MCA amends Schedule VII of Companies Act, 2013  and to include more entities in engaged in research and development to whom contribution will fbe treated as Contribution for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities as required under Section 135 of Companies Act, 2013. Same is done by substituting item (ix) of Schedule VII of Companies Act, 2013 vide notification No. G.S.R. 525(E) dated 24th August, 2020.

MINISTRY OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 24th August, 2020

G.S.R. 525(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 467 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013), the Central Government hereby makes the following further amendments in Schedule VII to the said Act, namely:-

In the said Schedule, for item (ix) and the entries thereto, the following item and entries shall be substituted, namely:-

“(ix) (a) Contribution to incubators or research and development projects in the field of science, technology, engineering and medicine, funded by the Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertaking or any agency of the Central Government or State Government; and

(b) Contributions to public funded Universities; Indian Institute of Technology (IITs); National Laboratories and autonomous bodies established under Department of Atomic Energy (DAE); Department of Biotechnology (DBT); Department of Science and Technology (DST); Department of Pharmaceuticals; Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and other bodies, namely Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO); Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR); Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), engaged in conducting research in science, technology, engineering and medicine aimed at promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

2. This notification shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

[E-F. No. CSR-07/2/2020-CSR-MCA]

GYANESHWAR KUMAR SINGH, Jt. Secy.

Note: The Schedule VII  to  the  Companies  Act,  2013  was  brought  into  force  with  effect  from  the 1st April, 2014 and was amended (effective from the 1st April, 2014) vide notification number G.S.R. 130(E), dated the 27th February, 2014, Corrigendum number  G.S.R. 261(E), dated the  31st March, 2014, notification number G.S.R. 568(E), dated the 6th August, 2014, notification number G.S.R. 741(E), dated the 24th October, 2014, notification number G.S.R. 390(E), dated the 30th May, 2019, notification number G.S.R. 776(E), dated the 11th October, 2019, Corrigendum number G.S.R. 859(E), dated the 19th November, 2019, and notification number G.S.R. 399(E) dated the 23rd June, 2020.

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