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Friday, June 23, 2006

A Dress Code For Shattered Accountants

The obsession with Dress Code continues:

For chartered accountants, jeans and tees may no longer be in. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) plans to specify a ‘dress code’ that would discourage casual dressing manners of CAs.

Broadly, what ICAI president TN Manoharan has in mind is full sleeve shirts, ties and shoes. The institute, which is also the regulator for the profession, would not, however, mind members in pajama kurta or dhoti kurta, since these are nationally-recognised.

The effort, it seems, is to jazz up the image of CAs and lend them a corporate look. The dress code, to be formally announced soon, will be optional initially.


Luckily, the institute has clarified that this rule will apply only to business meetings. If the ICAI wants to do micro-policing, they could even go ahead and suggest a uniform for the members.

It is better that the ICAI lets the members decide on their own attire as the professional would be the right person to decide on the right attire for a particular business event.

13 Comments:

  • HeHeh i like this. Next thing before you know it they are gonna make sure people switch their mobiles off before going to a meeting. Or maybe the mobiles will be confiscated

    If dhoti kurta/pajama kurta is allowed I think we should demand that Veshti and thundu be recognised as acceptable attire too

    By Blogger WA, at 2:24 PM  

  • I think they want to change the image of the accountant. Here in Canada, the Chartered Management Accountant Association(CMA) is urging MBA grads to take up the exam. We students are provided with an option to take an exam at the end of our coursee. It is a clear indication that worldwide they want to break the sterotype image of the accountant.I guess the next step would be a dress code for software programmers who hardly care about their appearence.

    By Blogger Indian Blogger, at 8:15 PM  

  • The lawyers have one, the doctors have one (informally), why not the CA's too

    SLN

    By Blogger SLN, at 3:29 AM  

  • I think it is a very good idea. I support it very much.

    By Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy, at 11:55 AM  

  • 21st century...the century of dress codes!
    sigh*

    By Blogger ashok, at 1:23 PM  

  • Dhoti-kurta is a corporate look???

    IndianArchie
    Musings that Amuse

    By Blogger IndianArchie, at 2:20 PM  

  • Perhaps Mr. T N Manoharan has picked up the cue from University Chancellors who have tried (& failed) to implement a dress code for students? Its the best way to get yourself into the papers, free!!!!! :)

    By Anonymous RAvi, at 9:24 PM  

  • Formal clothes are an indicator of professionalism - whether the person is actually so or not is a whole other matter. There is nothing wrong with dressing formally.

    As for mobile phones - people should be asked to switch them of in meeting, movie halls etc. Its shameful that people can have loud conversations in between meetings and while others are trying to watch movies. Shows a blatent disregard for other participants.

    By Blogger 30in2005, at 9:24 PM  

  • From engineering students to chartered accountants... the dress code seems to spare none [:)]

    Professionalism is it???? hmmmm !!!

    By Blogger Murali, at 1:15 AM  

  • pretty nice idea,really..
    btw how's you? You're one of my family members...just go and visit my blog for details..
    thank you..

    By Blogger Gangadhar, at 11:38 PM  

  • lol. This issue only gets funnier.

    By Blogger Deepa, at 3:35 AM  

  • @WA,
    A curb on mobile usage can't be enforced as such. People need to understand this on their own. I think it has to do with personal discipline and concern for others.

    @Indian Blogger,
    An image makeover for accountants is long overdue. Some software companies ask their employees to come in formals and ties on certain days of the week as clients generally tend to visit them on that day.

    @SLN,
    Lawyers and doctors wear it as they are in a particular places - court / hospital. there is no such specific place for auditors....so i don't buy this argument.

    @Venky,
    Let's see how the CA community reacts.

    @Ashok,
    I'm curious to know who's next after Anna University and CAs.

    @Indian Archie,
    That's what the ICAI thinks.

    @Ravi,
    TN Manoharan can make it to the papers thru other means as he is already a leading tax consultant in the country.

    @30in2005,
    I agree that formal dressing would bring in professionalism, but can such a thing be enforced? I think he professionals are well informed and educated to take care of this themselves.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 12:58 PM  

  • kewl, but what about women CAs? Nobody seems to be wondering about them...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:34 AM  

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