Message from the Desk of Chairman



My Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

At the outset, please accept warm greetings and wishes of Holi on behalf of the Eastern India Regional Council (EIRC) of ICSI! It gives me immense pleasure in sharing my thoughts with you for the second time through this Communique in the capacity of Chairman of EIRC-ICSI.

In these two months, my Council has tried to touch upon several aspects of the Institute’s working. Placement has been an area of concern in the entire Eastern Region. Limited number of large organizations in this part of the Country has made placement of our Members difficult. To mitigate this problem, we have not only been trying to promote and propagate the role of Company Secretaries in many forums but we have also been discussing with many organizations about placement of our members in non-secretarial role. We have received very encouraging response. In fact, HSBC Global Delivery Center has proposed to recruit our members immediately and we are in the process of finalizing the modalities of recruitment.

Capacity Building for members and training for students is a priority. While conducting programs in big hotels helps in brand building but my focus has been more on scheduling topics of relevance and selection of subject matter experts as faculty. We are also gradually trying to improve quality of Student Training Programs including MSOP. We are working to drive focus on quality trainers and apt topics rather than solely focusing on administrative matters. Rotation of topics and faculties will also help enhance quality of training programs. We are also encouraging young members to come and speak at appropriate forums so that not only they develop confidence of public speaking but the Institute also gains by increasing its databank of speakers.

We are also working towards directing seminars and workshops from just learning and networking opportunity to professional opportunity as well. It is in this direction that we are organizing programs with Chambers of Commerce etc so that our practicing fraternity gets in touch with non-CS fraternity also who may become their prospective clients.

In these two months we have organized several events and programs which reflect our professional aspirations and social feelings as a fraternity. Some of these events are Republic Day Celebration, Saraswati Puja Celebration, Discussion on Union Budget 2017, Full Day Seminar at Hotel Oberoi Grand on “Evolving Opportunities for Company Secretaries” and the unique initiative called “Companies Act Pe Charcha”.

In the month of March, my Regional Council had the privilege to Felicitate newly elected President of ICSI, CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal and Vice President, CS Makarand Lele. We were even more delighted to have the august presence of Chairmen and Secretaries from our Chapters of the Eastern Region. Like we at the Regional level pledged our full-fledged support and cooperation to ICSI Head Office, similarly, the Chapters extended their warmth, support and cooperation to the Regional Council. The President, Vice President, Central Council Members from Eastern Region, myself along with my Regional Council colleagues and Office Bearers from the Chapters took the Oath to serve ICSI with integrity and sincerity. This Oath was administered to us by none other than our National President, CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal.

This month we also celebrated International Women’s Day where we ensured that it was an all-woman dais right from the Chief Guest to the speakers and other dignitaries. My Council Colleague, CS Rupanjana De led the event which went on extremely well. To promote the spirit of the occasion my Council Colleague, CS Ashok Purohit and I decided not to be part of the dais. In association with NSE, we organized a very well laid out program on Secretarial Audit where the Chief Regulatory Officer of NSE, CS (Dr.) V R Narasimhan shared extremely valuable insights on Secretarial Audit. His thoughts were appreciated by one and all. On this occasion, we were also delighted to have with us Regional Director of SEBI, Mr. A. Sunil Kumar.

My Council Colleagues, CS Ashok Purohit and CS Gautam Dugar have been leading efforts in Investor Awareness and Career Awareness programs, amongst others, which is also promoting and propagating the brand ICSI. We also went to premier business school, IISWBM and promoted the brand ICSI. 

Our Newsletter is scheduled to be released this month and to promote a greener environment we have decided to email electronic copy of the same instead of sending printed copy. This will not only be environment friendly but will also save precious financial resources of the Institute.

My Regional Council Members and our respected Central Council Members, CS S K Agrawala and CS Mamta Binani have been supporting and guiding me in all my initiatives. Needless to mention the untiring and dedicated efforts of my EIRO colleagues ably led by Mr DVNS Sarma provides strength to the Regional Council.

I once again acknowledge the efforts put in by our Past Presidents, Past Chairmen and Council Colleagues in building this Institution of Excellence. We as a team will endeavor to take the legacy forward.

I request my fellow members and students to reach out to me with their thoughts at my coordinates provided below-


CS Siddhartha Murarka
M: +91 99033 77959

With warm regards,

Your privileged colleague 

Siddhartha Murarka