Fellowship Criteria

Criteria for Election to the Fellowship


Every person for election as a Fellow shall satisfy the Council that he/she fulfills the following criteria.

Persons for election as a Fellow (FNAE) shall be Indian nationals who have worked and/or maintained a regular position in India for the last five or more years and have significantly contributed to the engineering and technological field in India. The criterion for election to the Fellowship may be one or more of the following:

Personal engineering achievements in research, design, consultancy and innovative development in technology and product design.
Recognition of exceptional merit and eminence in new and developing fields of technology.
National/international honours, awards and prizes.
Engineering management, managerial responsibility for technical and financial growth of industry or of government institutions; outstanding contributions in the growth of engineering education in the private or public sector.

Foreign Fellow

A Person for election as Foreign Fellow to INAE shall necessarily be a foreign national who is already a Fellow of the Engineering Academy (or Science Academy, if an Engineering Academy does not exist in that country) of his/her country.
In addition, a person of Indian origin including Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) may also be considered for election as a Foreign Fellow if he/she has worked and/or maintained regular position in that country for more than last five years at a stretch but need not already be a Fellow of Engineering/Science Academy of that country.
Contributions to the growth of engineering should be the primary focus of consideration, which are of relevance to our country.

Benefactions To The Academy

The Academy is an autonomous institution partly supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. To carry out its aims and objects, the Academy relies, for a major part, on financial support from project funds, contributions and sponsorships. It has been possible to undertake a range of activities by the generosity of the benefactors.
The Academy welcomes donations from individuals, corporations and sponsors.


Donations or bequests can be applied to any purpose that is consistent with the Academy’s aims and objects.
The Academy welcomes benefactions which encourage and promote the pursuit of excellence in the field of Engineering, inventions, investigations, applications oriented research, Professorships and awards etc.

Tax Deductibility

Donations to the Indian National Academy of Engineering are tax deductible under Section 80-G of the Income Tax Act 1961 and the Academy is exempted from paying income-tax under Section 12A(a) of the Income Tax Act 1961.


All benefactions are acknowledged in the Academy Annual Report.
The Academy will be pleased to clarify any queries and help provide appropriate expertise that can define a useful purpose for any benefaction.