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Operations Overview

India is a dynamic country for work, study, and travel, and Emory has faculty, staff, and students visiting India year-round. India provides endless opportunities for learning and research, but it can be a complex location for project operations. If you are considering research or extended travel for Emory to India, please contact Global Services. The information below provides an overview of the type of considerations that such activity can involve.

Emory has a number of partners and connections to India, with projects in a variety of fields including the humanities, religion, business, and the health sciences. Active partnerships in India include the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics, the Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, the Public Health Foundation of India, the Drepung Loseling Monastic Institution, and the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).
Activities in India include the Emory-Tibet Partnership, the Center for the Control of Chronic Conditions, the Global Diabetes Research Center, the Joint ICGEB-Emory Global Vaccine Center, and PH-LEADER.

If you have any questions about exploring partnerships in India, please reach out to Tye Tavaras, Assistant Director for Global Strategy.

Tax Considerations

Depending on its length and duration, conducting Emory-sponsored activity in India could create tax liability and other compliance obligations for Emory. Because the government of India considers Emory’s aggregate time in country when determining such obligations, it is important for Emory to be aware of planned project activity there, particularly when it involves extended stays. As such, please contact Global Services as early in your planning as possible.

It is also important to understand that any funds coming from an Indian institution to Emory can be subject to Indian withholding tax. For example, if Emory is a subcontractor to an Indian institution on a project, and our funds for the subcontractor are received from the Indian institution, that institution will withhold taxes from the funds you receive. This could mean that the net amount received by Emory could be less than expected. Emory has developed language to add to its subcontractor agreements to address this liability. Contact Global Services for more information.

Please note that all of Emory’s tax filings domestically and abroad are handled by Emory’s Finance Office. No individual school, department, or project should ever submit tax filings or payments. Emory also has relationships with accounting firms who assist with matters related to India. If you have tax-related questions about your work in India, contact Global Services who can connect you with resources to help.

Banking in India

Emory does not have a bank account in India. If you need access to funds while in India, or other services typically provided by a bank, please contact Global Services team to discuss potential options.

Emory establishing and hiring in India

Emory is in the process of registering for business in India, which over time will open up new opportunities for projects and staffing on location. However at this time, Emory cannot hire and employ local staff in India. Depending on the situation, we may be able to engage local nationals as independent contractors. Global Services can help determine if this option will work for your project and also has an independent contract agreement template that can help you get started.

Leasing in India

The leasing of any property domestically or abroad for Emory-sponsored projects must be reviewed by Emory’s Office of General Counsel. Doing so in India can be particularly complex as lease arrangements are managed at the state and federal level, with multiple types of agreements. It is likely that any project needing space in India for an extended period of time is one whose nature and duration could create compliance obligations for Emory. Global Services can work with you to determine possible approaches. Often for projects involving extended time and activity in India, working with an India-based partner organization can be the best option.

Assessing the needs for your project in India

The Global Services team is here to help ensure you have successful, safe experience in India that does not involve unforeseen costs or compliance issues. Call (404-727-9127) or email (Chris Rapalje, Sarah Harlan Zegeye) Global Services, and we would be happy to assist with your questions and project needs. One resource that can help in this process is our International Assessment Questionnaire which covers a range of topics that international projects may involve. Once completed, these questionnaires are routed to Global Services. We understand you may not have all of the details of your project confirmed yet, and you can simply note this in the space provided. If you have already completed an IAQ for your project but have additional questions, please contact Sarah Harlan Zegeye in Global Services.