Last week on January 10, 2019, The Indian Government’s core GST 1 Council held its 32nd meeting to discuss and debate key policy aspects with regard to GST in India. The following major decisions taken are highlighted in this update, which will have impact on foreign organizations setting up or expanding their business in India: The income threshold for exemption from GST in India has been doubled from INR 2Mn (USD 28k) to INR 4 Mn (USD 56k) for the supplier of goods. However, the existing limit of INR 2 Mn shall continue for the supplier of services. These limits are halved for taxpayers…

Hello Reader, It is a new year and we hope your 2019 got off to a wonderful start. As always, we have got our regular roundups of news and analysis on a wide range of topics such as Jair Bolsonaro taking the reins of Brazil, successful landing of the Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, launching of France-Malaysia research partnership, top ranks occupied by Indian institutions in WSJ/THE Rankings, etc., in this issue. As you have probably noted, with this issue, we are including latest news and analysis from Vietnam as well. Besides these, we have added two reports: ‘All around…

Regent’s University London and Sannam S4 are delighted to announce a strategic partnership to further enhance the University’s footprint in North America. Regent’s University London is London’s only independent, not-for-profit university, and one of only five in the UK. It is a highly cosmopolitan community based in the stunning setting of royal Regent’s Park in central London. Its 4,000 talented, creative and entrepreneurial students come from 140 different countries, including (for both short-term and degree programs) from across the Americas region. Sannam S4 will support a pair…

Declaration for ‘operationalization’ of entity The erstwhile ‘commencement of business’ rule is back with a bang! Under this, companies incorporated after Nov 2, 2018 would not be allowed to commence business activities unless a declaration is filed by a Director (within 180 days of incorporation) confirming that share capital as stated in the Memorandum of Association (‘MOA’) has been fully paid by the subscribers and its registered office¹ is duly verified. While this may seem a procedural requirement for most, subsidiaries of foreign organizations can face headwinds if there…

Hello Reader, We are delighted to introduce the November issue of EduChat. This edition offers a mixture of news and analysis on a wide range of higher education- related topics such as Reuters World’s Most Innovative Universities, China’s emergence as the biggest producer of scientific research, launch of two research-oriented schemes in India, etc. Besides these, an interview with Dr. Ram K. Sharma, Director of International Affairs at Shiv Nadar University in India is included. We hope that you will find it useful especially in the context of growth of private universities with…

Hello Reader, We are delighted to introduce the October 2018 issue of EduChat. This edition offers a mixture of news and analysis on a wide range of higher education- related topics such as Times Higher Education World University Rankings, growth of ‘English medium’ programmes in Brazil, China’s emergence as an international education hub, Khalifa University’s partnership with Alibaba Cloud, etc. We have included two reports in this issue: ‘Staying Ahead: Are International Students Going Down Under?’ and ‘The Future of Jobs Report 2018.’ Besides these, an interview with Dr.N.…

This edition offers a mixture of news and analysis on a wide range of higher education-related topics such as China’s decision to allow international students to take part-time jobs, implications of lack of English language proficiency in Malaysian higher education, introduction of a course on happiness at Abu Dhabi University and India’s move to allow semi-government entities to become accreditation agencies. We also have included a report on the implications of internationalisation in Irish higher education in our ‘Insights’ section. This study was commissioned by the Higher…

Sannam S4’s Research & Partnerships Division presents this monthly newsletter with key updates from India on economy & reforms, manufacturing, and other recent developments with respect to market entry, mergers & acquisition and joint ventures in India and other updates on Make in India affairs. Please feel free to contact us if you are doing or exploring business opportunities in India. We offer a fully integrated suite of services delivered by one firm, to ensure continuity and business success in the market. Bharat Rampal Head of Research & Partnerships…

In this issue, along with our usual sections, we have included the results of two recent studies which indicate that the changes in international student enrolments are already having an impact on the UK higher education system. This issue also gives an overview of some of the barriers to innovation in Brazil, UAE’s recent initiates to transform the country as a space education hub, changing academic climate in China, selection of six Institutions of Eminence in India, etc. among others; that are of interest to scholars and practitioners in international higher education. Please leave…