Institute Of Biology, Sri Lanka(Incorporation)

Institute Of Biology, Sri Lanka(Incorporation)

WHEREAS an Institute called and known as the ” Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka” has heretofore been established for the general advancement of the science and practice of Biology in all its branches and for the purpose of effectually carrying out its objects according to the by-laws agreed to by its members:

AND whereas the said Institute has applied to be incorporated in order to enable it more effectively to carry out and fulfil the several objects and purposes for which it was established, and it will be for the public advantage to grant the application :

BE it enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as follows:

[6th June
, 1984
Short title.

1. This Act may be cited as the Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka (Incorporation) Act, No. 22 of 1984.

Incorporation of the Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka.

2. From and after the date of commencement of this Act, such and so many persons as now are corporate members of the Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as ” the Institute”) or shall hereafter be admitted as corporate members of the Corporation hereby constituted shall (so long as they continue to be corporate members) be and become a body corporate (hereinafter referred to as ” the Corporation “) with perpetual succession under the style and name of the ” Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka “, and by that name may sue and be sued in all courts, with full power and authority to have and to use a common seal and to alter the same at their pleasure.

General objects of the Corporation.

3. The general objects for which the Corporation is constituted are hereby declared to be

(a) to promote and advance the Science of Biology and its application in Sri Lanka ;

(b) to advise the Government, and give counsel to public corporations, local bodies and other institutions on all matters connected with the application of Biology to the progress and development of the country;

(c) to promote the acquisition, dissemination and inter- change of biological knowledge by

(i) providing a forum for the presentation of original communications and discussions thereon;

(ii) establishing and maintaining libraries ;

(iii) publishing matters of interest to the profession of Biology; and

(iv) any other means ;

(d) to promote education in biology at all levels;

(e) to promote, encourage and foster original research in biology;

(f) to assess the eligibility of candidates for admission to various grades of membership ;

(g) to conduct or provide for the conduct of the qualifying examinations for all grades of membership of the Institute and to promote, provide or approve courses of study for such examinations ;

(h) to ensure the maintenance of high standards in the professional activities and the general conduct of its members;

(i) to establish liaison with other scientific organizations ;

(j) to establish and enhance the status of the profession of Biology in Sri Lanka; and

(k) to take any other measures that may be necessary for the attainment of all or any of the objects of the Corporation.

General powers of the Corporation.

4. Subject to the provisions of this Act and any other written law, the Corporation shall have the power to do, perform and execute all such acts, matters and things whatsoever as are necessary or desirable for the promotion or furtherance of the objects of the Corporation or any one of them including the power to open, operate and close bank accounts, to borrow or raise moneys with or without security, to receive or collect grants and donations, to invest its funds, and to engage, employ and dismiss personnel required for the carrying out of the objects of the Corporation.

Management of the affairs of the Corporation.


(1) The affairs of the Corporation shall, subject to the by-laws of the Corporation, be administered by a Council consisting of the Officers and such other persons as may be provided for in such by-laws and elected in accordance therewith.

(2) The first Council .of the Corporation shall be the Council of the Institute holding office at the time of the coming into operation of this Act.

By-laws of the Corporation.


(1) It shall be lawful for the Corporation, from time to time, at any general meeting and by the votes of not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting, to make by-laws, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, for the management of the affairs of the Corporation and the accomplishment of its objects. Such by-laws when made may, at a like meeting and in like manner, be altered, added to, amended or rescinded.

(2) The members of the Corporation shall be subject to the by-laws of the Corporation.

Power to acquire property and’ raise money.


(1) The Corporation shall be able and capable in law to acquire by purchase, gift, devise, bequest, exchange or in any other manner and to hold any movable or immovable property and to dispose of any such property acquired or held by the Corporation.

(2) The Corporation shall have the power to borrow or raise money necessary for the furtherance of its objects and to create, execute, grant or issue any mortgages, bonds or obligations to receive such money.

(3) All property, movable and immovable, acquired or held by the Corporation and all moneys paid to or received by the Corporation under this Act or the by-laws, shall be held, used and applied by the Corporation in accordance with the by-laws for the furtherance of its objects and subject to such by-laws, the Corporation shall have the power from time to time to buy, sell, grant, convey, devise, assign, exchange or otherwise dispose of or mortgage any such property and invest its funds in such manner as may be necessary or expedient for the furtherance of its objects.

Power to charge fees and subscriptions.

8. The Corporation shall be able and capable in law to charge

(a) such fees as the Corporation may deem reasonable for admission to any course or examination conducted by the Corporation ;

(b) fees for the election of persons to any class of membership of the Corporation; and

(c) such subscriptions and fees as the Corporation may deem reasonable in respect of services provided by the Corporation.

Debts due by and payable to the Institute.

9. All debts and liabilities of the Institute existing at the time of the coming into operation of this Act shall be paid or discharged by the Corporation, and all debts due to, and subscriptions and fees payable to, the Institute shall be paid to the Corporation for the purposes of this Act.

Appointment of Committees.

10. The Corporation shall have the power to appoint any Committee and to take such other steps as may be found necessary, from time to time, for the maintenance of professional standards and discipline among persons practising or acting as Biologists in Sri Lanka.

How the seal of the Corporation is to be affixed.

11. The seal of the Corporation shall not be affixed to any instrument whatsoever except in the presence of such persons as the Council shall authorize from time to time by standing order, who shall sign their names to the instrument in token of their presence, and such signing shall be independent of the signing of any person as a witness.

Saving of the rights of the Republic and others.

12. Nothing in this Act contained shall prejudice or affect the rights of the Republic or of any body politic or corporate or of any other persons, except such as are mentioned in this Act and those claiming by, from, or under them.