The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) in keeping with its role as the country's national accounting body has successfully spearheaded a series of seminars under its "Sisu nena" programme in its continuing endeavor to enlighten and expand the knowledge of students in the commerce stream.
The seminar series delivered by a panel of experts was held across various parts of the country covering the south, north, east and even the commercial capital of Colombo targeting GCE Advance Level students in the commerce stream.
The seminar delved in detail the Sri Lanka Accounting Standards that are applicable for the G C E Advanced Level examination and also the A/L Accounting Model Paper prepared by the Institute.
Due to the topical subjects covered in the seminars, the demand for these seminars is constantly increasing and steps have been taken to cover most schools located in every province across the country.
The most recent "Sisunena" seminar was held in the Sabaragamuwa province on July 13, 2011 in Embilipitiya, with an impressive participation of over 400 students.
The lecture was delivered by renowned lecturer proficient in the subject, namely Mr. Gayan Mapitiya.
Through the "Sisunena seminar series, students are not only given the necessary psychological boost to face the examinations with confidence but the seminars are also a platform to these students encouraging and edifying them to choose their line of profession wisely.
Lecturer Mr. Mapitiya emphasized in his speech to the students that at a time when the world was facing various forms of crises from global financial meltdowns to many other issues, chartered accountants were still in high demand both locally and globally and this was one profession which commands an impressive level of prestige the world over.
He further emphasized that students who follow chartered accountancy at the ICASL had the advantage of being knowledgably equipped both practically and theoretically, apart from the general knowledge gained which is required to survive in today's competitive business context.
"Chartered Accountants who are members at the ICASL also now have the option of obtaining membership from the prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEWS) following a memorandum signed between ICASL and ICAEW in October last year," Mr. Mapitiya added.
He added that through the education gained at the ICASL, reaching the highest echelon in the corporate world was not an impossibility as an impressive number of chartered accountants today hold high-end positions in the corporate world in the likes of CEO, CFO, Finance Director and Director, Managers and many other senior level positions in the management level.
Mr. Mapitiya concluded by saying that students should not waste their precious years in confusion but should instead consider a career path in the most sought after profession in the world today, which guarantees a job placement in any part of the world.