August and September are the months which outset festivities. While we just celebrated Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, Muharram and Parsi New Year, we are going to celebrate “Ganesh Chaturthi” and “Paryushana” in the coming days too! As the Chairman of the branch, I take this opportunity to seek your forgiveness for any mistakes that I might have knowingly or unknowingly committed – Michammi Dukkadam!....
August was a month of euphoric activity at branch as the month started with back to back National Conferences – on Direct Taxes and Internal Audit – with a combined participation of 2,000 plus members from across the country, both these conferences were very well appreciated by the members. We were honoured to have the presence of Shri Ravindra Kumar, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax as the chief guest of National Conference on Direct Tax. We also had launch of the 21 hour grooming session for all the members registered for Opportune series – special sessions from the soft skills trainers. We had very special Independence Day celebrations with inauguration of Independence day gallery (showcasing the 75 years of Indian Independence - incl. achievements of ICAI and Ahmedabad Branch through these years) by Justice Vineet Kothariji and Guest of Honour Sr. Adv. Saurabh Soparkar, CA Ajit Shah and CA Om Prakash Bhandari. We also had a mega launch of the Finance & Tax Literacy Drive at Ahmedabad followed by amazing performances - cultural ramp walk (depicting all cultures of the country), patriotic songs, skit, dance by CA Students on the theme of Independence. Ahmedabad Branch also signed a MOU for entering in a special arrangement to provide CA foundation coaching to the students of the girls school run by Swaminarayan Vidyapith - BAPS Swaminarayan Vidyamandir, Randesan (SVMR), Gandhinagar. While our branch is already providing CA foundation, Intermediate and Final coaching classes, we are now extremely happy to extend our stretch to SVMR by providing online coaching relating to CA foundation.
Apart from various technical seminars, we also had a first of its kind Mentorship Conclave wherein more than 250 participants attended and there were expert Senior Chartered Accountants as mentors to guide young chartered accountants in the area of Income tax, GST, audit, litigation, reporting & documentation, project finance, networking & partnership building and valuation. A very unique Interaction with CFOs and members in Industry was arranged where more than 250 CA members who are part of Industry had participated. The month of August also saw the start of physical sessions at Ahmedabad Branch with a special session on GST taken by Immediate past president of ICAI, CA Atul Gupta and privilege to have presence of Shri Mahavir Sanghvi, IFS, Joint Secretary, Counter Terrorism Division, Ministry of External Affairs as our Guest of Honour.
The month of September promises to be a very enriching month with lot of sessions planned for the members on technical areas like RERA, Trusts, Company law, Income Tax, FEMA and also a first ever Residential refresher course for Women members. As you would have by now realized that the activities of the branch have been synchronized and planned from the beginning of my term as the Chairman and we are conducting all events in line with our theme – Ideation, Collaboration, Adaptability and Innovation. In these uncertain times, let’s stay connected and help each other to the maximum extent possible. Ahmedabad Branch is always with you and we are all always available for any assistance / support that you or your family members may require. We would urge you to stay connected and continue to provide your unstinting support to all the endeavors of the Branch.
With best regards,
CA Harit Dhariwal
Ahmedabad Branch of WIRC of ICAI