The recent planning and initiative of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) are now directed to make India as a destination for accounting as well as auditing services. Apart from converging with the international financial reporting standards (IFRS) by April 1, 2011, it is now planning to convergence with the international auditing standards.
ICAI president Ved Jain told that if a person wants to take audit service from India then he needs to be sure that India makes use of auditing standards that are used world over. Keeping this in mind, ICAI is now focusing towards convergence with global auditing standards which will ensure that accounting and auditing services in India will be of international level and it will create professional opportunities and avenues not only in accounting services but also in auditing services. The implication of this will be that it will increase the outsourcing opportunities since the Indian CAs will be capable of providing the global level accounting as well as auditing services. Moreover, the foreign players will also be comfortable in doing business in India as they would be aware that the Indian accounting and auditing standards are in sync with the international ones. According to ICAI sources, keeping this in mind, the chartered accountant (CA) course content, education and training is being focused more to ensure that the Indian CA is able to meet the global expectations and high international standards. Ved Jain said that keeping in view the global financial crisis where the Indian regulators and systems have performed well as compared to the developed nations in US and Europe, on the same lines, it is imperative that India emerges as a leader in providing both accounting as well as auditing services. He added that the ICAI is now planning to make the chartered accountancy profession truly global and for that purpose it is in talks with various accounting bodies world over. Jain further said, “With the adoption of the global standards, the Indian CAs will be much in demand to provide not only the accounting services but also the auditing services world over. With the advancement of technology and communication, accounting and auditing standards have become borderless and I see no reason why India should not be a destination for whole of the world’s accounting and auditing services on the same level as India is a destination for IT services”.