(Registered under the Societies Registration Act of the State of A.P. Registration No.218 of 2006):

  • 1. The name of the association shall be "Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health".
  • 2. The Registered Office of the Association shall be the Centre for Women's Studies, Sri Padmavati Mahila Viswavidyalayam, Tirupati 517 502, Andhra Pradesh.

The aims and objectives of the Association:

  • The aims and objectives of the Association are as follows
    • To bring together scientists, practitioners and policy makers from various disciplines to one forum to explore and work in the areas of social and cultural dimensions of illness, health and health- care in the country.
    • To encourage mutual and collective efforts to develop, promote and apply health social sciences to improve health via inter- disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches.
    • To access current state and best practices in relation to application of social sciences in health.
    • To strengthen networking with other sub-regional, regional and trans-regional organizations linking social scientists, health scientists, health activists and policy makers.
    • To organize seminars, workshops and conferences to enable sharing of research results and experiences relating to social aspects of health.
    • To disseminate new theories and innovative inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches for understanding and addressing emerging health problems.
    • To initiate steps to evolve an equitable health care system in the country through appropriate and affordable health sector reforms.
    • To publish books, journals and such other literature which would promote the dissemination of knowledge in the field of health social sciences.
    • To enable scholars in health social sciences to enlarge their career opportunities and fulfill their professional commitments.
    • To do all such things and perform all such acts as are necessary and appropriate for the achievement of any or all of the above objectives.

We, the several persons whose names and addresses are subscribed hereto, are desirous of forming ourselves into an association under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act of 2002 in pursuance of this Memorandum of Association wherewith is filed a copy, certified in the manner prescribed by the said Act, of the Rules and Regulations of the Association.

  1. Prof. P.K.B. Nayar, Chairman, Centre for Gerontological Studies, Kochulloor, Trivandrum 695011, Kerala.
  2. Dr. K.E. Vaidyanathan, 3028, 13th Main Road, Anna Nagar, Chennai 600 040.
  3. Prof. K.A. Parvathy, Director, Centre for Women's Studies, Sri Padmavati Mahila Viswavidyalayam, Triupati 517 502, Andhra Pradesh.
  4. Dr. S. Sivaraju, Professor, Urban Studies Unit, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai 400 088.
  5. Dr. C.P.Prakasam, Professor, International Institute of Population Sciences, Govandi Station Road, Mumbai, 400 088.
  6. Prof. N. Audinarayana, Head of the Dept. of Population Studies, Bharatiar University, Coimbatore 641 046, Tamilnadu.
  7. Dr. N.J. Usha Rao, Director, National Resource Development Trust, C3, St. John's Staff Quarters, Hosur Road, Bangalore 560 034.
  8. Dr. Gita Bamezai, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Munirka, New Delhi - 110 067.
  9. Dr. U.V. Somayajulu, Research Director, TNS India, No. 17, Road 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034.
  10. Dr. N.K. Mahakund, Dept. of Sociology, Sambalpur University, Jyoti Vihar, Sambalpur 768 019, Orissa.
  11. Prof. Chura Giri, Dept. of Sociology, Margherita College, Margherita, Assam


    2. The Association shall have the following types of members.
      • a) Patron:

        Any health social scientist or person approved by the Executive Council who makes a one-time payment of Rs.10000/- shall be a Patron of the Association.
      • b) Life Member:*

        Any health social scientist who makes a one-time payment of Rs.2000/-and approved by the Executive Council shall be a Life Member of the Association.
      • c) Ordinary Member:*

        Any health social scientist who pays Annual Membership Fee of Rs.500/-and approved by the Executive Council shall be an Ordinary Member of the Association.
      • d) Institutional Member:*

        Any educational, scientific, professional or research institution which makes a one-time payment of Rs.20, 000/- and approved by the Executive Council shall be an Institutional Member of the Association.

    4. The Association will function as the Indian Chapter of the Asia Pacific Network (APNET) of the International Forum for Social Sciences and Health (IFSSH), currently located in Istanbul, Turkey.

    6. Only life Members of the Association who have a standing of a minimum of one year will be eligible to vote in any election of the Association.

    8. The affairs of IASSH shall be managed by an Executive Council elected by the General Body once in two years in the manner prescribed in section (5) "Elections". The Executive Council shall have a President, a Vice President, and a Secretary-cum-Treasurer directly elected by the General Body once in two years and 8 members elected for a period of 2 years. The Executive Council (including the three office bearers) shall hold office from April 1 to March 31 of the second year after taking office. To enable this, election proceedings should be completed before March 31 Dr. P.K.B. Nayar, Dr. K.E. Vaidyanathan and Dr. K.A. Parvathy shall be first President, Vice President and Secretary-cum- Treasurer respectively and Members bearing the serial Numbers 4 to 11 in the Memorandum of Association shall be the Members of the first Executive Council of the Association and they shall hold office for a period of two years from the date of enactment of this By-Law or from April 1 whichever is later. Thereafter, these posts shall be filled through election as prescribed below. The outgoing President and Secretary-cum-Treasurer shall be ex-officio members of the next Executive Council.

    10. Elections may be held either at the General Body meeting or by postal ballot. In the latter case, election shall be announced by the Secretary with the approval of the Executive Council at least one month in advance of the date proposed. The Executive Council shall appoint a Returning Officer who will carry out the election as per the procedure laid by the Executive Council. The Returning Officer shall call for nominations to the various posts fixing the last date for receiving applications, withdrawals and voting. Scrutiny of the ballots received will be done in the presence of the President and Secretary and the results will be announced immediately by the Returning Officer. All election proceedings should be completed before March 31, i.e., end of the term of office of the current Executive Council.In the case of direct election (i.e., other than by postal ballot) the President and Secretary-Treasurer shall arrange for the election of the Executive Council at the meeting of the General Body once in two years.
    11. To be eligible for vote: a person has to be a life member of one year's standing. To be eligible for standing as a candidate for the Executive Council, a person shall have two years standing as a Life Member.
    12. A Person cannot hold office to any of these posts continuously for more than two terms.
    13. A new Executive Council shall take charge at a time mutually agreed upon by the old and new Executive Councils, but not more than three months after election. The transfer of management will become effective at a joint meeting of the old and new Executive Councils at which all the records and funds of the Association shall be handed over by the old council to the new officer bearers.

    15. All casual vacancies in the Executive Council shall be filled by a decision of the Executive Council. In the absence of the President, the Vice President will function as acting President.

    17. The President shall be the principal academic and executive officer of the Association. He shall be the Ex Officio President of the Executive Council and the General Body and any sub-committees or special committees formed from time to time.
    18. The President shall have power to convene special meetings of any of the bodies of the Association if he/she deems necessary. It shall be the duty of the President to ensure that the provisions of the Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations of the Association are faithfully observed and carried out and he shall have all the necessary powers for this purpose.

    20. The Vice President shall assist the President in alj matters of the Association and shall officiate in the event of the President's absence from station.In general, the President/Vice President/Secretary-Treasurer shall be guided and assisted by the Executive Council.

    22. The Secretary-cum-Treasurer shall carry out all the correspondence and ordinary business of the Association under the direction of the President and shall have power to spend from the funds of the association as may be sanctioned by the President with the general or specific approval of the Executive Council. The Secretary-cum-Treasurer shall keep a sum of Rs. 1000 as impressed money for meeting contingencies.

    24. The Executive Council shall consist of 11 members including the President, Vice President and Secretary-cum-Treasurer. They will hold office for a period of two years. The Executive Council shall meet at least twice a year at such place and time as fixed by the President.

    26. The General Body shall consist of all the Life Members of the Association and shall meet at least once a year. The General Body shall be the supreme authority of the Association and shall have full control over the association's funds, policies and programmes.

    28. There shall be two types of funds for the Association. (.1) Fixed Deposits which will consist of all Membership dues and other payments received by the Association for ad hoc purposes. (2) Savings Account which will consist of interest from FDs and all other monies of a casual nature. All accounts shall be operated by the Secretary-cum-Treasurer and President/Vice President jointly in a Scheduled Bank.
    29. The annual budget of the Association shall be presented to the General Body at its annual meeting with the signatures of the Auditor, the President and Secretary-cum-Treasurer and shall be approved by it.
    30. The surplus from the funds, if any, of the association shall not be utilized for distribution as dividend to members but shall be only used for the purpose for which the association is formed
    31. MEETINGS
    32. The Executive Council shall meet at least twice a year and the General Body shall meet at least once a year.
    33. The President (and in his absence the Vice President) of the Association shall preside over the meetings of both bodies.
    34. The President/Vice President shall exercise a second or casting vote in case of an equality of votes in the Executive Council or General Body
    35. The quorum for the Executive Council shall be the President (or in his absence the Vice President), the Secretary-cum-Treasurer and at least 3 Members of the Council. The quorum for the General Body shall be one-third of the total number of life members including the President (or Vice President in his absence) and Secretary cum Treasurer. In both cases, the President shall fix the date and time of the meetings and the Secretary shall prepare the agenda in consultation with the President.
    36. AUDITOR

    37. The accounts of the association shall be audited by a chartered accountant and placed before the General Body with the signature of the Auditor, the President and Secretary-Treasurer at its Annual Meetings. The Executive Council shall appoint the Auditor and fix his fees.
    38. The financial year of the association shall be from 1st April to 31 of March.

    40. It shall be competent for the General Body to amend the Bye Laws of the Association by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting. Not less than one month's notice should be given to the members along with the changes proposed and the names of the person or persons proposing the amendment.

    42. In case of dissolution of the Association in accordance with the provisions of the Act, after meeting all the debts, the property and assets of the Association shall be given to some other charitable association with similar objectives, registered under this Act or to the Government as decided by the General Body.
    43. We, the under mentioned Members of the Executive Council certify that the above is a true copy of the Rules and Regulations of the Association at this day
    1. Dr. P.K.B. Nayar
    2. Dr. K.E. Vydyanathan
    3. Dr. K.A. Parvathy
    4. Dr. S. Sivaraju
    5. Dr. C.P. Prakasam
    6. Dr. N.Audinarayana
    7. Dr. NJ.Usha Rao
    8. Dr. Gita Bamezai
    9. Dr. U.V. Somayajulu
    10. Dr. N.K. Mahakud
    11. Prof. Chura Giri

Finances of IASSH: