Dear Professional friends,

This is my first communication as 20th Chairperson of Udupi Branch of SIRC of ICAI.

            On 26th February 2021, I have taken charge as the branch chairperson from my predecessor CA Pradeep Jogi. I am fortunate to occupy this position by the grace of God and blessings of my parents. I take this opportunity to seek blessings from my gurus Shri U K Maiya and Shri P V Shenoy under whom I served as article student. I consider it a rare opportunity to serve my profession with my team for the year 2021-22. It is a great honour and privilege for me to serve the ICAI Udupi branch. I have served in various capacities in this branch before elevating to this position. Moreover my present committee consists of three past chairmen including founder Chairman of our branch. So I am confident of discharging my responsibility with great care and guidance of my team. I take this opportunity to congratulate CA Pradeep Jogi for his commendable performance as Chairman for the year 2020-21 and won the First Best Branch SIRC award and First Best Branch of SICASA award -2020 under Small Category of Branch. Year 2020 is the year of virtual sessions because of Covid 19 pandemic. Success of completing the year was big challenge was smoothly achieved by our youngest Chairman CA Pradeep Jogi.

Union budget was presented by Union Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitaraman on 01-02-2021 and live telecast of the same was arranged in our branch premises. After 11 months of virtual meetings/webinars due to Covid-19 pandemic, first time in 2020-21 members could come together in physical mode watch the budget speech. After the budget presentation, there was budget analysis by our member CA Ganesh B Kanchan. The attendance was quite encouraging and the session was interactive one.

Jnana Sammilana -2021, Annual conference (TOGETHER TOWARDS TOMORROW) of Udupi branch of SIRC of ICAI was held on 20th February 2021. The response of overwhelming with registration exceeded our expectation. It was a proud moment for our branch as 18 newly qualified members (Dec. 2020 exam) have been felicitated in this Annual conference. I congratulate each one of them for their success and wishing them a bright future. Central Council Member ICAI, CA M P Vijaya Kumar and Chairman of Mangalore branch CA S S Nayak were the guests of honour. CA M P Vijaya Kumar had all praise for our branch activities conducted during pandemic hit year. All the sessions were thought provoking and knowledge feast with active participation of our members. We had entertainment program in the evening with the splendid performance of “Tanu Yoga Bhoomi”, Guinness world record holder Tanushree Pithrodi followed by musical evening by professional artists and members of the branch.  SICASA Annual Sports Meet (Uttkarsh 2021) was held on 21.02.2021 and SICASA Annual Cricket Tournament (SICASA Cup 2021) was held on 28.02.2021. Active participation of students and members of our profession made these two programs a grand success.  

We are in the last month of pandemic hit financial year contracted by lock down. Thanks to various Covid 19 measures, financial measures/incentives announced at various levels by Central Govt, Reserve bank of India and State Govt to bring the economy back on track. As rightly remarked by our CCM CA Vijaya Kumar our Institute has pressed the active mode while others have pressed the pause button during Covid 19 period. This is the Great Spirit with which our profession is moving towards professional excellence. As the pandemic hit financial year is coming to close this month end, both members and students have to gear up for the bank audit. We are celebrating ‘Women’s day’ on March 8 with traditional fervour and gaiety. To mark the occasion we have arranged useful sessions, various competitions for the benefit of ladies in special and men in general. Elocution completion is also organized for pre university (10+2) students of Udupi on the same day. Bank audit seminar is being arranged on 18th March 2021 for the benefit of our members. I request all members and students to take maximum benefit of this seminar. We have arranged bank audit seminar for students also on 20.03.2021. I request our members to permit students /articles to take part in the same to enrich their knowledge as their role is very important in bank audit assignments of members.

Before concluding, I assure you of conducting useful programmes (seminars/study circle meetings) for the benefit of both members and students during my tenure. I accept suggestions, constructive comments and valuable feedback on our programmes and expect maximum participation and minimum criticism for the substantial cause of our profession.


With Regards,

CA. Kavitha M Pai T

Chairperson (2021-22)

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