The National Academy
of Sciences, India
(With which is incorporated
‘The Academy of Sciences of the
United Provinces of Agra and
FOUNDED IN 1930
(Registered under Act XXI of 1860)
A-NAME AND OBJECT
1. The Society shall be named and styled “The National
Academy of Sciences, India”. The name may be changed later
on by the council.
2. The objects of the Academy shall be :-
(a) the cultivation and promotion of SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
in all its branches;
(b) to publish such proceedings, journals, memoirs,
transactions and other works as may be considered desirable;
(c) to organise a Science Library;
(d) to organise meetings and hold discussions on scientific
and technological problems;
(e) to promote scientific and technological research
concerned with the problems of national welfare;
(f) to undertake, through properly constituted committees
and bodies, such scientific work of technological or public
importance as it may be called upon to perform;
(g) to co-operate with other organizations in India and
abroad, having similar objects, and to appoint representatives
of the Academy to act on national and international bodies;
(h) to secure and manage funds and endowments for the
promotion of science and technology;
(i) to do and perform all other acts, matters and things
that may assist in, conduce to, or be necessary for the
fulfillment of the above mentioned aims and objects of the
(j) to create an adequate impact of the Academy all over
the country, it may open Chapters of the Academy in other
cities in the country, where reasonable number of scientists
are interested (See Appendix ‘A’)
3. The Academy shall consist of Patrons, Benefactors,
Honorary Fellows, Fellows, Foreign Fellows and Members.
4. The Rajyapal of Uttar Pradesh shall be the Patron,
5. Benefactors, shall be persons or organisations
contributing Fifty thousand rupees or more to the funds of the
Academy. They shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of
6. Fellows: There shall be Fellows, Honorary Fellows
and Foreign Fellows;
(a) Fellows, whose number shall not exceed 1500,
will be elected on the basis of distinguished contribution in
Science & Technology including promotion and development
and service towards development of science. Fellows can use
the letters F.N.A.Sc. after their names. The procedure for
election of fellows will be laid down by Regulations.
Fellowship will become effective after the payment of
(b) Honorary Fellows: Honorary Fellows will be
elected by the Council of the Academy on a restricted basis
for their most distinguished service to the cause of Indian
(c) Foreign Fellows will be foreign scientists and
will be elected on the basis of distinguished contributions
to science and technology and links with Indian Science.
7. Members shall be persons enrolled in accordance
with the regulations of the Academy. Criteria for eligibility
to Membership shall be laid down in the regulations.
8.(A) All Members of the Academy in good standing shall be
entitled to the following privileges:-
(a) to attend and to vote at all General Body Meetings;
(b) to propose and second motions at the General Body
(c) to receive, gratis, one copy of the Proceedings
(Section A and/or B), and of such other publications of the
Academy as the Council may determine;
(d) to introduce up to two visitors at the Ordinary
Meetings of Academy whose names shall be entered in a book
kept for the purpose;
(e) to have access to the Library and other public rooms of
the Academy, and to examine its collections, subject to
regulations prescribed by the Council;
(f) to read scientific papers at the Annual Session and in
the meetings of the Academy and to take part in the
(g) All those Members who were enrolled Members in 1996 or
thereafter would be entitled to write the letters M.N.A.Sc.
after their names. Those who were enrolled Members before 1996
and whom the Council approves, in pursuance of Rule/Regulation
would similarly be entitled to write the letters M.N.A.Sc.
after their names.
8.(B) All Fellows of the Academy in good standing shall be
entitled to all the privileges enjoyed by Members as
enumerated in Rule 8(A). Besides, they may also propose names
for Fellowship and Membership and would be eligible for
election as Officers of the Academy and Members of the
D - ELECTION AND ADMISSION OF FELLOWS AND MEMBERS
9. Fellows, Honorary Fellows and Foreign Fellows
shall be elected in accordance with Regulations. Except in the
case of Honorary Fellows and Foreign Fellows, Fellowship will
become effective after the payment of life subscription which
shall be the same as in the case of members. Honorary Fellows
and Foreign Fellows would not be required to pay membership
10. Scientists for Membership shall be nominated by
a Fellow and seconded by another Fellow of the Academy.
Nominations shall be laid before a Meeting of the Membership
Scrutiny Committee. 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 as Members.
11. The General Secretary shall send a written announcement
of the election to the Scientists who have been duly elected
as Fellows or Members, and shall therewith send a copy of the
rules in force for the time being.
12. No person, although duly elected according to the
foregoing Rules, shall be entitled to exercise the rights and
privileges of Fellowship or Membership, nor shall his/her name
be entered in the Register of Fellows or Members, until he/she
has paid his/her subscription.
13. The date of payment of the subscription shall be the
date of commencement of effective Fellowship/Membership. The
payment of the subscription would imply the acceptance of the
Rules and Regulations of the Academy in force for the time
being and of an undertaking to be bound by them and by such
rules as may thereafter be framed.
14. Rules 12 and 13 given above shall be printed on the
Nomination form to draw the pointed attention of the proposer
and seconder; and these will be communicated to the nominee at
the time of information that his/her nomination as
Fellow/Member has been accepted
15. The rate of subscription will be decided upon by the
Council from time to time.
Provided that the Fellows of the following Academies will
be given 1/3rd rebate in subscription of the Academy.
1. INDIAN NATIONAL SCIENCE ACADEMY, NEW DELHI
2. INDIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, BANGALORE
3. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, NEW DELHI
4. INDIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING, NEW DELHI
Provided further that the above concession will be given on
16. Fellows or members whose names have been removed from
the Register for non-payment of dues, may register themselves
afresh by payment of such arrears and other dues as may be
required under the rules.
17. Patrons, Benefactors, Honorary Fellows and Foreign
Fellows of the Academy would not be required to pay membership
F-CESSATION OF FELLOWSHIP/MEMBERSHIP
18. Any Fellow or Member may withdraw from the Academy by
signifying his/her wish to do so, by a letter addressed to
the General Secretary.
19. A letter of withdrawal may be cancelled, at the request
of the sender, within six months of its receipt by the General
Secretary, on payment of outstanding dues, if any; and he/she
shall thereupon recover all rights of Fellowship or
20. A Fellow or Member who ceases to be a member of the
Academy, either by voluntary withdrawal or by forfeiture of
his/her Fellowship or Membership, shall be liable to pay all
outstanding dues and return all books or other property (if
any) borrowed by him/her from the Academy, or shall have made
full compensation for the same if lost, damaged or not
21. If any Fellow or Member of the Academy wilfully
disobeys Rules or Orders of the Academy or Council, or commits
wilful breach of order at any of the General Body Meetings, or
having unwillingly committed, persists in any disobedience or
breach of order, after having been admonished by the
President, or if for any other reason it appears to the
Council that the name of a Fellow or Member shall not remain
on the rolls, he/she shall be liable to be removed from the
Academy. Whenever there appear such causes, as aforesaid, for
the removal of a Fellow or a Member from the Academy, if a
majority of the Council after due deliberation, determines, by
ballot, to propose to the Academy the removal of the said
Fellow or Member, the President shall at a General Body
Meeting of the Academy announce from the Chair such
determination of the Council, and at the following Annual
General Body Meeting, the proposition shall be admitted to
ballot. If three fourths of the Fellows and Members present,
and voting at such Annual General Body Meeting, vote for the
removal of such Fellow or Member, he shall be removed from the
G-THE COUNCIL AND ITS OFFICERS
22. The administration, direction and management of the
affairs of the Academy shall be entrusted to a Council.
The composition of the Council of the Academy will be as
(ii) Two past Presidents of whom one shall be the Immediate
(iii) Two Vice-Presidents - one from headquarters and the
other from outstation.
(iv) One Treasurer from headquarters.
(v) Two General Secretaries of whom one would be from
Allahabad or from a place within a distance of 250 km. from
Allahabad and the other would be from outside this region.
(vi) One Foreign Secretary.
(vii) Fourteen Members from 5 zones of which atleast one
should be from each zone.
(viii) In addition to the 23 members who would constitute
the Council as given in Rule 22 above, the President may
nominate 3 persons as special invitees into the Council from
amongst Fellows of the Academy whose presence in the Council,
in the opinion of the President, would be invaluable. Such
invitees may be nominated by the President soon after his/her
election. The term of the invitees would be the same as that
of the President nominating them. Special invitees would not
have the right of vote.
Zone 1: Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Meghalaya,
Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur
Zone 2: Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Daman, Diu and Rajasthan.
Zone 3: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu,
Pondicherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
Zone 4: Uttar Pradesh, Uttranchal, Chattisgarh and Madhya
Zone 5: Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal
Pradesh and Chandigarh.
NOTE : The number of zones and their geographical
jurisdiction may be redetermined by the Council from time to
23. The President, the Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer, the
two General Secretaries and the Foreign Secretary shall be
called the Officers of the Academy.
24. The offices of the President, Treasurer, General
Secretaries, Foreign Secretary and membership of the Council
shall be filled by Fellows of the Academy only. The offices of
the Vice-President could be filled by Fellows and individual
25. The nomination of the Officers and other Members of the
Council shall take place in accordance with rule 28 (below) of
the Academy. The retiring Officers and Members of the Council
shall be eligible for re-nomination. The President, the two
Vice-Presidents, the Foreign Secretary, Treasurer and General
Secretaries shall be nominated for a term of 2 years. The
Treasurer and General Secretary may ordinarily be re-nominated
for another term of 2 years after which they will not be
eligible for re-nomination to the same office and shall have
to retire after they have held office for a maximum period of
four years except under exceptional circumstances when they
may be re-nominated for a further period of 1 year but they
shall have to retire thereafter.
26. The Treasurer and the two General Secretaries shall
hold office until a successor has assumed charge.
27. The General Secretaries will invite proposals from
Fellowship for nomination to various Offices and the
Membership of the Council for the ensuing year so that the
nominations reach the Academy latest by June 30.
A list of these nominations will 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 list.
The General Secretary 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 as voting paper,
which shall bear a blank column opposite the list of the names
for such proposals as any Fellow may wish to make.
28. The Council shall, by the 1st August each year,
recommend twenty-three members, of whom at least six shall be
such as are not Officers or Members of the existing Council,
in the following sequence:-
(1) One President, (2) Two Past Presidents of whom one
shall be Immediate Past President, (3) Two Vice-Presidents
(one from the headquarters and the other from outstation), (4)
Two General Secretaries of whom one would be from Allahabad or
from a place within a distance of 250 km. from Allahabad and
the other would be from outside this region, (5) One Treasurer
from the headquarters, (6) One Foreign Secretary, (7) Fourteen
members, from 5 zones with at least one member from each zone.
29. The Fellow shall then vote for the offices and places
in the Council to be filled up by placing a cross against the
names of those he/she wishes to elect. If he/she does not
accept the nomination of the Council for any office or place,
he/she shall cross out such nomination and put a nomination of
his/her choice in the blank column opposite in accordance with
30. 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
31. The sealed envelopes shall be placed by the General
Secretary in the Annual General Body Meeting.
32. Two scrutineers shall be appointed by the President,
with the approbation of the majority of the Fellows and
33. The scrutineers shall open and examine the voting
papers and report to the President the names of those having a
majority of votes, and these names constituting the Council
shall then be announced in the same Annual General Body
34. In the event of a vacancy occurring during the year in
the office of President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, General
Secretaries, Foreign Secretary, or members of the Council,
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
35. 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
36. The powers and duties of the Council shall be as
(a) To manage the affairs of the Academy, and to make such
Regulations as may appear to them conducive to the good
administration of the Academy and the attainment of the
objects of its foundation, provided that such Regulations be
not inconsistent with anything contained in these Rules.
(b) To approve the annual Budget of the Academy as
presented by the Treasurer on behalf of the Standing Finance
Committee and to approve such other expenses as it may deem
fit in the interest of the Academy.
(c) To consider, in the first instance, and before
submission to a General Body Meeting all communications
addressed to the Academy, and to regulate the order and manner
in which such communications shall be laid before the General
(d) To superintend and direct the publication of the
Proceedings or other journals and works published by the
(e) To appoint as many salaried officers and employees as
may be deemed necessary; to define their duties, allowances,
salaries, gratuities and privileges; and to punish, suspend or
dismiss them, or to dispense with their services, as the
occasion may require.
(f) To exchange for other property or otherwise dispose of,
in such a manner as may, in their opinion, be best conducive
to advance the objects and interests of the Academy, any
books, journals, maps, specimens, etc. belonging to the
(g) To prepare and submit to the Annual General Body
Meeting a Report on the activities and matter of general
concerns of the Academy. Such report shall include the balance
sheet for the year and shall set forth the income and
expenditure for the financial year, the balance in hand, the
debts and assets, the prosperity, or otherwise of the Academy,
and the progress of the Library. The Report shall also include
an abstract of the Proceedings of the Council during the
(h) To exercise general supervision over the employees and
affairs of the Academy, and to assist in carrying out the
Rules and Regulations of the Academy and Orders made by the
(i) In conformity with the provisions of the Registration
Act, No. XXI of 1860 (Sections 9 and 10), under which the
Academy has been registered, the Council is empowered to take
legal proceedings under the Act for the recovery of any sums
due to the Academy or for other matters in the interest of
37. The powers and duties of the President shall be as
(a) to preside at all meetings of the Academy and of the
Council and to regulate the proceedings at such meetings;
(b) to ensure that due effect is given to the Rules, and to
the Regulations made by the Council;
(c) to be ex-officio Member of all the Committees appointed
by the Council.
38. In the absence of the President from the country one of
the Vice-Presidents shall perform the duties of the President.
39. The duties of the General Secretaries shall be as
(a) to conduct the correspondence of the Academy and of the
Council, and to sign all letters and papers on behalf of the
(b) to attend the Meetings of the Academy and of the
Council; to take minutes of the proceedings of such Meetings
during their progress, and, at the commencement of every such
Meeting, to read the minutes of the previous Meeting;
(c) to announce at the Ordinary General Body Meetings, the
presents made to the Academy since the last meeting and to
report upon the progress in the activities of the Academy;
(d) to prepare and maintain an up-to-date list of Fellows
and Members of the Academy;
(e) to enter, or cause to be entered in the Minute books,
all the proceedings of the Academy and of the Council before
the following Meeting, and to see that all letters and papers
and documents of every kind connected with the business of the
Academy are properly filed and preserved;
(f) to sue and be sued in the name and on behalf of the
(g) to exercise general supervision over the employees and
affairs of the Academy, and to assist in carrying out the
Rules and Regulations of the Academy and Orders made by the
(h) to sanction payments on behalf of the Academy on
scrutiny and satisfaction of rules and provisions within
limits prescribed by the budget approved by the Council or
sanctioned otherwise by the Council.
Provided that for expenditure on items other than those
covered by the budgetary provisions, sanction of the Council
would be necessary.
Provided further that the General Secretary may delegate
powers to the Executive Secretary or an Officer of the Academy
of sanction of payment of bills on similar scrutiny and
satisfaction up to a limit of Rs.5,000/= on specific items.
(i) to be ex-officio Member of all Committees appointed by
(j) A General Secretary shall be ex-officio Secretary and
Convener to the body of Fellows and Members and the channel of
communication between the Fellows and Members and the Council
of the Academy. He/she shall attend and act as Secretary to
the Meetings of Fellows prescribed in the Regulations and
General Body Meetings.
The two General Secretaries shall meet just after their
election and by mutual agreement divide the duties assigned to
the General Secretaries. In case of disagreement the matter
shall be referred to the Council, whose decision shall be
40. The Treasurer shall receive and hold for the use of the
Academy all money paid to the Academy. He shall disburse all
sums due from the Academy duly sanctioned by the appropriate
authorities and shall keep exact accounts of all such receipts
Provided that the Council may delegate and authorize on a
proposal by the Treasurer, by a resolution, powers of payments
to such employees of the Academy as it may deem fit for
Provided further that all such payments made by the
employees will be reported to the Treasurer within a fortnight
of the payment.
Provided further that such payments made by an employee
will not exceed Rs. 5000/- under any head.
41. The Academy may formulate its own service rules, leave
rules, T.A. rules etc. In absence of any specific rule, the
decision shall be taken by the Council.
H-MEETINGS OF THE ACADEMY
42. General Body Meetings of the Academy which the
Benefactors, Fellows and Members would be entitled to attend
shall be of three kinds:
I. Ordinary Meetings of the General Body
II. Extraordinary Meetings
III. Annual General Body Meeting.
43. The following Rules shall be applicable to all General
Body Meetings of the Academy:-
(a) Seven Fellows and/or Members shall constitute a quorum.
(b) The President or, in his absence, one of the
Vice-Presidents shall take the Chair; if neither the
President, nor any of the Vice-Presidents be present, on the
expiration of fifteen minutes after the hour fixed for the
Meeting, Fellows and Members, present shall elect a
(c) The business of each Meeting shall be proceeded with in
the order hereinafter prescribed in Rules 45 and 46, provided
always that on written notice being given to the President or
General Secretary, not less that 48 hours before the hour of
Meeting, a motion of the immediate transaction of urgent
business may be made; and if such motion be seconded and
carried, this rule shall be suspended.
(d) With the exception mentioned in the last Rule (Rule c),
notice of motion on any matter of importance shall be given at
the General Body Meeting preceding that on which the subject
is to be disposed of, in order that Fellows and/or Members who
take an interest in the question may have an opportunity of
informing themselves regarding it and expressing their
dissent; and no motion outside the agenda, of which notice has
not been given, shall be carried at the Meeting at which it is
proposed, if the President or Chairman of the Meeting rules
that it shall be postponed.
(e) All motions and amendments, except those emanating from
the Council, shall require to be seconded; otherwise they
cannot be put. Amendments must be in writing, unless excused
by the Chairman. Not more than a single amendment to the
original motion shall be laid before the Meeting at one time.
When any such amendment has been negatived, or has been
allowed to take the place of the original motion, other
amendments involving fresh points may be proposed.
(f) Each Fellow and Member present is entitled to speak
ordinarily once and once only, to each substantive motion and
to each amendment. Nothing in this Rule shall be construed to
prevent those entitled to attend the meeting from addressing
the Chairman on a point of order, or to prevent the mover of
an original motion, with the permission of the President of
the Meeting from speaking a second time by way of explanation
or reply. Communications of members not present, on subjects
to be submitted to vote, cannot be read, unless by consent of
(g) The usual method of voting shall be by show of hands;
provided always that the votes on any particular subject may
be taken by ballot, on a motion to that effect duly carried;
and in the case especially provided for by these Rules, the
votes shall be so taken.
(h) The Chairman’s decision on the show of hands shall be
final unless a division be called for. It shall be competent
to any Fellow or Member present to call for a division.
(i) The Chairman shall not vote with the rest of the
Meeting; but when the votes for and against are equal, he/she
shall have a casting vote.
44. Ordinarily, four meetings of the Council will be held,
one in each quarter of the year.
Other meetings and emergency meetings may be held as and
when considered necessary.
45. The order of business at the meetings of the Council
shall be as follows :
(a) The Minutes of the last Meeting shall be read and if
found to be accurate and not to involve any contravention of
these Rules, they shall be confirmed by the Meeting and signed
by the General Secretary and the President, if objected to, on
the ground of incorrectness, they shall be amended on motion
made and carried to this effect.
(b) Action taken in respect of the earlier decisions of the
Council to be reported.
(c) Election of new members of the Academy as provided
under Rule 10.
(d) The presents made to the Academy since their last
Meeting shall be announced and exhibited.
(e) Reports and communications from the Council shall be
read in the order prescribed by the Council.
(f) Other matters pertaining to the activities and progress
of the Academy.
(g) The Chairman shall have the power, when he/she
considers that the Meeting has been unduly prolonged, to order
any uncompleted business to stand over to the next Meeting.
46. The Annual General Body Meeting of the Academy shall be
held under the following Rules and for the transactions of the
(a) The Academy shall hold an Annual Session in a centre of
learning at which research papers received from members will
be presented and discussed; technical and popular lectures by
the eminent scientists will be arranged and
Symposia/Seminars/Workshops may be held.
(b) The Session will be held preferably in October, failing
which on dates decided upon by the Council in consultation
with the host institution.
(c) Awards instituted by the Academy would ordinarily be
presented during the Annual Session.
(d) Circulars for the Annual Sessions will be sent to
members at least four month in advance in which the last date
for the receipt of papers to be presented will be clearly
(e) During the Session, the Annual General Body Meeting of
the Academy shall be held. At this meeting, the following
business shall be transacted:-
(i) The Annual Report on the functioning of the Academy
will be presented in accordance with Rule 36(g).
(ii) Election of the Officers and Members of the Council of
the Academy for the ensuing year as provided under Rules 27 to
(iii) Consideration of recommendations of the Council
regarding framing of rule(s), changing of rule(s) or modifying
of rule(s) of the Academy, if any, as provided under Rule 50.
(iv) Such other business of which at least 15 days notice
has been given by Fellows and Members.
(v) Any other matter with the permission of the Chair.
I- MEETING OF THE COUNCIL AND OF COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY
47. The following Rules shall be applicable to Meetings of
(a) The President, on his/her own or when requested by five
or more members of the Council, would call a Special Meeting
of the Council, of which due notice would be given to all
(b) Five members shall form the quorum.
(c) The President, or in his/her absence, one of the
Vice-Presidents shall take the Chair. If neither the President
nor any one of the Vice-Presidents, be present within fifteen
minutes after the hour appointed for the Meeting, the Members
present shall elect a Chairman.
(d) The ordinary method of voting shall be by show of
hands, but the votes shall be taken by ballot on motion to
this effect duly carried, or when these Rules, provide for
such method of voting.
(e) The President shall not vote with the other Members,
but when the votes are equal, he/she shall have a casting
(f) Minutes of the proceedings of every meeting of the
Council shall be taken during their progress by a General
Secretary, or in the absence of both the General Secretaries,
by some Member present whom the Chairman shall appoint for the
purpose. The minutes shall afterwards be circulated to the
Members present at the meeting for the purpose of ascertaining
their correctness, and then be copied fairly in a minute book
and read and signed by the Chairman at the next Meeting of the
48. The Council may nominate Committees or Sections for the
consideration of special matters.
These may specifically include the following :
(i) Fellowship Scrutiny Committees to scrutinize
nominations for Fellowship and make recommendations to the
(ii) Membership Scrutiny Committee to scrutinize
nominations for Membership and make recommendations to the
(iii) Committees for screening nominations for various
awards, lectureship etc. instituted by the Academy.
(iv) Standing Finance Committee, and Administrative
(v) Editorial Advisory Boards and Editorial Boards of the
Periodicals of the Academy.
(vi) Organizing Committees for Symposia, Conferences etc.
(vii) Such other Committees as the Council may find
necessary for specified purposes.
Provided that the General Secretaries would be ex-officio
members of all the Committees.
49. The Committees shall report all decisions on matters
referred to them to the Council.
50. Procedure for framing, changing, or modifying the Rules
- The Council may frame, modify or alter the Rules of the
Academy as may be required in the interest of smooth
functioning of the Academy.
The Rules, thus framed by the Council, would be placed
before the Annual General Body Meeting of the Academy for
consideration and approval. On approval in the Annual General
Body Meeting, the Rules will immediately come into force and
would be incorporated in the Calender of the Academy.
If the Annual General Body Meeting does not approve of the
Rules as framed by the Council, the same would be referred
back to the Council for reconsideration.
REGULATION REGARDING ADMISSION OF
Only such scientists as are very distinguished and who have
contributed nationally or internationally may be admitted as
Honorary Fellows. Nominations for Honorary Fellowship duly
supported by a statement giving reasons thereof 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
REGULATIONS REGARDING ELECTION AND ADMISSION OF FOREIGN
These regulations to be read as follows:
1. Fellows of the Academy may nominate distinguished
scientists from foreign countries (who are nationals of
foreign countries), for election as Foreign Fellows of the
2. The maximum number of Foreign Fellows shall be 100, with
admission of ordinarily not more than 5 Foreign Fellows in any
3. 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 the Indian scientists,
training of Indian scientists by the nominee, participation in
Indian scientific programmes, visits to India for
participation in conferences, consultancy, programmes, etc.
4. Nominations must be accompanied with detailed
information regarding the scientific contributions of the
nominee, his/her 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.
5. Nominations must reach the Academy by 15th May every
6. The nominations will be placed before the Council at its
meeting in July for approval. The Council may also consider
the new names proposed by Council Members during the Council
Meeting. Sufficient details of such nominees should be
provided to the Council
7. 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 August.
8. Rules regarding the despatch, voting, receipt, opening
and counting of the voting papers would be the same as in the
case of Fellows.
A nominee for Foreign Fellowship may, as far as possible,
be a fellow of the Academy of the country to which he/she
REGULATIONS REGARDING ELECTION AND ADMISSION OF FELLOWS
These regulations to be read as follows :
1. In addition to Indian scientists, distinguished
Non-Resident Indians, having Indian citizenship who have
outstanding research work to their credit carried out either
singly or jointly, may be nominated and be considered for the
Fellowship of the Academy.
2. There shall be a Meeting of Fellows at the time of
Annual Session for which one week’s notice shall be given.
In this meeting, the number of Fellows to be elected in the
next year and such other matters as are of concern to the
Fellows shall be generally considered and recommendations and
suggestions made therein shall be communicated to the Fellows
along with the blank nomination papers.
3. Blank nomination papers shall be sent by the General
Secretary to each Fellow not later than 15th February each
4. A Fellow in good standing may nominate up to three
candidates each year for election to the Fellowship of the
5. 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, can be renominated after a gap of 2 years.
During the period that a nomination remains in good
standing, it should be updated every year. For this purpose,
the General Secretary (HQ) will write to one of the Fellows
who has nominated the candidate.
6. Nomination papers would be received in the Academy by
the 15th May 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 May happens to
be a postal holiday the next day would be the last date.
7. Each candidate shall be nominated, seconded and
supported by at least one 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 work of the candidate.
8. Any candidate who canvasses for support in his/her
candidature, shall be disqualified from election. Any such
action shall be reported to the meeting of Fellows.
9. A list of Scientists duly nominated with their
qualifications shall be compiled from the nomination papers by
the General Secretary and communicated to the Fellowship
The Fellowship Scrutiny Committee will scrutinize the
nominations and shall have the power to delete any name or
names from the list. The recommendations of the Fellowship
Scrutiny Committee shall then be presented before the Council
of the Academy.
The Council will further scrutinize the recommendations of
the Scrutiny Committee and shall have the power to delete any
name from the list.
The list approved by the Council shall be printed and
circulated as a voting paper and sent out to each Fellow not
later than the 15th August. The number of vacancies shall be
10. The Fellows shall then vote for not more than the
number nominated by placing a cross against the names of those
they wish to be elected, and no paper with more crosses than
the number nominated shall be valid.
11. The voting paper 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 invalid.
12. There shall be a Meeting of the Fellows before the
October Council Meeting, two week’s notice of which shall be
given to the Fellows. At this Meeting the sealed envelopes
shall be opened and counted as per the directions of the
13. The names of the candidates who receive the highest
number of votes shall be declared elected by the Chairman.
14. For meetings of fellows, seven Fellows shall constitute
Not more than two Non-resident Indians working abroad may
be considered for the Fellowship of the Academy in any year.
REGULATIONS REGARDING ADMISSION OF MEMBERS
The following are the criteria for admission of members:-
(i) High academic qualifications in any discipline of
Science & Technology e.g. Ph.D., D.Phil., M.Tech., M.D.,
M.S., and equivalent qualifications.
(ii) Evidence of active involvement in Science and
(iii) 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
(iv) At the time of induction of a member, there should be
evidence that the nominee has the potential to become a ‘Fellow
of the Academy’ in due course.
The total number of members shall not exceed 2000.
REGULATIONS REGARDING PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS AND
1. There shall be Managing Editors/Board of Editors
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 Editors/Board of Editors shall be appointed by the
Council and hold office for two years at a time.
2. There shall be separate (i) Editorial Advisory Boards
and Editorial Boards—one for each of the following
publications of the Academy viz.
(a) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India
(b) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India
and (ii) Board of Editors for National Academy Science
Each Editorial Advisory Board and Editorial Board shall
consist of the Managing Editor, the Chief Editor, Subject
Editors and eminent experts in various disciplines as members
and will be presided over by the President of the Academy.
3. The Council shall appoint the Editorial Advisory Boards,
Editorial Boards and Board of Editors for a term of two years.
4. The number of members and subject Editors shall be
decided by the Council from time to time.
5. The Council shall appoint separate Editors for special
publications as and when necessary.
REGULATIONS REGARDING MEETINGS
Regulations regarding the ‘General Body Meetings’ of
1. A notice of 2 weeks will be given for an ordinary
meeting of the General Body.
2. A notice of 7 days will be given for an Extraordinary
meeting of the Academy.
3. A minimum of 3 weeks, notice will be given for the
Annual General Body Meeting of the Academy.
REGULATIONS REGARDING THE MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL
1. Two weeks' notice will be given for the meetings of the
Council to be held one in each quarter of the year.
2. 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.
3. An Emergent meeting of the Council can be convened by
giving 48 hours’ notice.
WORKING OF CHAPTERS
Objective: In order to create an adequate impact of
the National Academy of Sciences, India 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
Functions: The main functions of these Chapters will
(a) arrange lectures/discussions/seminars/symposia on the
current and future sciences, technology and science education
and their impact on society.
(b) maintain a library of Academy publications for
(c) work as a liaison office between the local Chapter
members and the Academy headquarters.
(a) Chapters may be opened only in those centres where
there are preferably 20 Fellows and Members.
(b) All local fellows and members of the National Academy
of Sciences, India shall be members of the Chapter without any
extra payment. 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 should be
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 Chapter members by the
Chapter members for a two years term.
(c) The Chairman and the Secretary shall submit the Annual
Report of the activities of the Chapter to the Council of the
Finances : The Academy may support the activities of the
Chapter. The modes of support will be decided by the Council
from time to time.
RULES FOR ACADEMY’S AWARDS
(A) Prof. A.C. Banerji Memorial Lecture, Prof. Meghnad Saha
Memorial Lecture, Prof. N.R. Dhar Memorial Lecture, Dr. B.P.
Pal Memorial Lecture, Dr. P. Sheel Memorial Lecture, Dr. P.
Sheel Memorial (Young Woman Scientist) Lecture, Prof.
Saligram Sinha Memorial Lecture, Prof. R.C. Gupta Endowment
History of Science Lecture, Prof. R.N. Tandon Memorial
Lecture, Prof. B.K. Bachhawat Memorial Young Scientist
Lecture, Prof. B.K. Bachhawat Memorial Lecture, Prof. U.S.
Srivastava Memorial Lecture, Prof. Shri Ranjan Memorial
Lecture and Award Lecture in the field of Toxicology. :
The awards will be known as -
i) Prof. A.C. Banerji Memorial Lecture Award;
Instituted by the Academy in the year 1981 from the endowment
given by Sri Milon K. Banerji, Former Attorney General of
India, New Delhi (son of Late Prof. A.C. Banerji).
ii) Prof. Meghnad Saha Memorial Lecture Award;
Instituted by the Academy in the year 1981.
iii) Prof. N.R. Dhar Memorial Lecture Award;
Instituted by the Academy in the year 1990.
iv) Dr. B.P. Pal Memorial Lecture Award; Instituted
by the Academy in the year 1990 from the endowment given by
Dr. Bobby L. Renfro, Maize Pathologist, Mexico and also from
v) Dr. P. Sheel Memorial Lecture Award; Instituted
by the Academy in the year 1988 from the endowment given by
Mrs. Radhika Sheel.
vi) Dr. P. Sheel Memorial (Young Woman Scientist)
Lecture Award; Instituted by the Academy in the year 1996
from the endowment given by Mrs. Radhika Sheel.
vii) Prof. Saligram Sinha Memorial Lecture Award;
Instituted by the Academy in the year 1990 from the endowment
given by relatives and others associated with Prof. Saligram
viii) Prof. R.C. Gupta Endowment History of Science
Lecture Award; Instituted by the Academy in the year 2000
from the endowment given by Prof. R.C. Gupta, Ganita Bharati
ix) Prof. R.N. Tandon Memorial Lecture Award;
Instituted by the Academy in the year 2000 from the endowment
given by the family and students of Late Prof. R.N. Tandon.
x) Prof. B.K. Bachhawat Memorial Young Scientist Lecture
Award; Instituted by the Academy in the year 2002.
xi) Prof. B.K. Bachhawat Memorial Lecture Award;
Instituted by the Academy in the year 2002.
xii) Prof. U.S. Srivastava Memorial Lecture Award;
Instituted by the Academy in the year 2002.
xiii) Prof. Shri Ranjan Memorial Lecture Award;
Instituted by the Academy in the year 2002 from the endowment
given by the relatives, friends and students of Late Prof.
Shri Ranjan and
xiv) Award in the field of Toxicology; Instituted by
the Academy in the year 2002 from the endowment given by Dr.
P.K. Seth, Director, ITRC, Lucknow, from the savings of the
2nd Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries.
Separate endowment funds have been created to meet the
expenses connected with these awards. However, until the
endowment is sufficient to meet the entire expenditure
connected with an award, the expenses will be met from the
funds of the Academy.
1. Nominations for the aforesaid lectures will be made by
the Fellows of the Academy. The awardees will be selected by
the Council in accordance with the regulations as may be made
from time to time.
2. The awardees will be called upon to deliver a lecture at
a date, time and place as decided by the Council.
3. The subject areas for the various lectures are given
under Appendix I.
4. The awardee would be required to supply a written script
of his/her lecture which the Academy would suitably publish.
5. The Academy shall bear the cost of travel of the awardee
from his place of work/residence to the place of lecture and
back as per rules of the Academy.
6. The awardees, in each of the above cases, will be given
a medal, a citation and a cash award of Rs. 10,000/-.
7. The frequency of the awards is given under Appendix II.
I. Prof. A.C. Banerji Memorial Lecture may be held
in any front line area of pure or applied mathematics,
astrophysics and related subjects.
II. Prof. M.N. Saha Memorial Lecture may be held in
any front line area in Physics and its applications.
III. Prof. N.R. Dhar Memorial Lecture may be
delivered in an area of Chemistry, preferably having an impact
IV. Dr. B.P. Pal Memorial Lecture may be delivered
in the field of agricultural science.
V. Dr. P. Sheel Memorial Lecture for making
significant contributions in science & technology for
social development with special reference to societal
development may be delivered in any area like Health, Energy,
Communication, Agriculture etc. provided that the award will
not be repeated in the same area before nine years.
VI. Prof. Salig Ram Sinha Memorial Lecture may be
delivered in any front line topic in Plant Sciences with
special reference to Plant Pathology.
VII. Dr. P. Sheel Memorial Young Woman Scientist Lecture
is open to all disciplines in science. The awardee lady
scientist should be preferably below 50 years of age.
VIII. Prof. R.C. Gupta Endowment History of Science
Lecture may be delivered in any area encompassing History
IX. Prof. R.N. Tandon Memorial Lecture may be
delivered in any area in Plant Sciences.
X. Prof. B.K. Bachhawat Memorial Young Scientist Lecture
and Prof. B.K. Bachhawat Memorial Lecture may be delivered
in the area of Biological Sciences including Medical Sciences.
The awardee scientist for Prof. B.K. Bachhawat Memorial Young
Scientist Lecture award should be below the age of 40 years.
XI. Prof. U.S. Srivastava Memorial Lecture may be
delivered in any area in Animal Sciences.
XII. Prof. Shri Ranjan Memorial Lecture may be
delivered in the area of Plant Molecular Biology.
XIII. Award Lecture in the field of Toxicology may
be delivered in the area of Toxicology (in the broadest
Dr. P. Sheel Memorial Lecture Award, and Dr. P. Sheel
Memorial Young Woman Scientist Lecture Award will be given
every third year and Prof. Salig Ram Sinha Memorial Lecture
Award will be given every five year. All other awards will be
made every alternate year.
(B) SICO-SPONSORED THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES,
The Award will be known as SICO-Sponsored The National
Academy of Sciences, India Award. This Award has been
instituted by the National Academy of Sciences, India and
sponsored by the Scientific Instrument Co. Ltd., Allahabad.
1. Nominations for the Award may be made by :
(i) Managing Director, Scientific Instrument Co. Ltd.,
Allahabad (ii) Presidents of approved Scientific Societies of
all India character, (iii) Vice-Chancellors of Universities
and Deans of Faculties of Sciences, Directors and Deans of
Faculties of I.I.Ts., Engineering Institutions and Colleges,
(iv) Directors of National Laboratories, (v) Chairman of
Atomic Energy, Space, Oil & Natural Gas Commissions and
University Grants Commission, (vi) Members of the Planning
Commission, (vii) Secretaries of various Departments of
Government concerned with Science & Technology in any
form; Directors of recognized Research Institutions, and
(viii) Members of the Council of the National Academy of
Nominations should be made in prescribed form available
with the National Academy of Sciences, India, 5, Lajpatrai
Road, New Katra, Allahabad-211 002. The nominations should be
signed by the sponsors and should be sent in sealed envelope
marked SICO-NASI AWARDS.
The awardee will be selected by an Expert Committee
nominated by the Council in accordance with the regulations as
may be made from time to time.
2. Any citizen of India engaged in scientific work in the
field of Instrumentation will be eligible and will be adjudged
mainly on the basis of his/her work done in an Indian
Institute/Laboratory. Nominees working in India would not be
considered for Award on the basis of the work done abroad.
Research work during last 5 years will form the main basis for
selection. New discoveries/Inventions, particularly by young
and up-coming scientists, would be given high consideration.
There will be no age limit.
3. The awardee will be called upon to deliver a talk at a
date, time and place as decided by the Council on his/her
major contributions for which the award is given.
4. The Academy shall bear the cost of travel of the awardee
from his/her place of work/residence to the place of talk and
back as per rules of the Academy.
5. The awardee will be given a cash award of Rs.10000/-, a
medal, and a citation highlighting the main scientific
achievements of the awardee.
6. The award will be given every third year viz., 1986,
1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 etc.
(C) REGULATION REGARDING THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF
SCIENCES, INDIA SCIENCE TEACHER AWARD
In order to recognise one (or more) outstanding teacher(s),
teaching science in High Schools/Higher Secondary
Schools/Intermediate Colleges/other equivalent institutions
for distinction achieved by him/her in stimulating students to
take part in co-curricular and out-of-the class science
activities and bringing out their talents in science, the
Academy would select every year awardee(s), called the
National Academy of Sciences, India Science Teacher Awardee.
The Awardee(s) selected each year would be invited to
receive the Award in a function to be held at Allahabad on the
National Science Day, February 28. On the occasion, the
Awardee(s) would be requested to deliver a brief talk.
The Award would comprise a Citation and Rs. 5,000/- (Rupees
Five thousand only) cash. The cost of travel of the Awardee(s)
from the place of his/her work to Allahabad and back and
hospitality at Allahabad would be borne by the Academy.
Nominations for the Award would be invited through
appropriate procedure and selection would be made by a
Committee to be nominated by the Council.
(D) THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, INDIA - SWARNA
As part of science promotional activities the Academy has
instituted two awards known as 'The National Academy of
Sciences, India - Swarna Jayanti Puraskar'. These awards would
be given to the young scientists presenting the best research
paper in the sections of Physical and Biological Sciences at
the Annual Session of the Academy.
The Awardee in each section would be selected by a
Committee comprising the Sectional President of the Section
and two Fellows present there. Each Award comprises Rs. 5000/-
cash and a Citation.
RULES FOR M.N. SAHA DISTINGUISHED
(i) The Saha Distinguished Fellowship will be awarded to an
Indian Scientist for most distinguished contribution to
(ii) The Fellow will be paid Rs. 26,000/= p.m. plus
allowances as per Govt. rules.
(iii) A sum of Rs. 50,000/= per annum will be paid as
contingent expenses which may be suitably increased by the
Council, depending upon the nature of the work proposed to
be undertaken by the awardee.
(iv) The Fellowship will be tenable for a period of five
(v) If necessary, a telephone and assistance of a
stenographer may be availed of out of the contingency grant.
(vi) There would be provision for the appointment of a
personnel to assist the Saha Distinguished Fellow.
(vii) The Distinguished Fellow may work in any suitable
institution which shall provide, as far as possible, necessary
working facilities, accommodation etc.