The prestigious Chartered Accountancy examination is scheduled to be held between July 29 and August 16. Most college students have demanded that the exams be postponed in view of the coronavirus disaster. Recently, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) stated that college students can opt-out of the July examination and carry ahead their candidature to the November examination. For college students who select to not opt-out of the examination, the CA examination regulator will conduct exams from July 29. Meanwhile, the matter has reached the Supreme Court of India.
A plea in the Supreme Court has challenged ICAI’s “opt-out” possibility for CA exams. The plea has alleged that ICAI had made an essential announcement on June 15 by which it “arbitrarily decided to discriminate” between the aspirants by offering an possibility of “opt-out” in the May cycle CA exams.
“It is respectfully submitted that ICAI has notified that for the students who choose the opt-out option, this attempt (May 2020) will be treated as cancelled/not counted. Thus, such students will be deprived of May 2020, attempt, as compared to other groups of students, who choose the opt-in option,” the plea stated because it sought to quash the announcement made by ICAI on June 15.
The plea additional alleged that the “opt-out” possibility discriminates between these underprivileged group of CA college students/aspirants who’re dwelling in distant areas of the nation or dwelling in the containment zones and thus are slated to lose one valuable ‘examination try by selecting “opt-out” possibility amid the continuing pandemic, as in comparison with that privileged group of scholars/aspirants, who’re dwelling in huge cities/inexperienced zones and thus they don’t have any drawback in showing in the stated examination.
The plea additionally sought a rise in the variety of examination centres to make sure a minimum of one examination centre in each district of India. It stated that round 4.67 lakh aspirants are scheduled to look in the CA examinations at about 259 examination centres in India and 5 centres overseas. The plea confused that free transportation and lodging ought to be supplied to the aspirants close to their respective examination centres. Also, the petitioners have additionally sought instructions to the authorities to conduct obligatory free COVID-19 take a look at of all aspirants, academics and employees stationed on the examination centres.
The counsel showing for ICAI earlier than the nation’s prime courtroom stated that the institute has ensured no prejudice is precipitated to anyone by the notification issued concerning the upcoming July examination. Meanwhile, the ICAI prolonged the deadline of the examination opt-out facility until June 30. On profitable submission of declaration type on-line, the candidature of the scholar for May 2020 examination cycle might be cancelled and the scholar might be shifted to the following cycle.
Students are left in the lurch as they nonetheless await a closing decision on the important thing examination. Some are completely in opposition to the holding of the July examination whereas others will not be glad with the “opt-out” facility.
“We students are keener to give the exam than the desire of ICAI to conduct it. But considering the severe threat to our health, it is more prudent and safe to conduct the same in November. Four months of delay can’t compare to our life,” Abhishek Ghosh, a scholar stated.
“It’s getting tougher for our us students. People talking about mental health and stuffs but not providing any mental peace. How can national level exams can be conducted in these times. I don’t know what everybody is analysing since a month when situation is worsening day by day,” one other CA aspirant wrote.
Susmitha, a scholar stated many states have begun imposing a lockdown once more.”We are just clueless about the Covid situation in July and we are forced to take the decision on opting out from the exams now itself,” she stated in a message.
“At a time when corona cases are increasing exponentially, ICAI is conducting exam which can easily be shifted to November as ICAI conducts exams twice a year,” one other scholar raised his concern.
CA NEERAJ ARORA’S TAKE
“ICAI can cancel exams only if the ministry says so or if the Supreme Court directs or maybe when the institute considers the coronavirus situation to have worsened. Otherwise, I don’t think the institute is going to cancel the exams. I would refrain from speaking more as the matter is before the Supreme Court,” Neeraj Arora, a CA and an educator advised India TV. He additionally requested college students to focus on each their research and well being.