ASI Membership Rules and Regulations

ASI Membership Rules and Regulations

    1. The Astronomical Society of India or Bharatiya Jyotirvignyana Parishad, hereinafter referred to as the `Society' or `Parishad' shall have the following categories of members Regular members, Associate members, Student members, Institutional members, Donor members and Honorary fellows.

      The regular members shall form the General Body of the Society in which shall vest the primary authority in all the matters concerning the Society. The Society shall function through the General Body and through such Chapters as may be constituted by the general body from time to time. For the purposes of day to day administration of matters relating to the Society, the general body shall from time to time, elect from amongst its members an Executive Council hereinafter referred to as the Council, in such manner as hereinafter prescribed in these Rules and Regulations.

    2. Admission to all categories of membership, other than Honorary fellowship, shall be made by the Council on consideration of applications for such membership. The secretary shall communicate the decision on an application within one month after the decision is taken. A newly admitted member must pay the admission fee and annual subscription within six months of admission to membership failing which his/her admission to membership shall stand cancelled.

  1. The admission fee and annual subscriptions to the various categories of membership shall be fixed by the Council with a provision to alter the same if and when necessary. The current fees are
  2. Category India Overseas
    Life membership Rs. 2,000 US$ 250
    Regular*/Associate membership Rs. 200 per annum US$ 25 per annum
    Student membership (upto age 26) Rs. 100 per annum -
    Institutional membership Rs. 100,000 minimum -
    Donor membership Rs. 10,000 US$ 500

  3. The eligibility and procedure of admission for various categories of membership shall be as follows

    1. Regular members Any person who is capable of preparing an acceptable paper in some subject of Astronomy or related branch of science shall be eligible for a regular membership of the Society. An application for a Regular membership must be supported by two Regular members. A Regular member shall have the right to attend meetings of the General Body and to vote and shall be eligible to hold an elective office.

      Only a Regular member of the Society may be admitted by the Council as a Life member on payment of such lumpsum amount as may be determined by the Council. The 23rd ASI-GBM held in Nainital on February 23, 2005, has approved that the Society will admit persons fulfilling the desired requirements for REGULAR membership in the LIFE category only. There will be no change in the status of the existing regular members, unless they opt to apply for LIFE membership.

    2. Associate members Any person interested in Astronomy who is not eligible to become a Regular member may be admitted as an Associate member provided his/her application for membership is supported by two Regular members. An Associate member may attend the meetings of the General Body, but shall have no right to vote or hold an elective office.

    3. Student members Any person studying Astronomy or a related branch of science may be admitted as a Student member for such period until he/she becomes eligible for a regular membership or his/her age exceeds 26 years, whichever is earlier. An application for a Student membership should be supported by two regular members. A Student member shall have no right to attend the business meetings of the General body or to vote or to hold an elective office.

    4. Institutional members Observatories, Research Institutions, Educational Institutions and Commercial or Industrial organisations associated with Astronomy or related branches of science would be eligible for admission as Institutional members. They shall be entitled to send one representative to the meetings of the General Body who shall not have the right to vote or to hold an elective office.

    5. Donor members Any person who donates a sum specified by the Council under the provision of Rule 2 above, to the Society may be admitted as a Donor member. Such a member shall have all privileges of a Regular member except the right to vote or hold an elective office.

    6. Honorary fellows Upon nomination by not less than five Regular members, the Council may elect distinguished astronomers as Honorary fellows who shall have all the privileges of regular membership without payment of any dues. Only one Honorary fellow may be elected in any one year and the total number of honorary fellows shall not exceed ten at any given time.

  4. A member who fails to clear his/her annual dues by the end of the calendar year shall be deemed to have lost his/her membership. He/she may however be readmitted without paying the admission fee provided all the arrears up to the date of readmission are cleared.

  5. A regular member shall not be eligible to vote or be elected to an office if he/she is in arrears of payment of annual subscription. His/her eligibility will be restored assoon as all the arrears are cleared.

  6. Any member whose conduct is considered by the Council as prejudicial to the interests of the Society may be expelled after first being given an opportunity to explain his/her conduct to the Council.