Needs of Ifrs Education in India

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Needs of IFRS Education in India

Prepared By

Dr. Atul Bansal, Principal ,M.Com., LL.B., PM&IR, M.B.A (Fin.), Ph.D., MIAA, MICA

C.Z.Patel College of Business and Management (S.P.University ), Vallabh Vidya Nagar – 388120.
Distt. Anand ( GUJARAT)
Mobile : 09377023808 Fax : 02692-236700
e.mail : dr.atulbansal@gmail.com

Introduction

“In the age of globalization India insulates itself from development taking place worldwide and it is imperative for us to make a formal strategy for convergence with IFRS to harmonize with accounting standards accepted worldwide.” The global trend towards IFRS represents a significant change and opportunity for many investors, companies and capital market. IFRS a global set of accounting standards may provide benefits such as greater transparency and comparability of financial information across countries. As companies compete globally, the movement towards IFRS is rapidly becoming one of the most important issues for companies to address today. Starting April 1, 2011, India has made it mandatory for every listed company to adopt International Financial Reporting Standards or IFRS. One year is a very short time when it comes to a major overhaul of the accounting process. Currently, India has an extremely limited pool of resources that have any form of training or experience in IFRS. To broaden the pool of trained resources, it is important to incorporate IFRS training in colleges, universities, and the professional accounting syllabus of the ICAI. Initiative by individual institutions to come up with the task of providing training and expertise in IFRS will also go a long way as it’s a big task and ICAI alone will not be able to bridge the gap. This paper throw lights on importance and need of IFRS education in India, the extent to which IFRS are recognized around the world and explore the possibilities of implementing IFRS in the Indian Keywords: IFRS, Accounting, Research, Purpose, Applicability, Education, IASB, ASB, Consideration, Convergence, Access, Design, Implementation International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is a set of accounting standards, developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) that is becoming the global standard for the preparation of public company financial statements. The IASB is an independent accounting standards body, based in London.

Importance of IFRS
While converting to IFRS is a complex process, these standards have important and positive implications for organizations and individuals that adopt them. For companies: Reduced cost of capital and the ease of using one consistent reporting standard from subsidiaries in many different countries. For investors: Better information for decision making, leading to broader investment opportunities. For national regulatory bodies: Better information for market participants in a disclosure- based system. The Purpose of IFRS

Today businesses are crossing their national boundaries, promoting the synchronization of accounting standards across the globe. The objective behind the IFRS is to create a common platform for better understanding of accounting, internationally. By adopting IFRS, a business can present its financial statements on the same basis as its foreign competitors, making comparisons Wider Applicability

Furthermore, most jurisdictions that report under IFRS, including the EU, mandate the use of IFRS only for the listed companies. However, in INDIA, IFRS would apply to a wider group of entities than their international counterparts. This is primarily because of a large number of private enterprises getting covered under the size criteria, based on their turnover and/or their borrowing. Companies also may need to convert to IFRS if they are a subsidiary of a foreign company that must use IFRS, or if they have a foreign investor that must use IFRS. It’s Time to Learn IFRS

ICAI has announced convergence to IFRS by 2011 which is not far away, since firms would need...
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