REGULATIONS REGARDING ELECTION AND ADMISSION OF FELLOWS
regulations to be read as follows :
There shall be a Meeting of Fellows at the time of
Annual Session for which two week’s notice shall be
given. In this meeting, the number of Fellows to be
elected next year shall be decided.
Upto a maximum of 4 Fellows may also be elected in the
area of 'Science and Society' in any year in addition to
the number of Fellows to be elected during the year.
Blank nomination papers for Fellowship and Foreign
Fellowship shall be sent by the General Secretary to
each Fellow not later than 15th January each year.
Fellow may nominate up to three candidates each year for
election to the Fellowship of the Academy.
Nominations made for the Fellowship of the Academy shall
remain in good standing for a period of five years.
A scientist whose nomination for Fellowship has remained
in good standing for a period of 5 years and who is not
elected during this period, may be renominated after a
gap of 2 years.
During the period that a nomination remains in good
standing, it should be updated every year. The General
Secretary (HQ) will write to one of the Fellows who has
nominated the candidate to update the biodata of the
Nomination papers would be received in the Academy by
the 15th April every year, duly filled and signed, and
addressed to the General Secretary, and no paper
received after this date shall be considered in that
year. If 15th April happens to be a postal holiday the
next working day would be the last date.
Each candidate shall be nominated and seconded by a
Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. The
proposer should preferably belong to the same field of
specialization as the nominee; and he/she shall certify
that he/she is personally acquainted with the scientific
contribution of the candidate.
Any candidate who canvasses for support for her/his
candidature, shall be disqualified from election.
list of scientists duly nominated with their
qualifications shall be compiled from the nomination
papers by the General Secretary and put on the website
of the Academy; a hard copy would be sent to the members
of the Scrutiny Committee, one month in advance.
The Fellowship Scrutiny Committee will scrutinize the
nominations and shall send its recommendations to the
Council. The Council will further scrutinize the
recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee and shall have
the power to delete any name from the list; but it can
not add any new name.
The list approved by the Council shall be printed and
circulated as a voting paper and sent out to every
Fellow not later than the 15th August.
The Fellows shall then vote by placing a cross against
the names of those they wish to be elected.
The voting paper indicating the number of vacancies,
shall be enclosed unsigned in a sealed envelope, which
shall be forwarded to the General Secretary in an outer
cover with a covering letter signed by the Fellow, so as
to reach the Academy by the 15th September. In the
absence of a covering letter a voting paper shall become
There shall be a Meeting of the Fellows in September/
October on two week’s prior notice. At this Meeting the
sealed envelopes shall be opened and counted as per the
directions of the Chairman. The Chairman will be elected
from among themselves by the Fellows present in the
For meetings of Fellows, seven Fellows shall constitute
REGULATION REGARDING ADMISSION OF HONORARY FELLOWS
such individuals who have distinguished themselves by
their intellectual achievements/leadership/creativity in
a chosen field of work, which has led to the progress of
science, may be admitted as Honorary Fellows.
Nominations for Honorary Fellowship duly supported by a
statement giving reasons there of would ordinarily be
made in the meeting of the Council to be held in the
month of July. The nominations after being duly
circulated to members of the Council would be placed in
its next meeting for approval.
REGULATIONS REGARDING ELECTION AND ADMISSION OF FOREIGN
regulations to be read as follows:
Fellows of the Academy may nominate distinguished
scientists from foreign countries (who are nationals of
foreign countries), for election to the Foreign
Fellowship of the Academy.
The maximum number of Foreign Fellows shall be 100, with
admission of ordinarily not more than 5 Foreign Fellows
in any one year.
Apart from being a distinguished scientist, a nominee
must be associated with the development of science in
India and associated with Indian scientists as
evidenced by collaborative programmes with them,
training of Indian scientists, participation in Indian
scientific programmes, visits to India for participation
in conferences, consultancy, programmes, etc.
Nominations must be accompanied with detailed
information regarding the scientific contributions of
the nominee, her/his biodata and evidence of the
nominee’s involvement in the development of Science and
Technology in India. The Fellow making the nomination
will provide details and certify about the nominee’s
involvement with Indian science and scientists.
Nominations must reach the Academy by 15th April every
The nominations will be first placed before the
respective Fellowship Scrutiny Committee at its meeting
in July. The recommendations of the Fellowship Scrutiny
Committee will then be deliberated upon in the Council.
The Council may also consider new names proposed by
The names approved by the Council for Foreign Fellowship
would be printed and circulated as voting paper and sent
out to the Fellows for voting not later than 15th
Regulations regarding the despatch, voting, receipt,
opening and counting of the voting papers would be the
same as in the case of Fellows.
REGULATIONS REGARDING ADMISSION OF MEMBERS
following are the criteria for admission of members:-
Scientists for Membership shall be nominated by a Fellow
and seconded by another Fellow of the Academy, on the
basis of personal knowledge of the nominees scientific
contributions. These nominations shall be deliberated
upon by the Membership Scrutiny Committee appointed by
the Council. Its recommendations shall be placed before
the Council in its meeting in April. Scientists approved
by the Council for the membership would be enrolled as
Members of the Academy on payment of the necessary dues
High academic qualifications in any discipline of
Science & Technology e.g. Ph.D., D.Phil., M.Tech., M.D.,
M.S., and equivalent qualifications.
Evidence of active involvement in Science and Technology
Documented evidence of high quality research
publications in peer reviewed national and international
and/or evidence of exceptional ability as a teacher or
involvement in ‘Science Promotion’/‘Science
The total number of members shall not exceed 2000.
REGULATIONS REGARDING NOMINATION TO VACANT OFFICES AND
THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COUNCIL
list of vacancies, including those for Officers of the
Academy and Members shall be prepared in the meeting of
the Academy's Council in April every year and the
nominations shall be invited from Fellowship only for
The General Secretaries will invite proposals from
Fellowship for nomination to vacant Offices and the
Membership of the Council for the ensuing year. The
zone-wise list of Fellows should be available on the
website of the Academy. The nominations made by the
Fellows must reach the Academy latest by June 30.
A list of these nominations shall be placed before the
Council in its meeting to be held in July and the
Council in proposing the names for various Offices and
Membership of the Council will confine itself to this
The General Secretary (HQ) shall prepare a list of such
persons whom the Council recommends to be elected as
President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, General
Secretaries, Foreign Secretary and other Members of the
Council for the ensuing year, and before the 1st
September such list shall be circulated among the
Fellows of the Academy for voting, which shall bear a
blank column opposite the list of the names for such
proposals as any Fellow may wish to make.
The Council shall, by the 1st August each year,
recommend twenty-three members as follows:-
(1) One President, (2) Two Past Presidents of whom one
shall be Immediate Past President, (3) Two
Vice-Presidents, (4) Two General Secretaries, (5) One
Treasurer, (6) One Foreign Secretary and (7) Fourteen
The names thus proposed for constituting the Council
shall be circulated among the Fellows for voting. The
Fellows shall then vote for the officers and members in
the Council, to be filled by placing a cross against the
names of those she/he wishes to elect.
The voting papers shall be enclosed unsigned in a sealed
envelope supplied by the Academy, which shall be
forwarded to the General Secretary in an outer cover
with a covering letter signed by the Fellow, so as to
reach the Academy by the 1st October or the date fixed
by the Council. In the absence of a covering letter, the
voting paper shall be declared invalid.
The sealed envelopes shall be placed by the General
Secretaries in the Annual General Body Meeting.
Two scrutinisers shall be appointed by the President,
with the approbation of the majority of the Fellows and
The scrutinisers shall open and examine the voting
papers and report to the President the names of those
having 2/3 or more of the votes cast, and these names
constituting the Council shall then be announced in the
same Annual General Body Meeting.
In the event of a vacancy occurring during the year in
the office of President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer,
General Secretaries, Foreign Secretary, the remaining
Members of the Council may fill up such a vacancy. The
action so taken by the remaining Members of the Council
shall be reported at the next Annual General Body
If, for any reason, the Officers and Members of the
Council could not be appointed for the ensuing year in
the Annual General Body Meeting, the Officers and
Members of the Council appointed during the previous
year shall continue to hold office until their
successors are duly nominated and assume office.
REGULATIONS REGARDING PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS AND
There shall be Managing Editor(s)/Editorial Board(s)
responsible for the coordination and management of the
publication of the Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences, India and National Academy Science Letters.
The Managing Editor(s)/Editorial Board(s) shall be
appointed by the Council and hold office for normally
two years at a time.
There shall be separate Editorial Boards—one for each
of the following publications of the Academy viz.
(a) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
India Section A;
(b) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
India Section B; and
(c) National Academy Science Letters.
Each Editorial Board shall consist of the Managing
Editor, the Chief Editor, Subject Editors from eminent
experts in various disciplines (as members); and will be
presided over by the President of the Academy.
The number of members and subject Editors shall be
decided by the Council from time to time.
The Council shall appoint separate Editors for special
publications as and when necessary.
REGULATIONS REGARDING MEETINGS
Regulations regarding the ‘General Body Meetings’ of the
notice of 2 weeks will be given for an ordinary meeting
of the General Body.
notice of 7 days will be given for an Extraordinary
meeting of the Academy.
minimum of 3 weeks, notice will be given for the Annual
General Body Meeting of the Academy.
REGULATIONS REGARDING THE MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL
Two weeks' notice will be given for the meetings of the
Council to be held one in each quarter of the year.
Any other meeting including a Special meeting of the
Council can be convened with the permission of the
President, after giving a week’s notice.
An Emergent meeting of the Council can be convened by
giving 48 hours’ notice.
WORKING OF CHAPTERS
In order to pursue the objectives of the Academy and
create an adequate impact of the Academy all over the
country, it is necessary to expand the activities of the
Academy in a meaningful way by involving a larger number
of scientists, foreign visitors, educationists and
industrialists. This is to be done by the Academy by
opening Chapters in important centres.
The main functions of these Chapters will be to-
arrange lectures/discussions/seminars/symposia on the
current and future sciences, technology and science
education and their impact on society.
maintain a library of Academy's publications for
work as a liaison office between the local Chapter
members and the Academy headquarters.
Chapters may be opened only in those centres where there
are preferably 20 Fellows/Members.
All local fellows and members of the National Academy of
Sciences, India shall be members of the Chapter without
any payment; and they shall be invited in activities of
the Chapter. The activities of the Chapter would be run
by a Committee consisting of (i) the Chairman, (ii)
Secretary and (iii) three Advisors. The Chairman and the
Secretary preferably be the Fellows of the Academy. The
first set of office bearers may be nominated by the
President of the Academy and thereafter they shall be
elected from amongst the members of the Chapter.
The Chairman and the Secretary shall submit the Annual
Report of the activities of the Chapter to the Council
of the Academy by 1st April every year.
Finances : The Academy may support the activities of
the Chapter. The modes of support will be decided by the
Council from time to time.