Standing and Ad-hoc Committees
a) Subject to the provision of the Rules/Bye-Laws of the CIU, the Board of
Management, may, by a resolution constitute such Standing Committee or
Committees or Ad-hoc Committee or Committees for such purposes and with such
powers as the Board may think fit for exercising any power or powers or
discharging any function of the CIU or for inquiring into, reporting and
advising upon any matter of the CIU.
b) The Board of Management may co-opt such persons on the Standing Committees or
Ad-hoc Committees as it considers suitable, and may invite if it considers
necessary, one or more members of any of its Standing or Ad-hoc Committee to
attend any of its meeting as special invitees during consideration of related
issues but such member(s) shall have no right to vote.
F. Delegation of Powers
The Board of Management may, by a resolution, delegate to the President or any
other officer or the Standing Committee or the Ad-hoc Committee such of its
powers, as it may deem fit, subject to the condition that the action taken by
the President or such officer concerned or the concerned Standing Committee or
the Ad-hoc Committee in the exercise of the powers so delegated shall be put up
at the next meeting of the Board of Management.
The Advisory Council shall be the principal advisory body of the CIU and shall,
subject to the provisions of the Rules and Bye-Laws, have the control over and
be responsible for the maintenance of ethical standards of CIU and shall
exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be
imposed or conferred upon it by the Rules and Bye-Laws.
A. Formation of the Advisory Council
1. The Advisory Council shall consist of the following persons, namely :
a) President of the CIU (Chairman).
b) Two of the Vice Presidents of the CIU nominated by the President.
c) Five persons from amongst educationists / social activists of repute or
persons from any other field related to the activities of the CIU who are not in
the service of the CIU to be nominated by the President.
d) The Secaretary General shall be the Secretary of the Council.
The terms of members other than ex-officio members shall be five years.
B. Powers and Functions
The Advisory Council shall be the principal advisory body of the CIU which will
have the power to constitute any Board or Cell on such subjects as it may
determine from time to time and shall, in addition to all other powers and
duties vested in it, have the following specific powers and duties :
a) To exercise general supervision over the work of the CIU and to give
directions regarding the overall functioning of the CIU.
b) To promote research and extension work by the CIU and to require reports on
such works from time to time.
c) To consider matters of academic interest either on its own initiative or at
the instance of the Board of Management and to take appropriate action theron.
d) To suggest measures for inter-state, inter-national and continental
e) To recommend to the Board of Management on the measures for improvement of
standards of the working of CIU and organisation and implementation of the
programmes of the CIU.
f) To appoint Sub-committees to advise on such specific matters as may be
referred to it by the Board of Management
g) To consider the recommendations of the Sub-committees and to take such action
(including making of recommendations to the Board of Management as the
circumstances of each case may require) as considered necessary.
C. Meeting of the Advisory Council
a) The Advisory Council shall meet as often as may be necessary but not less
than one time during the financial year.
b) One third of the total members of the Advisory Council shall constitute the
quorum for the meeting of the Council.
c) Any emergent business which may be necessary for the Advisory Council to
perform except such as may be placed before its meeting may be carried out by
circulation of a resolution among all its members and the resolution so
circulated and approved by a simple majority shall be as effective and binding
as if such resolutions had been passed in the meeting of the Advisory Council,
provided that at least one half of the total number of the members of the
Advisory Council have recorded their views on the resolution.
A. The Finance Committee shall consist of the following members :
a) President of the CIU - Chairman.
b) Two of the Vice-Presidents nominated by the President.
c) One nominee of the Board of Management from amongst its members.
e) Secretary General will be the Secretary of the Finance Committee.
B. Terms of Office
All members of the Finance Committee other than ex-officio members shall hold
office for a term of five years and quorum for its meetings shall be of any two
C. Powers and Functions
a) The Finance Commiteee shall meet at least twice a year to examine the
accounts and to scrutinise proposals for expenditure and to provide funds for
the various works of the CIU.
b) The Finance Committee shall fix limits of the total recurring expenditure and
the total non-recurring expenditure of the CIU of each year based on the income
and resources of the CIU. No expenditure shall be incurred by the CIU in excess
of the limits so fixed.
c) The annual accounts and financial estimates of the CIU shall be placed before
the Finance Committee for consideration and thereafter submitted to the Board of
Management together with the comments of the Finance Committee for approval.
d) No expenditure other than that provided in the budget shall be incurred by
the CIU without the approval of the Board of Management on the recommendation of
the Finance Committee.
The Planning Committee shall be the principal planning body of the CIU and shall
be responsible for evaluation and the development programmes of the CIU. It
shall consist of the following :
a) President - Chairman
b) Two Vice Presidents of CIU nominated by the President
c) Two distinguished Educational Activists nominated by the President
d) Secretary General will be the Secretary of the Planning Committee.
The powers and functions of the Planning Committee shall be prescribed by the
The Planning Committee will have the right to advise the Board of Management on
any matter which it considers necessary for the fulfilment of the objectives of
The recommendations of the Planning Committee shall be placed before the Board
of Management for consideration and approval.
Officers of the CIU
The following shall be the officers of the CIU :
B) Vice President
C) Secretary General
E) Such other officers as may be prescribed by the Rules
a) There shall be a President of the CIU who shall be a distinguished person
with extensive experience in the area of higher education and research.
b) The President shall be elected by the General Conference and he shall hold
office for a term of five years and shall be eligible for reappointment. Only
persons representing Members of the Confederation shall be eligible for election
c) The President by virtue of his office shall be the Head of the CIU and when
present, shall also preside over the meetings of the CIU.
d) The President shall tender/give such advice to the CIU as may be deemed
necessary by him for promotion/furtherance and for the realisation of the
objectives of the CIU.
e) The President shall have the right to cause an inspection to be made of the
CIU for any work conducted or done by the CIU and to cause an enquiry to be made
if considered necessary by him in respect of any matter connected with the CIU.
f) The President shall exercise such other powers and perform such other
functions as may be conferred on or vested in him by or under the provisions of
the rules and regulations.
g) The President may use his veto for changing the earlier decision of any
authority or body of the CIU which is not in conformity with the Objects and
Rules or Bye-Laws of the CIU provided that before making any such order he shall
call upon such authority of the CIU to show cause as to why such an order should
not be made and if any cause is shown within a reasonable time shall consider
B. Vice President(s)
a) The Vice President(s) shall be elected from amongst the members of CIU in the
b) The Vice President(s) shall hold office for a term of five years. They shall
be eligible for re-appointment for one more term provided that notwithstanding
the expiry of the said period of five years, they may be allowed to continue in
office at the discretion of the President for a period not exceeding three
months within which their successors are appointed and assumed their offices.
c) Notwithstanding the aforesaid provisions with regard to the Vice
President(s), the President shall appoint the first Vice Presidents of the CIU
for a term of five years.
d) The Vice President(s) shall exercise all other powers as may be delegated to
them by the General Conference.
e) The Vice President(s) shall have the power to redelegate some of their powers
to any of the subordinate officers with the concurrence and approval of the
f) The Vice President(s) may at any time relinquish office by submitting not
less than sixty days in advance of the date on which he wishes to be relieved,
his resignation to the President. His date of relieving will be determined by
C. Secretary General
a) The Secretary General will be appointed by the General Conference.
b) When the office of the Secretary General is vacant or when the Secretary
General is absent by reason of illness or any other reason the duties and
functions of the Secretary General shall be performed by such other person as
the President may appoint for the purpose.
c) The Secretary General shall be the Ex-officio Secretary of the General
Conference, the Board of Management, the Advisory Council, Finance Committee and
the Planning Committee.
d) The Secretary General shall be directly responsible to the President of the
CIU. The Secretary General shall be appointed for five years and shall be
eligible for re-appointment.
f) The following shall be the duties of the Secretary General :
1. To be the custodian of the records and such other properties of the CIU as
the Board of Management may commit to his charge.
2. To conduct the official correspondence on behalf of the authorities of the
3. to issue notices for convening meetings of the Authorities of the CIU and all
Committees and Sub-committees appointed by any of these Authorities.
4. To keep the minutes of the meeting of all the Authorities of the CIU and of
all the Commitees and Sub-committees appointed by any of these Authorities.
5. To represent the CIU in suits or proceedings by or against the CIU , sign
powers of attorney and perform pleadings or depute a representative for this
6. To enter into agreement, sign documents and authenticate records on behalf of
7. To hold in special custody records, books and documents and common seal of
8. To safegaurd and maintain campuses, buildings, gardens, office, canteen, cars
and other equipment and other properties of the CIU.
9. To perform such other duties as may be specified in the Rules and Bye-Laws or
as may be specified by the Board of Management or the President from time to
The Director(s) shall be the responsible for the sound functioning of the
activities of the different departments, divisions and cells of CIU and shall be
appointed by the President. They will have adequate knowledge/experience of
administration, accounts, audit, planning, research and corporate management.
Any member other than an ex-officio member of any Authority may resign by a
letter addressed to the President and the resignation shall take effect as soon
as it is accepted by the President.
Validation of Certain Acts and Decisions
No act of proceedings of any Authority or any Body or any Committee of the CIU
shall be invalid merely by reason of :
a) any vacancy therein or any defect in the constitution thereof, or
b) any defect in the nomination or appointment of a person acting as a member
c) any irregularity in its procedure not effecting the merits of the issue.
a) A person shall be disqualified for having been chosen as and for being a
member of any of the authorities of the CIU :
1. if he is of unsound mind or is deaf, mute or suffers from contagious disease.
2. if he is an undischarged insolvent.
3. if he has been convicted by a Court of Law of an offence involving moral
4. if he commits an act violative of the vows of ethical or moral values
relating to the code of conduct of CIU.
b) If any question arises as to whether a person is or has been subjected to any
disqualifications mentioned above the question shall be referred for decision to
the President and his decision shall be final and binding. No suit or proceeding
shall lie in any civil court against such decision.
Filling of Casual Vacancies
Casual vacancies among the members (other than ex-officio members) of any
Authority or any other Committee of the CIU shall be filled as soon as it may be
convenient by the person or the Authority who appointed or co-opted the member
whose place has become vacant and the person appointed or co-opted to a casual
vacancy shall be member of such Authority or Committee for the residual term for
which the person whose place he fills would have been a member.
In the event of conflict of opinion with regard to interpretation of the Rules
and Bye-Laws, the opinion of the President shall prevail.
The income and property of the CIU however derived, shall be utilised solely for
promoting the objects of the CIU as set out in this CIU Charter.
Bar on Payments
No portion of income and property of the CIU shall be paid or transferred
directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever, by way
of profit to the persons who were at any time or are members of the CIU or to
any of them or any person(s) claiming through them or any of them provided that
nothing herein contained shall prevent the payment in good faith of remuneration
to any member thereof or other person as consideration for any service rendered
to the CIU or for travelling or other allowances and such other charges.
Funds, Accounts, Audits and Annual Report
a) The funds of the CIU shall be utilised solely for the purpose of the CIU.
b) The accounts of the CIU shall be maintained in the name of the CIU.
The accounts of the CIU shall be kept in such forms as may be laid down by the
Board of Management.
c) All funds belonging to the CIU shall be shown separately in the accounts of
d) Annual reports and the Audit reports shall be submitted to the President
within nine months of the closure of the accounting year for the purpose of
being laid down on the records of the CIU.
e) The accounts of the CIU opened in Banks, Post Offices or any other financial
institution will be operated under the signature(s) of person(s) as resolved by
the Board of Management.
f) The nucleus of the CIU Fund is Rs. One Thousand One only.
Alteration, Amendments and Additions
The rules and Bye-Laws of the CIU may be altered amended and added by the
General Conference and should these be deemed necessary in the interests of the
Proposals for the amendment of this Constitution shall be submitted in writing
to the Secretary General, not less than five months before the opening date of
the General Conference at which they are to be considered, and copies shall be
sent by the Secretariat to all member institutions, by registered mail, not less
than four months before such opening date. The proposals of which notice has
been given shall be debated during the sessions of the General Conference and
shall come into immediate effect if adopted on a written ballot by a two-thirds
majority of the members attending a meeting called for the purpose, provided
that the total number of votes cast shall constitute a majority of the members
attending the Conference. Regulations which are complementary to the
Constitution but do not alter it may be adopted by the Board of Management, and
shall come into force immediately; they must, however, be submitted for
ratification to the next General Conference.
The Confederation may be dissolved by the decision of two-thirds majority of
members of the General Conference. On the winding up or dissolution of the CIU
there shall remain, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any
property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid or distributed among the members
of the CIU or any of them but shall be donated to any other organisation having
similar aims and objects.