The Andhra Pradesh State Creativity and Culture Academies (Constitution) Regulations, 2017”





GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
A B S T R A C T
The Andhra Pradesh State Creativity and Culture Commission – Approval of
“The Andhra Pradesh State Creativity and Culture Academies (Constitution)
Regulations, 2017” – Orders - Issued.

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YOUTH ADVANCEMENT, TOURISM AND CULTURE (PMU) DEPARTMENT
G.O.MS.No. 2 Dated: 27-02-2018
Read the following:
1) Andhra Pradesh Tourism, Culture and Heritage Board Act, 2017
(A.P. Act No. 4 of 2017) vide A.P. Gazette (Part IV-B,
Extraordinary) No.4, Date: 26.04.2017.
2) The Andhra Pradesh State Creativity and Culture Commission
(Constitution, Functions and Powers) Rules, 2016 issued in
G.O.Ms.No.27, YAT&C (Tourism) Department, Dt. 06.12.2016.
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O R D E R:
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 41 of the Andhra
Pradesh Tourism, Culture and Heritage Board Act, 2017 (Act No. 4 of 2017),
and under Rule 7 of the Andhra Pradesh State Creativity and Culture
Commission (Constitution, Functions and Powers) Rules, 2016 in the
reference 2nd read above, the State Government, hereby, approves the
following Regulations, namely, “The Andhra Pradesh State Creativity and
Culture Academies (Constitution) Regulations, 2017”.
REGULATIONS
PART-I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title, extent and commencement –
(1)These Regulations may be called the Andhra Pradesh State
Creativity and Culture Academies (Constitution) Regulations, 2017.
(2)They shall extend to whole of the State of Andhra Pradesh.
(3)They shall come into force with immediate effect.
2. Definitions: -
(1)In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, —
i. “Chairman” means the Chairman of the Academy Committee.
ii. “Committee” means an Academy committee constituted under
rule 7 of the Andhra Pradesh State Creativity and Culture
Commission (Constitution, Functions and Powers) Rules,
2016;
iii. “Commission” means the Andhra Pradesh State Creativity and
Culture Commission established under section 6 of the Act;
iv. “Member” means a member of the Academy Committee;
v. “Rule” means Andhra Pradesh State Creativity and Culture
Commission Rules, 2016; and
vi. “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Academy.
(2) Words and expressions used but not defined in these regulations
shall have the same meanings assigned to them in the Act or the
statute of the case may be,

PART-II
ESTABLISHMENT OF ACADEMY
3. Establishment of Academies — There shall be established the
Academies listed in first Annexure whose name is specified in (1)
column and the purpose of the Academy is indicated in corresponding
row of (2) column.

4. Appointment of Committees —
(1) A committee of not more than thirteen (13) members shall be
appointed for each Academy with the following members:-
(a)Full-time Chairman who shall be a widely recognized expert
in the relevant field;
(b)Secretary of the Academy - Member Convener;
(c) Up to eleven widely recognized experts in the relevant field
– Members; among whom one will be nominated as Vice
Chairman
(2) The Academy committee shall have power to conceptualise
activities and programs, and implement them in order to further its
objectives.
(3) The Chairman and Members shall be nominated by Government on
the recommendations of a three (3) member search committee for
each Academy appointed by Government and consisting of
members having special knowledge or practical experience in the
respective fields.
(4) Other conditions relating to the constitution and functioning of the
committee shall be as laid down in second Annexure.

STAFF

5. Appointment of Secretaries and Staff of Academies:—
(1) The Commission shall appoint a Secretary, for each Academy
established under these regulations, who shall be functionally under
the control of the Academy committee and administratively under
the control of Chief Executive Officer.
(2) The staffing of the Academies shall be as provided in Fourth
Annexure.

6. Academies:-
(1) Each Academy established under these regulations shall maintain a
single independent bank account in a nationalised bank as
prescribed by the Chief Executive Officer.
(2) The Commission shall provide an annual grant to each Academy
from its fund.
(3) An Academy may also seek and/or receive funds from Government
Corporations/Departments, private organisations under corporate
social responsibility, donations etc.
(4) The Secretary of the Academy shall incur the expenditure for
activities/programs approved by the Academy committee, within
the annual grant of the Academy.
(5) All expenses of the Academy including the payment of remuneration
and allowances to the Chairman of Academy committee, Secretary,
staff and members of Academy committee shall be made out of the
grant to the Academy.

7. Financial Provisions:
(1) Each Academy shall be financially autonomous and approve its own
expenditure.
(2) The financial provisions laid down in Annexure-III shall be followed,

ANNEXURE - I
(See Regulation 3 & 4)
Academy
(1)Purpose    (2)Promotion and development of:

Sahitya Academy Telugu literature
Sangeeta Nrutya Academy Music and Dance
Nataka Academy Drama
Drusya kalala Academy Fine Arts
Folk and Creativity Academy Folk and Creative Arts
History Academy History of Telugu Land and Telugu people
Science and Technology Academy Innovation and creativity
connected with technology and
digital fields.
Note: The functions of each Academy under column (2) above, are detailed
 below:

1. Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Academy:
1. To promote co-ordination and co-operation among the Telugu
Literary personalities for the development of Telugu Literature, in and
outside the State, and to restore its past glory.
2. To take steps to preserve and promote those languages without
scripts, and those on the verge of extinct.
3. To co-ordinate with Central Sahitya Academy to achieve National and
International recognition for Telugu Language and Literature.
4. To encourage the Translations of Telugu Classical Literature (Ancient
and Modern) into other Languages and vice-versa to exchange the
Literary Traditions.
5. To encourage research, criticism and comparative study in various
genre.
6. To recognize and encourage the various dialects of Telugu Language
and take suitable precautions for their continuation into posterity.
7. To publish Dictionaries of Telugu to various languages to create
opportunities for learning other languages.
8. To publish Literary works, conduct Literary Programs and
competitions for Students and Youth to instill interest in them in
Telugu Literature
9. To prepare and publish Telugu Lexicon, thesaurus, encyclopedia, and
other information banks in Telugu.
10.To take-up the projects on its own or in collaboration to document
the lives and works of Telugu Vaggeyakaaras, other Music and
literary Pioneers to preserve and perpetuate their contributions.
11.To organize Literary Seminars, Poet meets, Workshops, Avadhanas,
to propogate the uniqueness of Telugu Language.
12.To celebrate the jayantis (birthdays) of Popular Writers, artistes,
eminent people of various walks of life who contributed immensely
for the glory of Andhra Pradesh State.
13.To initiate suitable Awards to eminent men of letters in Telugu
literature including publishers and Translators.
14.To treat Poetry, Story, Novel, Criticism, popular science, Children
Literature and research works with equal importance.
15.To encourage Literary Organisations to make them vibrant in their
activities.
16.To re-publish ancient and Traditional Literature by revising them by
eminent Scholars.
17.To publish the works with permanent Value, Social relevance,
readability and other Literary Values.
18.To publish a Directory of Telugu Writers once in 3 years.
19.To Publish Quality Periodical on Telugu Literature
20.To conduct Literary Seminars, Workshops specially to encourage and
recognize the Young Writers and child prodigists.
21.To create and maintain a Website make available the latest
information regarding the activities of the Academy.
22.To perform other additional functions that may be entrusted to the
Academy by the government time to time.

2. Andhra Pradesh Sangeeta Nrutya Academy:
1. To impart training in music and dance to the students who are
interested in various Schools and Colleges.
2. To preserve and protect the traditional music and dance forms of
Aadivaasis and other nomadic groups and to document, digitalize and
organize exhibitions show-casing the ancient treasure of Andhra
Pradesh in the fields of Music and Dance.
3. To preserve promote Kuchipudi, Andhra Natyam, Aalaya Nrutyam,
Jalari Nrutyam, Devadaasi, and other Dance forms like Thimsa,
Savara, Gadaba, Koya, Lambaadi etc.,
4. To promote Carnatic and other regional music forms by conducting
music concerts in the name of music exponents.
5. To conduct Jayanthies, (Birthday celebrations) of Gurus and other
celebrities of Music and dance.
6. To promote different music and dance forms (classical, semi classical
and light Music) and preserve them to handover to future
generations.
7. To co-ordinate with various Music and Dance oganisations and
institutions to promote learning and acquiring excellency.
8. To encourage the exchange of ideas and enrichment of techniques in
Music and Dance with different styles prevalent in other States or
Regions.
9. To publish literature on Carnatic Music and various Dance forms
10.To give recognition to and otherwise assist meritorious Music and
Dance Institutions.
11.To encourage the setting up of institutions providing training in the
art of music and dance, including instructions in artistes training,
study of performance of music and dance.
12.To publish literature on music and dance including reference works
such as an illustrated dictionary or handbook of technical terms.
13.To give recognition to and otherwise assist meritorious, music and
dance organizations.
14.To revive and preserve folk music, folk dance in different regions of
the state and to encourage the development of music and dance.
15.To sponsor music and dance festivals, seminars, conferences on
regional and state level basis. And to participate and organize
national level also.
16.To award prizes and distinctions and to give recognition to individual
Artistes for their outstanding achievement.
17.To prepare and implement action plan with iconic performances which
will attract tourists from other states and abroad.
18.To take suitable steps for the maintenance of proper and adequate
standards among the Artistes community by conducting workshops,
seminars and training classes.
19.To foster cultural contacts between the different regions of the state
and various states of the country and abroad in the field of music and
dance.
20.To create and maintain a Website make available the latest
information regarding the activities of the Academy.
21.To perform other additional functions that may be entrusted to the
Academy by the Government time to time.

3. Nataka Academy:
1. To preserve and promote Padyanatakam, Yakshagana, Veedhi
Bhagavatham, etc., traditional Theatre forms and to restore them
to their past glory.
2. To encourage the mythological, historical and folklore theatres by
modernizing them with adoption of lighting, makeup, music and
other histrionic techniques.
3. To conduct workshops, seminars and training classes for the
enthusiastic youth to attract them towards theatre and necessary
measures to develop professionalism in all theatrical activities.
4. To encourage the writing of new mythological, historical, folk
dramas to address the scarcity of new Padyanatakams.
5. To adopt all new technological devises in the fields of lighting,
music, and other stage crafts to make Telugu modern Drama on
par with neighboring states and countries.
6. To encourage the exchange of ideas and enrichment of techniques
in Drama with different styles prevalent in other states or regions.
7. To encourage the establishment of theatre centres on the basis of
regional languages and co-operation among different theatre
centres.
8. To encourage the setting up of institutions providing training in the
art of theatre, including instructions in actor’s training, study of
stage craft and production of plays.
9. To encourage and assist production of new plays by awarding
prizes and distinctions.
10.To publish literature on Drama including reference works such as
an illustrated dictionary or handbook of technical terms.
11. To have an action plan to produce Sound and Light plays on
mythological and historical themes to attract International
Tourism.
12.To give recognition to and otherwise assist meritorious, theatrical
organizations.
13.To encourage the development of amateur dramatic activity,
children’s theatre, the open-air theatre and the rural theatre in its
various forms.
14.To revive and preserve folk music, folk dance and folk drama in
different regions of the country and to encourage the development
of community music, martial music and other types of music.
15.To sponsor drama festivals, seminars, conferences on regional and
state level basis. And to participate and organize national level
also.
16.To award prizes and distinctions and to give recognition to
individual Artistes for their outstanding achievement.
17.To take suitable steps for the maintenance of proper and adequate
standards among the Artistes community by conducting
workshops, seminars and training classes.
18.To foster cultural contacts between the different regions of the
state and various states of the country and abroad in the field of
Drama.
19.To organize separate drama fest and competitions to encourage
theatre movement among youth and children.
20.To co-ordinate with Universities and other Government, Public and
Private institutions to determine the syllabus for Theatre arts
students and to promote research study.
21.To encourage and extend help for armature theatre movement and
to conduct of Nataka Parishads.
22.To conduct Literary Seminars, Workshops specially to encourage
and recognize the Young Writers and child prodigists.
23.To create and maintain a Website make available the latest
information regarding the activities of the Academy.
24.To perform other additional functions that may be entrusted to the
Academy by the Government time to time.

4.Drushya Kalala Academy:
1. To preserve and promote the heritage of Telugu people.
2. To encourage and promote study and research in the fields of Fine
Arts, such as Painting, Sculpture and Graphics etc.,
3. To encourage and co-ordinate the activities of various organizations
of the state which are working for the promotion of Fine Arts.
4. To encourage the exchange of ideas among the various of schools of
Fine Arts by Organizing, conferences, Seminars, Exhibitions, etc. by
involving eminent Artists, Scholars of National and International
repute.
5. To have an action plan to create monumental paintings and
sculptures of International standards to attract the tourists.
6. To give recognition to Art associations and organizations for assisting
the artists in consultation with district units for proper development
of the associations and organizations.
7. To foster cultural contacts within the country and also with other
countries, through art exhibitions, exchange of personnel and art
objects, etc.
8. To award scholarships and prizes to deserving artists.
9. To accord recognition to artists for outstanding achievements.
10.To retrieve the historical glory of visual arts of Andhra Pradesh State
Amaravathi, Kalinga, and other styles of paintings to be researched
and achieved National and International branding for our heritage.
11. To establish and maintain Art Galleries in different parts of the State.
12. To promote all other Art forms like Stone sculptures, Wood carvings,
Metal Sculptures and other handicrafts like Kalamkari, P.O.P.,
Kondapally, Etikoppaka Toys etc.
13. To promote study and research on traditional skills in order to
modernize them to cater the present day needs.
14. To prepare and implement proper action plan to inculcate interest
among the children and youth by introducing various art forms in
schools and colleges.
15.To conduct Literary Seminars, Workshops specially to encourage and
recognize the Young Artists and child prodigists.
16.To create and maintain a Website make available the latest
information regarding the activities of the Academy.
17.To perform other additional functions that may be entrusted to the
Academy by the Government time to time.

5.Folk and Creativity Academy:
1. To promote the Folk performing art forms of Andhra Pradesh like
Dappulu, Tappetagullu, Garagalu etc., by embellishing them with new
look to appeal modern society.
2. To document the Rural Folk arts and Village Crafts like Carpentry,
Pottery Blacksmith, Basket Making, Brick Making, Weaving etc.,
which were ones considered as the economic pillars of Indian Society.
3. To update the above the village technologies with new scientific
approach to make them respectable and reasonable livelihoods.
4. To promote dignity of labor among youth.
5. To modernize the Folk Art Forms to attract the youth to opt them as
their preference to classical genres.
6. To preserve and protect the traditional music and dance forms of
Aadivaasis and other nomadic groups and to document, digitalize and
organize exhibitions show-casing the ancient treasure of Andhra
Pradesh in the fields of Music and Dance.
7. To prepare and implement special action plans identify all the Tribal
Folk Arts and document to encourage the artistes by conducting
special performances and shows.
8. To have a special plan of action for neglected and marginal artistes
like gangireddulu, picchuguntalu, haridasulu, snake players etc,
9. To conduct periodical exhibitions to display goods or Articles
produced by village technical artists.
10.To create national and international market access to the village
products in attracting tourists from outside.
11.To adopt an action plan to create internationally marketable products
by using rural technology.
12.To prepare records of folklore materials after conducting basic survey
in the villages.
13.To publish folklore directory and folklore encyclopedia.
14.To establish and maintain folklore museum and archives.
15.To collect and publish folk stories and songs which are transmitted
from generations.
16.To evolve new art forms from the traditional arts without losing their
identity.
17.To honor leading artistes by giving awards and fellowships.
18.To give awards to high quality research publications on these area.
19.To start and maintain a journal on folk arts and rural technical
creativity.
20.To conduct festivals in the fields folk arts and rural technical
creativity.
21.To arrange performance by troupes approved by the Academy inside
and outside of the state.
22.To promote interstate cultural exchange programs to have feel and
understanding of other states’ art and culture.
23.To establish a folklore library.
24.To perform other additional functions that may be entrusted to the
Academy by the Government time to time.
25.To give grants and financial assistance to institutions and
organizations those in part training in the folk arts and rural
technologies.

6. Andhra Pradesh History Academy:
1. To create awareness among people about the rich history and culture
of Andhra Pradesh.
2. To conduct research study on the history of Andhra Pradesh broadly
dividing the history into timeline.
3. To dig out the hidden facts of Cultural Heritage of various regions of
the state of Andhra Pradesh.
4. To conduct seminars, Roundtable Conferences, to have the collection
of findings from the Scholars, researchers, historians and
epigraphists.
5. To promote the Researchers and Scholars to bring the local histories
to limelight which put together resulting to the great history of
Telugu People.
6. To protect the inscriptions available and digitalize the content.
7. To encourage and co-ordinate the activities of various historians and
research organizations of the state which are working for the
preservation of cultural heritage.
8. To create and maintain a data base of history of Telugu People.
9. To digitalise the history books, Talapatra Grandhalu, Dasthavejulu,
documents and other source material.
10.To document and digitalise the village histories, family histories,
history of monuments, age old institutions etc.
11.To establish and maintain a research centre of International
standards having all facilities.
12.To conduct Seminars, Workshops, Conferences, to have an exchange
of ideas.
13.To give encouragements, fellowships, Scholarships and Sponsorships
to the researchers of history.
14.To co-ordinate with the Departments of Archeology, Archives,
Oriental manuscripts, tourism and other departments dealing with
history.
15.To co-ordinate with scholars of linguistics, linguistics archeology and
other sciences by conducting seminars, workshops and exchange
programmes.
16.To Co-ordinate with education department in preparation of history
syllabus.
17.To encourage and regulate the freelancer historians.
18.To run history journal with research articles on Andhra History.
19.To create and maintain a Website make available the latest
information regarding the activities of the Academy.
20.To perform other additional functions that may be entrusted to the
Academy by the Government time to time.

7. Science and Technology Academy :
1. To promote and foster scientific temper among children and
youth.
2. To create an environment of innovation and technology for the
advancement of science and technology in the State by
undertaking activities and programs.
3. To promote creativity and innovativeness in the traditional art
forms.
4. To liaison with other academies.
5. To probe the reason behind traditions/practices.
6. To promote scientific publications (books and journals) and to
create platforms/flora for discussions of science and technology.
7. To propagate scientific knowledge among people by organizing
lecturers, seminars, symposia, tours and excursions, popular
exhibitions and distribution of books of popular sciences.
8. To establish science museums.
9. To establish a library with reading room to serve as a central
library for all scientific workers.
10.To secure and manage funds and endowments for the promotion
of science.
11.To assist voluntary science organizations.
12.To prepare an action plan and implement it sincerely to wipe out
superstitions from the minds of the public.
13.To do and perform all other acts, matters and things that may
assist in, conduce to, or be necessary for the fulfilment of the
above mentioned aims and objects of the Academy.
14.To create and maintain a website make available the latest
information regarding the activities of the Academy.
15.To perform other additional functions that may be entrusted to
the Academy by the Government time to time.

ANNEXURE – II
 (see Regulation 4 (4)) - TERMS OF COMMITTEE CONSTITUTION

1. Temporary Chairman -The Vice-Chairman will become Chairman
during the temporary incapacity from illness (or) otherwise, (or)
during the temporary absence of the Chairman.

2. Vacation of office of member. The office of a member shall be
vacated in any of the following cases:
(a)member becomes in any manner disqualified for membership
of the council;
(b)expiry of the term of three years from the date of
appointment;
(c) pre-mature termination by the commission; or
(d)resignation by the member either through electronic mail or
ink signed, submitted to the Secretary of the Academy or the
Chief Executive Officer.

3. Disqualification from membership - No person shall be appointed
or shall continue to hold office as a member if he —
(a) is mentally disordered and incapable of managing himself or
his affairs;
(b)is an un-discharged bankrupt or has made any arrangement or
composition with his creditors; or
(c) is convicted of an offence.

4. Member’s interest to be made known —
(1)A member who is in any way, directly or indirectly, interested
in a transaction or project of the Commission or an Academy
shall disclose the nature of his interest at the first meeting of
the committee at which he is present after the relevant facts
have come to his knowledge.
(2)A disclosure under sub-para (1) shall be recorded in the
minutes of the meeting of the Committee and, after the
disclosure, that member —
(a)shall not take part in any deliberation or decision of the
Committee with respect to that transaction or project; and
(b)shall be disregarded for the purpose of constituting a
quorum of the Committee for such deliberation or
decision.
(3)No act or proceedings of the Committee shall be questioned on
the ground that a member has contravened this section.

5. Meetings of Committee —
(1)The Chairman shall summon meetings monthly but not less
than once in three (3) months at such place within the
jurisdiction of the committee and at such time as the Chairman
may decide.
(2)The quorum at every meeting shall be 5 members.
(3)Decisions at meetings shall be adopted by a simple majority of
the votes of the members present and voting; and in the case
of an equality of votes, the Chairman or in his absence the
temporary Chairman shall have a casting vote.
(4)The Chairman or in his absence the Vice-Chairman shall
preside at meetings.
(5)The committee may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its
membership.
(6)The notice period for convening the committee shall not be less
than seven (7) days and in case of short notice meetings not
less than two (2) days.
(7)The agenda shall be prepared by the Member-Convener, and
approved by the Chairman.
(8)The minutes of each meeting shall be initiated by the MemberConvener,
and approved by the Chairman.
(9)The minutes of each meeting shall be recorded one after
another in a single file on e-office platform by the Member
Convener.

6. Term:-
The members and Chairman shall be appointed for a term not
exceeding three (3) years. No person shall be nominated as either
Chairman or member more than two (2) terms.

7. Allowances:
(1)The non-official members shall be paid such sitting fees and
travel expenses as determined by the Commission for
attending the meetings.
(2)The Chairman or the members shall not be entitled to a
vehicle.
(3)The Chairman may be provided an office space of up to 500
square feet including chamber, reception, ante room and toilet.
(4)The Chairman will be provided a personal assistant by the
Commission.
(5)The Chairman, being a full time worker, shall be paid an
honorarium of Twenty Thousand Rupees per month, and a
Transport Allowance of Ten Thousand Rupees per month.
(6)The members will not be paid any honorarium except sitting
allowance of Rs.1000/- per day and travelling allowance in AC2
tier by train for attending the meetings of the Academy.

8. Validity of acts of members – The acts of a member shall be valid
notwithstanding any defect that may afterwards be discovered in his
appointment or qualifications.

ANNEXURE-III
(See Regulation 7)
FINANCIAL PROVISIONS:

1. The Secretary of the Academy shall keep proper accounts and
records of transactions and affairs and shall do all things
necessary to ensure that all payments out of the Academy bank
account are correctly made and properly authorised and that
adequate control is maintained over the expenditure incurred by
the Academy.

2. The accounts of the Academy shall be audited by an auditor
appointed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Culture
Commission.

3. The remuneration of the auditor shall be paid out of the funds of
the Academy.

4. The Secretary of the Academy shall, as soon as practicable but
not later than 31st July in every year, prepare and submit the
financial statements in respect of the preceding financial year to
the auditor who shall audit and report on them.
5.
(1)The auditor shall in his report state —

(a)whether the financial statements show fairly the financial
transactions and the state of affairs of the Academy;

(b)whether proper accounting and other records have been
kept, including records of all assets of the Academy
whether purchased, donated or otherwise;

(c) whether the financial statements are prepared on a basis
similar to that adopted for the preceding year;

(d)whether the financial statements are in agreement with
the accounting and other records;

(e)whether the receipts, expenditure, investment of
moneys, and the acquisition and disposal of assets by
the Academy during the financial year have been in
accordance with law; and

(f) such other matters arising from the audit as he
considers should be reported.

(2)The auditor shall send an annual report of his audit to the
Commission but not later than 31st August in each year.

6. The auditor may at any other time report to the Commission
upon any matter arising out of the performance of his audit.

7. As soon as the accounts of the Academy and the financial
statements have been audited in accordance with the provisions
of this Act but not later than 31st August in each year, a copy of
the audited financial statements signed by the Secretary and
certified by the auditor, together with a copy of any report made
by the auditor, shall be submitted to the Commission.
(BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESH)
 MUKESH KUMAR MEENA, IAS
 SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT (T&C)

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