✍️By Special Correspondent
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) organised its Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, the 6th October 2022 at 14 Centres, viz, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Ludhiana, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Pune & Kolkata.
The Inaugural Session commenced with CA. Sushil Kr. Goyal, Convenor, Members & Students’ Services, grievance & E-sahayata, ICAI & Council Member, ICAI welcoming Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Govt. of India and the young and vibrant newly qualified Chartered Accountants.
CA. (Dr.) Debashis Mitra, Hon’ble President, in his presidential address mentioned the significance of the contribution of the CAs towards nation building. He reckoned that currently our Institute is having 166 branches countrywide with 44 chapters dotted around the world representing itself in 45 countries. He conveyed the message to the young Chartered Accountants that this CA Profession commands respect and dignity. Referring to Garuda, the symbol of our Institute, he pointed out the four salient features of the great bird are that it was fearless, innovative, adapted to changes and withstands challenges and the CAs do possess those qualities.
Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister, also himself a Member of ICAI, took the stage and his speech covered a wide range of topics. He greeted the leadership of ICAI, flowed his congratulations to the newly qualified lot of CAs. He called them the “Ambassadors to this noble profession” and asked them to keep the head of this nation high. Visibly he was nostalgic while he had been recalling his earlier days of studying Chartered Accountancy. To establish the importance of the Chartered Accountants, he said that every document is a powerful endorsement based on the signature of a Chartered Accountant. Talking about the forthcoming World Congress of Accounting being organised at Mumbai on the theme Building Trust Enabling Sustainability, he gleefully conveyed the message that CAs have a significant role both in sustainability and in social activities in order to make this world a better place to live in. Quoting the 5 commitments as suggested by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, he addressed the CAs as the “Talent Factory of the World” and wish they become “Global Champions” and act as “Job Creators’’ apart from doing their professional activities in the fields of Accounting, Auditing etc.
CA. Aniket Sunil Talati, Hon’ble Vice President, ICAI, offered Vote of Thanks. He acknowledged being truly motivated by the speech of the Hon’ble Minister in setting up 100 chapters of the Institute worldwide. CA. Talati also highlighted on the contribution of the parents towards adding some more partners in the nation building process.
The Ceremony was hosted at Kolkata Centre at Kalamandir Auditorium in Kolkata. Pursuers of Chartered Accountancy Course who just qualified to become Chartered Accountants received their certificates on becoming a part of the fraternity in this ceremony. Almost 1000 number of newly qualified CAs were awarded their degree of being a Chartered Accountant.
CA. Subodh Kr. Agrawal, the Past President of ICAI and the Guest-of-Honour to this ceremonious occasion, graciously attended this function and CA. Ranjeet Kumar Agarwal, Council Member, ICAI gave the welcome address.
CA. Subodh Kr. Agrawal, Hon’ble Guest-of-Honour to this programme and the Hon’ble Past President, ICAI, in his own original style, quipped that he belongs to this vibrant lot. Success depends on imbibing new things – Agrawaji reflected. Alluding to the example of Edmund Hillary, he envisaged that anybody could conquer anything by putting in the best efforts.
CA. Ravi Kr. Patwa, Chairman, EIRC of claimed that ethics and principles are the most important facets of life and hence short-cut growth will halt anyone’s success.