Expert Lecture

Guest Lecture on Behavioural biases
Date: 17 November 2022
The Department of Professional Accounting and Finance conducted a Skill Development Activity for final year Honours students of the Department. The session was conducted on 17th November 2022and the resource person was Prof Aneesha K Shaji, Assistant Professor, Kristu Jayanti College.

The speaker presented an interactive session to the students on the various aspects of Behavioural Finances and emphasised on the Behavioural biases of investors. The speaker started the session on providing an understanding on the origin of behavioural finance. She continued her session with providing the differences between behavioural finance and traditional finance. The key concepts and definitions of various terminologies under behavioural finance were emphasised. The speaker also spoke on the various types of behavioural biases and its impact on the decision making of investors. Prof. Aneesha shared some live examples and real life situations to emphasise the impact of emotional bias on an investor.

It was an informative and enlightening session.

Expert Talk on Judicial Pronouncements
Date: 21 November 2022
The Department of Professional Accounting and Finance at Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) organised an Expert Talk on the topic "Judicial Pronouncements" for students in their final year B.Com Professional students on 21st November 2022 at Auditorium A2, Third Floor Admin Block. Three distinguished members from Income Tax Department Mrs. Neethu S. Thottammariyil, IRS, Mrs. T.N. Srividya, and Mrs. Shwetha K. R addressed the students.

Mrs. Neethu S, IRS, Deputy Director Training, National Academy of Direct Taxes, Regional Campus Bengaluru, motivated the students by explaining her experiences and the dedication she put in to become an IRS Officer. She clarified some of the common misconceptions about the terms "tax" and "raid" held by the general population. Mrs.Neethu discussed a variety of subjects, including the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), various income heads, field formation, and significant cases in her own experience.

The session was continued by Mrs. T.N. Srividya, an Income-tax Officer at the Ministerial Training Institute in Bengaluru, who gave an idea of tax evasion and the steps that are taken by the Income Tax Department when they notice tax evasion. She explained the procedures that occur after the public file their Income Tax Returns (ITR), such as assessment, scrutiny, survey, impounding, prosecution, and so forth. Mrs.Srividya discussed the cases from her professional experiences and how they brought prominent tax evaders under the law. A video was played explaining how the tax money is utilised for ‘nation-building.

The session concluded with an address by Mrs. Shwetha K R, Inspector at the Income Tax Department, who listed the numerous organisations through which a person can join the Income Tax Department (ITD) such as Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The Expert Talk ended with a Question and Answer session wherein the resource persons clarified the queries raised by the students. It was really an educational and enlightening session for the students.

Guest Lecture on “Against all Odds”
Date: 17 November 2022
The Department of Professional Accounting and Finance successfully organized a guest lecture for the I B.Com ACCA students. Ms.Kauvya Ravichandran, CA, ACCA, Product Development Manager, North Star Academy, Bengaluru was the resource person.

To begin with, Ms.Kauvya Ravichandran gave an overview about the ACCA programme and the benefits of pursuing the course. She emphasized that ACCA qualifications one of the most prestigious courses. She also elaborated that ACCA designation is undoubtedly a symbol of excellence recognizable to employers around the world. She steered the students towards the path to ACCA Qualification through a presentation, by which the students could learn more about the Accounting profession, its benefits and its demand globally. The students also have gained essential knowledge concerning the ACCA exam schedule and were made aware of the integration of the ACCA programme with the B Com curriculum.

The programme culminated with a lively interactive session in which all the queries and doubts of the students’ regarding ACCA were effectively clarified. The session was informative and engaging.

Expert Lecture on Patient Medication Safety in Covid-19 Management
Date: 16/09/2022
Every person around the world will, at some point in their life, take medications to prevent or treat illness. Medications can cause serious harm if incorrectly stored, prescribed, dispensed, administered or if monitored insufficiently. Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of avoidable harm in health care across the world. Medication errors occur when weak medication systems and human factors such as fatigue, poor environmental conditions or staff shortages affect the safety of the medication use process. This can result in severe patient harm, disability and even death. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has significantly exacerbated the risk of medication errors and associated medication-related harm. Patient Medication Safety Day is celebrated on 17th September every year across the globe to create awareness on the importance of Medication safety. It was founded in 2019 by the 72nd world health assembly to raise awareness about patient safety, enhance public engagement in patient safety, and develop strategies for resolving patient harm issues.

The Department of Professional Accounting and Finance in association with Commemorative Days and Human values organized a lecture to commemorate International Patient Medication Safety Day. The talk was given by Mr. Lakshmilanth Sharma R, First Division Assistant. He discussed about problems associated with medication during COVID, Time line of the Pandemic, Hierarchy of testing and quarantines details and also shared tips on the strategies’ that can be adopted to prevent medication lapses and errors. . He also shared insights on infection prevention and the precautions to be taken for leading a healthy life and information about unsafe medication practices and how to identify medication errors. The session was enlightening and informative.

Expert Talk on a Stairway To Sempiternity
Date: 16/09/2022
The Department of Professional Accounting and Finance, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), organized an expert talk on 16th September 2022 for the Second year B.Com students of P1, P2 and P6. The talk was given by Prof Susan Sanny, Faculty member of the Department of English. Mam discussed the various benefits of reading habits especially for Commerce students. It was an interactive session involving various activities for the students. Prof.Susan also discussed the valuable points to be taken care while reading. She quoted examples of various personalities who developed their reading habits and became successful. She concluded by stating that we must strive to learn to broaden our horizons and also shared the insights with a story of frog in the well.

At the end of the session the Reader's Island club, the book review club of the Department was inaugurated. The coordinators of this club are Mr. Travis Jonathan Rozario and Ms.Sandhya from V Semester B.Com ACCA. Ms.Sandhya gave an insight on the objectives of the club and shared the various events that were planned to be conducted. Mr. Travis delivered the vote of thanks. It was an enriching and informative session.

The Secrets to Effective Relationships
Date: 12/09/2022
Relationships are a cornerstone of happiness and living a full life. Relationships should be seen as a valuable investment. Different aspects of life can be enriched through relationships. The more we understand how relationships work, the more we can grow from them. To develop the values for effective relationship management the Department of Professional Accounting and Finance, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), organized an expert talk on 12th September 2022 for the Second year B.Com students of P1,P2,P3 and P4 on the topic ‘The Secrets To Effective Relationships’

Dr. Alice Aloysius, Student Counsellor, Kristu Jayanti College and the resource person of the session discussed the importance and essentials of a good relationship. Dr. Alice elaborated on the various kinds of relationships. She discussed the seven signs of healthy relationships as well as the killers of effective relationships. Dr. Alice stressed on the need of having a friend and highlighted the various ways to reset the broken relations.

Expert Talk on “Gateway to Success”
Date: 08/09/2022
To build confidence among students and to succeed in the competitive exams such as CA/CS, an expert lecture was organised by the department. Mr. Suresh Kumar Mani was invited as the resource person. The chief guest took over the session by explaining about the importance of the CA/CS professional courses and the opportunities that lie ahead.

The speaker stated that the Chartered Accountants make valuable contribution in the fields of tax planning, capital budgeting, budget forecasting, financing, preparation of books of accounts, and the like. From drafting rules to provisions to implementation of taxes, the role and expertise of CAs cannot be stated in words.The speaker also shared the career prospects of Company Secretary citing the duties & responsibilities and the role played by the CS professionals in the well-being of companies.

Boost Brainpower with Healthy Eating
The Department of Professional Accounting and Finance in collaboration with the Women Empowerment Cell organized a session on ‘Boosting Brainpower with Healthy Eating’. Ms. Suneetha Rao (M.Sc., RD), Chief Nutritionist at NU Hospitals, Bengaluru was the Resource Person for the expert talk. The session took place on the 20th of August 2022 at the Main Block Auditorium M1 at 10:00 am.

The talk consisted of a wide variety of topics scaling from ‘What foods to be taken to boost the brainpower’ to ‘Why is physical activity very important for a human being’. Ms. Rao spoke on the foods to be avoided, how to eat healthy, gut health, eating habits and how human beings can improve their health by losing body weight.

The session also included tips for healthy living and laid emphasis on consumption of fruits and vegetables, following a healthy diet, avoiding foods that contain fats, avoiding overeating & undereating and exposure to sunlight for at least fifteen minutes per day. The session was enlightening and informative

Commemorative Lecture on “Damage Caused by War to The Environment”
Date: 10/06/2022
A nation's survival depends on resources from the environment. The progression of warfare and its effects on the environment continued with the invention of weapons of mass destruction. The result of innovations in chemical warfare led to a broad range of different chemicals for war and domestic use but also resulted in unforeseen environmental damage. To create awareness among the participants regarding the damage caused by war to the environment, an expert lecture was organized, Shri. Harsha Vardhan Umre, IRS, Additional Commissioner CUSTOMS AND GST, Bangalore (Founder. Ahimsa Foundation) was invited as a resource person.

The chief guest took over the session by explaining about then war that took place in the name of religion and kingdoms. He also explained the after-effects of Ist and IInd world war. It was the most horrible in human history. At the end of the war, millions of people were dead and millions more homeless, the European economy had collapsed, and much of the European industrial infrastructure had been destroyed. This talk gave a clear idea about the impacts caused by nuclear weapons and chemical weapons that degrades the environment with examples of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,Fukushima accident in Japan.

The expert lecture on damages caused by war to the environment created a great awareness among students and faculties.

Expert Lecture on “Current Trends in Intellectual Property Law in India”
Date: 09/04/2022
Intellectual property right (IPR) is the right granted to the creators of intellectual property and includes trademarks, copyrights, patent, industrial design rights and trade secrets. Dr.Mohan R Bolla, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College of Law was the resource person for the expert lecture.

The resource person took over the session by explaining the importance of IPR in the present scenario, followed by the different types and the dual role played by copyrights. The talk gave a clear idea about the different rights granted by copyright such as the economic and moral rights, about right of paternity and right of integrity which comes under the moral rights. The topic of infringement of copyright was dealt with in detail. The session also gave insights on Section 52 of the Copyright Law. The various tools available for patenting were also discussed. The importance of filing patents and the patent filing procedures were discussed at length. The patents are classified as IPC (International Patent Classification), USPC (United States Patent Classification) and CPC (Cooperative Patent Classification) by World Intellectual Property Organization. Different search engines such as Espacenet, USPTO, WIPO’s patent scope, Indian patent office and patent searches such as keyword based search, patent classification based search and structural based search were also explored.

Expert lecture on – “BRAND YOU”
Date: 19/02/2022
Personal branding is what shapes the perception of an individual in the eyes of the public. Personal branding is all about building your reputation, creating an image of yourself for the outside world and marketing yourself as an individual. Due to increasing competition in the job market, it is essential that individuals build their own brand. An expert lecture was organised for the students to share tips on building a personal brand. Personal brand is more than a reflection of who you are today; it’s a roadmap of where you to go.In this regard, Mr. Charles Godwin, HR Leader of Zoho Corporation ,the resource person shared insights to help one create an authentic personal brand—and amplify their career in the process. Developing a personal brand might sound challenging, but there are incremental steps you can take to build credibility in your field.

He also emphasised that career decision is one of the most significant decisions in one’s life and therefore, it must not be taken under parents’ compulsion or peer pressure. He also motivated the students to never go out of following their own passion. He also encouraged the young minds to think differently.

Expert Lecture on Mental Wellness
Date: 10/02/2022
Globally, one in seven persons experience mental disorders yet these remain largely unrecognized. The consequences of failing to address adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults. Individuals with mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable to social exclusion, discrimination, social stigma, educational difficulties, risk-taking behaviours, physical ill-health and human rights violations and an increased risk to career setbacks too.

A session on mental wellness was being addressed by Dr. Alice Aloysius, who is a notable psychologist and student counsellor. In her session she makes us familiar with the term “Mental Wellness”. Considering the role mental health plays on each aspect of our lives, she emphasizes on the importance of mental wellness and how it is important in someone’s life, 7 things that lead to emotional instability i.e. over thinking, improper diet, social media addiction, making excuses, gossips, being too much emotional and laziness She also stressed on the need of mindfulness meditation, good mental wellness, self-actualization and self-awareness.

The session concluded with an open discussion wherein the queries raised by the students were clarified by the resource person.

Expert Talk on Accounting Frauds And Its Challenges
Date: 01th December, 2021
As a part of Chartered Accountant’s role in the frauds taking place in today’s world, the Department of Professional Accounting and Finance conducted an expert lecture through the offline platform on 1st December 2021. The resource person for the session was Mr. Mridul Agarwal, who is a Chartered Accountant, Lawyer, M.Com graduate by qualification running his own firm and company in Bangalore and also a faculty at ICAI.

The objective of the session was to explain how accounting and financial frauds take place in the real world and the role a Chartered Accountant has to play in preventing and detecting frauds and the use of upcoming technology (block chain technology) in order to make the work simpler and transparent. The session was conducted for the academic and holistic development for the students of the Department of Professional Accounting and Finance.

Awareness programme on “Menstrual Health and Hygiene”
Date: 26th October 2021
The Women Empowerment Cell in collaboration with the Department of Professional Accounting and Finance, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) Bangalore, organized an awareness programme on “Menstrual Health and Hygiene” exclusively for the first and second year undergraduate girl students of the department on 26th October 2021 at 10:00 am via Zoom Video conferencing portal. Ms. Theertha , the student coordinator, welcomed the gathering. The resource person for the session was Ms. Roshnee Bhowmick, CSR Executive, Unicharm India. She enlightened the students about the importance of personal hygiene and the menstrual Health.

In her talk, Ms. Roshnee Bhowmick, mentioned the significance of regular exercise, proper diet and stress-free environment for proper reproductive health and highlighted on the inevitability of being aware of personal growth and changes and irregularities in the menstrual cycle that could be indicators of serious health issues. The speaker shared insights on the biological aspects of growth and changes in women and gave tips on how to improve on their personal hygiene. Ms. Roshnee Bhowmick, harped on the necessity to practice yoga especially vajrasana, shaahnkasana and Marjariasana and regular exercises for student’s personal well-being and also shared tips on how to prepare and deal with stress and mood-swings on the days of menstruation. She spoke about hormonal changes that lead to emotional and behavioural changes during puberty. Around 300 participants attended the session with great enthusiasm. The session was interactive and several queries were raised by the students and all the queries were addressed by the speaker. The session ended with a Vote of Thanks.

Expert Lecture on “Role of Registrar of Companies un Enforcement of Companies Act 2013”
Date: 09th October 2021
Department of Professional Accounting and Finance organized an expert lecture on the “Role of Registrar of Companies in enforcement of Companies Act 2013” on 9th October 2021 at 11.15 am in Auditorium 1, Main Block. Shri .V. Sajeevan, ICLS, Registrar of Companies and Ms.H.S.Aparna, ICLS, Assistant Registrar of Companies, Karnataka, Ministry Of Corporate Affairs, Government of India addressed the students. The programme was exclusively organized for the final year B.Com Students of the Department of Professional Accounting and Finance.

Shri .V. Sajeevan, ICLS, Registrar of Companies addressed the students about the role of Registrar of Companies in enforcing the Companies Act. The RoC focused on how they ensure that various provisions of Companies Act are complied with by the companies. The main point of discussions included important schedules of the Act, types of Companies, the procedures to start a company, changes in the key definitions of “Company” and One Person Companies and more. Ms.H.S.Aparna, ICLS, Assistant Registrar of Companies, discussed about the role of the office of Registrar of Companies in detecting fraud and fraudulent activities. Her experiences in identifying and tackling the fraud by companies were shared with the students. Assistant RoC provided evidence about multilevel marketing scams taking place in the city and across the country.

The session concluded with open discussion in which both RoC and Assistant RoC clarified the queries raised by the students with regard to Companies Act. The expert lecture helped the students to understand the role of Registrar of Companies in ensuring the ethical business by Companies.

Expert Lecture On “CFA- Certification, Preparation & Opportunities”
Date: 17th September 2021
Department of Professional Accounting and Finance organized an expert lecture on CFA- certification, preparation & opportunities on 17th September 2021 through virtual platform to provide an overview about Chartered Financial Analyst programme. Mr. Subin Nair, CFA Level II candidate and strategic financial consultant addressed the students.

Mr. Subin Nair explained about the three levels of CFA programme by highlighting the fact that CFA is the elite programme among many other professional certification programmes. The different subjects to be studied at various levels of CFA programme was explained to the participants along with the respective curriculum. Mr. Nair provided a detailed information about various career opportunities available for the CFA. The speaker pointed out that the opportunities available for CFA is not only in corporate but also in regulatory bodies like SEBI, RBI etc. the participants were reminded about the importance of hard work and determination required to clear the various levels of CFA programme.

The session was an enlightening session for the students as they gained knowledge about the CFA programme. The expert lecture helped the students to understand the need of meticulous preparation for CFA programme

Guest Lecture on Digital Sabbath
Date: 19th August, 2021
Digitalization can serve as a boon or a bane. On one hand, the digital world has grown leaps and bounds and on the other hand, excessive use of gadgets, surfing over the internet for unsavoury subjects, does bring in pitfalls. While we see people experiencing digital weariness, yet the fact remains that we cannot do without it either.

The idea of a digital Sabbath has been floating around for about a decade. It comes as an antidote to our busy lives, which is exhaustive and tiring. At the same time, it may seem paradoxical that abstaining from technology could help us connect better, as it was believed that technology had actually fostered deeper connections with the people.

Technology Shabbat or Tech Shabbat is a term coined in 2010 by Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg to describe a day of rest or cessation from the use of all technology. Sabbath does not mean to escape the blinking screens of our electronic world, but looking for mechanisms that lead to a realisation of dedicating quality time to any endeavour, without interruption or distraction from the digital world.

With this noble intent, the department of Professional Accounting and Finance organises an awakening talk in the form of a guest lecture titled “Digital Sabbath”

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