I am an employee in CSIR, an autonomous institution under Ministry of Science & Technology. I would like to know the meaning of autonomous body, under Registration of Societies Act of 1860. Because for various pay & other allowances related issues, on requesition for revision, officers orally say that since CSIR is an autonomous institution only a fixed pay & allowances given. Sir, please kindly provide a breif information about autonoumous bodies. Thank you.