20. To what societies Act applies

The following societies may be registered under this Act:-

Charitable societies, 1[ * * * ] societies established at theseveral presidencies of India, societies established for the promotion of science, literature, or the fine arts for instruction, the diffusion of useful knowledge, 2[thediffusion of political education], the foundation or maintenance of libraries or reading-rooms for general use among the members or open to the public or public museums and galleries of paintings and other works of art, collections of natural history, mechanical and philosophical inventions, instruments, or designs.


1. The words “the military orphan funds or societies established at the several presidencies of India” omitted by the Adaptation of Central Acts and Ordinances Order, 1949 (G.G.O. 4 of 1949).

2. Inserted by the Societies Registration (Amendment) Act, 1927 (22 of 1927).