SOCIETY - A group of people formed as a separate organization and which has as a stated purpose some charitable or benevolent purpose either in regards to the public at-large or in regards to the common interests of the members, and which operates as nearly as possible at cost.


During the course of its working the members of the society might feel a need to change the name of their society, however, the Societies Registration Act 1860 does not specify any specific procedure for change of the name of the society. In general various states acts under section 12,12A, 12B give the following procedure foe change of name of the society-

Step 1. Convene a general meeting for the purpose of the change of the name.

Step 2. A resolution should be passed by majority.

Step 3. The notice in writing of change of name, which has to be signed by the secretary of the society along with seven members (as in case of the registration of the memorandum of association ), should be submitted to the registrar.

(The name of the society if accepted by the registrar is registered and the change of name is effected from the date of the registration. However the registrar may refuse to register the change of name in case the name proposed is identical to some other society or for reasons that the name may be deceiving to the public or the name suggests patronage of Government or connection with anybody constituted by the Government or any other authority. The change of name does not affect any legal proceedings which are already present for the society.)

Various State Governments have provisions related to change of name inserted in the Societies registration Act like:

Applicable for Delhi, Goa, Diu and Daman, Himachal Pradesh Only

Section 12 of Delhi (Amendment) Act, Goa, Diu and Daman(Amendment)Act, Himachal Pradesh (Amendment)Act state that the resolution should be adopted by 3/5th of the majority.

Applicable for Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Pondicherry, Orissa Only

Section 12A 12B, 12C of Bihar (Amendment) Act, Gujarat (Amendment) Act, Maharashtra (Amendment) Act, Pondicherry (Amendment) Act, Orissa (Amendment) Act state that the resolution should be passed by 3/5th majority.

Applicable for Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa Only

Gujarat (Amendment) Act, Maharashtra (Amendment)Act, Orissa (Amendment) Act also specify that the resolution after being adopted by 3/5th of majority should be confirmed at a subsequent meeting and a certified copy of change in name should be obtained from the registrar on payment of fees of Re.1.

Applicable for Assam, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh Only

Section 12, 12A,12B,12C of Assam (Amendment)Act, Nagaland (Amendment)Act, U.P Amendment Act, M.P Act, Rajasthan Act state that the resolution should be adopted by 2/3rd of the majority.

Applicable for Tamilnadu Only

Tamilnadu Act states that the resolution should be adopted by 3/4th of the majority.