Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)

ICAI proposes new curriculum for CA education

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Posted on 01 Jul 2022
10:35 AM
 Students of ICAI.

Students of ICAI. Wikimedia Commons

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Summary
ICAI has proposed a new curriculum for CA education and training
The proposed scheme intends to internationalize CA education, integrate digital tools in the CA curriculum, increase the rigor in the curriculum, adopt a futuristic method of education and much more

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has proposed a new scheme for CA education and training, adopting a newer way of learning. The new curriculum aims to internationalize CA education, integrate digital tools in the CA curriculum, incorporate a futuristic outlook and introduce several other fresh initiatives to help prepare CAs to unlock greater industry insight and provide them with the most extensive education and training in CA.

Within the existing scheme of education, there are three levels of papers for students to clear – Foundation, Intermediate and Final. The proposed scheme would retain the same paradigm with structural and qualitative changes.

The salient features and focus areas of the proposed scheme are as follows:

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  • Adoption of newer ways of learning and furnishing interpretative skills: The new scheme proposes open book/closed book for all papers at the Final level. It also proposes the introduction of 30% MCQs in the Intermediate and Final levels to strengthen the students’ analytical skills.
  • Increase in the duration of the course: The new scheme proposes an increase in the number of exams from 2 to 3 in a year, making the course more rigorous as well as 2 years of seamless Practical Training after students’ clear the Intermediate level.
  • Implementation of an International Curriculum: The proposed scheme aims to internationalize the current curriculum by incorporating virtual soft skills and information technology training in order to build global-ready CAs. Candidates living outside India may undergo Practical Training under eligible Members of Accounting Bodies outside India recognized by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).
  • A future-forward outlook: The proposed scheme will put forth a single International Curriculum aimed at both domestic and international students while introducing online self-paced modules for technology-enabled easy learning and assessment. There will be four self-paced online learning modules, students can learn and qualify the modules at their own pace after clearing the Intermediate level examination.
  • Integration of Ethics & Technology: The curriculum will embed ethics and information technology with core subjects at the Final level.
  • Intermittent Exit Route: Students who would not have cleared the Final level Examination will be eligible to apply for a Business Accounting Associate (BAA) certificate after fulfilling the prescribed criteria.

“The objective of the new scheme is to design a curriculum which is futuristic and globally relevant. This would also help in devising new and effective means to impart education and training and assess the performance of students. Considering the diverse student base spread across India and abroad, the new scheme focuses on new and effective ways of imparting knowledge. It includes harnessing general management and communication skills and imparting education in ethics and Information Technology. Further, the overall objective is to ensure that students are able to develop interpretational skills and also have a high degree of industry orientation, which can make them play an integral and strategic role in any position,” said Dr Debashis Mitra, President of ICAI for the year 2022-23 is based in Kolkata.

ICAI was formed in 1949 and stands as the second largest body of CAs globally. Headquartered in Delhi, ICAI has mutual recognition agreements with several international bodies of Accountants like the England & Wales Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, and the Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance, among others. The Chartered Accountants trained at ICAI in India are now working in 77 cities across 48 countries.

Last updated on 07 Jul 2022
10:22 AM
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