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Dairatul Maarifil Osmania

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Andhra Pradesh, India.
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THE REVISED CONSTITUTION OF THE
DA’IRATUL-MA’ARIFIL-OSMANIA,
(OSMANIA ORIENTAL PUBLICATIONS BUREAU,
HYDERABAD-DECCAN, 1953)
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Approved by
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE DA’IRATU’L MA’ARIF-IL-OSMANIA

AND THE OSMANIA UNIVERSITY


THE REVISED CONSTITUTION OF THE DA’IRATU’L-MA’ARIF-IL-OSMANIA
(OSMANIA ORIENTAL RESEARCH &PUBLICATIONS BUREAU, HYDERABAD-
DECCAN, 1953)
PUBLISHED BY  DA’IRAT’UL-MA’ARIFIL-OSMANIA OSMANIA UNIVERSITY
HYDERABAD-500007, A.P. (INDIA)

PREAMBLE
Whereas it is considered expedient to reorganize the Da’iratu’l-Ma’arif-il-Osmania (Osmania Oriental Publications Bureau) founded in 1888 A.D. with a capital fund and an annual subsidy from the Government of Hyderabad as a corporate body and an independent trust for the promotion of and research in oriental studies, specifically for the publication of classical works on arts, sciences, religion, etc., in the Arabic language and to extend its scope without in any way prejudicing its fundamental Aims and Objects and Rules approved on the 5th of November, 1944, and in the light of the subsequent orders of the President-in-Council communicated through the letter of the Additional Secretary, Education Department, Government of Hyderabad, No.829 dated 29th December, 1946(29th Bahman 1356F.) and in  view of its association with the Osmania University and the award of an annual grant and the decisions of the Osmania University Council, and the Education Secretariat, Government of Hyderabad, and the Resolutions of the Executive Committee of the Da’iratu’l-Ma’arif-il-Osmania from time to time, and with reference to the conditions prescribed by the Government of India, Ministry of Education, for recognition of All-India Institutions for the purpose of grant-in-aid from Central Revenues through the letter of Ministry of Education, No. F. 41/99/52-G.3 dated 3oth December, 1952, and in consequence of the international recognition it has attained during the past sixty-five years of its existence, it is hereby resolved that the following Constitution be approved:
 
1.SHORT TITLE
This Constitution be called the Revised Constitution of the Da’iratu’l-Ma’arif-il-Osmania (Osmania Oriental Publications Bureau), Hyderabad-Deccan, 1953 A.D. and it shall supersede the previous Constitution (Rules and Regulations) promulgated on the 18th Dhu’l Qa’dah 1363 A.H. (5th November, 1944).
2.DEFINITIONS
In this Constitution unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context “Constitution” means the revised Constitution of the Da’iratu’l-Ma’arif-il-Osmania or the Osmania Oriental Publications Bureau, Hyderabad-Deccan. “Da’ira” means the Da’iratu’l-Ma’arif-il-Osmania and the “Bureau” in English means the same “Da’ira” or the Osmania Oriental Publications Bureau, with its headquarters at the Osmania University, Hyderabad-Deccan.
3.SEAL
It shall be a corporate body, shall have its own Seal* which shall be used in its corporate name.
CHAPTER   I
( Functions )
1. AIMS AND OBJECTS
It shall have the follwing Aims and Objects:
   
1. To investigate, collect and preserve such old and rare manuscripts in arts, sciences and religion in classical Arabic as are getting extinct or lost
   
2. .To give preference to the publication of such works of recognized authors upto the 4th century A.H. (10th century A.D.) as are acknowledged to be the original the source of reference on different subjects.
   
3. To publish critical editions of such texts of eminent authors to the end of the 8th century A.H.(14th century A.D.) as have won universal recognition in the fields of arts, sciences and religion.
   
4.
To issue the publications of the Da’ira at reasonable prices for the propagation of knowledge.
   
5.
To present the publications of the Da’ira free of cost or to give them on concession rates to special scholars, experts, authors and teachers who are engaged in research, and to recognize national institutions, universities and literary academies The Specimen of the new seal shall have to be approved later by the Executive Committee
 
CHAPTER   II
FUNDAMENTAL  RULES          
The following shall be the Fundamental Rules
1.
Only such persons of high administrative status and scholarly attainments shall be entitled to be appointed as officers and members of the Executive and Literary Committees as are interested to promote the above-mentioned Aims and Objects.
   
2. Only such Institutions and Governments will be given representation on the Executive and Literary Committees as have donated substantially and permanently towards the Capital Fund of the Da’ira.
   
3.
All such conditions of grant-in-aid shall be acceptable as do not involve a change in the Aims and Objects of the Bureau.
   
4.
All such proposals and schemes which promote the cause of the Da’ira and extend its activities shall be implemented provided they do not contravene the above mentioned Aims and Objects and provided finances permit.
   
5.
All such endowments, donations and grants as have been awarded by Governments and other Institutions in the past or shall be awarded in future, shall be considered as the exclusive property of the Da’iratu’l-Ma’arif-il-Osmania (Osmania Oriental Publications Bureau) and shall be regarded as the Capital Fund, which will be administered by and under the authority of its Executive Committee.
   
6.
All the monetary funds shall be kept in the name and account of the Da’iratu’l-Ma’arif-il-Osmania or Osmania Oriental Publications Bureau in banks recognized by the government and shall be operated by and under the authority of the Executive Committee.
 
7.
All the publications of the Da’ira, stock of books, office equipment, the printing press, library, securities, movable and immovable property and other belongings shall be considered as the exclusive property of the Da’iratu’l-Ma’arif-il-Osmania.
 
8.
No amount from the Capital Fund or other sources of income of the Da’ira shall be utilized on any account for any other purpose except for the Aims and Objects.
 
9.
All copyright, royalty and other privileges of re-publications, translation, etc., shall be vested in the Da’ira.
 
10.
All records, registers, account-books, securities, stocks and documents of movable and immovable property shall be maintained in accordance with the rules of Government Audit Department.
 
11.
All the employees of the Da’ira shall be subject to the normal rules of employment and conduct rules of the Government of Hyderabad and shall in all respects be governed by the rules laid down in H.C.S. Regulations except unless the Executive Committee ordains otherwise.
 
12.
All the servants of the Da’ira shall be entitled to pension or gratuity as the case may be under the Hyderabad Civil Service Rules. (vide 249 exception), except for the new entrants who will be governed by the Provident Fund Rules.
 
CHAPTER   III (Ordinary Rules and Regulations) 6. (a)  ORGANISATION
1.
The Organization shall consist of two Committees:
 
The Executive Committee; and
 
The Literary Committee.Each Committee shall consist of seven members.
 
2.
The executive Committee shall have powers to govern the policy and to control all the administrative functions of the Da’ira subject to the provisions made in Chapter I and II.
3.
The Literary Committee shall have powers to determine the plan and to implement the programme of publications which shall be confirmed by the Executive Committee provided these decisions do not contravene the Fundamental Aims and Objects of the Bureau.
 
POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee shall have the following powers and functions:
1.
To exercise the executive authority of the Bureau in pursuance of the Aims and Objects and Fundamental Rules as mentioned in Chapters I and II.
 
2.
To make, amend or repeal the ordinary rules and regulations and approved by-laws.
 
3.
To manage, regulate and administer capital funds, finances, accounts, investments, properly and other administrative affairs of the bureau.
 
4.
To cause to maintain the accounts, to supervise and get them audited periodically according to the financial rules of the Government of Hyderabad.
 
5.
To sanction non-recurring grants and unforeseen expenditure not provided for in the Budget of the year.
 
6.
To enter into, vary, carry out and cancel contracts, transact business and undertake legal proceedings and do other acts incidental or appertaining to a body corporate on behalf of the bureau.
 
7.
To accept endowments, grants and donations and to approve the terms and conditions of such donations on behalf of the bureau.
 
8.
To appoint, suspend or dismiss the servants of the Bureau, and to fix their duties and scales of pay and to award special grades, increments and allowances and to delegate any of these powers to any officer of the Bureau, subject to the budgeted provision.
 
9.
To recommend the names of officers and members on the vacant posts of the non-ex-officio members of the Executive and Literary Committees for the approval of the Osmania University Council and governments, granting aid.
 
10.
To draw up and sanction the annual budget of the Bureau within the limits of provision and to forward it to the Osmania University Council and the Governments, granting aid, for information.
 
11.
To prepare and adopt the annual administrative report of the Bureau and to forward it to the Osmania University Council and the Governments, granting aid, for information.
 
12.
To confirm the annual programme of publications approved by the Literary Committee except unless it proves contrary to the Aims and Objects of the Bureau, and to suggest alternate schemes, if any.
 
13.
To establish, equip and maintain an editorial staff and a printing press and establishment for the publications of the Bureau.
 
14.
To do all such acts and exercise such power as may be required to further the Aims and Objects of the Bureau.
 
15..
The Executive Committee shall ordinarily hold its meeting once a year in January and all routine cases be decided by circulation from time to time with the permission of the Vice-President.
 
16..
The Vice-President shall have the power to call an extraordinary meeting at any time with the consent of the President.
 
17.
The Secretary shall prepare the Agenda and Notes for each meeting after the approval of the Vice-President. The notice of a meeting or meetings shall be given a week beforehand. A 24 hours notice will be sufficient to call for an emergency meeting.
 
18.
The President shall preside over all meetings; but in his absence the Vice-President shall preside.
 
19.
Four members shall form a quorum, but for a postponed meeting no quorum shall be needed.
 
20.
The Secretary shall be the custodian of records and shall maintain the proceedings of all the meetings and shall implement the decisions of the Committees.
 
7. Officers of the Bureau
The following shall be the Officers of the Bureau:
1. The President.
2. The Vice-President.
3. The Secretary (ex-officio)
4. The Director
5. Such other officers as may be appointed by the Executive Committee    
   
8.  The President
1.
The Chief Minister of the Government of Andhra Pradesh shall be the ex-Officio President of the Bureau. The President shall be the highest administrative authority of the Bureau.
 
2.
The President, at his own initiative may inspect or direct an inspection of the Bureau.
 
3.
The president may issue special instructions to the Executive Committee and delegate all or any of his powers to the Vice-President, or any of the Officers of the Bureau.
 
4
The President shall preside over all the meetings of the Executive Committee.
 
9.  The Vice-President
1.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Osmania University shall be the ex-officio Vice-President of the Bureau.
 
2.
The Vice-President, in the absence of the President, shall preside over all the meetings of the Executive Committee.
 
3.
He shall preside over all the meetings of the Literary Committee; in his absence, the members of the Literary Committee shall select a Chairman.
 
4.
He shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau and shall exercise all administrative control, subject to the powers of the President.
 
5.
He shall have the power to delegate any of his powers to the Secretary or to the Director.
 
6.
He shall have the power to approve the Annual Budget and the Annual Administration Report of the Bureau passed by the Executive Committee and to forward them to the Osmania University Council and to the Government, granting aid for information.
 
7.
He shall have the power to correspond with Governments, Universities, Academies and other Institutions and Banks on behalf of the Bureau.
 
8.
He shall have the power to transfer the unspent amounts from one item to another in the sanctioned budget of the year and to sanction extra expenditure to the extent of Rs.500/- in case of emergency over and above the budget, in anticipation of the sanction of the Executive Committee.
 
9.
He shall have the power to make officiating arrangements for the vacant posts of officers of the Bureau and shall sanction pensions, long leave or extraordinary leave and other temporary arrangements of the servants of the Bureau, under the rules, after verification form the Audit, wherever it is necessary.
 
10.
He shall have the power to sanction the presentation of the publications of the Bureau either gratis or on concession rates to scholars and institutions at his own initiative or on the recommendation of the Director.
 
11.
He shall have the power to fix the prices of the publications of the Bureau based on the costing system as recommended by the Director.
 
10. The Secretary
1.
The Secretary shall be the custodian of all records and properties of the Bureau and shall maintain the proceedings of all the meetings and shall implement the decisions of the Committee.
 
2.
He shall draw the attention of the Vice-President to all such matters that may arise out of the Aims and Objects of the Bureau and shall place them before the Executive Committee for necessary action.
 
3.
He shall prepare the Agenda of the Executive and Literary Committees and shall take the consent of the Vice-President with a view to holding meetings.
 
4.
He shall carry out such other duties as are assigned to him by the President or the Vice-President or the Committee.
 
5.
The Director of the Bureau shall be an ex-officio Secretary to the Executive and Literary Committees and shall discharge his duties in both capacities.
 
11. The Director
1.
The Director shall control, supervise and direct official administration and literary work of the Bureau.
 
2.
He shall have the power to appoint, transfer, fine and suspend and make officiating arrangements of all the posts of the Bureau up to the second grade after taking the approval of the Vice-President and shall grant privilege and casual leave and sign Service Records and pension papers of all such servants and assign duties under the rules.
 
3.
He shall have the power to grant casual leave to the Editorial and official staff and recommend privilege and other kinds of leave for all such servants.
 
4.
He shall have the power to spend the budgeted provision sanctioned for the current year.
 
5.
He shall have the power to sign pay-bills of all the servants of the Bureau and settle all Governmental and commercial accounts of the Bureau on behalf of the Executive Committee, and shall operate on the accounts of the Bureau in Banks subject to the approval of the Vice-President.
 
6.
He shall discharge all such duties as are assigned to him as the Secretary by the President or the Vice-President on behalf of the Executive and Literary Committees.
 
7.
He shall submit all such matters to the Vice-President as required for his approval and sanction.
 
8.
He shall be responsible for the discipline and efficient working of all the sections of the Bureau.
 
9.
He shall draw up the Annual Budget and Administration Report and other memoranda and notes regarding the Bureau.
 
10.
He shall conduct all official, literary, commercial and financial business of the Bureau and shall correspond with foreign institutions and scholars on behalf of the Executive Committee and shall report important matters to the Vice-President.
 
11. Powers and Functions of the Literary Committee
The Literary Committee shall have the following powers and functions.
1.
The Literary Committee shall consist of experts and recognized scholars of Arabic and shall draw up the publications annually with due regard to provisions of the Constitution mentioned in Chapter I and II.
 
2.
It shall plan such comprehensive schemes for publication of original and standard works as to fulfill the Aims and Objects of the Bureau with due regard to the availability of such research material.
 
3.
It shall have the power to co-opt for purposes of consultation and advice scholars and experts, in the preparation of the programme of publications and to recommend the names of Corresponding Members.
 
4.
It shall have the power to amend or revise the programme of publications and to select books for reprinting or re-editing.
 
5.
It shall have the power to suggest the methods of research and editing and to supervise the literary production of the Bureau.
 
6.
It shall have the power to recommend the names of scholars and Institutions for presentation of publications free of cost or on concession rates.
 
7.
It shall ordinarily hold its meetings twice a year and all matters arising from time to time shall be decided by circulation.
 
8.
It shall submit a progress report on the publication programme yearly to the Executive Committee.
 
The Composition of the Executive and Literary Committees of the Da’iratu’l-
Ma’arif-il-Osmania shall be as follows:-
 
The Executive Committee
1. The Chancellor, Osmania University     Ex-Officio  President
2 The Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University,    Ex-Officio  Vice-President
3. A Representative of the government of India, nominated by the Ministry of Education   Member
4. Hon.Treasurer,OsmaniaUniversity,
[Representative of the Finance Department,
Ex-Officio Member
5. The Education Secretary, Govt. of Hyderabad   Ex-Officio  Member
6. The Professor of Arabic, Osmania University   Ex-Officio  Member
7. The Director, Da’iratu’l-Ma’arif   Ex-Officio  Secretary
 
The following shall be the personnel of the Literary Committee:
1. The Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University    Ex-Officio  Chairman
2 The Professor of Arabic, Osmania University    Ex-Officio  Member
3. One scholar of Arabic, nominated by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Education       Ex-Officio  Member
4. Onescholar of Arabic, recommended by the Vice-President, and nominated by the University Council   Member
5. Onescholar of Arabic, recommended by the Vice-President, and nominated by the University Council         Member
6. One scholar of Arabic, recommended by the Vice-President, and nominated by the University Council   Secretary
 
Date: 24th January 1953
Osmania University,
Hyderabad -Dn. 
Approved by the Executive
Committee at its meeting held on
24-1-1953
   
Sd/- 
M. Nizamuddin
Director & Secretary.
 
 
Sd/- 
C. Damodhar Reddy
Hon. Treasurer,   
Osmania University,
Finance Secretary,
Govt. of Hyderabad.
Sd/- 
S.Bhagavantam
President,
Vice-Chancellor,
Osmania University.
Sd/- 
Q. Kutubuddin
Member
 
 
 
(37th Meeting of the Executive Committee held on 13TH May, 1966) Item No. 4 of the Agenda: Amendment of Para 8(i) of the Constitution of the Daira to the     effect that the Chief Minister shall be the ex-Officio President of the Bureau instead of the Chancellor, Osmania University.
RESOLUTION No.IV:         
RESOLVED that the above resolution taken in 1960 be adopted and the following amendments made in the revised constitution.The Chief Minister of the Government of Andhra Pradesh  shall be the ex-Officio President of the Bureau. He shall have such powers as may be conferred on him by this Constitution.
Item No.5 of the Agenda:
Amendment of rules 13 and 14 of Chapter III of the Constitution regarding the appointment of representatives of the Government of India, Ministry of Education, on the Executive Committee and the Literary Committee of the     Daira.
RESOLUTION No. V:
RESOLVED that the following amendments be made in the Revised Constitution, Rule 13 No.3.“Two Representatives” of the Government of India nominated by the Union Ministry of Education(Ex-Officio)
And No.4 as:
Representative of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Secretary to Government, Finance Department (Ex-Officio)
And under rule 14, No. 3 as:
One representative of the Government of India, nominatedby the Union Ministry of Education.
 
(44th Meeting of the Executive Committee held on 1st August, 1968) RESOLUTION No. IV: RESOLVED  that the sub-paras 4 to 6 under rule 13 be amended so that the whole rule 13 regarding the composition of the Executive Committee be read as under:
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-EX-OFFICIO
1 The Chief Minister,
President.
Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad
2 The Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University
Vice-President.
3 A Representative of the Government of Indianominated by the Ministry of Education
Member
4 A Representative of Government of Andhra Pradesh,
Secretary, Finance Department
Member
5 A Representative of Government of Andhra Pradesh,
Secretary, Education Department
Member
6 A Representative of Government of Andhra Pradesh, having knowledge of Arabic and Persian
Member
7 The Director, Dairatu’l Ma’arif  
Secretary
 
(48th Meeting of the Executive Committee held on 12th June, 1970)
RESOLUTION No. VII
RESOLVED that the following sentence be added after Rule 6(a)(i) of the Revised Constitution of the Daira-Each  Committee shall  consist of seven members:“In addition, the Executive Committee shall have power to co-opt scholars of Arabic from the Osmania University and outside as Associate Members whose number may not exceed three and the eriod of whose appointment may be such as may be fixed by the Executive Committee in each case.”The above Rule will also apply to the Literary Committee. it was also RESOLVED that the word “Four” occurring in clause (xix) of Rule 6 (b)be substituted by the word “Three.”
 
(58th Meeting of the Executive Committee held on 29th June, 1977)
RESOLUTION No.IV
RESOLVED that the RevisedConstitution of the Daira Chapter II Sub-Rule (xv) be amended so as to provide that the Executive Committee meeting shall ordinarily be held once in a year in the month of ‘May’ instead of ‘January’