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Message from ICSI President on 50th Foundation Day :

Dear Professional Colleagues,

It seems like yesterday that the Institute of Company Secretaries of India was basking in the glory of having the Hon'ble Prime Minister of the Nation, Shri Narendra Modi Ji at the inaugural ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Year on 4th October, 2017. And while it was an honour for me to be a witness to the event as it made its way into the history of the Institute, the pleasure gets multiplied manifolds as I am bestowed with the opportunity to stand at the helm of the Institute as we all celebrate the 5oth Foundation Day.

We, at ICSI, have always lived by a vision and mission befitting our very purpose of existence and with the recent addition of the motto 'Satyam Vada Dharmam Chara' the focus on promoting good governance and creating the best of best governance professionals is reiterated. If I were to discuss the glorious 50 years gone by, the accomplishments made, the hurdles overcome, well... this speech of mine would go on to see the sunset of today but what I am pleased to share is that, the Institute, with all its, members, students and stakeholders is treading on newer journeys, utilising every opportunity that comes our way and playing greater role than ever in not only spreading governance at a national level but spreading our wings across borders... 

The Golden Jubilee Year, in its entirety has given us moments to cherish, not only for a day or two but for years to follow. From • the most recent recognition of ICSI CS Course by UK's NARIC to the successfully concluded 46th National Convention; from introducing three varied professional certification courses to revamping the existing syllabi to match the dynamic corporate • environment; from refurbishing existing infrastructures at some chapters to inaugurating new venues for other few; from connecting with foreign embassies with Embassy Connect to making our presence felt amongst Industrial Associations through Chamber Connect; the year and its each passing day has been nothing short of eventful...

The Convention at Bhubaneswar also witnessed the Roundtable of Afro-Asian Federation of Company Secretaries which had participation from countries like Malaysia, Bangladesh, Kenya and Australia. The intent was to bring together people from •4 varied institutions on the common ground of promoting and propagating ease of doing business. Furthermore, the supplement to existing MOU between ICSI and ICSA, UK was also signed and exchanged.

Not only this, our representations on behalf of our stakeholders with the regulatory authorities have bore fruits and we have been lauded thoroughly by all of them for our liaising role played through and through... Our presence has been solicited and appreciated on a host of Committees and forums of corporate and governance significance...

And that said, it would be completely unjustifiable on my part to take away all the credit without acknowledging, appreciating and expressing my heartfelt gratitude towards the entire council of ICSI, the team of ICSI-Secretariat, our members, our students, the Ministry with its honourable heads and the various officials who have been very supportive at each and every moment... A Big, big, big thanks to each one of you...

And while most of you would be wondering what the celebration of today has brought along; for them I would like to say that this amazing day has rekindled our spirit of excelling as professionals which means keeping ourselves updated with the most recent developments in our field and that of governance. The launch of various publications today ranging from the Company Law Premier to SS-4 prescribing standards for report on Board of Directors, the Corporate Saviour portal to ICSI RVO newsletter; shall pave way for a stronger force of professionals...

In order to have adequate professional security, we are also launching some of the most beneficial insurance schemes for our members and students... 

To each one of you and everyone at the ICSI, I would say, that the world is looking up to us, lauding us for what we do and yet expecting more and more with each passing day...

All of us need to gear up, stand together and live up to those expectations and portray our professionalism in truest sense of the world... 

So coming back to the point from where we started, "Life doesn't require that we be the best, but try to be the BEST version of ourselves". 


CS Makarand Lele
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India 

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