The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a National professional body, established by Act of Parliament to develop and regulate the Profession of Company Secretaries. The Institute functions under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)  launched a new syllabus for the CS Foundation Programme this month at New Delhi. The CS Foundation programme consists of four papers viz., Business Environment and Entrepreneurship; Business Management, Ethics and Communication; Business Economics; Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing.

A revamp: (from left) N K Jain, Ranjeet Pandey, Nesar Ahmad, Rajiv
S N Anathasubramaniam and N P S Chawla

Under the new syllabus, Optical Marks Recognition (OMR) based examination (Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions) would be conducted for the Foundation Programme. Students are eligible to appear in the examination on the basis of self-study. The requirement of Coaching Completion Certificate has been discontinued for Foundation Programme Students.

Nesar Ahmad, President, ICSI said that professionalism and the knowledge base has to happen at the grass root level and the revision of the syllabus is the first step towards this direction. He further said that in addition to the awareness of legal aspects, the students will be taught various aspects of business environment and entrepreneurship coupled with communication skills.

N K Jain Secretary & CEO, the ICSI said that the revision of the syllabus is a process in continuum, to nurture the students in terms of capacity building, knowledge grinding and skill development including evolving corporate environment and the regulatory regime. This new syllabus has many new features benchmarking international trends in professional education.