Our goals at the beginning of the year were clear. We created a 13 point agenda for the development of Members, Students and the Region at large and these 13 points became the focus areas for the year. We wanted to make this year as the ‘Year of Action’. I’m pleased to state that with the enthusiastic support of Regional Council Members, Branches and Study Circles who stood united in their belief that ‘Together We Can’ we transformed the year into one that was vibrant and dynamic.
Member Outreach Programme: Many Chartered Accountants join in the service of the nation by joining the Government services. To create stronger ties as well as better understanding WIRC organised a ‘Regional Meet for Members in Public Service’ in the presence of ICAI Vice-President CA. Nilesh Vikamsey. The event went far in forging stronger inter-personal connections.
Seminars & Conventions: The seminar on ‘Post Assessment Issues under IT Act’ was a highly detailed inter-action in which Chartered Accountant ITAT members were present at the Mock Tribunal to give relevant and practical inputs.
WIRC organised a Women’s Conference in Surat as part of its campaign to increase awareness, knowledge and role of women Chartered Accountants.
National Students’ Conventions were organised in Mumbai, Amravati, Pimpri Chinchwad and Pune wherein many students got clear insights into the profession, the role of Chartered Accountants and more importantly understanding into how to achieve their goal of becoming a Chartered Accountant.
UDAAN: This youth festival was organised with group activities and various competitions including singing, dancing, talent performances and a cultural night which saw enthusiastic participation. The festival inculcated the concepts of friendly competitive spirit as well as the importance of honing one’s talent to perfection.
M. L. D’Souza Rotating Trophy: The annual friendly M. L. D’Souza Cricket Match took place between the Chartered Accountants XI and Commissioner of Income Tax XI. Dignitaries and officials from Income Tax Department participated in this match. The Chief Commissioner & many senior personalities from the Income Tax Department graced the occasion in the presence of ICAI Vice-President CA. Nilesh Vikamsey.
CMII Awards: It is a really proud moment for WIRC to see that CA. Deeparani Vinayak Narvekar, CA. Archana Amit Moghe, CA. Satish Kumar Jain, CA. Anand Ashok Desai, CA. Dhaval Umeshbhai Shah & CA. Apurva Bipin Shah received awards at national level. I congratulate all the awardees. I also take this opportunity to thank all the members in the industry who have been very actively participating, guiding and mentoring at various levels.
From the beginning of the year till date, our whole WIRC team was confident of achieving our 13 point agenda because our core belief was “Together We Can”. The strength of this motto saw everyone – Members, Students and Staff – working together towards achieving common goals. And now, at the end of an exhilarating year, we find that we have achieved our goals to ‘Change the World’.
I wish to state that all the programmes in the entire year were successful only due to the unconditional support of ICAI President CA M. Devaraja Reddy, our Vice-President CA. Nilesh Vikamsey, the Central Council Members, Office Bearers CA. Hardik Shah, Vice Chairman, CA. Kamlesh Saboo, Secretary, CA. Shilpa Shinagare, Treasurer and all other Regional Council Colleagues, and all Members and Students. I am grateful for their whole-hearted support during my tenure as Chairperson WIRC of ICAI 2016-17 and am sure they will continue to extend their complete support and loyalty to our new Chairman and Office Bearers in keeping with our motto, “Together We Can”.
Let us remember that ‘Success is not only measured by what we accomplish, but more so by the endeavour of all concerned to strive as a team, with courage against overwhelming odds to cross the finish line together’.
CA. SHRUTI SHAH