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Dated: 26th March 2020

COVID -19: Important Announcement

The ICAI (Institute) has been closely watching the situation arising out of spread of Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and the current stage is where the lockout has resulted in closure of offices and bare minimum articleship training work being made feasible through online means. We are all aware that until further orders, such restrictions are going to continue till 14th April 2020.

Those who are already registered and undergoing articled training, are hereby informed that the period of absence arising out of said lockdown due to COVID -19 pandemic shall not be counted for the purposes of deduction of any leaves, meaning thereby that such period shall be counted as being on articleship training for the period aforesaid. Accordingly, the students who are already undergoing articled training and are appearing for May 2020 and subsequent examinations need not worry on this count for loss of any period not served during the above lockdown.

Further, to ease out situation at both the ends, matters related to timing and manner of payment of stipend in the intervening period arising out of the lockdown, may be mutually decided between the principal and the article assistant.

(Rakesh Sehgal) Acting Secretary, ICAI


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  1. Harish Mangla says:

    please tell me if i have my final exams in May’20 attemp which are extended to july-aug’20 due to covid19, i am on leaves from starting march, whether the period of May, june and july (i.e. period for which exams extended) will be counted present or absent.

    1. Kenik says:

      Same thing as happened with me i had just started my articleship and i am out station student so i went for my home 1 day prior to announcement of this lockdown and now my principal are counting this days as my leave so what can i do about this? Any suggestions please reply

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