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Memorandum of Association

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This document has been approved by the Membership on 13 April 2013 (approved revision, subsequent changes)
Changes to this document are subject to membership approval, and should be proposed at the next General Meeting.
A marked up version of this page showing variations from the United Kingdom Charity Commission's Model constitution is here

Approval history:
27 October 2008 - Initial adoption (approved revision)
16 October 2011 - Merging in the Memorandum of Association, and changing Objects for charity status (approved revision, changes)
12 May 2012 - Changing board terms to 2 years, and enabling registration in Scotland. (approved revision, changes)
13 April 2013 - Adding co-opted trustees (approved revision, changes)

MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION A. The Society shall be known as 'Wikimedia Chapter (hereinafter referred to as “WMC" for the sake of brevity). B. The registered office of WMC shall be situated at Bangalore, currently located at No. 194, 2nd 'C Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 071, India, or such other address(s)/place(s) as may be decided by the Executive Committee from time to time. Jurisdiction ; Karnataka C. The Aims and Objects of the Society': I. To educate the general Indian public about the availability and use of free and open educational content, which includes the ability to access, develop and contribute to encyclopaedias, dictionaries, books, images, etc. II. To raise awareness and build capacities of individuals and institutions to access, develop and contribute to free and open educational resources. III. To disseminate knowledge of free and open educational content in general and by organizing meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, training programmes, courses and other educational activities in partnership, collaboration and co-operation with schools, colleges, universities, research organizations, non-profit organizations, think tanks, government, other academic/'educational institutions and other organizations of any nature whatsoever, IV. 'l'o promote the advancement and (he usage of free and open educational content, which are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use, among the general public, professionals and society in general. V. To do all and any other acts or things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the above objects. VI. If any of the above objects is found to be inconsistent with the objects of a Public charitable institution under Section 11 or any other section(s) of the Income Tax Act 1961 or any other direct tax law or any other law applicable to such trusts as now enacted or as may be enacted or amended in future, the objects stated above will be treated as so modified to be in accordance with such law or Sd/- (Srinivas Gunta ) Sd/- (Hari Prasad H.S) Sd/-(Goutham.K.John) Sd/- (Arjun Rao Chavala) Sd/- (Anirudh Singh Bhati, Sd/- (Bala Sundara Raman Lakshmanan) Sd,- (Arun Ramarathnam)  Page of document No, 1137/10-11 Sd/- D.R Round seal of Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District institutions will be available or applicable to this Society as well, so that this Society will continue to retain its character of a public charitable institution without profit motive with public character within the meaning of such laws. All the objects of this Society and the activities will be confined to India and will be carried on without profit motive and without any distinction on account of caste, creed, colour, region, religion, sex or sexual orientation. D, Income: The funds and income of the Society shall be utilized solely for the achievement of the aims and objectives of the Society and no portion of it shall be utilized tor payment to the members of the Executive Committee or the members of the Society by w^ay of profit, dividend, interest, loan etc., except as reimbursement of expenses incurred by them in connection w ith the business of the Society and as a reasonable remuneration for any specific Professional service(s) rendered if any. E. President: The president of the Society is authorized to apply for registration of the Society before the Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban. Bangalore, and to submit and furnish details, atfldavits, declarations and other intbrrnation required and is also authorized to make any alterations required in connection w'ith the registration of the Society on behalf of the members of the proposed Society,