CA. DEEPA VARGHESE
Namaste! Greetings to all!
Respected senior professionals, dear colleagues, friends and beloved students.
Onam is not just a festival; it is a feeling of oneness and sweet memories for all of us living in Kerala. Even though the Onam days have passed, the festive mood lingers around us for more time. Wish all my friends, seniors, colleagues and students once again a very Happy Onam and a very successful year ahead.
Onam was celebrated with pomp and show at ICAI Ernakulam this year. The branch conducted a One Day CPE Seminar on Tax audits for members combined with Onam Celebrations at Hotel Renai Kochi on 19th August, 2023. Parallelly, our students wing, SICASA also celebrated Onam for students at ICAI Bhawan on the same day. Along with the sumptuous Onasadhya, the branch also treated its members and students with a feast of knowledge. The students were enthralled with the presence and address by the Chairman of Board of Studies, CA. Dayaniwas Sharma, Central Council Member, ICAI. CA. Ramanath V from Coimbatore and CA. Chaithanya E from Tirupathi presented papers on the subjects “Tax Audit under IT – Recent Developments” and “Audit of Charitable Institutions – Practical Perspective”, respectively. The seminar was inaugurated by our Chief Guest Shri. P. Rajeev, Hon’ble Minister for Law, Industry and Coir, Government of Kerala. The minister also inaugurated the State Level MSME Clinic, an initiative of the nine Branches of SIRC of ICAI in the state of Kerala along with the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, which was represented by its Managing Director Shri. Harikishore IAS. We were fortunate that this unique initiative, which is the first of its kind in the country, could be inaugurated in “Chingamasam”, the most auspicious month of the year. The MSME clinic would provide free advice to MSME units and start-ups at all ICAI Bhawans in the state on the first Saturday of every month, commencing from September 2nd 2023. The programme and all sessions, including the grand Onasadhya were well appreciated by all the attendees.
The month of August commenced with a very important learning session on Company Audit 2022-23 by CA. Jomon K George, Past Chairman, SIRC of ICAI. This seminar was held at The Mercy Luxury Business Hotel, Ravipuram, Ernakulam. This was followed by another very important CPE Workshop on Forensic Audit, primarily intended for mentoring young Chartered Accountants. The sessions were handled by CA. Dungar Chand U Jain, Madurai, Past Chairman, SIRC of ICAI and CA. Achyuth Pradeep, Ernakulam. The programme was conducted at Gokulam Convention Centre, Kaloor, Ernakulam.
The evening study circle meetings continued in August with a session on “Recent Judicial Pronouncements under GST” by CA. Spudarjunan S. We celebrated the World Entrepreneur Day on the 21st of August with an evening CPE Seminar by CA. Balu Paul, Ernakulam, who kindled the spirit of entrepreneurship among the members by narrating his own experience as an entrepreneur.
Further, another evening CPE Seminar on “Clause by Clause Analysis of Form 3CD”, the much wanted session during the tax audit season, was conducted at ICAI Bhawan on 23rd August, 2023. The technical experts CA. Parvathy Ammal K and CA. Remya S Menon efficiently handled the sessions. The seminar was well attended and appreciated by the members.
We look forward to the upcoming event, one of the best this year, the Two Day National Seminar organised by the CPE Committee of ICAI hosted by Ernakulam Branch on the 1st and 2nd of September, 2023. Preparations are in full swing and we welcome each and every one of you to participate and make it a grand success. The seminar will be held at Hotel Renai Cochin, Palarivattom , Ernakulam. Stalwart speakers CA. Kamal Garg from New Delhi, CA. Anand P Jangid from Bengaluru, Past Central Council Member CA. M.P. Vijay Kumar from Chennai and CA. Mohan R Lavi from Bengaluru will present papers of various topics relating to Standards on Assurance Engagements, Code of Ethics, Forensic Accounting & Investigation Standards, Common Non-Compliance of Accounting Standards and Auditing Standards – Regulators Observations.
Encore 2023, the mega flagship cultural event of SICASA Ernakulam branch was very well organised and conducted by our Team SICASA under the able leadership of CA. Tony Varghese, Chairman SICASA Ernakulam and CA Roopesh Rajagopal, Member SICASA, Ernakulam Branch. The programme was conducted at Renewal Centre, Kaloor, Ernakulam on 13.08.2023. The spirit of comradery, the energy and exuberance of our students was very visible throughout the programme. My hearty congratulations to all the winners and kudos to Team SICASA for all the efforts in organising a grand event.
We are extremely delighted to inform you that the Ernakulam Branch of SIRC of ICAI has bagged the Second Best Branch of SIRC of ICAI Award for the year 2022 under the Mega Category of branches and the SICASA of Ernakulam the Best Branch of SICASA Award for the year 2022 under the Mega Category. The award will be presented on 13th October 2023 at the 55th Regional Conference of SIRC of ICAI held at Priyadharshini Grounds, Hosapete (Near Hampi), Karnataka. This was made possible due to the great teamwork and efforts of Ernakulam Branch Managing Committee members and students of the branch under the able leadership of CA. Jose K.V., Chairman for and CA. Suresh G, Chairman SICASA for the year 2022-23. We thank all the student representatives of the Ernakulam branch of SICASA for their tireless efforts and wholehearted commitment to ensuring that we scale greater heights. We place on record our gratitude to Hon’ble President & Vice President of ICAI, Central Council Members and Regional Council Members for their unstinted support in all our activities.
Busy months are ahead with tax audits, Income Tax Return filings, statutory compliances for corporates, etc. We wish you a very successful audit season. We once again thank you for your unstinted support for all the branch initiatives. Your support and encouragement gives us the energy to serve you even better.
Jai Hind ! Jai ICAI !
CA. DEEPA VARGHESE