Shastry V Mallady
To `market' new curriculum from August to increase enrolment
Those who appeared for Plus-Two exams can take CA entrance examinationCA is one of the most economical professional courses
MADURAI: Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is coming out with a 20-minute film on chartered accountancy course and its career options to attract school students from tenth class onwards towards this profession. This film will be screened in all types of schools, government and private, in the country through the institute's branches from August.
Speaking to The Hindu here on Saturday, T.N. Manoharan, ICAI president, said curriculum changes were being made in the CA course for which the institute was awaiting approval of the Ministry of Company Affairs.
"We are going to aggressively market the new curriculum at the school- level so that more youngsters become aware of the tremendous career opportunities available. The entry level for joining the course is being changed," Mr. Manoharan said.
Stating that the institute had submitted the proposals to the Government, he said the film would highlight all features of the course and its potential like any other professional course.
School-going students need to be targeted if the course were to be successful. The important feature was that those who appeared for Plus-Two examinations could now take CA entrance examination.
He said the institute was of the opinion that students at the higher secondary level should start preparing for CA course as in the case of other professional courses and get in by the time they came out of school.
Citing latest figures, Mr. Manoharan said the number of candidates who passed Chartered Accountancy last year was 7,500. Of them, 6,000 had joined various companies by opting for service/employment while the remaining 1,500 enrolled for own practice.
He said job opportunities for chartered accountants were increasing and in fact there was also a shortage of professionals.
The ICAI was now emphasising in its marketing strategy that CA is one of the cheapest and most economical professional courses with the entire fees coming to less than Rs.15,000 for the four-year period.
Mr. Manoharan was here to inaugurate a national conference on corporate laws hosted by the Madurai Branch of ICAI.