The Auroville Foundation Act was enacted by the Parliament of India in 1988 after the experience of Auroville Emergency Provisions Act 1980. which was promulgated to take over the affairs and management of Auroville and all its undertakings pursuant to the order of the Supreme Court of India.The Auroville Foundation was notified on 29.01.1991. The office of the Auroville Foundation at Auroville, Tamil Nadu has been functioning under the administrative control of Ministry of Human Resource Development as a statutory (autonomous) body corporate, Govt.of India.

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