The 'Important Announcement' has been released on the official website of the Institute due to the massive situation arising out of spread of the coronavirus in the country. In response to a tweet by a CA student, the CCM of ICAI has said yesterday that the CA exam dates being circulated on WhatsApp or other media is fake.
candidates who are already registered and undergoing articled training, the period of absence arising out of said lockdown due to COVID -19 pandemic shall not becounted for the purposes of deduction of any leaves. This means that the lockdown which has been currently imposed shall be counted as being on articleship training.
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Here is the announcement made by ICAI today:
"The ICAI (Institute) has been closely watching the situation arising out of spread of Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and the current stage is where the lockout has resulted in closure of offices and bare minimum articleship training work being made feasible through online means.
We are all aware that until further orders, such restrictions are going to continue till 14th April 2020.
Those who are already registered and undergoing articled training, are hereby informed that the period of absence arising out of said lockdown due to COVID -19 pandemic shall not be counted for the purposes of deduction of any leaves, meaning thereby that such period shall be counted as being on articleship training for the period aforesaid.
Accordingly, the students who are already undergoing articled training and are appearing for May 2020 and subsequent examinations need not worry on this count for loss of any period not served during the above lockdown.
Further, to ease out situation at both the ends, matters related to timing and manner of payment of stipend in the intervening period arising out of the lockdown ,may be mutually decided between the principal and the article assistant".