Students pursuing Chartered Accountancy (CA) and B.Com. simultaneously are finding it difficult to reach the workplace for their mandatory CA internship on time, as it clashes with their regular college timings.
Moreover, college principals have refused to sign the approval forms required by students to apply for internships.
"The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) came out with this rule without consulting us or our colleges. While colleges insist on following the university rules regarding class timings, ICAI is also refusing to budge. We are caught in the middle. Only a few colleges have flexible timings that allow students to complete their internship without any problems" said Vinay Sanghvi, student of Sydenham College.
"My lectures end at 10.40 am. It is very difficult for me to reach Colaba for my internship in 20 minutes" said a student of R.D. National College, Bandra.
"Around 300 students have applied for the CA course. Our college timings are from 7-11 am. How will these students reach their workplaces by 11 am? They will have to miss their last lecture everyday to be able to do so, something we cannot allow. Why can't the ICAI fix the internship hours between 12 noon and 6 pm?" T.A. Shiware, Principal Hinduja College questioned.