ICAF 2011

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.


1st International Conference on Accounting and Finance (ICAF 2011)

TAPMI is all set to launch its First International Conference on Accounting and Finance in March 2011. The theme for this conference is “Strategic Accounting for Control & Governance”.


Historically, various accounting measures have been used as tools for control for equitable appropriation of stakeholder wealth. The strategic use of accounting practices for effective control and better governance requires greater in-depth exploration. This is also expected to have wider implications in preventing the occurrence of fraud and misrepresentation. Furthermore, the role of good governance practices and their influence on improving the quality of accounting information needs closer examination. It may thus be said that although accounting and governance share common goals there is great scope to develop better appreciation of the inter-relationships between these fields. This conference seeks to explore avenues for protecting stakeholder interests by synthesizing the best practices in accounting and governance.

ICAF 2011 is aimed at educators, students, researchers and practitioners in the areas of Corporate Control & Governance, Ethics, Accounting and Prevention & Detection of Fraud. The conference will have a balance of lectures and presentations from the academic as well as the practitioners’ perspectives and will have renowned international as well as Indian speakers. It is aimed at creating a platform for a healthy exchange, debate and development of ideas and emerging issues in the areas of strategic accounting, control and governance. It seeks to bring academics and practitioners closer for the further development of these subject areas.


The main topics at the conference include:

  • · Accounting Challenges – Strategic Accounting
  • · Management Control Systems
  • · Whistle Blowing – Corporate Policy & Practices
  • · Creative Accounting and Earnings Management
  • · Role of Regulatory Bodies
  • · Ethics in Accounting & Governance
  • · Forensic Accounting and Fraud
  • · Tax Accounting and Fraud
  • · Internal Audit-detection/prevention of fraud and unacceptable accounting practices
  • · Audit Techniques – Challenges in Technology Enabled Business Environment
  • · Information security audits
  • · Electronic crime
  • · Best Practices in Corporate Governance
  • · Other related areas


Conference Sessions/Workshops:

  • · 10th and 11th March: Control Systems and Prevention & Detection of Fraud
  • · 12th March: IFRS – Accounting as a Control Mechanism for Better Governance


Important dates:

Last date for Receipt of Extended Abstract – 30th November 2010

Communication of Acceptance by     – 8th December 2010

Last date for registration                  – 30th December 2010

Dates of conference                         – 10th to 12th March 2011


Submission Guidelines:

  • · Only original and previously unpublished work should be submitted for consideration.
  • · The conference calls for extended abstracts (Details given below). However, if one wishes to submit a full paper, it shall be considered if accompanied by the extended abstract.
  • · The Extended Abstracts will serve as the first step towards revision and submission of final papers to be published in a journal by August 2011 after a double-blind review process. Detailed guidelines for submission of final full paper are available on the website.
  • · The Extended Abstracts must reflect the presentations at the conference by the authors, providing a means of communicating new results and significant scientific conclusions to other attendees of the conference.
  • · At least one of the authors, in the case of co-authored abstracts, must attend the conference.
  • · The extended abstracts will be compiled into a Conference Proceedings volume.
  • · Extended Abstract Format:
  • · The Extended Abstract, including references and figure captions, must be written in font Times New Roman 12 pt, double spaced, on A4-size paper with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins at top, bottom, and sides.
  • · The extended abstract should be constructed in the following order: Title; Text (including literature survey, objectives, methodology, findings and conclusions); References; Figures with captions; and tables with caption explanation.
  • · A separate page including the Title; Author/s name(s); Contact information (institution, e-mail) must be included to facilitate double-blind review. In case of multiple authors, the names of all the authors should be included.
  • · The text should not exceed 1,500 words (excluding figures and tables).
  • · The figures and tables must be submitted on separate pages, they must not be included in the text.