President's Message - CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal

President ICSI

May, 2017

यद्यदाचरति श्रेष्ठस्तत्तदेवेतरो जनः । स यत्प्रमाणं कुरुते लोकस्तदनुवर्तते ॥३- २१॥
                                                                        Bhagvad Gita

(Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.)

My Valued ICSI Members

Above shaloka from Bhagvad Gita’s Chapter 3 on ‘Karma Yoga’ guides all of us to keep on performing our Karma and remain focussed on our goal every moment. As Arjuna exemplified such focus and determination on his goal of shooting in the blackness in the centre of the eye of the wooden sparrow, avoiding all distractions on the way whether physical or psychological. This points out towards the need of becoming a ‘Karma Yogi’ in our respective fields by controlling our senses by training and purifying our mind and intellect to undertake selfless service of humanity. In this process, ultimately, a human being is automatically driven towards the attainment of excellence which other common human beings follow. Indeed, our ancient Indian scriptures are full of wisdom to guide and enlighten to this noble path.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled his vision 2022 “New India” and expressed "I have a milestone of 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence. We all should take a pledge, of something good, that, we want to contribute to the country and promise to fulfill that pledge by 2022. If we are successful, no one can stop India from becoming a world power." Adopting the “New India” vision in the ICSI way, we have also thought of drawing Vision 2022 for ICSI so that our fraternity can proudly be a part of “New India, New ICSI’ by the year 2022. The implementation of this Vision 2022 will certainly ensure whole New ICSI, for this we will be reviewing Vision 2020 of ICSI in lines with ‘Reform, Transform and Perform’ Mantra of the policy makers of India. We would be welcoming valuable views and suggestions of whole ICSI fraternity, so that, ICSI becomes a global leader in Corporate Governance thereby paving the way for National Governance through its stakeholders. Please extend your generous views on the same and partner in this mission of ICSI.

Moving on, Robert Collier believed that ‘Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.’ The role of examination in one’s success is well established. In our continuous endeavours to facilitate a force of best governance professionals in India, we are completely aware of the role of ‘examination system in any educational organization’. Therefore, in order to ensure best evaluation of our students, we are in a process to revamp examination system of ICSI. Your suggestions for developing such a system are most welcome.

We are taking many new initiatives for our students, latest one being ‘Academic Helpline’. It is a facility for those CS students hailing from far flung areas of the country who require help in clearing their doubts in the subjects concerning CS course on real-time basis. This Academic Helpline shall have the best pool of faculty/expert resources to cater to the queries of our students at flexible extended hours to help our students to get guidance as per their convenience.

Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the Ninth report of the Committee of Parliament on Official languages concerning medium of the speech as Hindi by all dignitaries if they can read and speak in Hindi. This development is certainly commendable as Hindi as a language is a link between our country’s ancient civilisation and modern progress. In Hon’ble President’s own words “The language is also a link between our traditional knowledge, ancient civilisation and modern progress. Our efforts should be to increase the use of Hindi in science and technology, so that participation of all, including the rural population, can be ensured in the progress of the country.”

Hindi is the most spoken first language in the world after Mandarin, Spanish and English, therefore, we should make all efforts to get its recognition among one of the official languages of the United Nations. I commend our significant achievement that the United Nations has started broadcasting its programmes on the UN Radio website in Hindi language also. The pride comes that we have taken a step forward to respect our Indian languages than foreign languages. As Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi once mentioned “When we speak in our own native languages, we easily slip into English for a word or two that we either don’t know in our own language or for the words we think are more effective in English.” He suggested that practice of learning Indian languages would help respect for all cultures in India, eventually adding up to a more cohesive national identity that included them all. I see a vision of New India having a strengthened national unity in this statement of our Prime Minister.

We have received a huge response to our new endeavour ‘Rendezvous with ICSI’ through Chartered Secretary which aims to explore different aspects related to dignitaries who have made a difference in the lives of millions with their hard work, integrity, courage and extraordinary outlook towards life. This column reminded me of a meaningful quote “Within YOU is the power to rise above any situation or struggle and transform into the brightest, strongest version of YOU ever.” This Rendezvous with ICSI is an endeavour to make our readers apprised of views of Union Minister for Railways, Sh. Suresh Prabhu who is an exemplary personality. Our readers are welcome to write to us about dignitaries and their views they would like to read and send the specific questions they wish to ask pertaining to them.

I am thankful for the bountiful responses you have given to ICSI eco-friendly drive of saving the environment initiated on Earth Day 2017 by giving exemplary support to our drive of welcoming dignitaries with ‘plants’ and doing away with the practice of giving bouquets. These small steps taken by billions of us will definitely lead to environment conservation. I also urge all of you to explore new ideas and share other novel ways that may lead to saving our planet Earth.

On a signing off note, I urge whole ICSI fraternity to roll up their sleeves and become partner in New India - New ICSI initiative by sending valuable suggestions, ideas and feedback regarding initiatives taken in the direction towards excellence by ICSI.

Happy reading.

Yours sincerely
CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal
President, ICSI
May 05, 2017
New Delhi