Company secretaries should work in tandem with sentrepreneurs,said Dr Anand Deshpande,founder chairman and managing director,Persistent Systems,at the valedictory address of the 40th national convention of company secretaries.
Deshpande emphasised on team effort,advocacy of entrepreneurs with regulatory aspects,initiatives towards acceleration of growth,leveraging of technology and corporate governance for improvement of their performance. Referring to the growth of small and medium enterprises,he said the company secretaries should work with smaller companies as well. They should work with companies from the stage of incorporation and guide them, he said.
Saji Cherian,head listing,compliance and corporate services,MCX stock exchange,in his address referred to company secretaries as expert practitioners of corporate law and governance. He said company secretaries hold a unique position in inculcating corporate governance as they are the only professionals who have direct access to the board.
Nesar Ahmad,president,ICSI,in his address informed about the initiatives of the institute for professional development and said that the responsibility on secretaries is going to get bigger through secretarial audit. He emphasised on the independence of company secretary whether practising or in whole-time employment. He appreciated the regulators especially Ministry of Corporate Affairs for the confidence reposed on the company secretaries profession in making them to be the part of the regulatory reform initiatives. At the conference,a memorandum of understanding was also signed between the ICSI and Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies,Noida,Symbiosis International University,that offers MBA degree programs for the members of ICSI,academic programmes for students of ICSI,collaborative personal contact programmes and joint research programme.