Trouble seems to be brewing between the apex accounting body of chartered accountants, the Indian Chartered Accountants Institute (ICAI) and the Institute of Costs and Works accountants of India (ICWAI). The ICAI has declared an open war against the proposal of name change of ICWAI to Institute of Costs and Management Accountants of India (ICMAI).
In a meeting called by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on finance recently, the ICAI opposed the ICWAI’s move to change the name on the grounds that the name change would create confusion among the industry people and common man.
Further, ICAI has raised the issue in its August journal as well. It says: “It is pertinent to mention that the Cost and Works Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2010, contained a proposal regarding change of its name from the ICWAI to the ICMAI. We have expressed our concerns over the proposal for change of name of ICWAI to ICMAI. We are following up on the matter”.