In India a charitable organization can be registered either as a trust, society or Section 8 company. Section 8 companies are those companies which are formed for promoting commerce, art, science, sports, education, research, social welfare, religion, charity, protection of environment or any such other object, provided the profits, if any, or other income is applied for promoting only the objects of the company and no dividend is paid to its members. Thus, there are three criteria for determining whether a particular company is section 8 company or not:
Section 8 Company’s registration procedure is similar to that of a Private /Public Company except for an additional requirement of taking License from Central Government after name approval.
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