22nd August, 2015
As one of the prominent accounting bodies worldwide, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has achieved recognition for its contribution in the fields of education, professional development, maintenance of high accounting, auditing and ethical standards.
Starting with a handful of about 1700 members, today, the strength of Chartered Accountant fraternity has grown to over 2.37 lakh members. On the education front, the ICAI began with mere 259 students and today more than 8.50 lakh active students are a part of ICAI.
It is heartening to note that this increase has been aptly supported by an impressive increase in women members and girl students opting Chartered Accountancy course. Today, ICAI can boast of women comprising 22% of the total membership and girl students comprising 38% share of active students. Currently, there are approx 53,961 Women Members. It is indeed commendable that women accountants are consistently leaving their mark of excellence on the corporate world while more and more young CA girl students are making it to the merit list of CA examinations very frequently.
India Chartered Accountants at Mumbai Summit
Women Members Empowerment Committee of ICAI works towards giving special attention to our women members to enable them to effectively utilize their professional knowledge and expertise. The main objectives of Women Members Empowerment Committee are to conceive, formulate and implement plans, policies and programs for development of Women Members, to organize seminars and conferences for Women Empowerment in the field of Chartered Accountancy, various subjects, issues/concerns relating to Women Member, to interact with various stakeholders in various sector, self-regulatory organizations and government on matters relating to growth and development of Women Members, to visualize and enhance opportunities for Women Members who opt to work part time from their homes, to involve Women Members in various research and publication activities and particularly the Women Members who are not able to leave their homes, to involve Women Members in research projects in a manner that the work schedules are flexible and to encourage and develop the entrepreneurship skills in Women Members.
In this backdrop, the Committee under the Chairman ship of CA. Prafulla Chhajed and Vice Chairmanship of CA. Mukesh Singh Kushwah is organizing an All India Chartered Accountants Summit with the theme ‘Celebrating Women Excellence’ on 22nd & 23rd August, 2015 at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mumbai. This
will be open for all members (on the first day) and will deliberate on the
issues related to the areas of topical and emerging interests in global
economy. The programme being first of its kind, will be inaugurated by CA.
Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railway, Government of Summit
where in most of the speakers are eminent women personalities namely :
CA. Shanti Ekambaram, President, Consumer Banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank
Ms. Zia Mody, Managing Partner, AZB & Partners
and this will provide a National platform to the women achievers to showcase their talent. CA. Manoj Fadnis Hon’ble President ICAI will grace the program as Guest of Honour.
The technical sessions to be deliberated by the eminent speakers include ‘Fund Management,
banking – Digital & e-Commerce World, Various Aspects of Valuation,
Companies Act – Recent Developments, and non technical sessions include Work
Life Balance, Brand Called You and Women Leading & making a difference”