Statutes of Asha Zurich

I. Name, Mandate, Location

Art. 1 Asha Zurich is a secular, non-profit, charitable organization, under Article 60 of ZGB, dedicated to socio-economic change in India. In pursuit of this goal, Asha focuses on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change.

Art. 2 Assets of this organization are irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes and no part of the assets shall ever inure to the benefit of any member or any private person. The specific purposes of this organization are:
  • To support social development projects in India.
  • To collaborate with other non-profit organizations for providing wider support.
  • To promote awareness of social issues in India.
No part of the activities of this organization shall consist of participating or intervening in any political campaign (including the publishing or distribution of statements) on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.

Art. 3 Location: Zurich, Switzerland.

II. Organization

Art. 5 Organizational structure:
  • General Meeting of Members.
  • Executive Committee.
  • Financial Auditor.
Art. 6 A General Meeting of Members (hereafter General Meeting) shall be convened at least once a year. Notification for a General Meeting shall be sent at least 15 days in advance. The General Meeting is convened for the following purposes:
  • Selecting the Executive Committee and the Auditor once every year.
  • Review and ratification of the Auditors annual report.
  • Amendments and revisions to the statutes if necessary.
  • Discussion of other issues in the agenda.
Art. 7 The Executive Committee shall consist of the following five posts:
  • President
  • Treasurer
  • General Secretary
  • Coordinators (2)
Art. 8 The Auditor shall not be a member of the Executive Committee. The Auditor can be a member at large of Asha Zurich or an independent person or organization [1]. An Auditor shall be selected in the General Meeting through a simple majority of the members present in the General Meeting.

Art. 9 The following rules apply in selecting the Executive Committee:
  • In the case of more than one contestant for any post, an election must be held in the General Meeting.
  • In the case of there being only one candidate fora post, the candidature has to be approved in the General Meeting by a simple majority of the members present. Provision can also be made to elect the executive committee, other than the President, with no particular post being assigned to a person. In this event, the President reserves the right to appoint the elected committee members to the posts.
  • In the case of no candidates for any post other than the President, the President reserves the right to appoint a person to the post, which is to be ratified by the next General Meeting.
  • In the case of there being no candidates for the post of President, the General Meeting shall appoint a person as an interim President.
  • If a member of the Executive Committee resigns prematurely the Executive Committee reserves the right to appoint an interim replacement.

III. Membership

Art. 10 Membership is open to any individual or organization 1interested in, or sharing similar ideals and goals of Asha Zurich.

Art. 11 Membership is granted on declaration of intent by the applicant and acceptance by the General Secretary. The General Secretary reserves the right to withhold membership to a particular applicant and refer the matter to the next General Meeting for review.

Art. 12 Membership to the organization can be terminated under the following conditions:
  • A member declares the intent to withdraw from membership and the General Secretary has approved the withdrawal.
  • Decision is taken in a General Meeting to terminate a particular membership.


Art. 13 Asha Zurich is a non-profit organization.

Art. 14 Financial means of the organization are:
  • Donations of any kind.
  • Interest from capital.
  • Collections from events organized.
Art. 15 Financial obligations of the organization are limited to the organization capital.

Art. 16 Financial year of the organization is the calendar year.

V. Amendments to the statutes

Art. 17 The statutes can be amended in a General Meeting through a voting process. Any registered member of the organization present in the General meeting can propose a modification of the statutes. The General Meeting then takes up the proposal for a vote. The proposal is accepted if it finds approval of two thirds of the members present in the General Meeting.

VI.Dissolution of the Organization

Art. 18 The association will be dissolved through a voting process in a General Meeting. The resolution for dissolution has to be approved by at least two thirds of the members present in the General Meeting. In the case of dissolution, the total remaining assets after payment of all debts and liabilities of the organization will be transferred to a charitable organization as decided in the General Meeting.

VII.Ratification of Statutes

Art. 19 Asha Zurich came into existence through the ratification of its statutes in the General Meeting held on the 11 th of August, 2002, at the Main building, ETH Zurich.

[1] Any association not necessarily under Art 60 of ZGB.