MeraNews Network, Ahmedabad: India’s top management institute in the city, Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) along with the India’s premier accounting body Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) will now jointly offer varied programmes for ambitious chartered accountants (CA) with the aim to provide in-depth domain knowledge while equipping them with business perspectives and managerial skills too.

The importance of cross-functional managerial knowledge has become critical in every field. The Chartered Accountant (CA) qualification prepares its members in acquiring skills through theory and practical training but there is a growing need for its members to become multi-functional managers delivering the best possible results with utmost efficiency.

ICAI with IIMA would be organizing several programmes for the CAs. The first programme offered was a five-day programme on leadership at the institute campus from December 24-28, 2018. During the training period, IIMA covered management concepts and methods covering effective leadership, emerging concepts, technology and best practices for change management; operational and strategic decision making; managerial skill enhancement; communication; entrepreneurial acumen and corporate governance frameworks.

Besides this training, IIMA would be offering three Open Enrolment Programmes (OEPs) for the CAs ranging from Young CAs, Mid-level CAs, and Senior CAs. The month-long program for young CAs is scheduled from April 7 to May 11, 2019. The main objective of this program is to nurture young and ambitious CAs, by providing in-depth domain knowledge and help them acquire the business and managerial orientation by acquiring perspectives and requisite skills so that they can make a difference at an early stage of their career as a manager.

“At the end of the programme, the participants will not be only comfortable with finance and accounting functional roles but would have acquired cross-functional perspective to become an effective manager,” said Prof. Sobhesh Kumar Agarwalla who is the faculty co-chair for the above programs.

The 22-day program for mid-level CAs will be offered in two tranches during the month of February and June 2019. “The program will help experienced CAs in developing a holistic perspective relevant to business and management and acquire managerial competencies and skills so that they can evolve as an effective business manager/leader”, said Prof. Ajay Pandey who is the faculty co-chair for the above programs.

“This is the first time that a connection is being established between IIMA and ICAI - the two premier institutes of India in management and accounting respectively. Going forward, I can see several other fronts - research, policy and influencing the practice, where the organizations can leverage on their mutual capabilities,” said Prof. Sobhesh Kumar Agarwalla.