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1. A letter drawing attention of the Fellows of the Academy, to the last date on which nominations for Foreign Fellowship should reach the office of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, shall be issued by the Academy. Every nominee shall be proposed in prescribed form by a Fellow of  the Academy. The nomination paper shall specify the name, date of birth, nationality, field of specialization, profession, rank and present address, and shall include a brief statement of the most significant achievements of the nominee, information regarding his/her membership of the academies in the home country and his/ her interest in scientific activities in India. The Proposer shall also specify how the nominee’s election would help the Academy in the furtherance of its aims and objects.

The nomination paper, complete in all respects, shall be sent by post or may be handed over personally by a Fellow of the Academy to the Executive Director during working hours. The particulars of the nomination paper when received along with all documents at the office of the Executive Director shall be recorded with the date of receipt in a book to be kept for the purpose, which will be read at the next meeting of  the Council. The nomination shall be valid for three years only.

2. Guidelines for Selection

(a)  The nominee should be a foreign citizen.

(b)  The nominee should be an internationally recognized leader in his own field.

(c)  He or she should be a Fellow/Member of the National Academy of own country.
Alternatively he or she should be a Foreign Fellow / Associate of a foreign academy. Further, Council would consider those nominees who are awardees of Noble Prize, Fields Medal or any other International award of equally eminent standing.

(d)  The nominee should have close connection with Indian scientists and should be aware of  the progress of  Indian science, its accomplishments and aspirations. The past, present and future advantages and gains to the Academy and to the scientists of India by the election of a Foreign Fellow may also be kept in view.

(e)  Academy will constitute a Nominating Committee consisting of the following:

1)      President, INSA

2&3) Two Past-Presidents

4&5) Two Fellows and

6)      Vice-President (Fellowship Affairs)

7)      Vice-President (International Affairs) who will act as the Member- Secretary of this Committee.

The members of the nominating committee could also suggest additional names on their own. All efforts should be made by the Nominating Committee to increase the number of Foreign Fellows of the Academy elected each year without compromising / diluting the principles underlying the present selection process.

(f)  The Vice-President (International Affairs) and Member-Secretary of the Nominating Committee will write a letter to all the fellows every year inviting nominations from them. He will also contact the members of the Sectional Committees for suitable nominations. It will be helpful for the Vice President to be in touch with the Conveners of the Sectional Committees so that they act in good time and in the manner envisaged.

(h)  The meeting of the Nominating Committee will be held sometime during June-July to select suitable names among the nominations so received. The names selected for Foreign Fellowship by the Nominating Committee will be reported to the Council in the month of August.


3. The names of the candidates so selected shall be circulated to all Fellows on a voting paper to be returned by a prescribed date. The Fellow shall vote by placing a cross for the names of those he wishes to be elected.

The selection of candidates to be so nominated for Fellowship up to the permissible number under Rule 13(a) shall be recommended to the Fellows of the Academy for election.

It shall be the aim of the Council to see that the recommendations are distributed evenly, as far as possible, in different branches of Science.


4. The voting paper shall not be signed but enclosed in a sealed envelope, which shall be forwarded to the Vice-President (Fellowship Affairs) in an outer cover with a covering letter signed by the Fellow so as to reach the Office of the Academy by the date prescribed. In the absence of a covering letter the voting paper shall be invalid.


5. Two scrutineers shall be appointed by the President for counting the votes. The scrutineers, after examining the voting papers, shall report to the President the number of votes received by each candidate. The President shall then at the meeting of the Council to be held in October, announce the names of candidates who have secured the votes of two-thirds of the Fellows voting and shall declare them as duly elected. In the case of a tie, the President shall have a casting vote. The result of election shall be notified to all the Fellows. This election, however, shall be effective from January 1 of the following year.


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