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The Vice-Chancellor of a University shall be appointed for a term of three years by the President, upon the recommendation of the Commission, from a panel of three names recommended by the Council of that University.

No person shall be appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the same University for more than two consecutive terms.

The Vice-Chancellor of a University may be removed from office by the President, after consultation with the Commission.

The Vice-Chancellor shall be a full-time officer of the University, and shall be the principal executive officer and principal academic officer thereof. He shall be an ex officio member and Chairman of both the Council and the Senate. The Vice-Chancellor shall be entitled to convene, be present and speak at, any meeting of any other Authority of the University or other body, but shall not be entitled to vote at any such meeting unless he is a member of such other Authority or other body.

It shall be the duty of the Vice-Chancellor, in accordance with such directions as may from time to time be lawfully issued to him in that behalf by the Council, to ensure that the provisions of this Act and of any appropriate Instrument are duly observed, and he shall have and may exercise all such powers as he may deem necessary for the purpose

Subject to the provisions of this Act, it shall be the duty of the Vice-Chancellor to give effect, or to ensure that effect is given, to the decisions of the Council and of the Senate

The Vice-Chancellor shall be the Accounting Officer of the University

The Vice-Chancellor shall be responsible for the execution of policies and measures approved by the Council in relation to the University and, subject to such policies, the direction, supervision and control of the University, including its administration; and for the maintenance of discipline within a University

The Vice-Chancellor shall, unless he vacates office earlier or is removed from office, hold office for a term of three years, or until he has completed his sixty fifth year, whichever event occurs earlier

If the Vice-Chancellor by reason of leave, illness, absence from Sri Lanka or other cause is temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, if any, shall perform such duties. Where there is no Deputy Vice-Chancellor the Commission shall, within seven days of the occurrence of such inability, make such arrangements as it may think fit for carrying on the duties of the office.

If any vacancy occurs in the office of Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, if any, shall perform the duties of the office of Vice-Chancellor, or where there is no Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Commission shall, within seven days of the occurrence of such vacancy, make such arrangements as it may think fit for carrying on the duties of the office until a permanent appointment is made under the preceding provisions of this section

A Vice-Chancellor who, resigns or is removed from office or in any other way ceases to hold office as Vice-Chancellor, unless re-appointed, may, if he was a member of the staff of a Higher Educational Institution on the day prior to the date of his appointment as Vice-Chancellor, revert to his substantive post in the staff of such Institution provided he has not completed his sixty-fifth year.

Notwithstanding anything in the principal enactment the Vice-Chancellor of every University established or deemed to be established under the principal enactment shall, on the date of coming into operation of this section, cease to hold office as such Vice-Chancellor; Provided, however, any Vice-Chancellor who so ceases to hold office, shall be eligible for re-appointment