The Auroville Foundation Act created a separate legal entity, the Auroville Foundation, with three authorities: the Governing Board, the International Advisory Council and the Residents Assembly.
The Governing Board has overall responsibility for the ongoing development of Auroville in keeping with its aims and ideals. It is composed of a number of eminent individuals, mostly Indian nationals, as well as ex-officio Indian Government officers.
The International Advisory Council has the function of advising the Governing Board on matters relating to management and development of the township. It is normally composed of five outstanding individuals of high international repute, usually from different nations.
all residents of Auroville on the Master
List over the age of 18. This body monitors the various activities of Auroville, decides on the terms of its membership, and is responsible for evolving and implementing a Master Plan for Auroville’s future development in consultation with the Governing Board.
There is also a Secretary to the Foundation, appointed by the Government of India, who resides and has an office with supporting staff in Auroville.
Structure of the units of the Auroville Foundation
The Auroville Foundation consists of research, educational, service and commercial units dedicated to the promotion of the ideals of Auroville and of units dedicated to the uplifting of the population living in the villages surrounding Auroville.
The Auroville Foundation has separated these activities. All commercial activities are carried out in business trusts. The service units are integral parts of the Auroville Foundation. The units dedicated to village work are also organised in separate trusts. These trusts are recognised as non-governmental organisations.
Appraisal of the Auroville Foundation
After a period of over 10 years, and having passed through the difficulties of accepting a Governing Board and its Secretary who hold the 'legal' powers, Auroville has come to terms with the Auroville Foundation. The Governing Board is now seen as one other instrument to promote the development of Auroville. The creation of the Auroville Foundation is generally judged as positive, and many Aurovilians are grateful that the Indian Government has passed this special Act for Auroville. The Foundation has given a clear uniform legal status to Auroville. The unique income tax exempt status and a special visa policy are examples of the type of advantages that the Foundation has brought.
Auroville Foundation Accounts
The accounts of the Foundation are audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
Income Tax Exemption:
Auroville Foundation has been approved:
(i) U/S 12A of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
(ii) 80G for the period 01.04.2005-2010
(iii) 10(23C) applied for renewal from 01.04.2003 onwards
(iv) 35(1),(ii) & (iii) applied for renewal from 01.04.2006 onwards
Auroville Foundation Rules
The Central Government has notified the Auroville Foundation Rules for carrying out the provisions of the Auroville Foundation Act.
Secretariat of the Auroville Foundation
The Head Office of the Auroville Foundation is:
Auroville Foundation Bhavan,
Administrative Area, - Town Hall,