The Aeronautical Society of India a professional body, devoted to advancement of aeronautical sciences and engineering in India, was founded in the year 1948. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the great visionary of India was the first Patron-in-Chief of the Society. Currently Honorary Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee is the Patron-in-Chief of the Society.
The Society has its strength of more than 5000 members drawn from all major aeronautical establishments such as Defence Research & Development Establishments, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, DGCA, Academic Institutions, Aeronautical Development Agency, Indian Air Force, Indian Space Research Organization, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, National Airports Authority of India, Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Pawn Hans and private airlines. Most of the organizations / industries in this field in this country and abroad are Corporate Members of the Society.
The objectives of the Society are to promote the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of aeronautical sciences and aircraft engineering and the elevation of the aeronautical profession.
The Aeronautical Society of India is the only forum in the country that provides intense interaction between professionals from all facets of civil and military aviation as well as the manufacturing/training/maintenance agencies. Over the years, the Aeronautical Society of India has generated large pool of aviation manpower through non-formal education and training programmes.
ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The Society is managed by a Council consisting of a President, President-Elect, Seven Vice Presidents, the Honorary Secretary General, Honorary Treasurer and fifteen Members, twelve of whom are elected and the other three nominated to represent special interests.
The Society’s activities include fraternization amongst professionals, promotion of aeronautical activities and policy and increased awareness of indigenous / international information/events through lectures, workshops and seminars on subject of topical interest.
The Society also conducts examinations in aeronautical engineering twice a year. A pass in this examination has been recognized by the Central Government in the Ministry of education as being equivalent to a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from an Indian University. Approximately 50 candidates graduate every year. The Society is thus rendering a yeoman’s service by giving an opportunity to the young to acquire a degree in Aeronautical Engineering without straining the educational system and providing flexibility to students to undertake this on a part time basis. It also provides a centralized library facility to its members and students.
The Society publishes a quarterly journal containing Research and Technical papers on various facets of aeronautical sciences and a Quarterly Newsletter. The journal is of a very high standard and is rated world class.
The Society conducts and Annual Essay competition to recognize and encourage talent among young students, engineers and scientist, and awards prizes to winners.
The Society also confers a number of prestigious awards for outstanding contributions in fundamental / applied research in the field of aeronautics and space, every year.
FIRST COUNCIL OF THE AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY OF INDIA (Year 1948)
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R.R. Krishna Rao
All professional connected with Aeronautics and Aviation can apply for membership on the prescribed Form in the Grade of Fellow, Member, Companion, Associate Member, Graduate or Associate depending on their eligibility. The application forms can be obtained from the registered office of the Society or from any of the Branches. The application forms can also be downloaded from the official website of The Aeronautical Society of India, Hyderabad branch.
The completed application form may be handed over to the Honorary Secretary of the Branch of which one desires to be a member or mailed to their Head of the Society.
Qualification for Various Grades of Membership
The council may elect eminent persons intimately connected with aeronautics or a science closely allied thereto whom the society desires to honor and who have rendered exceptionally important services to the cause of aeronautics, as Honorary Fellows.
A Branch Committee or any five full Members together may make suggestions with regard to election of Fellows. Every candidate for election into the class of Fellows shall be a Member or possess the qualifications necessary for Membership. A citation in support of the nomination shall accompany the recommendation.
Companies shall be those persons who are ineligible for the technical grade, but have contributed or are likely to contribute directly or indirectly to the development of aeronautical science and engineering or to the furtherance of the objectives of the Society.
Member shall have been either Associate Members or shall have fulfilled the conditions necessary for Associate Membership. They shall have achieved distinction in the profession of aeronautics and or shall have held a position of responsibility for minimum period 5 years. In Addition they shall have either.
- a) Made useful scientific or technical contribution in the field of aircraft design or production or aeronautical research or education or training or in any other branch of aviation technology.
- b) Acquired considerable experience of the practical aspects of aviation for at least a total period of 10 years as pilots, navigators, aircraft maintenance engineers, production engineers, aeronautical communication engineers, air traffic controllers or other scientific or technological personnel engaged in aviation activities or a field related to aviation activity such as aviation medicine, law, finance, marketing, management and holding a responsible position, in a manner acceptable to the Council.
Associate Members shall have passed the Associate Membership Examination of the Society or any other examination acceptable to the Council as of a equivalent standard, including a degree in engineering in any discipline and shall have been engaged, in addition to the period of training, for at least 2 years in the profession of aeronautics or in other special scientific or technical work applied to aeronautics including work connected with aircraft engineering or operations or post-graduate studies in engineering.
They shall have acquired experience of the practical aspects of aviation for at least a total period of 8 years as pilots, navigators, aircraft maintenance engineers, production engineers, aeronautical communication engineers, air traffic controllers or other scientific or technological personnel engaged in aviation activities or a field related to aviation activities such as aviation medicine, law finance, marketing or management, in a manner acceptable to the Council.
Graduates shall have passed the Associate Membership Examination of the Aeronautical Society of India , Parts II and III/ Section A and B or any other examination acceptable to the Council as of an equivalent standard.
Associates shall be engaged in any branch of aeronautics for a period of 5 years out of which 3 years shall be in a supervisory capacity.
Election of Members
Every candidate for election or transfer to any grade of membership shall be proposed and seconded by two members who know the candidate personally. A candidate for election to Fellowship shall be proposed and seconded by two Fellows.
A candidate for election to Membership or Companionship shall be proposed and seconded by two Members.
A candidate for election to Associate Membership shall be proposed and seconded by a Member and an Associate Member respectively. A candidate for election to Graduate-ship or Associate ship shall be proposed and seconded by two Associate members. However in case of candidate for election to Graduate ship who have passed Section A & B examinations of the Society, this requirement has been relaxed.
The election of members shall be confirmed by the Council based on the recommendation of the Grading Committee at any of its meeting.
Regarding rates of subscription, entrance fee, transfer fee etc., interested persons may contact the Registered office of the Society at New Delhi.
Benefits to Members
– An opportunity to interact with professionals in the aeronautical field.
– Participation in various Seminars, lectures, workshops conducted by the Society.
– Receive a free copy of the Journal of the Society, if be so desires by his consent.
– Access to the Society’s library.
– Receive a free copy of the Bulletin of the Society.
Privileges of Members
(a) To use the following abbreviation after their names on election :