Sannam S4, a global market entry firm, today announced that its corporate office in New Delhi achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013, the international standard outlining best practices for Information Security Management Systems. Compliance with this standard demonstrates Sannam S4’s commitment to continuously improving its process-driven and risk-based security program. The management system was inspected by TÜV South Asia, which is part of the TÜV NORD GROUP, one of the world’s largest inspection, certification & testing organizations. “Between the implementation of GDPR last year and now…

London Metropolitan University and Sannam S4 are delighted to announce a strategic partnership to further enhance the University’s footprint in North America. Based in one of the world’s most exciting cities, London Met is home to a diverse community of inspiring and determined learners, teachers and innovative thinkers. London Met offers a wide variety of courses, from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to short courses and professional qualifications. A key objective of the institution is helping students reach their goals and succeed in their careers, its mission being to transform…

Hello Reader, We are delighted to introduce the March issue of EduChat. This edition offers a mixture of News on a range of higher education-related topics such as; an AI skills initiative in Brazil, a China global innovation hub, the Indian budget 2019 for higher education, education collaborations between Vietnam and the UK along with separate sections on, Super Stats and Insights. Our Super Stats is on the latest trends in Canada’s international student enrolments. The subsequent section on Insights includes two reports: ‘Data dominance and digital globalisation’ and ‘UK university…

Introduction The University of Farmington sting has once again highlighted the perils Indian students face in the process of applying to foreign universities via unregulated agents. While in this case the students were already in the US and were lured into a “pay to stay” scam by Indian-origin recruiters, previous cases such as the Tri-Valley University scam in 2011 highlight the dangers posed by unscrupulous agents based in India. India is the second largest outbound student market after China, with Indian government estimates indicating that more than 500,000 students were studying…

Fiscal Deficit Falls to 3.4% Source: Union Budget Inflation at Lowest Levels Source: Economic Survey 2017-18 India Rises in GDP Rankings Exponentially Source 1: IBEF Source 2: Knoema US $10 trillion Economy in the Next Decade Source 1: International Monetary Fund Source 2: World Bank Key Economic Indicators Gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate is estimated at 7.2% in 2018-19 India ranks 77th on World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2019 Report Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in last 5 years crossed US $239 billion Highlights – Policy Defence budget will surpass Rs. 300,000 crores (US…

Hello Reader, We are delighted to introduce the February issue of EduChat. This edition offers a mixture of news and analysis on a wide range of higher education-related topics such as THE’s Emerging Economies University Rankings, impact of new Brazilian government’s policies on science, NASA’s discussions with the China National Space Administration on lunar research, annual Bloomberg Innovation Index, etc. This issue also covers the highly successful visit of representatives of various U.S. universities to New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai from January 15th-20th 2019 under the…

The 2019 Interim Budget was eagerly awaited as a signal for the Modi Government’s priorities prior to the elections that will take place later this year. And in many ways, the current budget is a populist budget, focusing on providing land owning farmers financial relief and tax breaks for the middle class. However, what was notable was the lack of emphasis on expenditure on education. While this is unsurprising, as education expenditure does not provide the short-term gains sought in a pre-election budget, it does have implications for various players in the sector until the elections take…

This week, the RBI (India’s apex central bank) released a circular which overhauls the current framework for external commercial borrowings (ECB) in India. This update follows the new Foreign Exchange Management (Borrowing & Lending) Regulations, 2018 which were introduced late last year in December, 2018. The new ECB framework has far reaching impact for international organizations having operations and subsidiaries in India. Some notable features of the new policy include the following: All companies eligible to receive foreign direct investment (FDI) under India’s FDI policy shall…

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…