Telugu Akademi is a registered institution under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (Act 21 of 1860) Andhra Pradesh (Telangana Area) Public Societies Registration Act 1350 F. (Act I of 1350 F) and is managed by a Board of Governors consisting of official and non-official members.
Board of Governors
The Board is constituted by the Government for a period of three years. It is made responsible for the management and administration of affairs of the Akademi in accordance with the rules and bye-laws framed thereunder with powers to make bye-laws and also annual, amend, alter, vary or modify them, from time to time, with the prior approval of the Government. The Board is therefore the highest policy-making body and also the final appellate authority on service matters.
There are two Standing Committees of the Board viz., (i) Standing Committee for Administrative Matters and (ii) Standing Committee for Academic Matters. The Secretary to Government, Education Department, will preside over the Standing Committee for Administrative Matters. The other Members of the Committee are (i) the Chairman of the Standing Committee for Academic Matters, (ii) Director of Public Instruction, (iii) Director of Technical Education, (iv) Secretary to Government Finance Department or his nominee; and (v) the Director of Telugu Akademi, Member-Secretary. The Committee is empowered to prescribe the qualifications of the Administrative personnel, regulate the conditions of service of staff, payment of remuneration etc., and also regulate all financial matters inclusive of budget.
The Standing Committee for Academic Matters is presided over by one of the non-official Members nominated by the Government. The other Members of the Committee are: the Chairman of the Standing Committee for Administrative Matters (Secretary to Government, Education Department), the remaining four non-official members nominated by the Government and the Director, Telugu Akademi (Member-Secretary). This Committee is empowered to prescribe the qualifications of the academic personnel, formulate projects to be undertaken by the Akademi and recommend to the Board the award of stipends, prizes etc.
The decisions taken by the two Standing Committees, except when they are contrary to any general directions given by the Board, have to be implemented by the Director after obtaining the approval of the Chairman and have to be placed before the Board at its next meeting for approval.
Selection Committees have been constituted for the purpose of recruiting the necessary staff of the Akademi. The Director is appointed by the Chairman in consultation with the Government. There are in all three Selection Committees: The first to recruit Categories 1 and 2 of class II posts, the second to recruit Categories 3 and 4 of class II posts, and the third to recruit for classes III and IV posts. The first Selection Committee consists of the Chairman of the Board as the Presiding Officer, the Chairmen of the two Standing Committee, the Director of Public Instruction, an expert in the subject and the Director of the Akademi as Members. The selection made by these two Committees is recommendatory. The third Selection Committee relates to recruitment of Class III and IV and the Director is the Chairman of the Committee, the other Members of the Committee being the Deputy Directors and the Administrative Officer.
In addition to the above Committees, the Board and the Standing Committees constitute other Sub-committee to advise them on specific problems.
The Chairman of the Board is the appointing authority for personnel of Class I and Categories 1 and 2 of Class II and an appellate authority in the case of the other staff. He has powers to re-appropriate funds from one unit to another, to write off upto Rs.5,000/- to appoint as many Expert Committees, etc. as are necessary and to delegate all or any of his powers and duties to the second Vice Chairman (Secretary to Government, Education Department) by a Standing order.
The first Vice-Chairman (one of the Vice-Chancellors on rotation) is the Chairman of the Selection Committee to recruit staff of Class II Categories 3 and 4 and he is only a recommending authority. The Second Vice-Chairman (Secretary to Government, Education Department) is the Chairman of the Standing Committee for Administrative Matters and has powers to function for and on behalf of the Chairman to the extent such powers are delegated to him. The powers of the Chairman Standing Committee for Academic Matters and the Chairmen of various Sub-Committees constituted by the Board or Standing Committees are only recommendatory.
The Director as Member-Secretary of the Board has duties and powers to convene meetings of the Board and other Committees, to issue meeting notices, to prepare agendas and minutes of the various Committees and to prepare Budget Estimates and revised estimates. As the academic and administrative head of the Akademi the Director has powers and duties to (i) ensure the proper functioning and strict observance of the bye-laws of the Akademi, (ii) supervise the work and conduct of the staff (iii) organise study courses and research projects, (iv) exercise disciplinary control for the proper functioning of the Akademi, (v) disburse salaries, allowances, stipends etc., to the employees including Research Fellows, trainees and others, (vi) disburse T.A. and D.A. to Members of various Committees, study groups, workshops etc., (vii) disburse remunerations, prizes to authors, editors etc., (viii) incur contingent or miscellaneous expenditure upto Rs.500/- per annum or any one item if it is recurring and upto Rs.1,000/- per annum on any one item if it is non-recurring, (ix) open and operate Bank accounts, (x) sanction leave allowances, (xi) tour and permit staff to tour on official duty ; and (xii) allow auditors to have access to the accounts and records of the Akademi. He is the Chairman of the Selection Committee for staff of Classes III and IV and the appointing authority for the same staff. The powers of the Director were exercised by the Special Officer until the Director was appointed.
The Administrative Officer is in-charge of the office establishment of the Akademi and has powers to incur non-recurring expenditure to the tune of Rs.200/-. His duties are to keep in safe-custody all records and documents of the Akademi, maintain the Library, to maintain accounts and to safeguard the properties of the Akademi.
The legal status of the Akademi is that of a literary and scientific society established for the diffusion of knowledge and arts.