Patna: With corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities made compulsory by the government of India from the current financial year, the Union ministry of corporate affairs has rolled out a first of its kind short-term course in CSR to create certified experts in the field.
The course, designed by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and called ‘IICA Certificate Programme in CSR (ICP-CSR)’, is being launched simultaneously in 10 states including Bihar. The first batch will comprise 300 students in which about 60-80 seats have been allocated for students of Bihar region including Jharkhand. ADRI will facilitate the programme in Bihar region.
“Graduates from any recognized university with at least 50% aggregate can apply for the course till July 31 and an entrance examination will be held on August 24,” master trainers Abhishek Kumar and Amit Kumar Choubey said at a presser on Monday. They have also helped in designing the all-India course.
The entrance test will have two papers – essay writing and multiple-choice general questions. The social exposure and practical experience will be tested later at interview. The one-year course is to begin in October and the fee for individual Indian applicants is Rs one lakh. “The details of course structure are available on the IICA website – – and include nine months theory online and contact classes and three months project work and corporate attachment,” Choubey said adding one week of induction programme will be held for all students at IICA, Gurgaon, after which Bihar and Jharkhand students will have weekend contact classes at ADRI.
Talking about the scope of the programme, Kumar said, “Most of the PSUs and multinational companies will need CSR experts in near future and the ministry is also in talks with various corporations for placement of pass-outs.” The graduates will be given a registration number on the lines of CA and CS programmes certifying them as CSR experts.