The Senate is the principal academic authority of the University. It is responsible for all academic matters and welfare of students. Memberships comprise of mainly academic staff while there are also student representatives. Senate Minutes contain Minutes of Meetings, Special Meetings and Extra-ordinary Meetings of the Senate with submissions and other supporting documents starting from 1913. Discussions and submissions regularly include 'Reported, Delegated and Non-controversial Business' re Personalia, departmental appointments, departures of staff members for leave or resignations, donations and gifts to the University; amendments on courses, subjects; information on applicants applying for senior vacancies; arrangements on scholarships and bursaries, pass lists on degree examinations from faculties of Arts, Science, Medicine, Engineering and Architecture; courses organised by Extra-Mural Department; recommendations concerning candidatures for Higher Degrees; reports concerning arrangements on examinations and invigilation, halls of residence, students' unions; staff matters re promotion, pay scale and long leaves; matters on Honorary Degrees; quotas of overseas students and intakes, proposed amendments or changes on selection procedures, regulations and entrance requirements; procedures for applications for the degrees etc.