1. NAME:

The name of the Society shall be the RURAL INSTITUTE   FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION (R I C E) 



The Headquarters of the society shall be located at the

Flat No.402, Harinadh Residency,
5th Lane, Syamala Nagar,
Andhra Pradesh, India.

or at any other place within the Indian Union as may be determined by the General Body of the Society from time to time.  


3. Financial Year:

The financial year of the Society shall be the calendar year,    January to December of each year.  


4. Membership of the Society:

The Society shall have the following categories of     membership:

(i) Organisational Members: Any voluntary organization, local

association or groups with one or more objects similar to the  

objects of this Society, shall be eligible for membership of this

Society, subject to the approval of its Governing Body. 

(ii) institutional Members: Any Institution or Association engaged in education, Social and Religious studies or research, technical or vocational training, rural development, people’s science/technology projects, and socio-economic amelioration and others, shall be eligible for membership, on the same basis as above. 

(iii) Individual Members:- The Governing Body of the Society, may on its own motion, admit individual members in recognition of their training, expertise or experience:  


5. Membership Fee:

(i) The Organisational and institutional members shall pay an annual membership fee, as may be prescribed by the Governing Body of the Society from time to time.  

(ii) The Individual Members may make contributions according to their ability or desire. 


6. Termination of Membership : The membership of any organisation or institution  

or individual may be terminated on expiry of term, by resignation or withdrawal, for reasons of continuous absence or sickness, or death by a two-thirds vote of the members present in any meeting of the General Body of the Society.  


7. The General Body of the Society :  The General body of the Society shall be  constituted with;

                      (i) One accredited representative of each member organization or     


             (ii) Individual Members.

            (iii) The officers and other members of the Governing Body.  


8. Functions of the General Body : The General Body of the Society shall meet   

    once a year, ordinarily, and at other times convened by special notice,

a.      To consider the report of the management.

b.      To pass the accounts.

c.      To appoint the auditors.

d.      To elect the office-bearers of the Governing Body and/or to admit new 


e.      To transact  any other business duly included in the notified agenda

f.       To effect amendments to the Memorandum, Rules and Regulations of

         the Society.

Notice   : Every member shall receive due notice of the meeting at least   

              three   weeks in advance of the General Meeting.   

      Quorum : One-third of the total membership of the Society shall form the    

                    quorum for a General Body meeting of the Society. 

      Voting   : All members of the Society shall have one vote each, and all  

                     decisions will be carried by a simple majority of votes.


  9.The Governing Body :
There shall be a Governing Body for the Society,  

    consisting of not less than seven and not more than nine members including the

                   (i)            President

(ii)           Vice-president

(iii)          Secretary

(iv)          Director, and

(v) – (vii) Members.

(a) Members of the Governing Body shall be elected, except the Director, by the General Body from among themselves, provided that the Organisational and Institutional Members shall not exceed half the membership of the Governing Body.

(b) The Director shall be nominated by the General by the General Body of the Society on such terms and conditions as may be determined from time to time.

(c) All powers of management, administration, evaluation and implementation of programmes shall be vested in the Governing Body of the Society.

(d) The Governing Body may delegate to its officers and/or its sub-committees such duties and powers as may be necessary for general administration and execution of programmes.

(e) The Governing Body may make such bye-laws as may be necessary from time to time, to carry on the administration and programme of the Society.

(f)  The ownership of all properties of the Society shall be vested in its Governing Body.

(g)   Meetings:

(i)  The Governing Body shall meet at least twice in a year;

(ii) There shall be atleast seven days notice given to all members for   

      any meeting of the Governing Body;

(iii) Any urgent business during the interim between any two  

       meetings of the Governing Body may be transacted by  

       circulation among its members, and duly ratified in the next   regular meeting.

(iv) The quorum for any meeting of the Governing Body shall be   three members.

(h)   Any vacancies among the office-bearers and members of the Governing Body occurring during the tenure of their office shall be filled in by the Governing Body from amongst the members of the General Body of the Society.

(i)    The term of the Governing Body shall be two years, which shall be automatically extended till the next election takes place. All outgoing members shall be eligible for re-election, provided that 1/3 of the membership shall be renewed, at the begining of each new term.


10. Duties of the Office Bearers:

            (a) President: The President shall preside over all meetings and shall be also   

                the Chief Executive of the Society . 

(i) The President shall oversee the general administration of the office at the  

     Head Quarters, implementation of the preogrammes as may be   

     periodically approved by the Governing Body, and shall regulate the  

     functions of all staff persons;

          (ii) Carry on routine correspondence on behalf of the Society, supervise the

                 maintenance of the regular accounts and their periodical audit, and to  

                 present the annual statement of accounts to the Governing Body and

                 the General Body of the Society. 

(iii) File the annual report and audited statement of accounts to the   

       concerned authorities.  

          (iv) Receive and disburse monies incur expenditure as per the budget

                  estimates approved annually by the Governing Body, and invest under

                  provisions of the I.T. Act such funds as may not be immediately     

                  required for use.  

            (b) Vice-president: In the absence of the President, the Vice-president shall  

                 preside over meetings and perform all such other functions as may be

                 delegated by the President.  

In the absence of the both the president and the Vice-president the members present in any meeting shall nominate a Chair-person from amongst themselves to preside over that meeting and to transact notified business.  

            (c) Secretary: The Secretary of the Society shall:  

                        (i)  Keep the record all proceedings of the meetings of the Society.

                        (ii) Maintain the current list of members of the Society and other

                            Useful data relating to them, and

(iii) Attend to all such duties as may be assigned by the President   from time to time.  

   (d) Director: The Director shall be responsible for… 

                        (i)  all promotional activities of the Society.

                        (ii) fostering fraternal relations between friends, organization and

                             interested agencies in India and abroad.

(iii) publishing of useful literature for the furtherance of the purposes

       of the Society.

(iv) touring and reporting, to the Governing Body, on the activities

       of the Society. 


11. Funds : The society shall raise funds: 

(i) by membership fees, subscriptions, contributions and donation;

(ii) by service charges;

(iii) by sale of publications and handicrafts or other useful products

       of the Society;

(iv) by self of publication and handicrafts or other useful products of

       the Society

(v) by grants, subsidies and loans from churches, ecumenical

      agencies, individuals, government bodies, public enter prises and         local bodies.

(vi) Income derived from any property held by the Society.  

The income of the Society whencesoever derived shall be solely applied towards the promotion of the objects and purposes of the Society as set forth in the Memorandum of this Society, and no part of it shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly as profit to the members of the Society expect by way of way of remuneration or out-of pocket expenses to any officers or personnel of members of the Society in return for services rendered or expenses incurred for carrying out the objects of the Society.


 12. The Society shall conduct all legal proceedings by or against itself and transact all financial business in keeping with accepted laws, in the name of the President of any other Officer designated by the Society for particular purposes.


13. Amendments:

No amendments to the Memorandum of Association or Rules and Regulations of the Society shall be made except at a Special General Body meeting of the Society called for the purpose, and voted upon by 3/5 of the members present in such a meeting, provided that the proposed amendments or alterations were notified and circulated amongst its members at least fifteen days before the meeting at which such amendments are considered, in accordance with Section 12 of the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.

No amendment may be added, altered, changed or deleted in regard to any clause of this memorandum or rules or trust deed without the prior approval of the Commissioner of Income Tax.


14. Dissolution:

The Society may be dissolved by the unanimous decision of the members, present at an extra-ordinary meeting convened for the purpose, and if upon the dissolution of the Society any assets remaining after satisfaction of all debts and liabilities of the Society shall be transferred to another Ecumenical Christian agency having similar objects.


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