Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University
Pusa, Samastipur – 848 125, Bihar, India


RPCAU – Decision Making Process, Supervision & Accountability


The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability

Authorities of the University:

The following are the Authorities of the University, namely:

  • The Board of Management
  • The Academic Council

Constitution, powers and functions of the Board of Management:

The Board shall consist of the following members, namely:—

  1. the Vice-Chancellor, ex officio Chairman;
  2. three Secretaries, from amongst the Secretaries-in-charge of the Departments of Agriculture or Animal Husbandry, Fishery and Horticulture of the State of Bihar to be nominated by the Visitor by rotation;
  3. three eminent scientists to be nominated by the Visitor; (iv) one distinguished person representing Agro-based industries or a manufacturer having a special knowledge in agricultural development to be nominated by the Visitor;
  4. the Deputy Director-General (Education) representing the Indian Council of Agricultural Research;
  5. one Dean of college and one Director to be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor on rotational basis;
  6. two persons representing farmers to be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor;
  7. one woman social worker representing woman social organisation to be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor;
  8. an Advisor (Agriculture), NITI Aayog;
  9. a distinguished authority on natural resource or environment management to be nominated by the Visitor;
  10. two persons not below the rank of Joint Secretary representing respectively the Departments of Government of India dealing with the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry to be nominated by the concerned Secretary to the Government of India;
  11. nominee of the Secretary representing the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Government of India;
  12. The Registrar of the University-Secretary.
  13. The board is the Apex Body, responsible for all policy decisions of the University as laid down in the Act and Statutes.

Constitution and powers of the Academic Council

The Academic Council shall consist of the following members, namely:—

  1. the Vice-Chancellor, ex officio Chairman;
  2. all the Deans of the colleges of the University;
  3. the Director of Research of the University;
  4. the Director of Extension Education of the University;
  5. the Director of Education;
  6. a Librarian to be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor on rotational basis;
  7. two eminent scientists to be co-opted from outside the University to be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor;
  8. seven Heads of the Departments, at least one from each Faculty to be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor;
  9. the Registrar of the University, ex officio Secretary.

The multi-faculty nature of the University, with six functional faculties, namely Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Basic Sciences & Humanities, Fisheries, Community Science and Postgraduate Studies, is guided by independent Faculty Boards, which are convened to meet as and when academic programmes of the concerned faculties need discussion and decision. The Faculty Boards are headed by the respective Deans. All issues concerned with academic matters such as formulation of course curricula, syllabi, examinations, student evaluation procedures and such other matters are first tabled for discussion in the respective Faculty Boards, before referring to the Academic Council.

In the realm of research and extension, which are the major and key components of activities of the University, in addition to academic programmes (Teaching), the Research and Extension Council headed by the Vice-Chancellor functions as the principal decision making body.

Powers and duties of the Board of the Management:

Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Statutes and the Ordinances, the Board shall in addition to all other powers vested in it, have the following powers, namely:—

  1. to create teaching and academic posts, to determine the number and emoluments of such posts and to define the duties and conditions of service of University staff, subject to the approval of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research;
  2. to appoint such teachers and other academic staff, as may be necessary, and Deans of colleges, Director and Heads of other institutions maintained by the University on the recommendations of the Selection Committee constituted for the purpose and to fill up temporary vacancies therein;
  3. to create administrative, ministerial and other necessary posts and to make appointments thereto in the manner prescribed by the Ordinances;
  4. to regulate and enforce discipline among employees in accordance with the Statutes and Ordinances;
  5. to manage and regulate the finances, accounts, investments, property, business and all other administrative affairs of the University, and for that purpose to appoint such agents as it may think fit;
  6. to fix limits on the total recurring and the total non-recurring expenditure for a year on the recommendations of the Finance Committee;
  7. to invest any money belonging to the University, including any unapplied income, in such stocks, funds shares or securities, from time to time, as it may think fit or in the purchase of immovable property in India, with the like powers of varying such investment from time to time;
  8. to transfer or accept transfers of any movable or immovable property on behalf of the University;
  9. to provide buildings, premises, furniture and apparatus and other means needed for carrying on the work of the University;
  10. to enter into, vary, carry out and cancel contracts on behalf of the University;
  11. to entertain, adjudicate upon, and, if thought fit, to redress any grievances of the employees and students of the University;
  12. to fix fees, honorarium, emoluments and travelling allowances of examiners or experts or consultants, advisors and officers on special duty;
  13. to select a common seal for the University and provide for the custody and use of such seal;
  14. to make such special arrangements as may be necessary for the residence and discipline of women students;
  15. to delegate any of its powers to the Vice-Chancellor, Deans, Directors, Registrar or Comptroller or such other employee or authority of the University or to a Committee appointed by it as it may deem fit;
  16. to institute fellowships, scholarships, studentships, medals and prizes;
  17. to provide for appointment of Visiting Professor, Emeritus Professor, Consultant and Officers on Special Duty and scholars and to determine the terms and conditions of such appointment;
  18. to exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as may be conferred on it by the Act, or the Statutes. Quorum for meetings of the Board: 13. Five members of the Board shall form the

Power of the Academic Council:

Subject to the Act, the Statutes and the Ordinances, the Academic Council shall, in addition to all other powers vested in it, have the following powers, namely:—

  1. to exercise general supervision over the academic policies of the University and to give directions regarding methods of instruction, co-operative teaching among colleges and institutions, evaluation and improvements in academic standards;
  2. to bring about inter-college coordination and establish or appoint Committee on academic matters;
  3. to consider matters of general academic interest either on its own initiative or on a reference by a college or the Board and to take appropriate action thereon; and
  4. to frame such regulations and rules consistent with the Statutes and the Ordinances regarding the academic functioning of the University, discipline, residences, admissions, award of fellowships and studentships, fees, concessions, corporate life and attendance.

Powers and duties of the Boards of Faculties:

The functions of the Board of Studies shall be to recommend to the Academic Council, the course curriculum to be prescribed for various degrees to be offered by the concerned faculty and to make suitable recommendations for the teaching of the prescribed approved course, namely:—

  1. courses of studies and appointment of examiners for courses, but excluding research degrees;
  2. appointment of supervisors of research; and
  3. measures for the improvement of the standard of teaching and research.


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