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Articled assistant

[PUBLISHED IN PART III SECTION 4 OF THE

GAZETTE OF INDIA EXTRAORDINARY DATED 17TH AUGUST, 2007]

(THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS OF INDIA)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, dated the 17th August, 2007.

NO.1-CA(7)/102/2007(E).- Whereas certain draft amendments further to amend the

Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988, were published by the Council of the

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, as required by sub-section (3) of section

30 of the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 (38 of 1949) at pages 1 to 18 of the

Gazette of India (Extraordinary), Part III Section 4, dated the 26th April, 2007 under

the notification of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India No.1-

CA(7)/102/2007(E) dated 26th April, 2007;

And whereas objections and suggestions were invited before the expiry of a

period of forty-five days from the date on which the copies of the said Gazette were

made available to the public;

And whereas the said Gazette was made available to the public on the 27th

April, 2007;

And whereas the objections and suggestions received from the public on the

said draft amendments have been considered by the Council of the Institute of

Chartered Accountants of India and approved by the Central Government;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of

section 30 of the said Act, the Council, with the approval of the Central Government,

hereby, makes the following amendments in the Chartered Accountants Regulations,

1988, namely:-

1. (1) These regulations may be called the Chartered Accountants (Amendment)

Regulations, 2007;

(2) They shall come into force from the date of final publication of the

notification in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988, -

(i) for regulation 43, the following regulation shall be substituted, namely:-

“43. Engagement of Articled Assistants

(1) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations and subject to

such terms and conditions, as the Council may deem fit to impose in this

behalf, the members designated as an associate or a fellow, who has been in

practice continuously, whether in India or elsewhere or an associate or a

fellow, who is deemed to be in practice within the meaning of Explanation to

sub-section (2) of section 2 of the Act, shall only be eligible to engage an

articled assistant or assistants:

Provided that in the case of an associate or a fellow practising outside

India, the Council may impose such additional terms and conditions as it may

deem fit.

(2) An associate or a fellow, covered by sub-regulation (1), shall

be entitled to train such number of articled assistant or assistants, under such

terms and conditions, as are specified in Tables I and II given hereinafter:

TABLE-I

((Applicable to members practising the profession of chartered accountants in his

individual name or as proprietor or as partner)

Category Period of continuous practice Entitlement of articled

assistant or assistants

(i) An associate or fellow in continuous

practice for a period upto 3 years

1

(ii) An associate or fellow in continuous

practice for any period from 3 years to 5

years

3

(iii) An associate or fellow in continuous

practice for any period from 5 years to

10 years

7

(iv) An associate or fellow in continuous

practice for any period from 10 years

10

TABLE-II

((Applicable to members who are in full time salaried employment under a chartered

accountant in practice or a firm of such chartered accountants)

Category Number of full time salaried

employees – irrespective of whether

associate or fellow

Entitlement of articled

assistant or assistants

(i) Upto 100 1 per employee

(ii) Between 101 and 500 100 + 50% of the number

of such employees above

100 (i.e., a maximum of

300)

(iii) From 501 or more 300 + 20% of the number

of such employees above

500

(3) The entitlement to engage and train articled assistant or

articled assistants under this regulation shall be subject to following

conditions:-

(i) a full-time salaried employee shall be eligible to engage and train an

articled assistant only if he has been in employment with the same employer

for a continuous period of twelve months.

(ii) a member who ceases to be in practice or resigns his partnership or

gives up salaried employment under a chartered accountant in practice or a

firm of such chartered accountants and who, at the time of discontinuance of

practice or paid employment, as the case may be, has one or more articled

assistants serving under him, shall not be eligible to take any articled

assistant, if he subsequently sets up practice or takes up salaried

employment under a chartered accountant in practice or a firm of such

chartered accountants, until such time as the articled assistant or assistants

serving under him previously complete the period of articles intended to be

served under him, had he not given up his practice or the salaried

employment.

(iii) a member shall be entitled to engage and train an articled assistant

only if he is in practice and such practice, in the opinion of the Council, is his

main occupation and for the purposes of this sub-regulation, in ascertaining

the number of years for which a member was in continuous practice, only the

number of years in respect of which the member’s practice was his main

occupation shall be considered:

Provided that the Council may, in its discretion, condone any break in

the continuity of practice, for a period not exceeding 182 days in the

aggregate.

Explanation – For the purpose of this sub-regulation, a member who

sets up practice, with practice as his main occupation, after having been in

employment for a minimum period of six years in one or more financial,

commercial or industrial undertakings approved under regulations 51 and 72,

shall be deemed to have been in continuous practice for three years.

(4) The entitlement of a member to train articled assistants under

this regulation shall be subject to such decisions as may be made by the

Council under regulation 67.”;

(ii) for regulation 44, the following regulation shall be substituted, namely:-

“44. Members not to engage articled assistants under the bye-laws of any of

the accountancy institutions or bodies outside India.-

A member entitled to engage and train articled assistants, under

regulation 43, shall not engage any other articled clerk, articled assistant or

apprentice, by whatever name called, under the bye-laws of any other

Institute or Society or Body:

Provided that such a member may engage any person who has been

registered as a student with any of the accountancy institutions or bodies

whose training is recognized by the Council as being equivalent to the

training prescribed for members of the Institute under clause (v) of subsection

(1) of section 4 of the Act.”;

(iii) in regulation 45, for clause (a), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(a) he is entitled to train articled assistants under regulation 43, and his

professional practice or that of his employer, if he is an employee of

chartered accountant in practice or a firm of such chartered

accountants, is suitable for the purpose of training articled assistants;

and”;

(iv) in regulation 48, for sub-regulation (1), the following shall be substituted,

namely:-

“(1) Every principal engaging and training articled assistant or

assistants, under regulation 43, shall pay every month to such assistant a

minimum monthly stipend, at the rates specified in the Table below:

Table

Classification of the

normal place of service of

the articled assistant

(1)

During the

first year of

training

(2)

During the

second

year of

training

(3)

During the

remaining

period of

training

(4)

(i) Cities/towns having a

population of twenty

lakhs and above.

Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1250/- Rs. 1500/-

(ii) Cities/towns having a

population of four lakhs

and above but less than

twenty lakhs.

Rs. 750/- Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1250/-

(iii) Cities/towns having a

population of less than

four lakhs.

Rs. 500/- Rs. 750/- Rs. 1000/-

Explanation 1– For the purposes of this regulation, no stipend shall be

payable for any excess leave taken.

Explanation 2– For the purposes of determining the rates at which

stipend is payable under this regulation, the period of articled training of the

student under any previous principal or principals (not being any such period

prior to 1st July, 1973) shall also be taken into account.

Explanation 3– For the purposes of this regulation, the figures of

population shall be taken as per the last published Census Report of India.”;

(v) in regulation 53, for sub-regulation (1), the following shall be substituted,

namely:-

.

“(1) A person of Indian origin, who has been a citizen of or a

permanent resident in a foreign country for a minimum period of five years

and who migrates to India and provides satisfactory proof that merely by

reason of migration, he has not been able to pass such other examination or

examinations or complete such other training outside India prescribed by any

of the accountancy institutions or bodies, as are recognised by the Council

under clause (v) of sub-section (1) of section 4 of the Act and also proves to

the satisfaction of the Council that he intends to settle down permanently in

India and obtains Indian citizenship, may be given such concession or

relaxation in the matter of examination or practical training, as the Council

deems fit, provided the Council is itself satisfied that the examination or

examinations passed or training undergone in that country are equivalent to

the examination or examinations or training prescribed for the members of

the Institute.”;

(vi) after regulation 54, the following regulations shall be inserted, namely:-

“54A. Practical Training under eligible members of Accountancy Institutions

or Bodies outside India.- (1) A principal, with the consent of the articled

assistant, may depute the latter for training for a period not exceeding six

months to a member eligible to engage and train an articled clerk or articled

assistant or apprentice, by whatever name called, under the bye-laws of an

institution or body etc. set up in the respective countries under the relevant

Statutes.

(2) For the purpose of regulation 50, such period of training shall be

deemed to be service as an articled assistant.

(3) During such period of training the provisions of regulation 48 shall

not apply.

(4) The principal shall include the particulars of such training in the

report to the Council under regulation 64.

(5) No deed of Articles need be executed for such training nor any

intimation need be sent to the Institute in this regard.;

55. Change of status of Principal.- (1) Where a salaried employee of a

chartered accountant in practice or a firm of such chartered accountants set

up practice independently, the articled assistant or articled assistants

engaged by him, as the case may be, shall continue to remain engaged with

him from the date of setting up practice independently provided he is entitled

to train the articled assistant or the articled assistants under regulation 43:

Provided that the President or the Vice-President of the Council may,

in an appropriate case, direct that the articled assistant shall serve the

chartered accountant in practice or the firm of such chartered accountants, as

the case may be.

(2) Where the salaried employee aforesaid does not set up

practice independently or he is not entitled to train the articled assistant or

the articled assistants under regulation 43, the articled assistant or articled

assistants, as the case may be, shall serve the chartered accountant in

practice who has executed the deed of articles as required under subregulation

(1) of regulation 46 as the second principal. The provision of subregulation

(1) of regulation 46 shall not apply in such a case but a statement

in the form approved by the Council shall be sent to the Secretary for

registration so as to reach within thirty days of the change in the status of

the principal or within such extended period as the Secretary may determine.

(3) In every case referred to in sub-regulation (1) or subregulation

(2) no registration fee shall be payable by the articled assistant.”;

(vii) in regulation 56, for sub-regulation (1), the following shall be substituted,

namely:-

“(1) Every articled assistant executing the deed of articles for the

full period of articled training prescribed under these regulations, shall be

required to complete such articles only with the member, who has engaged

him:

Provided that the articles so engaged may, by agreement between the

articled assistant and his principal, be terminated under such exceptional

circumstances or conditions, as may be decided by the Council:

Provided further that in case the Principal has not forthwith issued the

Certificate prescribed under Regulation 61, on completion or termination of

articles, the articled assistant shall make a request in the form approved by

the Council, within 15 days of such completion or termination, to the

principal, under intimation to the Secretary by registered or speed post, for

issue of such certificate of service and the principal shall in any case, issue

the certificate of service within three months of such completion or

termination:

Provided also that in cases where no such certificate is received by the

Secretary within fifteen days of expiration of the period specified above, the

certificate shall be deemed to have been issued on the date specified by the

articled assistant, and an intimation to that effect shall be sent to the

principal.”

(viii) in regulation 57, for sub-regulation (4), the following shall be substituted,

namely:-

“(4) In every case referred to in sub-regulation (1) or sub-regulation

(2) above, the provisions of regulation 46 shall apply ‘mutatis mutandis’

except that no fee shall be payable by the articled assistant:

Provided that in such cases, the request for permission to be taken as

additional articled assistant under another principal is sent, so as to reach the

Secretary within thirty days and the statement in Form approved by the

Council is sent so as to reach the Secretary within thirty days from the date

of the letter of the Secretary granting such permission:

Provided further that in a case covered under category (c) of subregulation

(1), the date of commencement of training under fresh articles

shall be taken as the date following the date of the death of the principal.”;

(ix) in regulation 59,-

(a) for sub-regulation (2), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(2) An articled assistant who has served as an audit assistant

before the commencement of his articles shall, in addition to the leave earned

under this regulation, be entitled to leave equal to one-half of the leave

earned and not availed of as an audit assistant, subject to a maximum of

three months.”;

(b) for sub-regulation (4), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(4) For the purposes of preparing for an examination of the

Institute, the articled assistant shall be granted by the principal leave for

three months or to the extent due, whichever is less, provided an application

for the leave has been made at least fifteen days in advance.”;

(c) for clause (1) of Explanation, the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(1) For the removal of doubts, it is clarified that attendance by an

articled assistant with the consent of the principal, at a conference, including

Course on Information Technology Training, and Course on General

Management and Communication Skills or seminar organised by the Institute

including a regional council or a students’ association or a branch of a

regional council for the benefit of assistants, shall be treated as period

actually served under articles.”;

(x) for regulation 60, the following regulation shall be substituted, namely:-

“60. Working hours of an Articled Assistant.- The minimum working hours of

an articled assistant shall be 35 hours per week (excluding lunch break)

which shall be regulated by the Principal from time to time, subject to such

directions and guidelines, as may be issued by the Council.”;

(xi) in regulation 64, for sub-regulation (1), the following shall be substituted,

namely:-

“(1) The principal imparting training to articled assistants shall ensure

that the training imparted is of such an order that the quality and standing of

the profession are maintained as well as enhanced. For that purpose, he shall

maintain a record about the progress and nature of training imparted by him

to the articled assistant, in such form and manner, as may be determined by

the Council.”;

(xii) in regulation 66, for sub-regulation (1), the following shall be substituted,

namely:-

“(1) Where a complaint or information of any misconduct or breach

of regulation 65 or breach of the Code of Conduct applicable to articled

assistants or breach of any of the covenants contained in the articles is

received against an articled assistant from his principal or any other person,

the President or the Vice-President as the Executive Committee may decide

from time to time, may cause an investigation to be made.”;

(xiii) in regulation 74, -

(a) for sub-regulation (2), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(2) An audit assistant who has served as an articled assistant before

the commencement of his audit service shall, in addition to the leave earned

under this regulation, be entitled to leave earned and not availed of by him as

an articled assistant, subject to a maximum of three months.”;

(b) for sub-regulation (4), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(4) For the purpose of preparing for an examination of the Institute,

the audit assistant shall be granted by the employer leave for three months

or to the extent due, whichever is less, provided an application for leave has

been made at least fifteen days in advance.”;

(c) for the Explanation, the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“Explanation— For the removal of doubts, it is clarified that

attendance by an audit assistant, with the consent of the principal, at a

conference, including Course on Information Technology Training, and

Course on General Management and Communication Skills or seminar

organised by the Institute including a regional council or a students’

association or a branch of a regional council for the benefit of students, shall

be treated as period actually served as an audit assistant.”;

(xiv) in regulation 79, for sub-regulation (1), the following shall be substituted,

namely:-

“(1) Where a complaint or information of any misconduct or breach

of regulation 78 or breach of the Code of Conduct applicable to audit

assistants is received against an audit assistant from his employer or any

other person the President or the Vice-President as the Executive Committee

may decide from time to time, may cause an investigation to be made.”;

File No.1-CA(7)/102/2007(E)

Sd/-

Dr. Ashok Haldia,

Secretary

Note: The principal regulations were published in the Gazette of India,

Extraordinary, dated the 1st June, 1988 vide number 1-CA(7)/134/88 dated 1st

June, 1988 and subsequently amended by the following numbers :-

(i) Notification No.1-CA(7)/1/89 published in the Gazette of India dated

7th October, 1989,

(ii) Notification No.1-CA(7)/10/90 published in the Gazette of India dated

19th January,1991,

(iii) Notification No.1-CA(7)/11/90 published in the Gazette of India dated

19th January,1991,

(iv) Notification No.1-CA(7)/12/91 published in the Gazette of India dated

23rd February,1991,

(v) Notification No.1-CA(7)/13/90 published in the Gazette of India dated

2nd February,1991,

(vi) Notification No.1-CA(7)/19/92 published in the Gazette of India, dated

7th March, 1992,

(vii) Notification No.1-CA(7)/28/95 published in the Gazette of India dated

1st September,1995,

(viii) Notification No. 1-CA(7)/30/95 published in the Gazette of India,

Extraordinary dated 13th March, 1996,

(ix) Notification No. 1-CA(7)/31/97 published in the Gazette of India,

dated 16th August, 1997,

(x) Notification No. 1-CA(7)/44/99 published in the Gazette of India dated

26th February, 2000,

(xi) Notification No.1-CA(7)/45/99 published in the Gazette of India, dated

26th February, 2000,

(xii) Notification No.1-CA(7)/51/2000 published in the Gazette of India,

Extraordinary, dated 17th August, 2001,

(xiii) Notification No.1-CA(7)/59/2001 published in the Gazette of India,

Extraordinary dated 28th September, 2001,

(xiv) Notification No.1-CA(7)/64/2002 published in the Gazette of India,

Extraordinary dated 31st March, 2003,

(xv) Notification No.1-CA(7)/64A/2003 published in the Gazette of India,

Extraordinary dated 4th December, 2003,

(xvi) Notification No.1-CA(7)/83/2005 published in the Gazette of India,

Extraordinary dated 28th July, 2005,

(xvii) Notification No.1-CA(7)/84/2005 published in the Gazette of India,

dated 17th June, 2006.

 


Source : NO.1-CA(7)/102/2007(E),http://icai.org/icairoot/announcements/announ1125a.pdf
Posted by : on 10 September 2007



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