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Computerised accounting courses

THE INSTITUTE of Computer Accountants (ICA), based in Kolkata, has given a facelift to the concept of graduate education in commerce.

To bridge the gap between the availability of IT-savvy accountants and their demand, ICA has embarked upon a novel venture: it has launched B.Com and M.Com courses with a blend of work experience.

ICA, which is an ISO 9001 institute, has tied up with the Institute of Advanced Studies and Education, which is a deemed university in Rajasthan, for the purpose.

The courses are: B.Com (CIA or Computerised Industrial Accounts) and M.Com (CCAF or Computerised Corporate Accounts and Finance).

There will be articleship for one year under Chartered Accountants and one-and-a- half-year industrial training, along with a stipend ranging between Rs.1000 and Rs.5000.

It can be construed that you "earn while you learn" as well as gain work experience of two-and-a-half years.

The institute claims that at the end of its three-year B.Com programme, a student could compete with a C.A. (inter) student.

"Guaranteed job, else money back", is the slogan of the institute. It has 10 regional offices and 150 centres across the country. In Karnataka, it has centres in Bangalore, Mysore and Hubli. Belgaum too will have a centre soon.

The institute offers these courses under distance-learning mode.

"The major focus is to delineate between ordinary B.Com and computerised B.Com along with advance CIA," says N.K. Shyamsukha, Chairman, ICA. The total fees for B.Com (CIA) is Rs. 47,500 and for M.Com (CCAF), Rs. 45,000.

RUKMA VASUDEV

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