THE ARTICLES OF
LABORATORY ANIMALS SCIENCE ASSOCIATION OF INDIA (LASAI)
(Registration No. 2605/1987-88 dated 1-2-1988; Renewed up to year 2013)
The Association shall be called LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION OF INDIA (LASAI).
Division of Laboratory Animals (National Laboratory Animal Centre), Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow- 226001, India
3. JURISDICTION OF ASSOCIATION:
Whole of India
4. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
- To promote the advancement of Laboratory Animal Science in India
- To arrange scientific meetings and group discussions amongst persons interested in the Laboratory Animal Science and allied subjects
- To help to standardize the production and use of Laboratory Animals in India.
- To promote awareness for ethical upkeep and use of animals in scientific research and support the implementation of legal provisions in this regard.
- To help human resource development programs in this field.
The Association shall have following categories of membership.
A) LIFE MEMBERS:
The members enrolled on whole life membership with a deposition of revised subscription rate @ Rs. 1000/- only (wef.1.4.2010) shall be treated as life members. The members registered earlier under this category will continue to enjoy this status. Restricting to earlier qualification, now a person with minimum qualification as graduate and involved in activities of laboratory animals shall be registered as a life member.
B) HONOURARY MEMBERS:
Persons with distinction in Science in India and abroad who have contributed to the advancement of Laboratory Animal Science may be elected by the Executive Committee of the Association as Honorary Members.
C) TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP:
Any member whose acts are found to be prejudicial to the interest of the Association shall be disqualified by the General Body on recommendation of the Executive Committee. If three fourth of the attending members vote in favour of such disqualifications; he shall cease to be a member and shall not be entitled to any refund of the membership subscription. The membership will also cease on death or insanity.
6. STRUCTURE OF ASSOCIATION:
A) GENERAL HOUSE OR GENERAL BODY:
The General House shall consist of all the members of the Association and shall be the supreme body.
B) POWERS OF GENERAL HOUSE:
The General House being the supreme body will have the powers to
- Elect the members of Executive Committee
- To make amendments in the by-laws
- To disqualify and expel any member
- To review the activities of the Association
C) DUTIES OF THE GENERAL HOUSE:
- The General House will in general, meet once a year and review the functioning of the Executive Committee and utilization of the funds.
- To review/issue directive about the programs of the Association to be implemented.
D) MEETINGS OF THE GENERAL BODY:
The General Body shall meet in general, at least once a year where main decisions shall be taken. One third of the total membership or 50 members shall form the quorum for such meetings which shall be called by a notice of minimum of 15 days. A special meeting of the house may also be called by the Secretary General on a written request from at least 50 members or one third of the total membership.
7. EXECUTIVE BODY/ COMMITTEE:
A) The Executive Body will consist of followings:
- President One
- Vice President Two
- Secretary General One
- Joint Secretary General One
- Zonal Secretaries Five
- Treasurer One
- Executive Members Up to Fifteen
The Executive Committee shall be elected by the General House at its annual/general meeting. The nomination for the office bearers shall be invited and if need be an election shall be held at the time of annual meeting of the General House. The Executive Committee so elected shall have at least one general meeting in a year to decide the working of the Association. Any special meeting can be called by the Secretary General with the concurrence of the President on a written request from at least five members of the Executive. A 15 days clear notice shall be given for any meeting. One third of the membership of the Executive Committee shall from the quorum for the meeting. The tenure of the Executive Committee shall be for two years.
B) POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE BEARERS:
The President will be the Head of the Executive Committee and all functions and powers vested in the Executive Committee by the General House shall rest with the President.
II. VICE PRESIDENT:
In the absence of the President, one of the available Vice President in consensus will have all the functions of the President and carry them out.
III. SECRETARY GENERAL:
The earlier designation of General Secretary will be changed as Secretary General. The Secretary General is the executive authority of the Association and will execute all decisions taken by the Executive Committee. He will carry out the functions of the Executive Committee as decided by the general house and the executive committee in its meetings. He will also co-ordinate and direct the functioning of the Zonal Secretaries. The Secretary General shall call the Executive Committee meetings at least once a year and special meetings as required under the constitution.
IV. JOINT SECRETARY GENERAL:
The earlier position of Joint Secretary will be redesignated as Joint Secretary General. He will be a main functionary and will carry out all secretarial work of the Association in consultation with the Secretary General The Joint Secretary General will assist the Secretary General in Associationâ€™s functions and in his absence will carry out the duties of the Secretary General.
V. ZONAL SECRETARIES:
Six new posts of Zonal Secretaries will be created for better functioning of the Association in different parts of the country. Zonal Secretaries will look after the interest of the Association in their zone. They will raise membership and the funds for the Association. They may seek guidance from the Secretary General wherever necessary, who will be their co-coordinator. They will work in line with the decisions taken by the General Body and the Executive Committee.
The Treasurer shall be the custodian of the funds of the Association and will use them as directed by the Executive Committee and passed by the President or Secretary General.
VII. EXECUTIVE MEMBERS:
The executive members will help in executing the programs of the Association, as decided by the General House and Executive Committee of the Association and may suggest ways and means to improve upon the functioning of the Association. Any five members of the executive on a written request may call a special meeting of the Executive Committee to decide any immediate and important issue.
A member of the Executive Committee or office bearers of the Association may resign his office by a notice in writing addressed to the President / Secretary General and such resignation shall be effective from the following meeting of the Executive Committee. His place may be filled up by the Executive Committee till the next elections.
8. ADVISORY COUNCIL:
An Advisory Council will consist of eminent scientists and persons with vast experience in laboratory animal science and related subjects. Up to 10 members may be included in the Council who may be consulted as advisors in furthering the interests and developmental activities of the Association. The members of the Advisory Council will be nominated by the Executive Committee. Founder President / President will be the conveners of the Advisory Council.
9. FOUNDER PRESIDENT:
The post of Founder President is created for Dr K R Bhardwaj, who has been the Founder President of the Association since its inception and this post will cease after him. The Founder President will be the Chief Advisor and may attend meetings of the Executive Committee. He may also take decision in case of any major dispute.
10. AMENDEMENT IN BY-LAWS:
No alteration of these rules shall be made except by the General Body in its meeting. No alteration shall be made unless two third of those voting are in its favour.
11. FUNDS OF ASSOCAITION
The funds of the Association shall be under the control of Executive Committee who shall have the powers to expend such funds for the promotion of objectives and missions of the Association as it deems fit.
12. AUDIT OF INCOME AND EXEPNDITURE:
The accounts of the Association shall be audited by an Auditor and authenticated by the Treasurer, Secretary General and the President.
13. RESPONSIBILITY OF LEGAL ACTION BY THE ASSOCAITION OR FOR THE ASSOCIATION:
Any legal action by the Association or for the Association shall be handled by the Secretary General on the advice of Executive Committee which shall be responsible for such action.
14. RECORDS OF THE ASSOCIATION:
Proper records of the Association shall be maintained by the Secretary General and the Treasurer with following registers kept up-to-date.
A) Membership Register providing details of the all registered members including their subscription etc.
B) Minutes Register recording the minutes of the General House and Executive Committee meetings.
C) Stock Register will show all the entries of assets of the Association.
D) Cash Book maintained by the Treasurer will show the accounts of the receipt and expenditure.
15. DISSOLUTION OF ASSOCIATION AND DISPOSAL OF DISOLVED PROPERTY:
The disposal of the property of the dissolved Association shall be undertaken as per Societies Registration Act under Section 13 & 14.