The first International Conference on Accounting and Finance (ICAF) was organized by TAPMI, Manipal on March 10, 2011. The three day event was inaugurated by Shri Dhanendra Kumar, the first Chairperson of the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
Dr. H S Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University, Dr Saji Gopinath, Director of TAPMI, Prof Simon George, Dean of Academics-TAPMI, Prof. Rajiv Shah, Coordinator of ICAF, and Prof Vrishali Bhat, Co-Coordinator of ICAF were also present on the dais.
The participants included Faculty members and students from various prestigious Institutes from different parts of the globe. Management students of TAPMI, faculty members and Heads of Institutions of Manipal University Institutions graced the prestigious occasion amongst other notable invitees. Over 100 research papers were received from delegates all over the world for this event and 46 papers were presented in two days. Some of the major sponsors of the event included Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Emerald Publishers, ISI Emerging markets & SIDBI Venture ltd.
After the inauguration ceremony, Prof Poonam Puri from York University, Canada and Prof. Suresh Kalagnanam from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada opened the proceedings by presenting papers and throwing an in-depth insight into the topic of Governance.
The events on second day were kick started by Prof. Linda Robinson from the University of Waterloo, Canada and Prof. Diane Jamieson form Sheffield Hallam University, UK who talked extensively on various important factors of Forensic Accounting, Fraud & Earnings management. This was followed by a brief lecture on Risks in Emerging economies by Ms. Vidya Rajarao from PWC India. Mr.Debapriya Mukharjee from Emerald Publications, one of the leading white paper journals then had a brief talk about the Insider’s Guide for publication of white papers. This was followed by 20 paper presentations on topics such as Technology & E-Crime, Accounting Ethics & Regulation, Systematic Challenges & Whistle blowing, Earnings Management & other related Issues.
The proceeding on the third day morning began with a brief on India’s convergence with IFRS by Prof.R.Narayanaswamy from IIM Bangalore, India. This was followed by a brief insight into problems in converging to IFRS presented by Mr. Sunder Iyer of PWC, India.
24 paper presentations were made covering a host of topics on IFRS Challenges, Management Control System & Corporate Governance, IFRS & other Accounting Challenges and Related Issues in Corporate Governance. Some of the prominent international participants included speakers from Sheffield Hallam University, UK, University of Tarbiyat Modares, Iran, University of Kelaniya, Srilanka, University of Turin, Italy, amongst other major universities from the country.
The three day event culminated with a Valedictory Function for which Mr. Vinit Monga, Head of F&C Nokia Siemens, India was the chief guest. Mr. Vinit addressed the participants, students and distinguished guests present in the gathering after which all the participants were felicitated with certificates acknowledging their participation in the event.