PNS Bylaws

Art.1 Name

The name of the society shall be “Pakistan Nuclear Society” (PNS) to be referred to hereinafter as “the Society”.

Art.2 Location of the Secretariat

The Secretariat/Registered office of the Society shall be situated in Islamabad.

Art.3 Objectives

The objectives of the Society shall be to:

a) Promote the advancement and research in nuclear science, technology, and allied disciplines;
b) Promote the application of nuclear science and technology for public  welfare, in areas of power, agriculture, medicine, and industry;
c) Encourage education in nuclear science, engineering, and allied disciplines;
d) Help disseminate basic information on the use and application of nuclear energy in various fields and thereby contribute towards public understanding of the potential of nuclear energy;
e) Help enhance public safety related to nuclear activities;
f) Further the interests of the community of scientists, engineers, geologists, and medical doctors associated with nuclear science and technology;
g) Help establish contacts and collaboration with similar bodies in other countries.

Art.4 Activities

To achieve its objectives the Society shall:

1.     hold meetings for the presentation and discussion of scientific and technical papers;

2.     prepare and disseminate information related to nuclear science and technology through the publication of; technical journals, books, pamphlets, reports, and other relevant information material;

3.     provide advisory services in relevant disciplines;

4.     undertake studies on topics related to nuclear energy and technology;

5.     cooperate with government agencies, research organizations, educational institutions, and other organizations having the same or similar objectives;

6.     establish contacts with similar societies and institutions abroad;

7.     establish scholarships, grants, and awards useful in strengthening the foregoing objectives;

8.     engage in such other activities as may be appropriate for the fulfilment of the Society.

Art.5 Membership

The Secretariat/Registered office of the Society shall be situated in Islamabad.

5.1       The membership of the Society shall consist of; Charter Members, Fellows, Members, Associate Members, Honorary Members, and Student Members hereinafter referred to as Members.

5.2       A Member in good standing is defined as being one who has paid his membership dues and subscription charges.

5.3       A voting member is defined as a Charter member, Fellow, Member in good standing for at least 3 months before the election.

Art.6 Qualifications

Qualifications for membership grades, mentioned under Art. 5.1, shall be determined in the light of the following criteria:

1.     Charter Members of the Society shall be scientists, engineers, geologists and medical doctors of good professional standing who shall hold any of the qualifications required of Members as given below and in addition shall have acquired by 7th November 1989 twenty-five (25) years of relevant experience in nuclear science and technology or allied fields.

2.     Fellows of the society shall be those eligible otherwise for membership and have additionally attained 25 years of relevant experience. The council may elect fellows out of such eligible members in good standing by a simple majority.


3.     Members of the Society shall be those who are engaged in activities in the field of nuclear science and engineering or allied fields, and meet one or more of the following requirement:                     

           i.         Hold a doctor’s degree from a recognized institution in the field of nuclear science or engineering or allied fields.


                              ii.    Hold a master’s degree from a recognized institution in the field of nuclear science or engineering or allied fields, and have at least three (3) years of relevant technical or scientific experience in the nuclear field.

                             iii.        Hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution in the field of engineering or medical sciences, and have at least three (3) years of practical experience in the nuclear field.

                iv.    Honorary Members: Persons with
outstanding contributions to the application or promotion of nuclear science
and technology can be admitted as Honorary Members. This Membership Grade can also be conferred on foreign nationals fulfilling the above mention criterion

Art. 7 Additional Categories of Membership

The Society may create additional categories of membership, e.g. fellows, associate members, student members, in the future as it may deem necessary, through procedures outlined in Art.15 on Amendment.

Art.8 Council

8.1       Elected officers: The affairs of the Society shall be administered by a Council of Officers elected from amongst
the Charter Members and Members. It shall consist of:

a)     One President;

b)     One Vice-President;

c)     One General Secretary;

d)     One Finance Secretary; and

e)     Five Council Members.

8.2       Terms of Officers: All officers elected to the Council shall hold office for two (2) years, starting from the annual meeting on which the elections are held. The President shall not be eligible for election to more than two consecutive full terms.

8.3       Duties of Council Officers: Specific duties of the council officers shall be as defined in the Rules and Procedures of the Society.

Art.9 Vacancies

All vacancies among the elected officers of the Council shall be filled by election by the council for the un-expired term, except that a vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the Vice-President. The Council, at its discretion, may call an election by the voting members of the Society to fill any vacancy or vacancies that may occur among the Council officers.

Art.10 Meetings

10.1     Annual Meeting: The annual meeting of the members shall be held for the exchange of technical information, the election of officers, and the transaction of other business. The annual meeting shall normally be held in September of each year.

10.2      Voting at Annual Meeting: Voting at annual meeting by voting members may be in person or by signed proxy sent into the secretary of the Society before the meeting.

10.3       Special Meetings: Special meetings of the Society may be called by the President for the transaction of any business by giving a notice of such a meeting at least fourteen (14) days before the meeting date.

10.4   Other Meetings:  Meeting at which no business affecting the organization or policy of the Society shall be transacted may be held at any time as the president shall desire.

10.5       Quorum: A quorum for the annual or special meetings shall consist of at least twenty percent of the qualified voters, present in person or by proxy, such that, the number of proxies does not exceed those present.

Art.11 Funds of the Society

11.1     Payment by Members: The admission fees, membership dues, and other subscription charges shall be paid by members as prescribed in the rules and procedures. The fiscal year of the Society shall be from July in one year to June of the next year.

11.2     Other Sources: The Society may accept donations, gran  and endowments from sources approved by the Council  to promote its objectives.


Art. 12 Cessation of Membership

12.1     If the dues of any member are in arrears for more than one financial year he shall cease to be a member. He may, however, be eligible for readmission after paying arrears in full.

12.2     Any member, who in the opinion of the Council, has committed gross professional misconduct or is convicted by a court of law for a criminal offense shall cease to be a member. 

Art.13 Local Chapters

The Council may authorize the organization of local chapters of the society at stations outside Islamabad.

Art. 14 Publications and Papers

Publication and papers prepared under the auspices of the Society shall be issued on authorization of the Council.

Art. 15 Amendments

15.1     Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed by the Council, or by petition to the Council signed by not fewer than ten percent of the voting members of the Society. The adoption of the amendment shall require the affirmative votes of not fewer than two-thirds of the members voting and the total vote shall not be less than twenty percent of the total voting membership of the Society.

15.2     Rules of Procedure: The proposed amendment to the rules or changes to the procedure may be considered by the Council keeping in view the objectives of the Society. Formal approval of these amendments and changes shall be obtained at the Annual Meeting or a Special Meeting by a simple majority of the members present and voting.

Art.16 Preparatory Committee

To bring the Society into being and help establish it in the initial phases a preparatory committee consisting of 11 members, nominated by the Charter Members of the Society, shall be constituted. The preparatory committee shall prepare the ground for instituting a duly elected Council under Art. 8 and shall cease to exist on the formation of the Council. Till such time that a duly elected Council takes charge, the preparatory committee shall execute all such functions which the Council is empowered to do under these bylaws.