According to the dictionary meaning, the term “institution” means a body or organisation or an association brought into being for the purpose of achieving some object. Oxford Dictionary defines an “institution” as an establishment, organisation or an association instituted for the promotion of some objects especially one of public or general utility, religious, charitable, educational etc.

The definition of the “institution”, therefore, includes an authority as well as a body. By very implication, the three terms exclude an “individual”. Even the Hon’ble Apex Court in Kamaraju Venkata Krishna Rao Vs. Sub-Collector, Ongole and Another, has observed that it is by no means easy to give a definition of the word “institution” that would cover every use of it. Its meaning must always depend upon the context in which it is found.