ICAI - Coaching classes not permissible between 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.
January, 28th 2010
Attention of the members is drawn to Announcements dated 27th March 2009 and 19th May 2009 hosted on website of the Institute wherein the decision of the Council with regard to, inter-alia, working hours and coaching hours have been notified.
Normal working hours for the articled assistants shall not start after 11.00 AM and not end before 5.00 PM.
Coaching classes shall not continue after 9.30 AM and not start before 5.30 PM so as to enable the articled assistants to concentrate wholly on practical training.
Members of the Institute who are engaged in coaching be advised not to undertake coaching between 9.30 AM and 5.30 PM.
It may be stated a member of the Institute, whether in practice or not, shall be deemed to be guilty of professional misconduct if he contravenes any provision of the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 or the Regulations framed thereunder or any guidelines issued by the Council.
Instances have come to notice that some members of the Institute continue to take classes for the students of the chartered accountancy course even between 9.30 AM and 5.30 PM which is against the guidelines issued by the Council of the Institute.
Accordingly, members who are engaged in coaching of chartered accountancy course beyond permissible hours are put on notice that they should, in their own interest, desist from taking classes between 9.30 AM and 5.30 PM failing which proceedings in accordance with Section 21 read with 22 will be initiated against such members as deemed to be guilty of professional misconduct.
The Council in its 291st meeting held recently has decided that surprise visits be made by a team of officials headed by the respective DCO Heads to coaching classes venues to identify the members who are still engaged in coaching classes beyond the permissible hours for initiating disciplinary proceedings.