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Article- I

Name & Object

Section 1

The Society shall be called ‘The Zoological Society, Kolkata’ and shall be located in Kolkata.

Section 1

The aims and objects of the Society shall be
(a) Association of persons interested in zoological science for the furtherance of the cause of Zoology and Zoologists.
(b) Presentation and discussion of new or important facts and problems in Zoology.
(c) Adoption of measures as shall tend to the advancement and popularization of the subject.
(d) Publication of Proceedings, Journals, Memoirs and other matters as may be desirable.
(e) Securing and managing funds, endowments for the promotion of zoology.
(f) Performing all other acts that may assist in conduce to or necessary for the fulfillment of the aims and objects of the Society.

Article- II

A. Membership

Section 1

The membership of the Society shall consist of four classes.
(a) Ordinary membership open to all (those who have interest in Zoology).
(b) Associate membership open only to bonafide College / University students of Zoology.
(c) Life membership open to all those who have interest in Zoology.
(d) Life membership with journal open to all those who have interest in Zoology.

Section 2

Selection to membership of the society shall be on the approval of the Executive Committee after being duly proposed and seconded by an ordinary or a life member

Section 3

Privileges of an ordinary and life member shall be
(a) to vote, and/or, hold office (except for one of the post of Executive members, which shall be reserved for one of the Associate members) ;
(b) to attend all the meetings of the Society;
(c) to use the Library;
(d) to receive all publications of the Society at a rate to be determined by Executive Committee.
(e) any other privileges that may be offered by the Executive Committee from time to time.

Section 4

Privileges of an Associate member shall be
(a) to vote, and/or, hold office of one of the Executive members only;
(b) to attend all the meetings of the Society
(c) to use the Library
(d) to receive all publications of the Society at a rate to be determined by the Executive Committee
(e) any other privileges that may be offered by the Executive Committee for time to time.

The Associate member in the Executive Committee shall enjoy all the privileges of an executive member.

B. Fellowship

Section 1

The Society shall award Fellowships to persons in recognition of their erudition, scholarship and services rendered to the Society/Country.

Section 2

The fellows shall be elected by the Fellowship Committee consisting of (i) the President, (ii) General Secretary of the Society and (iii) three other persons to be nominated by the Executive Committee each year who may not necessarily, be members of the Society. The Committee shall be generally guided by the academic and research qualifications of the candidates at the time of election of Fellows.

Section 3

The Past Presidents of the Society shall be declared as its fellows ex-officio, provided they continue their membership (and pay the admission fee). The outstanding naturalists, promoters of the Society, only life members at least 5 year’s standing are eligible to be admitted to fellowship.

Section 4

The name of the fellows shall be proposed by an ordinary or a life member and seconded by another members of the above categories on the prescribed form to be supplied by the Society on request. It is imperative that before proposing a name for fellowship the proposer shall get his/her consent to fulfill the obligations. The form shall contain the following points to be filled by the proposer : (1) Full Name (2) Date of birth (3) Academic qualifications, (4) Field of interest, (5) List of publications, (6) Scientific attainments etc.

Section 5

There shall be fellows of three categories :
(1) Fellows elected from among the persons mentioned in Section 3 shall pay an admission fee of Rs.3,000/-(Rupees Three thousand) only.
(2) Honorary National Fellows shall be elected only from the members having long connection with the Society in different capacities either as office bearer or as member of the Executive Committee. The member should be a superannuated person and scientifically a very distinguished worker preferably fellow of the National Academic and having long outstanding research work.
(3) Honorary Foreign Fellows shall be only from amongst the reputed Zoologists of foreign countries.

Section 6

Each year not more than 10 fellows are to be elected from the three categories.

Section 7

The names of persons recommended by the Fellowship Committee shall be approved by the Executive Committee.

Section 8

At the Annual general meeting, the persons elected and nominated will be conferred with the Fellowship of the Society by the President/Chairman of the meeting.

Section 9

The fellows of all the categories are eligible to use FZS (Cal.) after their names.

Section 10

The nomination form for the Honorary Fellows and Honorary National Fellows can be submitted by the proposer within 30th November of every year.
The Fellowship Committee shall meet in the month of December each year to consider the applications.

Article- III

Administration

Section 1

The administration of the Society shall vest in an Executive Committee.

Section 2

The Executive Committee shall consist of one President, two Vice-Presidents, one General Secretary, one Joint Secretary, one Treasurer, one Editor-in-Chief, one Associate Editor, one Secretary for Foreign Correspondence, one Business Manager, one Librarian and ten [9 and 1 Associate member] members.
New Executive Committee should be empowered to co-opt two other members considering their interest and commitment to the Society and Head of the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutt.The term of office of the Executive Committee shall be for two years.

Section 3

The members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by ballot once in every two years and the result will be declared in the year concerned at the Annual General Meeting of the Society. Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor will be nominated by the Executive Committee. The official term shall commence within a fortnight after Annual General Meeting.

Section 4

The office-bearers in Section 2 shall discharge the duties usually to their respective offices (see bye-laws)

Section 5

Vacancies in the Executive Committee arising out of nonacceptance, resignation, death or otherwise shall be filled in by the Executive Committee at its next meeting and such changes shall be reported to the next executive meeting of the Society.

Section 6

The Executive Committee can propose such bye-laws as may appear conducive to the good administration of the Society, and the attainment of its objectives, provided such bye-laws are not inconsistent with anything in the constitution and are approved in a general meeting of the Society.

Section 7

There shall be an editorial board consisting of the Editor-in-chief, the Associate Editor and 13 other members. The members of the Editorial Board shall be nominated by the Executive Committee and they will remain in the office for two years.

Article- IV

Quorum

Section 1

Seventy members shall constitute a quorum for the general meeting of the Society, twelve shall form a quorum for the meeting of the Executive Committee and hundred shall form a quorum of the requisition meeting.

Section 2

Rules regarding quorum shall not apply to adjourned meting.

Article-V

ANNUAL GENERAL ELECTION

Section 1

All elections to the Executive Committee shall take place after the close of its financial year in March.

Section 2

The General Secretary shall prepare a list of members of the Society on the role on March 31st of the year. Such members will be entitled to vote. A list of voters shall be circulated amongst the members at least six weeks before the date of the general election and invite nomination from the members, for each in the prescribed form. The nomination paper duly filled in, along with the consent of the nominee or nominees for each official shall be returned to the General Secretary within a fort night from the date of issue. A candidate can not seek election to more than one office. If nomination is not received for any of the office or offices on the expiry of the scheduled date, the Executive Committee shall nominate person or persons for those offices. The Secretary is to conduct the election process on behalf of the Executive Committee. If the Secretary contest for any of the Executive posts then the Executive Committee will nominate one election officer who is not contesting the ensuing election.

Section 3

The General Secretary shall announce date of scrutiny of nomination papers and last date of withdrawal of nomination papers. After proper scrutiny he shall prepare the ballot paper from the nominations and such ballot papers shall be circulated amongst the voters at least three weeks before the general election each year. The ballot paper shall have a blank space to put mark of elect against the desired candidates by the voters. Such ballot papers shall be returned to the General Secretary, as advised by him in special envelops provided for the purpose within a fortnight from the date of issue.

Section 4

One of the Executive Committee members shall be elected or nominated by the Associate (students) members only.

Section 5

The General Secretary shall notify the date of counting of ballot paper. At the time of counting there should be scrutineers appointed by the General Secretary besides the candidates in person or their authorised representatives.

Section 6

A majority shall elect. In case of a tie the election shall be decided by a toss by the President, or the Chairman of the meeting.

Section 7

There shall be an Editorial Board consisting of the Editor-in-Chief, the Associate Editor and 13 other members. The members of the Editorial board shall be nominated by the Executive Committee and they will remain in the Office for two years.

Section 8

All retiring members of the Executive Committee shall be eligible for re-election. The Executive Committee shall co-opt the retiring General Secretary in Executive Committee if he is not elected as a member in the newly formed Executive Committee.

Section 9

All election disputes relating to election to the Executive Committee shall be referred to in writing to the President within two days of the announcement of the election result. The decision of the President shall be final.

Section 10

. In conducting Election if there is any contesting candidate against General Secretary then one Presiding officer may be appointed by the Executive Committee in smooth conduct of the Election.

Article-VI

CHANGES OF THE CONSTITUTION

Section 1

Amendments to the constitution may be adopted at the annual general meeting of the Society upon approval of two-thirds of the members voting.

Section 2

Amendments may be proposed by any Ordinary member and must reach the General Secretary for circulation to all members of the Society at least two months before the annual general meeting.

Section 3

Amendments to the constitution may also be adopted in the general meeting of the Society specially convened for the purpose by the Executive Committee, upon approval of the two-thirds of member voting.

Section 4

All such proposals for amendments shall be circulated to the members at least two weeks before the meeting.