Shri Balvender Kumar, IAS
Secretary (Mines)
Ministry of Mines
Government of India


    National Groups

    As used in these statutes, the word "country" shall include nations and dependencies which budget independently for scientific purposes, as well as any multinational groups approved by the Board. 3

    A country shall be represented in the Society by its National Group, and shall have no more than one National Group. This shall be an organisation such as a society or a committee that represents rock mechanics in that country, either solely concerned with Rock Mechanics, or with Rock Mechanics as part of a broader field of scientific or engineering interest. The statutes of a National Group shall not conflict with those of the ISRM.

    Each National Group shall be composed of individual members, accepted into membership according to the statutes of that particular National Group, so that each member is automatically a member of the ISRM.

    For a national organisation to be recognised by the Society as a National Group, it is to formally apply to the President through the Secretary General for recognition, stating that if accepted as a National Group it will:
    •support the objects and purposes of the Society;
    •abide by the provisions of the ISRM Statutes and By-laws;
    •promote membership, and participation by its members in the affairs of the Society.
    •keep its members informed of ISRM international news, and provide the ISRM Secretariat with national news articles for publication. The letter of application should be accompanied by documents in English outlining the nature of the national organisation, and providing a copy of its statutes, a list of its officers, and information on members seeking registration as members of the Society.

    Admission becomes effective on approval by the Board, and after payment of the first annual fee.

    Individual Members

    Individual Members are those who pay fees to the Society through a National Group. Their admission shall be decided upon by the appropriate National Group. A member may belong to more than one National Group.

    Corporate Members

    Corporate Members are associations, companies, and other collective bodies, interested in supporting the advancement of Rock Mechanics, that pay fees to theSociety.

    Corresponding Members

    Corresponding Members are individuals who pay fees directly to the Secretariat.

    New applicants, before being accepted into this category, shall be offered the alternative of becoming Individual Members when a National Group exists in their country.

    Interest Groups

    An Interest Group shall consist of individual or corresponding members of the Society, anywhere inthe world with a common specialist interest.

    For a Group to be recognised by the Society as an Interest Group, it is to formally apply to the President through the Secretary General for recognition, stating the nature of their special interest and that if accepted as an Interest Group it will:
    •support the objectives and purposes of the Society
    •abide by the provision of the ISRM Statutes and By-laws
    •promote membership and participation by its members in the affairs of the Society
    •ensure that all members of the Interest Group are members of the Society. 4(c) All Interest Groups shall submit annual reports on their activities to the Board.


    The highest and most senior grade of membership is Fellow of the ISRM and is conferred on individuals, affiliated with the ISRM, who have achieved outstanding accomplishment in the field of rock mechanics and/or rock engineering and who have contributed tothe professional community through the ISRM.

    The appointment of ISRM Fellows is made by the ISRM Board.


    The annual fees for National Groups, Corporate Members and Corresponding Members shall be according to a scale of fees approved by the Council from time to time.

    The fees for each year are due on January 1. Fees unpaid after April 1 are in arrears.

    There shall be no additional fees payable to the ISRM for Interest Groups, although an Interest Group may charge such fees as may be necessary to conduct the affairs of the Interest Group.