Absence due to lockdown not to be counted as Leave from Articleship (COVID-19): ICAI

ICAI has announced that CA Students, undergoing articleship and appearing for May 2020 or subsequent exams, need not worry for the period of absence in training arising out of lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, since the same shall not be counted for the purposes of deduction of any leaves.

ICAI Announcement dt. 26 March 2020 (COVID -19)

The ICAI (Institute) has been closely watching the situation arising out of spread of Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and the current stage is where the lockout has resulted in closure of offices and bare minimum articleship training work being made feasible through online means. We are all aware that until further orders, such restrictions are going to continue till 14th April 2020.

Those who are already registered and undergoing articled training, are hereby informed that the period of absence arising out of said lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic shall not be counted for the purposes of deduction of any leaves, meaning thereby that such period shall be counted as being on articleship training for the period aforesaid. Accordingly, the students who are already undergoing articled training and are appearing for May 2020 and subsequent examinations need not worry on this count for loss of any period not served during the above lockdown.

Further, to ease out situation at both the ends, matters related to timing and manner of payment of stipend in the intervening period arising out of the lockdown, may be mutually decided between the principal and the article assistant.

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