Constitution

GENERAL

  1. The name of the Institution shall be "Pakistan Institute of Chemical Engineers hereinafter called "The Institute".
  2. The Institute shall consist of Fellows, Members, Associate Members, Honorary Members, Affiliates and Student Members.
  3. The affairs of the Institute shall be directed by:
    • The General Body
    • The Council
  4. The Headquarters of the Institute shall be at Lahore
  5. The official year of the Institute shall be the calendar year i.e. from 1st January to 31st December
  6. The Institute shall be a non-profit making organization devoted solely to professional uplift and service of Society at large.
  7. The Institute shall have its own seal and insignia and shall issue certificates to its members.
Duties and Power of the Officers
  • President
    • He will have powers to convene meetings of the General Body or the Council and shall preside over them. If present, he will also preside over lectures and other functions of the Institute. He may nominate any other person to preside over lectures and other functions.
    • He will, on the recommendations of the Secretary, olrder payments for services procured or expenditure incurred for the Institute subject to any limitation imposed by the Council.
    • He may take decisions he deems fit in emergency on behalf of the Council or General Body. He will subsequently report to the Council of the action taken in such a case.
  • Senior Vice President
    • Senior Vice-Presidents shall act as Chairman of duly convened meetings in the absence of the President and as Acting President on being authorized by the President/OR the Executive Council.
  • Vice President
    • One of the Vice-President shall act as Chairman of duly convened meetings in the absence of the President and as Acting President on being authorized by the President.
  • Secretary General
    • He will be responsible for the efficient execution of the affairs of the Institute.
    • He will act as Secretary at all business meetings of the Institute. However, on his short absence the Joint Secretary or a member nominated by the President will do the work.
    • He will maintain an orderly record of the proceedings of all meetings held on behalf of the Institute
    • He will supervise and direct the work of the employees of the general body and the council
    • He will be incharge of the property of the Institute and maintain its record.
    • He will incur expenditure upto Rs.500.00 for routine office requirements and in connection with the meetings.
    • He will present the report of activities for approval at the Council meeting before the Annual General Meeting for presenting to the General Body
    • He will notify information to members and officers as required.
    • He will issue ballot appears and appoint, with the approval of the Council, Officers for the election.
    • He will sign the certificate alongwith the President for all grades of membership.
  • Treasurer
    • He will keep accounts of the funds of the Institute and maintain necessary books for the purpose.
    • He will make payments authorized by the Council or the President or the Secretary General.
    • He will prepare the balance sheet along with an audited report and present it to the Council at a meeting before the Annual General Meeting.
    • He will invest funds under the direction of the Council any part of whole of the balance at any time to the credit of the Institute, in a suitable manner or make such investments as the Council desires.
    • He will receive dues from members and issue receipts and membership cards and shall also maintain a register for members in good standing and in arrears. He will issue reminder notices to the members in arrear.
  • Joint Secretary
    He will assist the Secretary General in carrying out his Office and other duties of the Institute and in particular he shall help in publications of the Institute and their distribution to its members.
FILLING VACANCIES DURING TERM
  1. In case there is a vacancy of the Office of the President, one of the Vice President will be elected by the Council as President.
  2. The vacancies in the Office of the Vice President, Secretary General, Treasurer or Joint Secretary may be filled from amongst Executive members by the President on the approval of the Council.
  3. The vacancy in other Council seats may be filled in by the Council at a subsequent meeting.
COUNCIL
  1. The Council shall consist of:
    • The President
    • The vice President, Secretary General, Joint Secretary, Treasurer and eight selected Executive members. Chairman of local chapters and chief Editor of the Journal will be ex-official members of the Council.
    • The Council shall have the powers to co-op upto a maximum of four Executive members to the Council so as to give due representation to all regions / provinces if in the opinion of the council these regions / provinces are not adequately represented on the basis of the annual elections.
  2. The council member shall hold office for two years and may be re-elected subject to the provision in rule 8(2).
  3. The Council shall:
    • Be the governing body of the Institute, and shall deal with all matters of policy, it shall conduct and manage all business and affairs of he institute.
    • Take such action as it deems fit to promote the objects of the Institute.
    • Nominate President of the Institute for election for the following term by the General Body.
    • Frame budget and review resources of the Institute from time to time.
    • Approve the annual report and balance sheet before presenting to the General Body.
    • Consider holding of Annual General Meeting and other meetings of the Institute.
    • Fill all vacancies occurring amongst the officers of the Institute and Executive member of the Council.
    • Appoint auditors to audit the accounts of the Institute.
    • See that funds are being properly spent in the best interest of the Institute.
    • Maintain relations with other fraternal societies by exchange of publications and delegates.
  4. The Council may make rules for the conduct of its business.
  5. The Council may delegate its powers to a Committee specially appointed for the purse.
  6. The President of the Institute shall be ex-officio President of the Council and the Secretary General, the Secretary of the Council. In absence of the President and the Vice Presidents in a meeting the members will elect their Chairman. In absence of the Secretary General, Joint Secretary or one of the Executive members will be nominated to record its proceedings.
  7. The Council meeting shall be convened by the Secretary General in consultation with the President.
  8. Six members shall form the quorum
  9. The Council shall have power to order the expenditure to any extent for any purpose in the interest of the Institute provided the budget allows.
  10. In emergency the views of Council members on a matter may be obtained by circulation and put up the President and will form proceedings of the Council.
GENERAL BODY
It shall consist of all grads of membership of the Institute as outlined in Clause 3.
  • It shall be the supreme body of the Institute
  • Ordinary it shall meet at least once at the Annual General Meeting.
  • President or in his absence of the Vice Presidents shall act as the Chairman of the meeting. In case of the absence of all three, those present will elect a Chairman for the meeting.
  • The Secretary General will act as Secretary and Convenor of meetings as directed by the President.
  • The General Body at Annual General meeting will:
    • Consdier and approve the annual report and the balance sheet of the Institute as presented by the secretary and the Treasurer on behalf of the Council.
    • Consider the proposal of the Council for the nomination of the President of the Institute for the following year.
      In case of difference of opinion by the General Body about the nomination, the Council will consider its proposal keeping in view the interest of the Institute and wishes of the General Body. In case of deadlock in the nomination of the president by the Council, the General Body may also propose additional alternate name(s) duly seconded. In such a case then, Members by registered post with nominations in it. The voted ballot will be received by the Secretary of the President or his authorized person who will notify the result.
    • Nominate and elect the Vice Presidents, Secretary General, Treasurer, Joint Secretary and eight persons to serve on the Council, as laid down in clause 5(1) and (2). All these persons shall be nominated at or before the Annual Genera Meeting, and if there are not more than one candidate for each office they shall be declared elected. If more than one persons is nominated for any office, then the outgoing Council shall issue secret postal ballots of such nominations and these postal ballots shall be returned and counted in accordance with clause (ii) above. The person shall be declared elected within 7 days after the last date of return of ballots.
    • Consider and pass resolutions and amendments to the Constitution. Amendments to the Constitution will be according to Clause 5(2)(b).
    • Direct such actions for the guidance and perusance of the Council as it may consider desirable to further the objects of the institution.
    • Take decision on matters brought before it by the Council.
MEETING
  1. Unless otherwise provided, for all decisions at any meeting shall be determined by a majority of those present at the meeting. In the event of equality of votes, the Chairman of such meeting shall be entitled to a casting vote.
  2. Unless otherwise provided for, normally the voting at any meeting shall be by the show of hands. The chairman's decisions on the count of votes shall be final.
  3. Where there is a provision of voting by ballot, the Chairman shall appoint two tellers for counting the votes. The tellers shall sign the ballot papers as a token of counting. The result will be announced by the Chairman of the meeting.
  4. Each proposal at a meeting will be made by a member and seconded by another, otherwise it will not be considered.
  5. If a notice of any meeting is inadvertently sent to or if any such meeting is inadvertently attended by, or if any votes are cast at such meeting by the person not duly qualified to attend such meeting, the proceedings of that meeting shall not be invalidated; nor shall accidental omission to give notice by a member duly qualified to attend such meeting invalidate the proceedings of any such meeting.
  6. The decision of the Chairman of any meeting in all matters pertaining thereto shall be final.
  7. In any emergency no quorum will be required in the case of a meeting held after its adjournment t for want of quorum. The adjournment for the time and place will be decided by the members present at the time of adjournment, and the business under the agenda previously circulated may be transacted. Views of members sent in writing will be presented at the meting.
  8. Annual General Meeting and meetings to amend the constitution will require 30 days prior notice to members excepting in any emergency.
  9. Council meetings will require seven days notice excepting in an emergency.
MEMBERSHIP
  1. The General Body of the Institute shall consist of the following corporate and non-corporate grades:
    • Fellows
    • Members
    • Associate Members
    • Affiliates
    • Student Members
    • Honorary Members
    • Life Fellows/Members
  2. All applications for membership shall be made to the Secretary General on a prescribed proforma and shall be subject to the approval of the Council.
  3. The qualifications and experience for above mentioned grades of memberships shall be as follows.
  • Corporate Grades
    • Fellows
      A candidate for election as Fellow at the time of application shall be a Corporate Member of PIChE and be actively engaged in Chemical engineering profession (or an allied field) and shall be proficient in its principles. In addition, he shall satisfy the council that he fulfills the requirements set forth in one of the following paragraphs.
      • A candidate who holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from a recognized University or its equivalent qualifications and has had 10 years' experience in Chemical Engineering in a responsible capacity.
      • A candidate who holds M.Sc. degree in Chemical technology, Pass Course / Hons. In option (i) and has had atleast 12 years of experience in Chemical Engineering in a responsible capacity
    • Members
      A candidate for election as Member at the time of election shall be actively engaged in Chemical engineering Profession and shall satisfy the council that he fulfills the requirements set forth in one of the following paragraphs:
      • A candidate who holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical engineering from a recognized University or its equivalent qualifications and has had 5 years' experience in Chemical Engineering.
      • A candidate who holds M.Sc degree in Chemical Technology, Pass Course/Hons. In option (i) and has at least 6 years of experience in Chemical Engineering.

        Responsible capacity in above clauses means individual professional responsibility in a chemical engineering assignment including education / research. Chemical Engineering is defined in Appendix ‘A'
  • Non-corporate Grades
    Honorary Members

    The Council may elect any person after getting the due consent of the candidate as an Honorary Member of the Institute who in its option has attained an eminent position in Chemical Engineering profession or an allied field.

    Associate Members

    A candidate for selection as an Associate Member at the time of election should hold a Bachelor's degree in Chemical engineering from a recognized University or its equivalent qualifications.

    Affiliates

    A person holding a diploma in any branch of Science or Engineering other then Chemical Engineering/Chemical Technology and actively associated with Chemical Engineering and allied industries will be eligible to join as an Affiliate of the Institute.

    Student Members

    A candidate for election as a Student Member shall be enrolled as student of a University in a Curriculum for Chemical Engineering/Chemical Technology degree course. Such Membership shall cease with the ceasure of his studentship at the University.

    Life Fellows / Life Members

    The corporate members on the payment of composite fee of Rs.2000.00 may be elected as Life(10 years) Fellow / Life (10 years) Member of the Institute

PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERS OF DIFFERENT GRADES
  1. The Fellow Members only shall be eligible for election to the Honorary Officers of President, Vice-President and Secretary General of the Institute.
  2. The corporate members shall:
    • nominate, second and vote in the election of Honorary Officers and other Executive Members of the Council, 50% of which shall be from amongst Members and 50% from amongst the Fellows of the Institute;
    • propose and vote resolutions and amendments to the Constitution. Adoption of amendments will be subject to the agreement by ¾ voters present at a meeting. Those present at meetings for amending the Constitution shall at least be 1/3rd of the total registered voting corporate members. The amendments to the constitution moved by the Council and sent to the corporate members by post, the replies of the members received thereupon shall be considered as the vote cast by the registered voting member for the purpose; and
    • attend all business meeting of the general body.
  3. All grades of members shall
    • be eligible to receive all the publications of the Institute at reduced rates;
    • be eligible to participate and contribute papers in conferences, seminars, lectures, publications, visits and other activities of the Institute: and
    • propose for the consideration of the Council, ways and means to promote the interests of the Institute.
  4. Following grades shall be entitled to use the initials after their names.
    • Fellow--F.PIChE
    • Member--M.PIChE
    • Associate Member--AM. PIChE
CESSATION OF MEMBERSHIP
  1. If the dues of any member are in arrears for more than one financial year, he will cease to be a member and his name shall be struck off from the registers of the Institute. He may, however, be eligible for readmission.
  2. Any member committing gross professional misconduct in the opinion of the Council or is convicted for moral turpitude shall cease to be a member.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS OF ALL CATEGORIES
  1. They shall uphold the dignity of the profession by action, words or writings.
  2. They will not enter into malpractices.
  3. They will discharge their duties honestly.
  4. They will not indulge in immoral acts, injure or attempt to injure, directly or indirectly, professional reputition or business of any other member.
HONORARY OFFICERS OF THE INSTITUTE
  1. The following Officers of the Institute shall be elected from amongst the corporate members of the institute;
    • President
    • Two Vice Presidents
    • Secretary General
    • Treasurer
    • Joint Secretary
    • Tenure of the Officers
      An Officer as mentioned in Clause 8(1) will hold office for two years and may be re-elected to the same office but not for more than three consecutive terms, after which he will not be proposed for at least two consecutive terms for the same office.
FUNDS OF THE INSTITUTE
  1. The funds shall consist of:
    • Fees and subscriptions from the members
    • Grants from the Government Agencies
    • Donations, endowments and any other income.
  2. All amounts received shall be deposited in a Bank approved by the Council.
  3. The Bank account shall be operated jointly by the Treasurer and the Secretary General.
  4. The Treasurer or his representative shall acknowledge all sums of money paid to the Institute.
  5. The funds shall be administered by the Secretary General in accordance with rules in vogue.
  6. All payments above Rs. 300.00 shall be made by cheque.
  7. The Secretary General may keep Rs. 500.00 as imprest to meet day to day expenses.
  8. The accounts of the Institute shall be audited annually by an auditor appointed by the Council, whose report together with the balance sheet will be presented to the Council.
  9. The Council may make rules for the administration of the funds.
  10. The Council may invest funds standing to the credit of the Institute in such suitable manner as it may deem fit.
  1. The following shall be the entrance fees and Annual subscriptions for the various grades of members:

      Entrance Fee (Rs.) Annual Fee (Rs.)
    Fellow 500 500
    Member 500 500
    Associate Member 500 500
    Affiliate 500 500
    Student Member 500 500
     
  2. The annual subscription will be due on 1st of January in each year and should normally be paid by 1st of March of the same year, after this date the Treasurer shall issue the reminder notice to the defaulters. In case of no positive response by the member the cessation of membership shall come into affect in accordance with clause 6(1).
  3. On transfer from one grade to another, the member will pay fee for new grade and subscription for the grade at the time of transfer during a calendar year; provided he has already paid his dues for his grade before such transfer.
  4. There shall be a separate fee of Rs. 100.00 at the time of issuance of the certificate to members of all grades or after change of grade.
  5. After election of a candidate to a grade is approved by the Council and he has paid his total dues within 3 month's of his election his name and particulars shall be entered into a register maintained by the Institute's Office and he shall be entitled to the privileges of his grade as contained in Clause 5.
LOCAL BRANCHES/CHAPTERS
  1. A local chapter may be constituted at any station where there are fifteen or more members of the Institute.
  2. Local Chapter may formulate their own bye-laws within the framework of the Constitution of the Institute.
  3. A Chairman of a local chapter will be an ex-officio member of the Council.
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