"The Indian IT intellect brought laurels to the country in the last decade; we would see the Indian accountants doing similarly in the next decade. In the 1960s, 70s we were exporting manpower. Indian professionals were not considered important abroad, but for doctors, generally. It was only in the late 1990s and the early part of this decade that we saw recognition for our IT professionals. Indian accountants are the best in terms of the theoretical education and practical training. What was lacking? Soft skills, IT skills and communication, so as to adopt the latest methodology. Now, we at the Institute have taken steps to ensure that the accountants we produce have the best of these missing skills. For example, we have introduced a 3-month residential course, to impart soft skills, with the help of the best of faculty from the IIMs, IAS Academy and so on. Also, we have set up the state-of-the art computer labs across India, where each student is required to go, for rigorous computer training."
Ved Jain, President, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi (http://www.icai.org/)
September 5, 6 pm