The Constitution

(Effective May 1, 2001)

Article 1. NAME The name of this organization is the International Indian Statistical Association, hereinafter referred to as the Association.

Article 2. OBJECTIVES The Association is a non-profit organization. Its objectives are:

  1. to promote education, research and application of statistics and probability throughout the world with a special emphasis on the Indian subcontinent;
  2. to foster the exchange of information and scholarly activities between various countries as well as among other national/international organizations for the development of Statistical Science;
  3. to serve the needs of young statisticians; (iv) to encourage cooperative efforts among members in education, research, industry and business.

Article 3. MEMBERSHIP An individual or organization who is interested in the objectives of the Association is eligible to become an Individual or Institutional Member, respectively. The membership is defined in the By-Laws. The right to vote, to nominate candidates for election, to sign petitions and the like and to hold office shall be limited to the Individual Members. Each Institutional Member shall be entitled to nominate one person each year who shall have the same rights and privileges as of an Individual Member.

Article 4. CHAPTERS The Association may establish regional Chapters to promote its objectives, as provided in the By-Laws.

Article 5. BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Board of Trustees shall be the custodian of the Association with the power to institute and defend any action for its continued wellbeing. The Trustees shall have the traditional fiduciary role on behalf of the association and, when needed, shall provide strategic guidance to the Executive Board in the management of the Association. The Board of Trustees shall include three members of the Association in good standing and shall be chaired by the member with the longest tenure.

Article 6. EXECUTIVE BOARD The Executive Board, hereinafter referred to as the Board, shall determine the policies and generally oversee the affairs of the Association. The Board shall be composed of the President, President-Elect, Past President, Presidents of all national/regional Chapters, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Chair, Director of New Professional Statisticians and Editorial Representative. The minutes of the Executive Board meetings shall be made available to the Board of Trustees for information.

Article 7. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer and shall conduct the affairs of the Association. The President will have the overriding power in the executive affairs of the Association.

Article 8. METHOD OF SELECTION The President-Elect and the Trustees of the Association shall be elected by all Individual Members. The Secretary, Treasurer, Program Chair, Director of New Professional Statisticians and Editorial Representative shall be appointed by the Board as specified in the By-Laws.

Article 9. TERMS OF OFFICE The terms of office for each member of the Board shall be one year starting on January 1. The person elected to the position of President-Elect shall serve a three year term, the first year as President-Elect, the next year as President and the final year as Past President. Each of the Trustees will be elected for a three year term, one elected every year on a staggered basis.

Article 10. COMMITTEES The Association shall form Standing Committees from time to time to work on its long-term needs. These Committees shall be named in the By-Laws. For managing the affairs of the Association, the President shall have the power to form and/or dissolve Current Committees in consultation with the Board.

Article 11. MEETINGS There shall be at least one general body meeting of the membership in each term of office. The Board and Executive Committee shall meet at least once in each term of office. The President may invite guests to attend Executive Board meetings on a non-voting basis.

Article 12. PUBLICATIONS Publication of journals, periodicals, proceedings or other materials may be authorized by the Board.

Article 13. AMENDMENTS Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by the Board or by a petition signed by ten percent of the Association's Individual Members and sent to the Board. The proposed amendments shall be sent to the membership at least thirty days before the meeting called for the said purpose or for a mail ballot. A two-thirds affirmative vote of the Members voting shall be required for ratification, provided that the number of affirmative votes exceeds twenty percent of the Association's Individual Members.

Article 14. TRANSITION The one year term for each member of the Board shall be effective on July 1, 2003. All three Trustees are elected in 2001 and they shall serve for 2, 3, or 4 years as determined by a random selection. The member with the 2 year tenure shall chair the Board. From July 1, 2003 onwards, each Trustee elected that year shall serve for three years. President and Vice President elected in 2001 will continue to hold the office until June 30, 2003. May 06, 2001