As the saying goes, coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. And that is exactly the spirit which sways me as I humbly take over the baton of Leadership with folded hands and address you for the First time as Chairman of the most happening and Vibrant Branch of WIRC of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India i.e. Nashik Branch.
I consider it an absolute honour to serve my profession while joining the strong lineage of its leadership. Albert Einstein quite beautifully links human endeavours and excellence: We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility. And I promise to do justice to my responsibilities in that sense too.
It is indeed a privilege to become Chairman of Nashik Branch of WIRC of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and I welcome and express my gratitude to all the members and Students of the Branch. I wish to record my gratitude to all my Managing Committee Colleagues for demonstrating trust in me and bestowing the great responsibility to serve the Profession by taking a lead. I wish to thank all the members of Nashik Branch for extending their help and support in all our endeavours and expect the same momentum ahead also.
Serving as Chairman of the Nashik Branch in these times of ever-increasing expectations and challenges is a daunting endeavour and task. But here I must mention that I am a firm believer in the adage that, ‘from those to whom much is given, much is desired’. And as such, I promise you to not let you down for expecting high from me. I will put all my strength to take forward the rich legacy of my seasoned predecessors.
On a personal note, I wish to share with you that I owe whatever I am today to the hard training & learning experience which I got from my seniors and the love and support I got from fellow professionals.
To me, the Nashik Branch does not exist merely as only a Branch of our Region or Head Office where it will regulate all the Rules and Regulations of Institute but it also exists as facilitator to help you in betterment of yourselves be it Professionally, Mentally or Physically. Keeping the same purpose in mind only Nashik Branch conducts various activities for betterment of its Members and Students year by year and the graph of its activities are increasing every year to the extend that in the Year 2017 under the apt Leadership of our Immediate Past Chairman CA Vikas Hase we could conduct near about 250 Programs (Members & Students) covering almost 500 CPE Hours. Further, the Legacy of achieving Best Branch Accolades at National and Regional Levels along with Best Students Association Awards during last many years has put the Branch at high scales and keeping that aspect only in mind I have articulated my ‘Action Plan 2018-19: Scaling High with Legacy’ which stands on three basic mantras i.e. Initiate, Participate &Excel’ combining the best interests of our Nashik Branch, its Members and Students and other stakeholders at large.
Firstly, Legacy will not be limited to or in the form of Number of Activities or programs, not in the form of Awards which branch is getting since many years but also in the form of contribution of all my predecessors for bringing the Nashik Branch to its present stature. Then it covers all the things from Number of events, Branch Awards, Good Liasoning of Brand Image of Branch amongst various departments, Infrastructural Image or Technically sound Image and so on and so forth.
Secondly, This Action Plan symbolises my craving for new ideas initiated by you on which we will work and execute the same. Then you participate whole heartedly in that and with your enthusiastic support and participation we will definitely excel in our every endeavours. Sky is indeed the limit, but my idea is to ‘Scale the Sky with the Legacy’ in quest of giving our best possible and fast forward our tradition of excellence in coming years also.
Now, let me take you to on a Conceptual tour of my Action Plan 2018-19:
Initiate your Ideas for Brand Building :
In order to keeping and scaling the Brand Image of Nashik Branch high, I invite you all to take an initiative in sharing your Brainwave Ideas which we can implement and which are going to benefit Members , Students and other stake holders at large and ultimately to our Profession.
I believe that every decision taken at Brach Level don’t just happen in a vacuum and the best ones rarely come from deep pondering in isolation. They happen when we learn from and draw on experiences of others. In that respect, I invite you all to be part of our decision-making and delivery processes. Let’s work to instill in ourselves the culture of continuous improvement. If we see a way to do something better, let’s take initiative to point it out and share it with us. The collective pursuit of continuous improvement is very powerful not only because it leads to performance gains but also enhancing the Branch Brand Image at high scale. This will further strengthen the sense of ‘US’.
Members in Industry and Practice:
My other areas of strategic focus will be our members – whether they are in practice, in industry or in government. These times are brimming with opportunities, which need to be tapped. In this regard, I aim to make CAs matchless professionals through knowledge and practice support, particularly in the backdrop of new horizons taking shape in the form of ‘GST, RERA, Insolvency, ‘Implementation of Ind AS converged with IFRS, IND AS, Forensic Audit and Fraud Detection, Wealth Management, so on and so forth. We will be conducting various Certificate Courses/Seminars/Workshops etc to update members in these emerging areas so that members can reap the benefits of these opportunities. Our Immediate past Chairman CA Vikas Hase and Immediate WICASA Chairman CA Rajendra Shete are taking very good initiative in conducting various programs for Members in Industry.
Young Members Empowerment:
With more and more of younger generation joining the professional fold, serving their cause will be high on my agenda. They need practical pathways to success, which I wish to lay out for them. Special initiatives will be taken to help them set up practice, empower them and give them new wings to fly high across new emerging horizons. We have planned to introduce mentorship programmes for hand-holding the young CA and facilitate outsourcing opportunities to them in accounting, auditing and management consultancy services, etc. Our Treasurer CA Harshal Surana and WICASA Chairman CA Rohan Aandhale is dedicately working on this.
Another high point on my Action Plan is ‘Women Empowerment’. I believe that modern woman is the powerhouse of immense untapped energy which needs to be channelled. In this regard, among other initiatives, I have specifically planned to revamp our Flexi working portal in such a manner that enormous potential and energy of our girl students and women Chartered Accountants will be channelled into into our systems for the growth of our profession and economy. Our Women Emowerment Committee Chairperson and our Vice Chairperson CA Rekha Patwardhan is taking tireless efforts for this since she is in committee. In this regard I will personally appeal all the Women
Members to pro actively take participation in all the Women Oriented Program to showcase your strength and unity.
I regard technology as the engine of modern economy and CA’s workplace.
As such, I intend to use technology as an enabling force for the profession. I will put technology to optimum use for efficient delivery of services and betterment of the professional capabilities this year. I will personally work to leverage tech-driven innovations to give Nashik Branch a winning edge and raise a generation of Tech Savvy Professionals. Revamping of Nashik Branch Mobile App, ITT Lab, Self Service portal for students and members, digital libraries, embracing social media, etc., are all on the cards.
On Students Front, I would like to share you that, the activity which we had started from some years back i.e. Coaching Classes at Branch Level is taking shape now and flying results of Students from Branch Coaching has given a boost and confidence amongst us to keep this activity at next level. As syllabus and pattern of CA Curriculum is changing, we are keenly working on conducting various batches for Students at each level i.e CPT, IPCC and Final.
Further, our both the Libraries i.e. one at Branch and one at City are getting overwhelming response due to which we are planning to shift our Branch Library at some bigger place to accommodate maximum students. Apart from this to give practical knowledge of Accounting and Financial Operations of various industries, Our WICASA Chairman CA Rohan Andhale has already planned out various Industrial Visits throughout the year. Apart from this facility of e-books, e-learning, video lectures, audio lectures, online mentoring, etc., are some of many initiatives which are planned for this year.
Last but not the least, special focus would be put on infrastructure development as I believe that it is the enabling infrastructure which provides us the foundation for comprehensive growth. In this regard, among many initiatives, I have particularly planned to make Branch Building as WI FI Free, Apart from this Implementation of Solar Systems, Revamping of Cafeteria etc. is also on card. Our Past Chairman CA Ravi Rathi has set a role model for infrastructure initiative by making a Beautiful sculpture i.e. Mural during his tenure and he will be helping and guiding us in implementation of all these infrastructure related initiatives.
These are some of the major areas on which we will be working throughout the year. Apart from this other non technical aspects also we are going to cover, because all work and no play makes a Jack Dull boy, going with these lines various other activities like Trekking, Sports Event, Cultural Events etc are also on card for keeping the members rejuvenated amidst accomplishing professional assignments with an ease and comfort.
The month of March is full of festivities. I extend my best wishes to you and your family members for a cheerful Holi, Mahavir Jayanti, Good Friday, Gudi Padwa and Nowruz. Let us celebrate our festivals in their true spirit and celebrate each other’s existence and well-being and work for inclusive growth.
In line with my theme “Initiate, Participate, Excel”, and with the rich Legacy, I feel the Nashik Branch has the scalability to touch newer zeniths and achieve newer milestones. Your Opinion (Initiate) and cooperation (Participate) have always been crucial for the affairs of the Nashik Branch and I look forward to your continuous support in all our future endeavours also.
Let us work together towards Excellence.
CA Milan C Lunawat
Nashik Branch of WIRC of ICAI
Nashik Branch bagged Best Branch Award in large category at National Level Nashik Branch of WICASA got Certificate of Appreciation in Large & Medium Branch Category at Regional Level