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

President ICSI

March, 2017

यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः ।
यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफलाः क्रियाः ॥

(जहां स्त्रीजाति का आदर-सम्मान होता है, उनकी आवश्यकताओं-अपेक्षाओं की पूर्ति होती है, उस स्थान, समाज, तथा परिवार पर देवतागण प्रसन्न रहते हैं । जहां ऐसा नहीं होता और उनके प्रति तिरस्कारमय व्यवहार किया जाता है, वहां देवकृपा नहीं रहती है और वहां संपन्न किये गये कार्य सफल नहीं होते हैं।)

(Where women are honored , divinity blossoms there; and where they are dishonored , all actions remain unfruitful.)

Penning this communication down in the month of March when whole world would be celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, it makes my heart feel proud of rich heritage and culture of Ancient India, where women have been placed on such a high pedestal. Above shaloka makes me to relate this context to our virtuous Indian women in contemporary context. If women in Ancient India were placed on such a lofty pedestal, they should get the same platform they deserve in modern India too, after all, they are exclusively blessed with the power to create, nurture and transform this Universe. Let us make pledge to make them to utilize this special power gifted to them to the maximum. Let us play our part as a family and a colleague to assist them to strike a ‘Work-Family’ balance in their lives so that most of them can be best version of themselves and spread their wings to contribute towards growth and development of their families, Society and Nation and open avenues of economic, occupational and political freedom to them. Let them spread their wings and sing “Mein Choo Sakti Hu Aakaash, Mujhe Muake Ki Hai Talaash”.

And, to all my fellow women colleagues, pick pearls of wisdom from endowment of marvellous ladies of our ancient India such as Gargi, Ghosha, Lopamudra, Sulabha, Maitreyi, Pandya women who were best of the scholars of their time and also those who were active in politics and administration to become excellent Governance professionals in your Boardrooms and ensuring your contribution to the National Governance. Let us keep this verse in our mind:

परस्परविरोधिन्योरेकसंश्रयदुर्लभं । संगमं श्रीसरस्वत्योर्भूयादुद्भूतये सताम् ॥

(The conflicting attributes of wealth and learning rarely co-exist in one person. Let there be such a rare union of Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati for the benefit of the good people.) I wish for you all be such a rare combination and celebrate the spirit of womanhood.

I feel honoured to share that the number of our Associate Members has touched the magical figure of 50,000 and along with this glory; there comes a responsibility to continuously promote Good Governance practices; Compliance Management and Board Processes. We are trying to facilitate high quality professionals to the Boardrooms and society in the area of Corporate Governance by imparting high quality knowledge and training and preparing them for the role of ‘Conscious Keepers’. We are pleased to share that Corporate sector has realized the potential of our students and have started offering a stipend as high as Rs. 30,000. Read more...

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