It provides for the registration of literary, scientific and charitable societies.
Under the Act societies may be formed, by way of a memorandum of association, by any seven or more people associated for
any literary, scientific or charitable purpose.
The Societies Registration Act, 1860 is a legislation in India which allows the registration of entities generally involved in
the benefit of society - education, health, employment etc.
A society may be formed by seven or more persons for the following reasons:
1. Promotion of Science.
2. Promotion of Literature.
3. Promotion of Fine Arts.
4. Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
5. Grant of Charitable Assistance.
6. Creation of Military Orphan Funds.
7. Foundation or Maintenance of Libraries or Reading Rooms.
8. Foundation or Maintenance of Public Museum or Galleries.
Apart from the above-mentioned purposes, a society can also be formed for any other causes,
as per the amendment put forth by the Act.
The registration or constitution of a society is done in two parts:
a.Memorandum of Association
b.Rules and regulations of the society
it normally includes the following Clauses:
(iv)Committee/ Governing Body Clause
The rules and regulations, when formulated, need to be signed and certified by three office bearers of the society
(usually the Chairman, President and Vice- president or secretary and the president, as applicable).
Documents for Society Registration
Once you have the documents ready, you are ready to register your society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
However, ensure that you have all essential documents in hand (other than MOA and rules) for secure processing.
The documents needed to be submitted to the Registrar are:
1. A letter requesting registration, signed by founding members.
This letter will state the purpose of formation of the society and a requisition indicating that the society
is registered under the Act. The signature of all members is mandatory.
2. A certified copy of the MOA, signed by the founding members, with a duplicate.
3. A certified copy of the rules and regulations, signed by the founding members, along with a duplicate copy.
4. A table with the names and address and occupation of all members of the society with their signatures
5. Minutes of the meeting (general body meeting conducted to set the rules and regulations)
6. Declaration by the president of the society
7. A sworn affidavit from the President or Secretary, declaring the relationship between the subscribers.
8. Address proof of registered office and no-objection certificate from the landlord.
The documents are to be filed with the Registrar along with the fees, and a suitable name
(which should be unique and not suggest a relationship with the government or violate the provisions of the
Emblem and Names Act,1950).
If the Registrar is satisfied with the application, the society will be registered.
After registration of society, you shall apply for PAN CARD if required.
Anyway each year we have to submit the accounts to the Registrar of societies.
Non-filling of names, addresses and occupation of Governing body members, council, directors, committee entrusted with
the management of the Society or willfully furnishing false information or return or refusing or neglecting to send audited
income and expenditure statement and information are offences of the Society which is penalizable.Society Registration:Name Selection
While choosing a name for the society, it is important to remember that as per Societies Act, 1860,
similar or identical name of an existing registered societyis not permitted.
Further the proposed name for the society must also not suggest patronage of the Government of India or anyState Government or attract the provisions of Emblem and Names Act, 1950.