The membership of the Society for Soybean Research and Development (SSRD) shall be open to all workers and Institutions in India and abroad engaged in research, teaching, development, soybean based industry, extension and other scientific pursuits in different disciplines. It shall consist of :
- Annual Members
- Life Members
- Honorary Members
- Student Members
- Institutional Members
- Corporate Members
An ‘Annual Member’ is a person engaged and interested in research, teaching or extension in soybean research and development and is admitted as a member of the SSRD by the Executive Council after he/she submits the membership form duly filled in and pays the prescribed admission fee and annual subscription. The ‘Annual Member’ shall be entitled to receive the Journal of the Society free of cost from the year for which subscription is paid. He will have rights to vote and hold and office of the SSRD by provided he had been a member of the Society for a minimum period of 3 years prior to the year of election.
A ‘Life Member’ is a person engaged and interested in research, teaching or extension in soybean research and development and is admitted by the Executive Council as a life member of the SSRD on payment of 10 years Annual subscription at current rates (subject to revision) payable in lump sum or three equal installments within six months of application for life membership. The ‘Life Member’ shall enjoy all the privileges of the ‘Annual Member’. He shall be exempted from the payment of annual subscriptions. He shall, however, not be entitled to back issues of the journal that the SSRD had published before his enrolment.
An ‘Honorary Member’ shall be a person eminent for his contributions or services to the objectives of the SSRD. Honorary Members shall be elected for 5 years on the recommendation of the Executive Council at the General Body meeting by a 3/4th majority of the members present and voting at the meeting. Their number shall be limited to ten at any time and not more than 2 elected each year. They shall enjoy all the privileges of the Annual Members except that of voting or holding office and shall be exempted from the payment of the annual subscriptions.
A ‘Student Member’ is a person studying in colleges/Institutes and is admitted as ‘Student Member’ by the Executive Council of the SSRD on payment of prescribed annual subscription. The ‘Student Member’ shall enjoy all the privileges of the ‘Annual Members’ except voting and holding office in the SSRD.
Scientific, educational Institutions and Industry can become members of the SSRD by paying INR 2, 000 per annum (subject to revision). They will be entitled to receive the Journal of the SSRD free of cost. They will enjoy all the privileges of the SSRD except the voting rights and holding office in the SSRD.
‘Corporate Member’ shall be any Industrial or voluntary organizations with an active interest in promoting the objectives of the “Society of Soybean Research Workers”. The organization shall have to apply for corporate membership of the SSRD and pay the SSRD a lump-sum amount of INR 20, 000 (US $ 2, 000 for foreign organization). The Executive Council shall then consider the application for admitting such organization to the SSRD. Each ‘Corporate Member’ shall be entitled to nominate one representative to the SSRD, who shall enjoy all the privileges given to a ‘Life Member’.
The Executive Council may declare eminent persons as patron of the SSRD. The patron will enjoy all the privileges of the member except the right to vote at meetings or hold office to the Executive Council.
Any person (s) who becomes (s) a ‘Life Member’ in the first year of the formation of the SSRD will be a founder member.
The Life, Annual and Student Members shall have, in addition, the privilege of introducing to the ordinary scientific meeting of the Society, visitor (s) whose name (s) together with the name (s) of the introducing member (s) shall be entered in a book kept for the purpose.
No member shall have the privilege to vote the proxy.