"CAs today face top challange from MBAs who are good at communication skills, know finance and economy better," the Chairman of Aditya Birla Group said while addressing the two-day All India Conference of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
Seeking steps to re-orient the curriculum for CA courses, Birla said that having knowledge only in accounting would not help the present day CAs to face the challenges.
"MBAs have an edge over CAs in many fields as the Indian economy is much closer to the world economy now. As merger and acquisition are order of the day, CAs have big roles to play," he said.
Stating that the employers want new CAs to become productive from day one, Birla suggested the CAs to take leadership by virtue of their quality and have knowledge over other matters besides accounting. Birla, a chartered accountant and an MBA himself, was not happy over the rate of pass percentage of CAs.
"The pass percentage during our time was 4 per cent. Now it is 17 per cent. The pass ratio should be 10 per cent," he remarked apparently stressing the need for better products. To a query from participants at the session, Birla said public analysts would misinterpret results and confuse IFRS. "IFRS should be implemented very carefully," he said.