BANGLADESH ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
(Established 1985)
 
 
CONSTITUTION
 
     
     
 

Preamble

 
 

The second half of the twentieth century has witnessed a tremendous development in the field of Astronomy and Space exploration. Spacecrafts have reached the remotest region of solar system. Man has landed and walked on the Moon. Astronauts and Cosmonauts have spent long periods in space station, carrying out experiments in zero gravity in preparation for cosmic journeys. Space Shuttling and space walk have become almost a routine affair.

On the other hand telescope both on the land and in the orbit, using the whole range of the electromagnetic spectra from radio waves to gamma rays are extending their range of exploration, right to the edge of the observable universe and making astounding discoveries in the process.

To cope with these fast developments in Astronomy, Cosmology and Space Science and more of these to come up in the twenty-first century, it is felt that it is high time to establish the Bangladesh Astronomical Society with objectives, functions and set-ups as indicated :

 
     
 

01. Name of the Organization

 

 
 

The name of the organization shall be Bangladesh Astronomical Society.

 
     
 

02. Headquarters of the Organization

 

 
 

The Headquarters of Bangladesh Astronomical Society shall be located in the Metropolitan area of the Dhaka city.

 
     
  03. Aims and Objectives

 

 
 

The aims, objectives and powers of the Society shall be as follows:

 
     
 
(i)
To propagate knowledge of Astronomy and Space Science among the people of Bangladesh;
   
(ii)
To persuade the appropriate authorities to introduce Astronomy in the academic curriculum of schools, colleges and universities;
   
(iii)
To persuade the Government of Bangladesh to establish a National Observatory for study and research in the field of Astronomy and Space Science.
   
(iv)
To set up Planetaria for imparting knowledge about Astronomy and Space Science among students and general public;
   
(v)
To set up facilities for observing celestial objects through optical and radio telescope and other devices;
   
(vi)
To set up an Astronomical Museum to display lunar and planetary materials, meteorites and such other objects and to exhibit models of celestial bodies, rockets, spacecrafts and other astronomical and space exploration related objects;
   
(vii)
To set up a library which will collect and store books, magazines, periodicals, films, video cassettes, CDs, computers, software with facilities for reprography and production of audio-visual materials;
   
(viii)
To publish books, magazines, newsletters, posters and others informative materials on Astronomy and Space Science;
   
(ix)
To develop a website to disseminate information regarding the activities of the Society and other relevant information and to have e-mail addresses to facilitate communication with the Society.
   
(x)
To hold seminars, workshops, meetings and sky observation sessions/parties and to formally observe various astronomical occasions;
   
(xi)
To link up/affiliate with the International Astronomical Union, Planetary Society and similar other international astronomical organizations;
   
(xii)
To keep regular contact with NASA, ESA, JAXA, CNSA, ISRO etc. to keep abreast of latest developments in the field of astronomy and space science;
   
(xiii)
(xiii) To raise funds and to receive donations and bequest to finance the objectives of the Society;
   
(xiv)
To form Committees/Sub-Committees for smooth functioning of the Society;
   
(xv) To appoint auditors/audit firm for auditing the funds, assets and liabilities etc. of the Society for consideration of the members at the Annual General Meeting;
   
(xvi)
To do such other things as promotional to Astronomy and Space science.
 
 
     
  04. Membership

 

 
 

There will be the following categories of membership of the Society:


i) Member (ii) Associate Member (iii) Affiliate Member (iv) Fellow (v) Honorary Member (vi) Life Member

In addition, the Society may decide to have Benefactors and Patrons of the Society.

 
     
  05. Eligibility of Membership

 

 
 
  (i) Member
   

A Member should be a mature person of sound mind preferably 30 years of age, holder of at least a graduation degree from a recognized University with special knowledge and aptitude in astronomy and allied sciences.

     
  (ii) Associate Member
   
 
An Associate Member shall be at least 18 years of age and have passed the Higher Secondary Certificate or equivalent examination, having special aptitude and interest in Astronomy.
     
  (iii) Affiliated Member
   
 
Any organization or institution active in the field of Astronomy or a related discipline may affiliate itself with the Society through one of the senior officials of the relevant organization or institution.
     
  (iv) Fellow
   
 
A person can be elected to the Fellowship of the Society in recognition of his/her outstanding contribution in furtherance of the aims and objectives of the Society.
     
  (v) Honorary Member
   
 
Honorary Membership of the Society may be awarded to a person of international repute in the area of astronomy and space science.
     
  (vi) Life Member
   
 
A general member paying an amount equivalent to 25 years membership fee in advance may be registered as a Life Member.
     
  (vii) Benefactor
   
 
Any person or organization making significant contribution to the Society and its activities will be recognized as its Benefactor.
     
  (viii) Patron
   
 
A person of eminence whose patronage may facilities and advance the activities of the Society significantly, may be honored as its Patron.
 
     
  06. Membership Subscription

 

 
Category
Admission 
Yearly Subscription
Member
Tk. 200.00
TK.200.00
    Associate Member
TK.100.00
TK.100.00
Affiliate Member
TK.500.00
TK.500.00
 
 

 

 
  07. Rights and privileges of Members  
     
 

Members, Associate Members, Fellows, Affiliate Members, Honorary Members, Benefactors and Patrons will have the right to participate in all the functions of the Society, to receive the publications of the Society free of cost and to use the Library and other facilities of the Society.

Provided that only Members, Fellows and Affiliate Members will have the right to vote and to be elected to the Executive Committee of the Society.

 
  08. Admission to the Membership  
     
 
Persons/organizations or institutions wishing to be a Member of the Society in any particular category may apply in appropriate form to the Executive Committee. If the Executive Committee finds the applicant suitable for the admission in the appropriate category, it may consider the case for admission to the Membership of the Society of the said category, on receipt of the appropriate fee and subscription.
 
  09. Termination of Membership

 

 
 
If a Members activities are found to be detrimental to the aims and objectives and/or to the goodwill and interest of the Society or if his/her fees fall more than two years in arrear, or if he/she is found insane or is found guilty in a court of law, the Executive Committee may terminate his/her Membership. However, the membership may be restored if the Executive Committee is satisfied about corrective steps taken by the defaulting member.
 
  10. Executive Committee

 

 
 
There shall be an Executive Committee to manage the affairs of the Bangladesh Astronomical Society. The Executive Committee of the Society shall of the following:
 
 
 

President

01

Vice-President

03

Treasurer

01

General Secretary

01

Joint Secretary

01

Members

08

Total

15
 
 

 

 
  11. Functions and responsibilities  
 
(a) President

 

(i) To preside over meetings of the Society;

(ii) To look after the overall admission and planning of the Society;

(iii) To appoint, suspend or discharge any member of the staff in consultation with the Executive Committee;

(iv) To observe the income and expenditure of the Society and be a co- signatory, if needed as per provision of the Constitution, to operate the Bank Account of the Society. 
 
 
(b) Vice President

 

(i) To chair different Sub-Committee(s) of the Society;

(ii) To carry out responsibilities assigned to them by the President or by the Executive Committee;

(iii) To preside over the meeting of the Society in absence of the President

 
 
 
(c) Treasurer

 

(i) To look after the accounts and financial matters of the Society;

(ii) To prepare and submit the annual budget of the Society and to present the statement of income and expenditure of the Society during the preceding year for consideration in the Annual General Meeting;

(iii) To operate the Bank account of the Society along with the President and General Secretary;

(iv) To coordinate the efforts of raising funds for the Society;

(v) To make sure that all the transactions of the Society are reflected in the Bank Account.
 
 
 
(d) General Secretary

 

(i) To maintain and preserve the proceeding of meetings of the Society and other official documents and to maintain Stock Register for different categories of acquisitions for the Society;

(ii) To arrange Meeting, Seminars Workshops and other scientific and social activities of the Society;

(iii) To arrange for publication of books, journals, magazine, souvenirs, newsletters, etc. of the Society;

(iv) To communicate and maintain contacts with national and international organizations on behalf of the Society;

(v) To look after public relation and to issue press release and other information material on behalf of the Society
(vi) To meet up petty expenses the secretary may keep a cash amount of Tk. 5000.00 (Taka five hundred) in his custody as imprest money.
  
 
 
(e) Joint Secretary

(i) To carry out the responsibilities of the General Secretary in the latter’s absence and to discharge any other responsibilities assigned to him/her by the President or the Executive Committee.

 
 
(f) Members

 

(i) To carry out responsibilities assigned to them individually or collectively by the President or the Executive Committee;
(ii) To participate in meeting of the Executive Committee, discuss and give views on proposals/issues presented in the meeting.

 

 
  12. Meetings

 

 
 
There shall be four kinds of meeting of the Society: (a) Annual General Meeting, (b) Ordinary General Meeting, (c) Executive Committee Meeting, (d) Scientific Meeting.

(i) The Annual General Meeting shall be held at a place and time notified by the Executive Committee, while ordinary General Meeting may be held at any time at the Head Quarters of the Society as the Executive Committee may decide, to transact any special business of the Society. Both these meetings shall be confined to the Members of the Society, while the scientific meetings shall be open to all scientists and others interested in the specific topic of the scientific meeting.
(ii) (a) The quorum for General Meetings of the Society other than scientific meetings shall be one-fourth of the total numbers of member, fractions being ignored.
(b) Quorum of the Executive Committee shall be five.
(c) No quorum shall be required for scientific meetings.

(iii) At least two weeks’ notice shall be served for Annual General Meeting and Ordinary General Meetings of the Society, while at least one week’s notice shall be served for meeting of the Executive Committee-- Days being counted from the date of issue of the notice. In case of any emergency, at least 24 hours notice by letter or by phone should be given.

(iv) The Chairman of all meetings of the Society or of its Executive Committee shall have a second or casting vote, it required.


 
     
  13. Tenure of Office

 

 
 
The Executive Committee shall be elected for a three-year term by direct vote by ballot of Members, Associate Members and Affiliate Members, provided that each of the office- bears so elected will be eligible, on expiry of the term for re-election.
 
 
     
  14. Filling up of Vacancies

 

 
 
If any position of the Executive Committee falls vacant due to demise, long absence, resignation, or termination of Membership, the Executive Committee may co-opt a suitable member to fill up the vacancy for the remaining period of its tenure.
 
 
     
  15. The Accounts of the Society

 

 
 
The Society shall open Bank Accounts with some Scheduled Bank(s) of Bangladesh in the name of “Bangladesh Astronomical Society”, to be operated jointly by any two of the following Office Bearers of the Society:
  
 
 

a) President,
b) Treasurer,
c) General Secretary

 
     
  16. Interpretation

 

 
 
In case an interpretation of any of the provisions in the Constitution become necessary, the interpretation given by the President of the Society shall be final.
 
     
  17. Amendments to the Constitution

 

 
 
If a change in any provision of the Constitution is considered expedient, the same shall be proposed by at least one-third of the total number of member of the Executive Committee quoting the existing provision along with the proposed change, for consideration of the Executive Committee, provide that no change in the constitution shall be valid unless it passed by the majority of the members present in the general meeting where due notice has been given for the proposed amendment.
 
     
  18. Dissolution of the Society

 

 
 
If by any chance and for any reason the Society becomes defunct, its assets and liabilities shall be handed over to an allied organization to be decided by two-thirds of the voting members or by the Registration Authority.
 
     
 
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Application Form

for The Membership of the
Bangladesh Astronomical Society


Type of Membership ( *) : (a) General Member (b) Associate Member (c) Affiliate Member (d) Life Member

Name of Applicant : ...........................................................................................................................

Address of Applicant : .......................................................................................................................

Educational Qualification : .................................................................................................................

Special Interests/Activities/
Publications : ...................................................................................................................................

Admission Fee : ...............................................................................................................................

Subscription : ...................................................................................................................................

Signature of Applicant : .....................................................................................................................

Remark of the Executive
Committee :
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