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A society is a group of people involved with each other through persistent relations, or a large social grouping which voluntarily joins together, subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations incorporated under Society Registration Act, 1860 to promote generous, social welfare, helpful, religious, charitable, educational, professional or any other useful object but not for the purpose of carrying on any trade, industry or business. A society, though not a corporation, is a legal entity and it can be described in a particular name for a purpose
As per Section 20 of Society Registration Act, 1860, the societies with following objectives may be registered under this Act:-
- Charitable Societies,
- The Military Orphan Funds or Societies established at the several presidencies of India
- Societies established for the promotion of science, literature, or the fine arts, for instruction, the diffusion of useful knowledge, (the diffusion of Political education),
- The formation or maintenance of libraries or reading-rooms for general use among the members and the public,
- The formation or maintenance of public museums , painting gallaries and other works of arts, collection of natural history, mechanical and philosophical inventions, instruments or designs.