Wood Science is a field of diverse basic subjects like forestry physics, chemistry, biology, engineering etc. What was formerly known as the field of "Forest Products" has now come to be known as "Wood Science" in many parts of the world The forests of India presently cover about 74, x 106 ha with a possibility of increasing to reach national goals of forest cover These forests produce mostly tropical hardwoods of a variety of species and to some extent coniferous woods of the temperate region, all amounting to roughly 9.121 x10 m3 of commercial and industrial wood annually. Besides wood there are other lingo-cellulosic forest products which have a great economic potential In India there is a large net-work of research institutes which are fully or partly engaged in work dealing with utilisation of timber and other forest produce and employing scientific personnel of all categories. Similarly there is a very large net-work of diversified timber, bamboo, and panel based industries in the country including internal and external sales organisations. These employ a very large number of appropriate scientific and technical personnel. The total number of such technical personnel with appropriate educational qualifications comes to about 2.6 lakhs. With expanding horizons of Wood Science there is also a great potential for the future requirement at the rate of about 50,000 qualified technical personnel annually in the field of wood science alone This also emphasis the need an expansion in the field of education of composite field of "Wood Science"
Wood Science and modern technological developments in the field are nearly 75 years old in India, There was no organisation or association to bring all these divergent scientists and technologists under one umbrella to recognise their contribution to national development. Therefore, late Dr. D. Narayanamurti, one of the foremost wood scientists in the last half a century, thought it worthwhile to establish the "Indian Plywood and Timber Technologists Association" early in 1963 and later on developed it in 1968 into the "Indian Academy of Wood Science" which has come to stay not only with members of all categories from India but also from abroad. The Academy has now in its rolls many categories of members like Fellows; Honorary Fellows; Members; Affiliate Members; Sustaining Members; Institutional Members. Some of the members of the Academy are also elected as Fellows of International Academy of Wood Science The Indian Academy of Wood Science is continuously enlarging itself both in membership and its diverse activities.
It has a Constitution. Its headquarters are presently at IPIRTI, Tumkur Road, Bangalore. But it's working office moves from one institute to another where the general Secretary works. It has been registered with the Registration Act, 1960 (Mysore Act No. 17), 1960 vide certificate of Registration No. S-120/69-70 dated 910-1969.
The Academy runs a Journal and also used to run a Newsletter which was temporarily suspended for want of appropriate resources. In addition to Annual Meetings, it also organises seminars and workshops. During some Annual Meetings lecture from eminent scientists are also arranged. The Kapur Memorial Lecture was a delivered by A,C.Sekhar in 1980 during Presidency of Dr. Purushottam Late. Dr. S.N. Kapur was one of the outstanding Wood Scientists and Technologists, who worked essentially in wood seasoning and to some extent, in the wood preservation fields during the last half century.
The Academy has published two volumes of "Handbook of Indian Wood and
Wood panels" printed by Oxford printing Press, Delhi in1988-90.
Industrialists like late A.K. Kader Kutty of Western India Plywoods and
Sri K.S.Lauly of India Plywood Manufacturing Company have greatly helped
the Academy in the past in all its activities
MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION
1. NAME OF THE ASSOCIATION: The name of the Association shall be “The INDIAN ACADEMY OF WOOD SCIENCE”, hereinafter referred to as “THE ACADEMY”.
2. LOCATION: The registered office of the Academy is at Bangalore, in the Karnataka State (C/o. I.P.I.R.I. Building, Tumkur Road, Bangalore-560 022
3. AIMS AND OBJECTS: The Academy is run as a non-profit professional organisation, covering in its activities all aspects related to wood, cellulose and their processing such as logging, saw milling, wood working; and products such as plywood, fibre boards, particle boards, improved and composite woods, also cellulose and cellulose based sciences and industries and allied fields relating to resource utilisation of wood; this would also include biological science related to deterioration of wood and wood products including panel products. In essence it relates to all aspects of utilisation including processing sales and marketing of wood, its products and other lignocellulosic materials both from forestry and agricultural origin, etc. is hereinafter referred to generally as “Wood Science”. The aims and objects of the Academy shall be:
RULES AND REGULATIONS
ARTICLE I: These Rules and Regulations may be called the RULES AND REGULATIONS of the Indian Academy of Wood Science and form part of the Constitution of the Academy along with its Memorandum of Association.
ARTICLE II: These RULES AND REGULATIONS are further divided into (A) Articles which govern the major policies of the Academy coming under the purview of the General Body and (B) Bye-laws which govern the day-to-day working of the Academy which come under the purview of the Governing Council.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Categories: The various categories of members of the Academy, after due election or admission as members, are allowed to use the abbreviations shown against them to indicate their status in the Academy as per details given below:
a) Fellows (F.I.A.W.S) / Honorary Fellows (H.F.I.A.W.S)
b) Sustaining Members (Sust. Mem. I.A.W.S)
c) Institutional Members (Inst. Mem. I.A.W.S)
d) Members (M.I.A.W.S)
e) Affiliate Members (Affl. Mern. I.A.W.S)
f) Life Members (L.F.I.A.W.S)
g) Patrons and Supporting Members (Patron I.A.W.S) & (Sup. Mem. I.A.W.S)
h) Overseas Member:
Section 2: Definitions: A Fellow shall, preferably be a Member, have high technical qualifications and/or training and experience and shall have been engaged in the industries, institutions or service related to “Wood Science” for a sufficiently long period which may include the period spent in any educational institution of recognised standing. He shall also have held a position of responsibility for at least 5 years. He is to be elected by the Governing Council.
The Governing Council may also elect distinguished persons as “Honorary Fellows” even though they may not be members. There is no limit to number of Fellows and Honorary Fellows to be elected.
Section 3: “Sustaining Members’ shall be a firm or a Corporation actively engaged in the production, distribution and sale of wood or wood products or any plywood, composite wood and other products of industries relating to the general field of Wood Science and supporting the policies and activities of the Academy. Besides, firms engaged in industries as above, any company or institution manufacturing machinery or chemicals and allied materials for the above industries or doing any other type of service including consultation work and marketing, sales promotion after sales service for these industries could be “Sustaining Members” of this Academy. Each “Sustaining Member” shall also designate one individual as its representative.
Section 4: “Institutional Members”: Any research organisation working in the field of Wood Science and Technology, fully or partly and attained a good standard on sustained basis and which has promoted development of this field by its contribution and achievements of its scientists. They could nominate one of their scientists to represent it in the Academy. He will have all the facilities applicable to all classes and grades of Members, subject to Article IV, Sections 2 and 4.
Section 5: A “Member” shall have technical qualifications and training and actively engaged in the field of Wood Science and / or allied industries for some time.
Section 6: An “Affiliate Member” shall be a person interested in the articles and objectives of the Academy but not completely qualified to become any other type of member.
Section 7: “Life Member”: Any Fellow or Member, who pays in one or three instalments within a calendar year as Rs. 300/- (with no deduction of the amount already paid towards his subscription) shall be treated as a Life Member with all the privileges he has enjoyed earlier without any obligation to pay any further subscription.
Section 8: “Patrons” are individuals; and “Supporting Members” are corporate bodies represented by individuals, who are interested in the encouragement of the Academy and pay a donation.
Section 9: Any person who is qualified for any grade of membership but does not reside in India, will be categorised accordingly with the word “Overseas” prefixed to the same. Similarly any organisation outside India will be categorised accordingly.
Section 10: Application for election / admission to various categories of Membership shall be submitted in writing, on forms approved by the Governing Council and they shall be admitted in accordance with procedures prescribed in the bye-laws.
Section 11: The Governing Council is empowered to define the meaning of institutions and services, as used in the previous sections of this article. It is also empowered to provide such means of ascertaining the qualifications of prospective members as it may deem desirable and assign applicants to which their qualifications entitle them and to transfer members from one class or grade to another.
ARTICLE IV: VOTING MEMBERS AND THE GENERAL BODY
Section 1: All “Fellows” excepting Honorary Fellows and “Members” shall be entitled to propose vote and hold office.
Section 2: “Sustaining Members”. “Supporting Members” and “Institutional Members” shall have the privilege of designating one representative to vote in their name, but not propose anyone for election to Fellowship or hold office in the Governing Council as an elected member unless their representative is a Fellow. They are however, eligible to serve on other committees.
Section 3: Patrons and Affiliate Members are entitled to hold office in committees.
Section 4: “Overseas” Members and organisations are not privileged to vote nor hold office because of distances involved.
Section 5: Members entitled to vote will hereinafter be referred to as voting members and shall constitute the “General Body” of the Academy, which is the supreme body for all affairs relating to the Academy.
Section 6: Other privileges of membership except voting and holding office will be defined by the Governing Council from time to time.
ARTICLE V: THE GOVERNING COUNCIL
Section 1: The President, two Vice Presidents, General Secretary and seven Members are elected every three years. The others, namely, one Vice President and three members are nominated by Governing Council, so as to represent all sections of the Academy. All these constitute the Governing Council of the Academy and shall serve for a period of three years.
Section 2: The elected members of Governing Council shall nominate one Vice-President and the three Members (indicated above) as soon as possible by holding a Governing Council meeting or by mutual agreement and consultation with the President. The General Secretary will then announce the names of the nominated members.
Section 3: The members of the Governing Council will hold office until their successors have been elected and / installed Vacancies occurring in between the elections may be filled by the Governing Council, the members so appointed can serve only until those duly elected at the next Elections are installed in regular manner.
Section 4: The Governing Council may authorise the employment of such staff or employees as may be required to render to all members, services consistent with the policies of the Academy.
Section 5: The Governing Council is empowered to establish such other Committees with defined terms of reference for carrying out the policies of the Academy.
Section 6: The Governing Council shall fix the duties and responsibilities of officers and staff of the Academy.
Section 7: The Governing Council shall determine the policies and will have the over-all general charge of the affairs of the Academy and will exercise all powers vested in it under different clauses.
Section 8: A majority of the Governing Council shall constitute quorum for the transaction of its business which may be done either by circulation or in a meeting as is convenient to the members ordinarily. A notice of at least seven days shall be given to all members for the meeting unless there is any emergency.
ARTICLE VI – OFFICE BEARERS
Section 1: The Office bearers of the Academy shall comprise a President, three Vice Presidents, one General Secretary, one Joint Secretary and one Treasurer.
Section 2: The President, two Vice Presidents and the General Secretary and seven members shall be elected for a term of three years by letter ballot.
Section 3: The Joint Secretary and the Treasurer shall be elected for a term of three years by the Governing Council from among its elected members.
ARTICLE VII – NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS OF OFFICE BEARERS
Section 1: a) Excepting for the post of one Vice President and three Members of the Governing Council who are co-opted, the others shall be elected by the members eligible to vote.
b) The Governing Council shall fix the date for election of the new Governing Council atleast six months in advance. All proposals for election to office bearers shall be addressed to the General Secretary within two months of the announcement. Every proposal shall have a proposer and two seconders or supporters. Any proposal may cover one or more office bearers. Before making a proposal it should be ensured that the candidate / candidates proposed is/are eligible and agreeable to the same. The Governing Council shall appoint a committee consisting of the General Secretary and Joint Secretary and three other members (who should not be holding any office in the current Governing Council) for scrutinising the proposals for the new Governing Council, counting the votes and reporting the results to the Governing Council for declaring the same after careful scrutiny if/the procedure laid down has been faithfully followed. The Governing Council should also name one of the members of the committee as Chairman who is not an office bearer of the current Governing Council. The ballot papers shall be sent, if necessary by post, to all the voters by the General secretary / Joint Secretary within one month of the date fixed for receiving the proposals for election. The ballot papers should be returned to the General secretary / Joint Secretary within two months after their posting which is indicated therein. After declaring the results, the Governing Council will fix a date for the new Governing Council to assume charge.
c) With each ballot containing all proposals for election to all the posts suitable envelope shall be enclosed together with instructions for voting as follows:
“The ballot shall be sealed separately in a special ballot envelope. This ballot envelope shall be enclosed in a large envelope on which must appear the signature of member voting. No signature shall appear upon the ballot itself nor upon the special ballot envelope. All ballot envelopes not accompanied by such validating signature on the outer envelope shall be rejected”.