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<4> Membership :

1. The Association shall have the following categories of members: Members, Life Members, Member Institutions, Student Members and Associate Members:

(a) Member : Any person associated with research in physics or teaching of physics at University or College level, or possessing a post-graduate degree in Physics is eligible to apply for membership and pay the admission fee. The admission fee and the membership fee shall be as stipulated in <16.2>. Members in different categories shall be entitled to the rights and privileges of the Association membership as hereinafter stated.

(b) Life Member : Any person eligible to apply for membership may choose to apply for membership may choose to apply for being a Life Member. The Life Membership fee shall be as stipulated in <16.2>. A Life Members shall be entitled to the same rights and privileges as a Member throughout life.

(c) Member Institution : An institute or a recognised statutory body, a department of the central or state Government, or a registered commercial or industrial undertaking associated with physics, is eligible to apply for being a Member Institution. A Member Institution has the right to appoint one of their employees as an Institutional Member. An Institutional Member shall be entitled to the same rights and privileges as a Member, except the right to vote and the right to hold elective office.

(d) Student Member : A bona-fide post-graduate student, specialising in physics is eligible to apply for being a Student Member. No person who has obtained a Masters degree shall be eligible for being a student member. A Student Member shall be entitled to the same rights and privileges as a Member, except the right to vote and the right to hold elective office.

(e) Associate Member : Any person interested in physics, but not having the necessary qualifications to become a member in the categories 4.1(a) to 4.1(d) is eligible to apply for being an Associate Member. An Associate Member shall be entitled to the same rights and privileges as a Member, except the right to vote and the right to hold elective office.

2.  The requirements of admission and transfer or termination of membership shall be as prescribed in <15>(Admission, transfer and removal).

3.  A Member whose subscription at the time of voting has been in arrears for a period exceeding three months, shall not be entitled to the right to vote and the right to hold elective office.
   
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