The Institute of Company Secretaries of India will issue guidelines on institute governance soon.

“While we are focussing on corporate governance at a larger level, we also want to strengthen governance of institute from within,’’ S.N. Ananthasubramanian, President, ICSI, told newspersons here on Friday.

Efforts are on to reinforce the brand image of the institute and company secretaries through a host of measures including corporate governance ratings for the companies and training of directors.

“We are developing a data base for independent directors,’’ he said. Referring to the new companies’ Bill, he said once enacted, the Bill would make company secretaries into corporate governance professionals.

On the education front, ICSI was making suitable changes in the curriculum and changes in syllabus for its executive programme. The new syllabus for CS Professional Programme would be implemented from September 1, he said.

The students would now have an option of choosing some elective papers in areas including banking law and practice, intellectual property rights – law practice, capital, commodities and money market.

ICSI now has over 30,000 members and three lakh students on its rolls.

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(This article was published on March 8, 2013)
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