Membership.  Membership of the Foundation is open to all individuals or organizations with an interest in the maritime and security fields. Only Indian citizens are eligible for membership. The Classes of members and their respective qualifying stipulations are as under:-

(a) Associate Members.  All serving and retired personnel belonging to the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, and the Indian mercantile marine service desirous of becoming members may be granted Associate Membership by the Committee on payment of Annual membership fees, which are to be fixed by the Foundation from time to time.  In addition, Army and Air Force officers, officers from police and para-military forces, academics, diplomats, bureaucrats, members of the shipping industry and any other person with maritime background or interest in maritime security and desirous of becoming a member may be granted Associate Membership. Associate Membership shall be granted initially only for a period of one year and subsequently may be renewed, on request, for a period of three to five years, at the sole discretion of the Committee.  Associate Membership may also be granted to NRIs and foreign nationals on case to case basis.  The Associate Members will not have voting rights, but will receive the NMF journal and intimation about major NMF functions by Fastest Available Means (FAM). 

(b) Members. All resident Indian citizens, who have been Associate Members of the Foundation continuously for three years, have shown proven aptitude for scholarship in the field of maritime security and have contributed to the objectives of the NMF, could be granted membership of the NMF, at the sole discretion of the Committee on payment of an Annual fee which will be approved by the Council.  In addition all members of the EC may be offered membership.  The membership will be restricted to resident Indian nationals only.  The members will have voting rights and will receive NMF journal and intimation about major NMF functions by Fastest Available Means (FAM).  The strength of members will be restricted to 100.

(c) Life Members.  All resident Indian nationals, who have been members for ten years may be granted Life Membership at the discretion of the Committee on payment of a one time fee as decided by the Foundation from time to time.  In addition, all members of the Council will be offered Life Membership of the Foundation.  Life Members will forfeit such status, if they renounce Indian citizenship.  All persons who took an active interest or part in the establishment of the Foundation and were enrolled as Founding Members at the initial constitution of the Society as mentioned in the Memorandum of Association (MoA) of the Foundation will be treated as Life Members for all practical purposes.  Life Members will have voting rights and will receive NMF journals and intimation about all activities of the Foundation.  

(d) Institutional Members.   Indian corporate houses or institutions, including defence units, having an interest in maritime affairs or security studies could become Institutional Members of the Foundation at the discretion of the Committee on payment of appropriate fee for a specified period.  The membership will entitle them to NMF publications and intimation about NMF activities.  It will also entitle them to use NMF library and nominate up to two members for NMF activities.  They will not have voting rights. 

Subscription.  Subscription for all types of memberships shall be as laid down by the Council from time to time and shall be payable on 01 Apr every year. Any increase of subscription rates shall be operative from a date as decided by the council. Existing annual fee for various category of members are as follows:- 

Associate Member         = Rs..750/-
Member         = Rs.1200/-
Life Member                 = Rs.10,000/- (one time)
Institutional Member      = Rs.5,000/-


Termination of Membership.  The membership of any person who commits a breach of any of the rules of the Foundation or who refuses or neglects to abide by any such rules or who commits any act which in the opinion of the Council is considered to bring discredit to the Foundation may be terminated by the Council at its discretion after the provision of due notice to the member concerned. 

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