About Auroville Foundation

The Auroville Foundation Act MINISTRY OF LAW AND JUSTICE (Legislative Department) New Delhi, the 3rd October, 1988 Asvina 11, 1910 (Saka)The following Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on the 29th September 1988 and is hereby published for general information: THE AUROVILLE FOUNDATION ACT, 1988 (N° 54 of 1988) {29th September, 1988} An Act to provide for the acquisition and transfer of the undertakings of Auroville and to vest such undertakings in a foundation established for the purpose with a view to making long- term arrangements for the better management and further development of Auroville in accordance with its original charter and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Whereas Auroville was founded by the ‘Mother’ on the 28th day of February, 1968 as an international cultural township; And Whereas in view of the serious difficulties which had arisen with regard to the management of Auroville, the management thereof and been vested in the Central Government for a limited period by the Auroville (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1980; And Whereas under the management of the Central Government and under the overall guidance of the International Advisory Council set up under the aforesaid Act,

Auroville had been able to develop during the last eight years along several important lines and the residents of Auroville have also carried on activities for the development of Auroville which need further encouragement and consolidation; And Whereas Auroville was developed as a cultural township with the aid of funds received from different organisations in and outside India as also from substantial grants received from the Central and State Governments, and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation also had, from time to time.

Reflected in its resolutions that the project on Auroville is contributing to international understanding and promotion of peace; And Whereas for the purpose of encouraging, continuing and consolidating the aforesaid activities of Auroville, it is necessary in the public interest to acquire the undertakings of Auroville and to vest them in a body corporate established for the purpose; Be it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-ninth Year of the Republic of India as follows: –