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Minutes of Annual General Body Meeting, 25th Feb, 2006, Nagpur
The meeting was convened with the President, Professor YK Chawla, in the chair. Agenda items were presented by Honorary Secretary, Professor VA Saraswat. The GBM was attended by 38 life members.

Secretary’s report. This was read out and is enclosed (Annexure 1). Results of elections to INASL Governing Council conducted by Professor A Koshy, St. John’s Hospital and Medical College, Bangalore, and declared by him in the Governing Council meeting at Vishakhapatnam on November 12, 2005, were announced once again for the benefit of members not present at Vizag. Professor YK Chawla, Head, Department of Hepatology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, had been declared elected unopposed as President. Dr SP Misra, Professor, department of Gastroenterology, MLN Medical College, Allahabad, had been declared elected to the post of Vice-President. New Governing Council members elected were Dr AC Anand, Head, Department of Medicine, AFMC, Pune, Dr P Kar, Professor, Department of Medicine, MAMC, N Delhi, Professor Prabha Sawant, Head, Department of Gastroenterology, LTMG Medical College and Hospital, Sion, Mumbai and Dr Abhijit Chowdhury, Head, Department of Gastroenterology, IPGMER, Kolkata. All were welcomed and warmly applauded by the General Body.

  1. Treasurer’s report. The GB was informed that Treasurer Dr P Sakhuja had been unable to stay back for the GB meeting due to prior commitments. However, details of INASL accounts and expenses for 2005-06 at Delhi and Lucknow were circulated to the GB and are attached (Annexure 2). It was agreed that the amount paid as Life Membership fees by INASL members, including the amount received from Dr Nagarjun Kumar, previous Secretary-cum-Treasurer, and subsequently from new members, would be deposited in a Fixed Deposit account at Delhi. Proposals to augment the meager resources of the Association would be presented at the next GBM or by circulation earlier.
  2. ‘Inactive Members’. These were members whose names figured on the list of INASL life members received from Professor SK Sarin in 2003 on the basis of which the 1st edition of the INASL Members’ Directory had been printed and circulated in April 2004 but who have not been active at least since April 2003. They have not attended any INASL annual or midterm meeting, have not responded to any communication from INASL Secretariat, have not updated their details with the Secretariat and at least 3 or more mailings sent by courier to the address noted for them in the INASL Directory have not evoked any reply. It was decided that their names should continue to figure in the Roll of Life Members of the Association, however, they would be removed from the active mailing list of the INASL Secretariat. Efforts would be made to contact them individually and obtain their details by seeking the help of nodal INASL members in their cities/ states/ regions over the next 6 months. Thereafter, this issue would be discussed further.
  3. Venue for 15th Annual INASL Conference, 2007. The GB was informed that procedure for bidding for INASL midterm and annual meetings was finalized at the Vizag GBM but there had been some delay in circulating it to all members. Hence, it was proposed that bids should only be invited for 2007. Bids were made on behalf of 4 centers: CMC Vellore, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, N Delhi, Pune and PGIMER, Chandigarh. Voting was done by a show of hands, with 16 votes being cast in favor of CMC Vellore, 4 in favor of SGRH, N Delhi, 2 in favor of Pune and 5 in favor of PGIMER, Chandigarh. The 15th annual meting was awarded to CMC Vellore and would be organized by Dr G Kurian as Organizing Secretary. A letter formally communicating this GBM decision and information about the of norms and standards for organizing INASL annual meetings would be sent by the Honorary Secretary, INASL, to the Organizing Secretary at the earliest.
  4. Efforts to further improve the Annual Conference. The efforts made to date were recapitulated.
    1. An oral Plenary Session was introduced for the first time in INASL. The traditional Poster Round, followed by oral presentation of the 6 best posters was continued. Attractive prizes were awarded to winners at the Plenary Session as well as for the Poster Discussion session. Breakfast Meet-the-Professor sessions were started at this meeting and were appreciated by delegates. It was decided to continue all these sessions as regular features of future annual meetings. It was agreed that a second oral session should be started.
    2. An appeal was made by the Hon Secretary to all INASL members that they should preferentially present their original hepato-biliary research work at the INASL Annual Conference or Midterm meetings.
  5. Bids for Midterm conferences: A request was received from Professor SK Acharya, HOD, Department of Gastroenterology, AIIMS, for organizing a one day joint meeting between INASL and ACG (American College of Gastroenterology) at AIIMS, N Delhi in the first week of August, tentatively on 2nd August 2006. Dr Acharya would be the Organizing Secretary for this meeting. Another request was received from Professor P Kar, Department of Medicine, MAMC, N Delhi, for hosting a single theme meeting at MAMC, N Delhi in the third week of September 2006. A third request, from Professor Abhijit Chowdhuay, IPGMER, Kolkata had earlier been received and approved in the Vishakhapatnam GBM. Dr Chowdhury is planning to hold a single theme INASL midterm meeting on Hepatic Fibrosis on 14 December, 2006 for which he will be the Organizing Secretary. Professor Manisha Dwivedi, HOD, Department of Gastroenterology, MLN MC, Allahabad, also submitted a bid for hosting a single theme midterm conference under the auspices of INASL in January 2007 for which she will be the Organizing Secretary. All these bids had been discussed and approved by the Governing Council. These were put up to the General Body which unanimously approved them all. Bids were also made on behalf of Pune for April 2007 by Dr Sheetal Dhadphale and for Indore by Dr Ajay Jain. Though considered favorably, it was decided that they would be finalized at the next GBM since they pertained to the year 2007-2008.
  6. HBV Eradication day. The General Body was informed that the proposal submitted by Dr SP Singh (SCB Medical College, Cuttack) for celebrating July 28th as National HBV Eradication Day under the patronage of INASL had been accepted by the Governing Council. A committee would be nominated by the GC with Dr SP Singh as Convenor for suggesting concrete steps to organize this event at the national level. The proposal was approved unanimously by the GBM.
  7. Welcoming new members: Applications for Life Membership had been received from Dr Kedar Nath Panda (Orissa), Dr Ashim Das (Department of Pathology, PGIMER, Chandigarh), Dr Bashir Ahmed Khan (Department of Gastroenterology, SIKIMS, Srinagar) and Dr Niranjan Rout (Orissa). After due processing and completion of formalities, they had been found suitable for being awarded life membership of the Association by the Governing Council. Their names were presented to and approved by the GBM and these members were warmly welcomed to the fold of INASL. Intimation would be sent to them individually by the Secretariat along with their provisional registration numbers.
  8. Registration of Association. The General Body was informed that, as decided in the Jaipur GBM, steps had been initiated to get INASL registered afresh at Delhi. The initials INASL would stand for Indian National Association for Study of Liver. It was hoped that the process would be completed by the next GBM.
  9. The meeting was adjourned with a vote of thanks to the chair.

VA Saraswat
Hon. Secretary,
INASL.

Minutes of General Body Meeting at Vishakhapatnam, Vishakhapatnam, Nov 13, 2005

The General Body meeting was convened at the end of the INASL scientific program in Hall B with the outgoing President, Professor SK Acharya, in the chair and Honorary Secretary, Dr VA Saraswat, presenting the agenda items. The list of members attending the GBM is appended at the end (Annexure 1).

  1. Approval of previous GBM minutes. Minutes of the previous General Body Meeting at Jaipur were approved.
  2. INASL GC Elections 2005. Results of elections to INASL Governing Council conducted by Professor A Koshy, St. John’s Hospital and Medical College, Bangalore, and declared by him in the Governing Council meeting on November 12, were announced. Professor YK Chawla, Head, Department of Hepatology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, was declared elected unopposed as President. He was welcomed to the chair and presided over the GBM thereafter. Dr SP Misra, Professor, department of Gastroenterology, MLN Medical College, Allahabad, was declared elected to the post of Vice-President of the Governing Council. New Governing Council members elected were Dr AC Anand, Head, Department of Medicine, AFMC, Pune, Dr P Kar, Professor, Department of Medicine, MAMC, N Delhi, Professor Prabha Sawant, Head, Department of Gastroenterology, LTMG Medical College and Hospital, Sion, Mumbai and Dr Abhijit Chowdhury, IPGMER, Kolkata. The General Body warmly thanked the outgoing President Dr SK Acharya for his dynamic leadership and signal contribution in setting INASL affairs once again on the right track and requested for his continued close involvement in many incomplete affairs. Other outgoing GC members, Dr Rakesh Aggarwal, Dr Manisha Dwivedi and Dr Matthew Philip were also warmly thanked for their involvement and contributions.
  3. Term of office for new office-bearers.
    It was decided that the term of office of the new office-bearers would commence from Nov 14th 2005 and would continue till 31st March 2008. This would rationalize terms of office and subsequent elections would be held prior to the annual national conference of the Association.
    It was further resolved that the terms of office of the 2 new Governing Council members who won with the highest number of votes (Drs. AC Anand, P Kar) would be extended to 31st March 2009. This would allow staggering of election of new members of the GC, so that 2 new members are elected every year.
    The next election for GC would be held in Jan 2008 for 2 posts and thereafter, elections for GC posts would be conducted for 2 posts every year in January.
  4. Adopting the Constitution for INASL. Copies of revised Constitution of the INASL that had been circulated earlier on 2 occasions to all members of INASL in 2004 and 2005 and also displayed on INASL website www.inasl.org for the last one year were once again circulated to all members present. It was resolved that this Constitution be adopted in toto, including Annexures circulated, with effect from 13th Nov 2005, ie. date of Vizag GBM.
  5. Registration of Association. The problems of renewing the original registration of INASL at Mumbai and the efforts made for this purpose by Dr P Sawant were recapitulated. It was resolved that INASL would be registered afresh, as a new Association at N Delhi. The name of the Association would be modified to Indian National Association for Study of Liver, retaining the initials INASL. Once registered in N Delhi, the other pending jobs like filing for exemption u/s 12A, appointing a permanent Chartered Accountant, filing income-tax returns and getting a PAN number would be initiated. Past President, Professor SK Acharya, volunteered to help INASL with this process in Delhi.
  6. Annual and midterm conferences. Rules and guidelines for conduct of annual and midterm conferences were circulated. They were adopted in toto (Annexures 2). Any further suggestions for modification or alteration in the proposed set of rules should be mailed to the Hon Secretary and / or the President of the Association and would be taken up at future GBMs.
  7. New initiatives for Annual Conference. It was decided that an oral Plenary session for the 5 best original papers (full papers) submitted for presentation at the annual meeting should be initiated wef the next annual meeting at Nagpur in Feb 2006. A transparent, objective system of peer review for choosing papers for Plenary presentation from among papers submitted for the Plenary Session would be made. It was also decided that Meet-the-Professor sessions over breakfast should be introduced at Nagpur.
  8. Handing over of accounts. The GBM was informed that a letter had been sent to the INASL President, Professor SK Acharya by Dr YR Nagarjun Kumar, former Secretary-cum-Treasurer in March 2005, enclosing a cheque for Rs. 3,53000=00 along with a statement of accounts from Andhra Bank, Hyderabad. In light of an earlier letter from INASL Past President, Professor SK Sarin to Dr SK Acharya that had enclosed photocopy of the cheque by which this amount had been transferred to Dr Nagarjun Kumar when the latter took over as Treasurer INASL, it was clear that the entire amount in INASL account with the previous Governing Council now stood transferred to the new Council. The cheque was deposited in and credited to INASL Secretariat account at SGPGI, Lucnow. No other papers or documents handed were handed over. It was verbally informed b Dr Nagarjun Kumar that he had no further INASL documents or records to hand over. Dr Nagarjun Kumar was present at the GBM and confirmed these transactions. He also expressed regret for the delay in handing over the INASL account and apologized for the resulting inconvenience. It was resolved that no further action or censure on the issue of handing over of records and accounts by previous Governing Council was required now. The present GC would have to continue its efforts to revive old INASL records including list of members, membership numbers, registration of Association, renewal of Constitution etc.
  9. Accounts of the Association. Accounts of the funds of the Association held at Lucknow were presented and circulated to GBM members (Annexure 3). Accounts of the funds held at N Delhi would be presented at the Nagpur GBM. It was resolved that an MOD/ FD would be made of the amounts deposited as life membership fees both at Delhi and Lucknow. The amount sent by Dr NAgarjun Kumar would be regarded as the total amount of membership fees deposited with INASL since inception till 31 Mar 2003.
  10. ISG-INASL interaction. The problems faced by INASL in organizing the midterm meeting held in conjunction with the annual meeting of ISG were discussed. It was resolved that a formal communication would be sent by Hon Secretary INASL to office bearers of ISG detailing these problems and proposing modifications that would be mutually beneficial. The GB agreed that this issue should be pursued by the GC.
  11. APASL - INASL meeting Dec 2004. The General Body tendered a vote of thanks to Professor SK Sarin, Organizing Secretary, APASL, N Delhi and Dr P Kar, Organizing Secretary INASL 2005 at N Delhi for the joint efficient and successful joint organization of the meeting.
  12. HBV Eradication day. Professor SP Singh’s proposal requesting that INASL should adopt 28th July (BS Blumberg’s birthday) as National HBV Eradication day was discussed. It was unanimously agreed that INASL should adopt this activity. It was further resolved that Professor SP Singh should continue as Convener of the HBV Eradication Day sub-committee to be setup by INASL and should co-ordinate INASL activities for this event at the national level from net year ie. July 28th, 2006.
  13. Joint scientific meetings reputed international associations. Professor YK Chawla, President, INASL, reported his discussions to the GB regarding a proposed joint meeting between INASL and ACG (American College of Gastroenterology) in 2006. The GB approved the initiative in principle. Dr. Chawla was requested to pursue this initiative further as well as to explore possibilities for more such meetings in the future with other international associations such as AASLD, JSH and EASL.
  14. Presidential Oration at the Annual Conference every year. It was proposed that a Presidential Oration should be delivered by the current Association President at the annual meeting every year. It should review developments in selected areas of Hepatology where there was impressive recent progress at the international level in the 1st year of his tenure. In the second year, the address should focus on the national scene in Hepatology, the state of the Association, future directions for the association etc. A formal handing over by the outgoing President to the Incoming President should take place at the end of this Oration in the second year.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Annexures 1: GBM attendance Sheet
2: Guidelines for INASL Annual Conference
3: Accounts of INASL Account at Lucknow

Vivek A Saraswat
Honorary Secretary,INASL,
Professor, Department of Gastroenterology,
SGPGIMS, Lucknow

Minutes of INASL General Body Meeting, held at Jaipur, October 4, 2004

The General Body meeting of the INASL was conducted in Hall B in Birla Auditorium at Jaipur.

  • Dr JB Dilawari
  • Dr A Koshy
  • Dr Shiva
  • Dr Sudhir Gupta
  • Dr Samir Shah
  • Dr AC Anand
  • Dr Dinesh Kini
  • Dr Rakesh Aggarwal
  • Dr Abha Nagral
  • Dr SK Acharya
  • Dr VA Saraswat
  • Dr P Kar
  1. Minutes of the previous meeting confirmed.
  2. The problem of handling over of INASL Accounts and records by previous office bearers: No clear-cut decision has been taken. All efforts for transferring of accounts from previous office bearers have been made by President Dr SK Acharya as well as other governing council members but that was in vain. It was also decided to take some legal action but most of the members opposed, they were in favour of rather than doing legal formalities better to maintain accounts right from now. Some of them were also in favour to dissolve this body and form new body. Ultimately it was decided that unanimous decision would be taken latter on.
  3. Better Integration of INASL – IASG program: All members were agreed joint program should be made. All efforts will be made to coordinate for INASL and ISG program
  4. INASL-APASL joint meeting: Planning & Progress
    Some members were in favour of holding INASL in separate day as it is. Basically more emphasize was on that INASL should not loose its identity as progress was not very good. . It should be clearly mention in forthcoming meeting at New Delhi that INASL is being organized in association with APSL meeting in December 2004. If a talk fails, then separate INASL meeting will be held on 26th March at Banglore.
  5. INASL Elections: Time table and details. (No idea)
  6. Modification in constitution. Not decided.
  7. Venue for next INASL Conferences: Mid term meeting at Banlgore in March 2005(Organizing Secretary: Dr D Kini) and INASL meeting 2006 at Nagpur (Organizing Secretary: Dr S Gupta). Moreover Dr Kotwal also requested to have a meeting at Sikkim in May 2005 (Approved).
  8. INASL Mid-term Conference: It was decided to abolish prizes in mid-term meeting shift to annual meeting.
  9. INASL New Members: New Members were welcomed to the INASL.
  10. APDW Hosting Support: No idea Handling over of INASL records such as list of members, life membership forms, INASL account and minutes of past meetings was discussed. Efforts made by the Governing Council as well as senior members of INASL such as Past Presidents Prof. SK Sarin, Prof. CM Habibullah and Prof. Bajrang Pratap and Dr Sethu Babu in contacting Dr Nagarjun Kumar, Previous Secretary-cum-Treasurer. It was decided that one more effect would be made by writing to him and if no progress was made in the matter, legal advice would be sought, legal notice issued and legal remedies explored to rectify this gross financial irregularity.
  11. Renewal of INASL Registration: Efforts made by Dr Prabha Sawant (Mumbai) and the problems with renewal and fresh registration were discussed. The major problem was that no proper accounts were submitted to Registrar of Charitable Societies, Mumbai for several years, certainly not after 1999 and also not for several years in mid-1980’s and 1990’s. Renewal of registration was only possible after these accounts were submitted. It was decided that Dr Sarin and Dr Amarapurkar would help in reconstructing records for last 5-6 years.
  12. Member’s Directory: The secretary informed the General Body that a Directory of numbers was being prepared for circulation and would be completed in the near future. The problems with allotting life membership number were discussed and it was decided that the present issue of the Directory could allot provisional numbers that would be corrected in future editions. Once paper list of INASL members had been reconstructed.
  13. INASL 2005: The issue of the venue for next INASL meeting was discussed. The proposal of Dr SK Sarin that INASL 2005 should be organized in association with APSL meeting in December 2004 being organized in association with APASL meeting in December 2004 being organized by him at Delhi was discussed. After much discussion the General Body agreed that INASL-APASL meeting should be held in December 2004. Dr P Kar was requested to Co-ordinate the integration of the INASL and APASL program with Dr SK Sarin. It was emphasized that APASL banners and letterheads should mention that the 14th Annual Meeting of INASL, 2005, was being conducted in association and that the Dr SR Naik Memorial Oration, INASL plenary session etc. would be incorporated in the APASL program.
  14. Proposed Mid-Term INASL meetings to be organized by Dr P Kar, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi on Pregnancy and Liver Diseases on August 2004 and Dr D Kini, Manipal Hospital, Banglore in March 2005 on viral hepatitis were approved.
  15. New Members were welcomed to the INASL.
  16. The Meeting adjourned with a vote of thanks to the chair. Next Meeting is to be planned at ISG, Jaipur in October 2004.
Minutes of INASL General Body Meeting, held at Lucknow on March 13, 2004

The General Body meeting of the INASL was conducted at SGPGI, Lucknow with the President, Prof. SK Acharya in the Chair. It was attended by 36 members.

  1. Minutes of the previous meeting confirmed.
  2. The Problem of no handing over of INASL records such as list of members, life membership forms, INASL account and minutes of past meetings was discussed. Efforts made by the Governing Council as well as senior members of INASL such as Past Presidents Prof. SK Sarin, Prof. CM Habibullah and Prof. Bajrang Pratap and Dr Sethu Babu in contacting Dr Nagarjun Kumar, Previous Secretary-cum-Treasurer. It was decided that one more effect would be made by writing to him and if no progress was made in the matter, legal advice would be sought, legal notice issued and legal remedies explored to rectify this gross financial irregularity.
  3. Renewal of INASL Registration: Efforts made by Dr Prabha Sawant (Mumbai) and the problems with renewal and fresh registration were discussed. The major problem was that no proper accounts were submitted to Registrar of Charitable Societies, Mumbai for several years, certainly not after 1999 and also not for several years in mid-1980’s and 1990’s. Renewal of registration was only possible after these accounts were submitted. It was decided that Dr Sarin and Dr Amarapurkar would help in reconstructing records for last 5-6 years.
  4. Member’s Directory: The secretary informed the General Body that a Directory of numbers was being prepared for circulation and would be completed in the near future. The problems with allotting life membership number were discussed and it was decided that the present issue of the Directory could allot provisional numbers that would be corrected in future editions. Once paper list of INASL members had been reconstructed.
  5. INASL 2005: The issue of the venue for next INASL meeting was discussed. The proposal of Dr SK Sarin that INASL 2005 should be organized in association with APSL meeting in December 2004 being organized in association with APASL meeting in December 2004 being organized by him at Delhi was discussed. After much discussion the General Body agreed that INASL-APASL meeting should be held in December 2004. Dr P Kar was requested to Co-ordinate the integration of the INASL and APASL program with Dr SK Sarin. It was emphasized that APASL banners and letterheads should mention that the 14th Annual Meeting of INASL, 2005, was being conducted in association and that the Dr SR Naik Memorial Oration, INASL plenary session etc. would be incorporated in the APASL program.
  6. Proposed Mid-Term INASL meetings to be organized by Dr P Kar, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi on Pregnancy and Liver Diseases on August 2004 and Dr D Kini, Manipal Hospital, Banglore in March 2005 on viral hepatitis were approved.
  7. New Members were welcomed to the INASL.
  8. The Meeting adjourned with a vote of thanks to the chair. Next Meeting is to be planned at ISG, Jaipur in October 2004.
Minutes of INASL General Body Meeting, November 23, 2003, Chennai

The INASL General Body Meeting was held at 6.00 PM on Nov 23rd, 2003 at Chennai, after conclusion of the INASL scientific sessions. The INASL President, Dr SK Acharya (New Delhi) was in the Chair along with the Secretary, Dr VA Saraswat (Lucknow). Treasurer, Dr P Sakhuja (New Delhi) was unable to come to Chennai due to personal commitments. Governing Council members Dr Prabha Sawant (Mumbai) and Dr Mathew Philip (Kochi) attended. Dr Manisha Dwivedi (Allahabad) and Dr Rakesh Aggarwal (Lucknow) were unable to come to Chennai due to personal and departmental commitments, respectively. Dr Shiv Sarin (New Delhi), Past-President and Governing Council member, was unable to attend the INASL conference and General Body Meeting despite coming to Chennai, as he had to return to Delhi on 22nd November, due to prior commitments.
The General Body meeting was attended by 18 INASL Life Members, as per attached signature sheet.

  1. Introduction. Dr Acharya greeted the General Body and introduced members of the new INASL Governing Council, since this was the first GBM being conducted by the new team after elections results were announced at Kolkata GBM on March 31, 2003.
  2. Minutes of previous GBM. The minutes of the INASL GBM held at Kolkata on March 31, 2003, could not be presented or confirmed since none have been circulated by the previous Governing Council.
  3. Handing over from previous Governing Council. There has been no handing over from previous Governing Council to the new Council. In fact, there has been no communication whatsoever from previous Secretary-cum-Treasurer, Dr YR Nagarjun Kumar (Hyderabad). The important documents and records that have not been handed over include:
    • INASL Bank Account, any moneys or other assets, audited balance sheet for previous years.
    • INASL Registration number.
    • List of INASL Life Members, Life membership numbers and duly accepted membership applications. Any pending applications for Life Membership.
    • Existing Constitution of INASL. Any Rules and Regulations or Byelaws for running the Association.
    • Records of minutes or decisions of Governing Council and General Body by previous Governing Councils.
  4. Efforts made by new Executive.
    • Repeated efforts have been made to contact Dr Nagarjun Kumar on the phone numbers, email addresses and postal addresses provided by him in Kolkata, March 2003, but to no avail. Other efforts through indirect channels have also proved unavailing.
    • Dr Sarin has been contacted and has provided a mailing list of addresses for INASL members; however, this may not be the authentic list of Life members since it does not contain names of several persons who have stated in writing that they are INASL Life Members (eg. Dr Sharat Mishra, Dr Gopal Krishna Sachdeva, Dr Showkat Ali Zargar etc.) and does contain names of persons who are not Life Members (eg. Dr V Jayanthi, Dr. Sanjeev Sachdeva etc.). He has also informed the Governing Council that he, too, is not receiving any reply to his email and postal messages from Dr Nagarjun Kumar, a few of which he has forwarded to Dr Saraswat also. He has informed the present GC that he does not have any of the above documents pertaining to INASL in his possession.
    • The new committee has initiated INASL activities afresh, from scratch, including sending first newsletter, form for updating addresses of members and producing an INASL Directory of Life Members and circulation of the draft Constitution for suggestions and approval by members. It has organized the Chennai INASL meeting. Dr P Sawant is making efforts to trace INASL Registration number from Charities Commissioner, Mumbai. The INASL website is being reactivated on the address www.inasl.org.in and will be running by third week of December 2003.
  5. Future annual conferences. INASL 2004, the 12th Annual Conference of the INASL is being organized at SGPGIMS Lucknow, from 12th to 14th March, 2004. Dr VA Saraswat is the Organizing Secretary for this meeting. Details of the meeting will be circulated to all INASL members by 3rd week of December, 2003. INASL 2005, the 13th annual conference of INASL, is proposed to be preponed and organized jointly, in association with the Biennial conference of APASL being held New Delhi in December 2004, as requested by Dr SK Sarin, President, APASL and will be close on the heels of the INASL Mid-term meeting to be held in association with the 45th Annual meeting of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology at Jaipur in the first week of October, 2004. This is in accordance with precedent set at previous APASL meetings and keeping in mind that INASL is the official host for the APASL meeting. The General Body authorized the Governing Council to discuss the specifics of type of participation and involvement of INASL in the joint INASL-APASL meeting.
  6. New Life Members. Dr L M Singh (Imphal), Dr. Indu Lily Rasalam (Chennai), Dr Malathi Sathiyasekaran (Chennai), Dr Itha Srivenu (Lucknow), Dr S K Dadhich (Jodhpur), Dr Sarika Kedia (Calcutta) had applied for Life Membership after April 1, 2003. Their membership applications were duly proposed and seconded and dues were paid up. They were welcomed as new Life Members of INASL and provisional life membership numbers were issued. Provisional numbers will be revised after full list of Life Members is reconstructed and fresh numbers issued to all life members, in case original life member list can not be retrieved. The applications for Life Membership made by Dr MP Sharma (New Delhi) and Dr V Jayanthi (Chennai) to the previous Executive that have been pending for 1-2 years were discussed. No details of these applications have been handed over to the new executive and applicants have not been informed by previous executive. They had communicated in writing to new executive and submitted documentary proof of payment made and cheques encashed by previous executive. The General Body agreed that they should be granted Life Membership, which was duly done, both were welcomed as new INASL Life Members and Provisional Life Membership numbers were issued.
  7. New initiatives. The General Body was informed of some new initiatives made by the present Governing Council.
    • The General Body was apprised of discussions during the ISG General Body meeting held on Nov 21, 2003, regarding INASL’s request to revert to the previous system of organizing the annual ISG meetings ie. 1st day ISG CME, 2nd day exclusive ISG program, 3rd day ISG-INASL programs, 4th day ISG-SGEI programs and 5th day ISG workshop. The general body approved the proposal for mooting a joint scientific committee constituted by Presidents and Secretaries of the 3 sister associations (ISG, INASL, SGEI) for better co-ordinating the scientific program of the annual meeting and authorized the Governing Council to communicate this decision to the ISG Governing Council.
    • The General Body approved of the Governing Council’s efforts to improve the quality of annual INASL meeting by improving opportunities for presentation of original data at these meetings which would widen participation by INASL members.
    • The General Body agreed with the need to intensify efforts to generate a standing corpus of funds to support INASL features such as Dr DV Dutta Memorial Oration and Dr SR Naik Memorial Oration.
    • The General Body was informed that the draft Constitution of INASL has been widely circulated to members by the previous executive at Kochi and Kolkata as well as by the present executive by post. It will also be displayed on the INASL website. Any suggestions for amendments should be sent in by first week of February to Hon Secretary, INASL, so that they may be incorporated in the final version to be circulated and approved in the next GBM at Lucknow. Rules, Regulations and Byelaws, at are required for registered Associations, have to be drafted for INASL and approved by the General Body.
    • It was decided that presentation of Secretary’s Annual Report and Treasurer’s Report would be done at the GBM held along with the Annual Meeting every year.
    The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Vivek A Saraswat December 15, 2003
Honorary Secretary
INASL
Addl. Professor
Departmetnof Gastroenterology
SGPGIMS, Lucknow