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 Act also specifies that there
will be a Secretary.
Auroville Foundation Rules
The Central Government has notified the Auroville
Foundation Rules for carrying out the provisions of the Auroville Foundation
Secretariat of the Auroville Foundation
The Head Office of the Auroville Foundation is:
Auroville Foundation Bhavan,
Administrative Area, - Town Hall,
Tamil Nadu, India.
Phone: 00 91 (0) 413 2622222 / 2622414 (Accounts) 2622930
Fax : 2623496 ; 2623644
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
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.