Word-Constitution of the Iranian Philosophical Society (IPS)

Part One: An introduction to IPS and definitions

1. The name of the SOCIETY shall be the IRANIAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY (IPS).

2. The IPS is a non-profit organization which will have a role in research and other activities in philosophy and related fields, having a legal personality as of the date of being officially registered. The IPS is thus entitled to have branches throughout Iran.

3.  The Central Office of the IPS is in Tehran, and branches can be opened throughout Iran after acquiring the approval of the Iranian Commission of Scientific Associations.

4.  The period of the IPS’s activities is unlimited.

5. The IPS has an independent legal personality and is thus financially independent. It will therefore conduct all of its administrative, economic and financial transactions without the necessity of abiding by the Iranian Public Accounting and Auditing Laws and their related rules and regulations.

5.1 The IPS’s required annual budget will be estimated and provided by the General Assembly of IPS Founding Members. After the first meeting, the General Assembly of the IPS’s Founding Members will transfer its responsibilities in this regard to the IPS’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will in turn devise a set of comprehensive and logical methods and propose practical plans and schedules in order to provide necessary assets to cover the annual budget of the IPS.

Part Two: The IPS’s objectives and responsibilities

6. The IPS’s main objectives are as follows:

6.1 to make Islamic philosophy and the Islamic intellectual heritage better understood in the        contemporary world,

6.2 to educate young scholars about the intellectual and philosophical heritage of Islam,

6.3 to conduct research regarding the development of philosophy in Iran in the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods,

6.4 to conduct research into the philosophies of all civilizations, including comparative studies.

7. The responsibilities of the IPS are as follows:

7.1 to edit, publish and interpret Arabic and Persian philosophical, theological and mystical works,

7.2 to translate and publish philosophical, theological and mystical works which are considered to be of particular importance, from all civilizations of the world,

7.3 to translate Arabic and Persian philosophical, theological and mystical works into various foreign languages,

7.4 to compile and revise philosophical books and pamphlets in Persian, Arabic and other foreign languages,

7.5 to cooperate with philosophical and scholarly organizations whose objectives are harmonious with those of the IPS, both in Iran and globally,

7.6 to cooperate with research foundations in the evaluation and revision of plans and projects related to the academic fields with which the IPS is concerned,

7.7 to support and encourage scholars in the fields with which the IPS is concerned and to honor prominent contemporary scholars and professors for their life’s work,

7.8 to hold and sponsor meetings, lectures, congresses, seminars and scholarly gatherings dealing with topics related to philosophy and related fields,

7.9 to found a library, to endeavor to identify outstanding philosophical publications throughout the world and, to the extent that is possible, to procure copies of these books and periodicals in order to provide the opportunity for those interested in philosophical topics or engaged in research related to them to gain access to up-to-date, quality publications,

7.10 to work towards publication of a high quality quarterly journal in line with IPS objectives,

7.11 to establish, if necessary, research centers and scholarly institutes affiliated with the IPS in order to further IPS objectives.

Part Three: Governing Bodies of the IPS

8. The IPS contains the following governing bodies:

8.1        The General Assembly (see Articles 9 and 10),
8.2        The Board of  Directors (see Article 12),
8.3        The President (see Article 13)
8.4        Inspectors (see Articles 14, 15 and 16).

9. The IPS General Assembly: The IPS General Assembly is the highest decision making body of the IPS.

9.1 The General Assembly will hold regular and extraordinary sessions. The regular sessions of the General Assembly are to be convened annually (during the last week of September or first week of October) and the extraordinary sessions are to be held whenever deemed as necessary, following the request of the President of the IPS, or all of the members of the Board of Directors.
9.2 All decisions, whether proposed at the regular or extraordinary sessions of the General Assembly, shall be made on condition of a majority affirmative vote of those members of the General Assembly who are present. If at the first session a majority vote is not achieved, a    subsequent session may be held within a month with as many members present as possible, and a majority affirmative vote at that session would be sufficient to pass the proposal.
9.3 The invitations for convening the General Assembly sessions must be written and sent by registered post to IPS members’ official postal addresses, or published as advertisements in one of the highly circulated Iranian daily newspapers chosen by the General Assembly at least a month prior to holding the session.

10. The responsibilities and powers of the General Assembly are as follows:

10.1              to choose the members of the Board of Directors,
10.2              to devise, approve or alter plans and guidelines for the IPS, and to alter either part or all of the text of the IPS constitution when necessary,
10.3              to make decisions based on recommendations and reports received at the IPS,
10.4              to approve the IPS’s balance of payments, financial transactions, incomes and expenditures,
10.5              to approve the IPS’s annual budget,
10.6              to choose a widely circulated daily newspaper for the publication of the IPS’s advertisements and announcements,
10.7              to choose the IPS’s inspector(s).

11. The founders of the IPS are those who have established and registered the IPS. The first members of the IPS Board of Directors, whose number shall be five, shall be chosen from among them. The Founders of the IPS are:

  1. Dr. Gholam Reza Aavani
  2. Dr. Gholam Ali Haddad Adel
  3. Dr Ahmad Ahmadi
  4. Dr. Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad
  5. Dr. Reza Davari
  6. Dr. Gholam Hossein Ebrahimi Dinani
  7. Dr. Mehdi Golshani
  8. Dr. Nasrollah Pour-Javadi
  9. Hojjatol-Islam Seyyed Mohammad Khamene’i
  10. Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani

12. The IPS Board of Directors:

12.1 The IPS’s Board of Directors is comprised of five members that are chosen by the General Assembly of Founders for a four-year first term, and must be chosen from among the founding members.

12.2 Election of the same members of the Board of Directors for a number of consecutive terms is permitted.

12.3 The sessions of the IPS Board of Directors are to be convened monthly at the IPS Central Office.

12.4 At the first session, the President of the IPS shall be chosen from among the members of the Board of Directors with a majority vote.

12.5 Appointment and ending the term of service of the President of the IPS, acceptance or rejection of the applicants’ membership requests, and other decisions regarding the management of the IPS’s affairs require the majority vote of the IPS’s Board of Directors.

13. The President of the IPS: The Responsibilities and Powers of the President are as follows:

13.1 to implement and supervise the executive affairs of ratifications made by the Board of Directors,

13.2 to take care of the daily affairs of the IPS,

13.3 to sign the entire official correspondence of the IPS, as well as local and international invitations and IPS certificates. Such letters and invitations should also have the seal mark of the IPS by the side of the signature of the President of the IPS. Contracts, financially abiding documents and other legal papers are binding on condition of the signature of two members of the Board of Directors and the seal mark of the IPS.

13.4 The members of the Board of Directors can unanimously or individually enjoin their entire powers and responsibilities, or part thereof, to the President of the IPS after signing a related petition, and in other words, the President of the IPS can govern the IPS possessing all of the functions of the Board of Directors.

14. Inspectors:  The inspectors of the General Assembly’s regular sessions must appoint two informed and farsighted supervisors to oversee the affairs of the sessions. One of these inspectors is to be the IPS’s Main Inspector, and the other is to be the IPS Substitute Inspector.

14.1 The IPS inspectors are commissioned to prepare a comprehensive report on the financial and legal performance of the IPS once a year and to present it on a previously appointed date to the General Assembly. Such reports are to be surveyed at the regular sessions of the General Assembly and approved after confirmation of the IPS’s financial transactions. Surveying the inspector’s reports must take place speedily at the General Assembly’s regular session, and if necessary, at an extraordinary General Assembly session.

14.2 The amount of the Inspectors salaries is to be specified by the Board of Directors and the period of their service will be two or four years.

15. The IPS inspectors are entitled the right to have access to all of the documents and monetary papers of the IPS (but such inspections should not interrupt the regular affairs of the IPS).

16. The Inspectors should present their report to the General Assembly at least ten days prior to its regular or extraordinary sessions, and if their presence at a session is deemed to be necessary they should attend the session and defend the contents of their report.

Part Four: Types of membership and their conditions

17.  Types and conditions for IPS membership are as follows:

17.1 Permanent membership:

The founders of the IPS and MA university degree holders in philosophy, logic, theology, or other disciplines related to the IPS’s fields of studies can become permanent members of the IPS after receiving the confirmation of the members of the IPS’s Board of Founding Members.

17.2 Affiliated membership:

Interested individuals with the following qualifications can become affiliated members of the IPS:

A: MA university degree holders in one of the fields of study with which the IPS is concerned.

B: MA university degree holders who have at least five years of working experience in said fields.

17.3 Student Membership:

All university students of philosophy, logic, theology, and other related majors are eligible for Student membership.

17.4 Honorary membership

This type of membership is for BA university degree holders with at least five years of working experience in one of the stated fields.

17.5 Institutional membership (for legal entities):

Institutes conducting scholarly activities can become members of the IPS.

Sub-Article 1: Honorary members of the IPS enjoy all the rights of the permanent members, save for the right to be elected as members of the IPS Board of Directors.

Sub-Article 2: Each member has to pay an annual membership charge, whose amount is decided by the General Assembly.

Sub-Article 3: Paying the annual membership charge will not entitle the members to claim ownership over the properties of the IPS.

18. Neither members of the IPS Board of Directors, the President of the IPS, nor the IPS members are entitled to take advantage of the IPS’s rules and regulations in order to further their own personal interests, or to have direct or indirect transactions with the IPS from which they would personally benefit in any way.

19. The IPS is permitted to take advantage of the cooperation of certain competent persons in order to further its objectives and to invite them to work for the IPS in return for salaries that may be paid to them in any way deemed appropriate.

20. Since the IPS is a scholarly and research-based philosophical organization, the management of all of its affairs is to be subject to the present constitution. Wherever ambiguities or problems arise in practice, the laws, rules and regulations of the Iranian Culture and Higher Education Ministry are to be used for their resolution.

21. Any type of administrative system deemed as necessary by the IPS Board of Directors should be established for the achievement of the IPS objectives. The IPS President is also entitled to take advantage of the services of qualified persons in order to manage the IPS more efficiently. He also enjoys the right to appoint such people at positions within the IPS’s administrative system, whose framework would be devised by the Board of Directors, and to pay them, as well as the rest of the IPS’s personnel, appropriate salaries in order to manage the IPS affairs efficiently.

Part Five: The IPS’s groups and committees

22. The IPS can establish the below mentioned groups and committees whose functions are to be based on plans devised by the IPS Board of Directors:

1)                  Expert Groups

2)                  The Academic Affairs and Research Committee

3)                  The Publications Committee

4)                  The Statistics and Information Committee

5)                  The Admissions and Public Relations Committee

6)                  The Conference Committee

Sub-Article 4: The IPS Board of Directors is in charge of drafting the rules and regulations and for ratification of the IPS groups and committees.

Chapter Six: Budget and miscellaneous matters

23. The monetary assets of the IPS are as follows:

23.1 annual membership charge of the IPS members (in accordance with amounts ratified by the Board of Directors),

23.2 income gained from offering academic, research and consultation services,

23.3 endowments and contributions received.

24. The IPS’s incomes and expenditures are to be recorded in legally sealed accounting notebooks and the list of such transactions is to be forwarded each year to the Scientific Associations Committee of the Iranian Culture and Higher Education Ministry after ratification at the IPS General Assembly.

25. The IPS’s entire monetary assets are to be kept in a special account in the name of the IPS.

26. All of the IPS’s documents, whether financial or non-financial, are to be kept and safeguarded at IPS Central Office.

27. Any kind of revisions in articles of this Constitution would be authentic after being confirmed at the Scientific Associations Commission of the Iranian Culture and Higher Education Ministry.

28. The IPS’s nationality is Iranian, the IPS abides by the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and its members are not allowed to have political activities, or affiliation to any political groups and parties in the name of, or on behalf of the IPS.

29. The financial year of the IPS begins on March 20th (Farvardin 1st) and ends on March 19th (Esfand 29th).

30. The IPS is to have official, legally sealed accounting notebooks in which its entire incomes, expenditures, received contributions and payments to governmental and non-governmental organizations and social service organizations are to be recorded. The IPS’s entire monetary transactions are to be managed by the IPS Accounting Department under the supervision of the IPS President.

31. Publication of any scholarly, cultural and philosophical periodicals will be possible after acquiring the necessary state legal permits.

32. After the establishment of the IPS and its registration with Iran’s legal authorities, the IPS logo is also to be registered and the ownership of IPS over that logo is to be authentically recorded. From then on all of the IPS’s official papers, catalogues, etc. are to be printed and published with the IPS logo on them.

33. Termination of the IPS:

The IPS shall be terminated upon adopting a decision to do so by the IPS General Assembly. The same assembly would, after deciding to terminate the IPS, appoint a Resolving Affairs Group, in charge of paying the IPS’s debts, receiving its overdue monetary acquisitions, and then transferring the ownership of the IPS’s entire cash and real estate properties to the Iranian Human Sciences and Cultural Studies Research Center.

34. This Constitution with its six parts and thirty-four articles was ratified at the Iranian Philosophical Society’s 1st General Assembly on October 02, 1997.

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