Kamalesh Marathe

Independent Director

I am especially grateful to you sir for your Professional guidance which we all aspiring IDs could get through your moderations and your other insightful lectures filled with knowledge, experience and wisdom. I was truly speechless on your spell bound oratory in your session on "Responsible Business Conduct and Role of ID" which was very delightful and insightful and very well said and beautifully conducted in fluent manner. Grateful for such a wonderful delivery..........

Prasun Chaudhuri

Empanelled Independent Director

My felicitation to all of you for developing the Independent Directors Data Bank most effectively and imaginative manner resulting in continual improvement in the governance standards and effectiveness of Boards. You are conducting so many programmes to enhance the knowledge base of the whole community of prospective directors. The efforts are indeed tremendous and the result also is most significant

G Chandran

General Manager (Retired) – Indian Overseas Bank

Webinar helped me to broaden the understanding of Ethics in Corporate Governance, with your elucidation on the matter.
While appropriate questions were moderated to bring up the nuances of Ethics in the role of Independent Director, panelists explained very well the legal aspects in the matter. It was an enriching experience and look forward to be part of similar Webinars soon.

Trinath Gampa

Empanelled Independent Director

Thank you for the excellent newsletter (The Hub – September). The efforts taken definitely enrich the knowledge of Independent directors …

Pradeep Malu

Empanelled Independent Director

Independent Director (ID) database (IDDB) is a great initiative by IICA. Pre-requisite for good corporate governance is a good composition of the board. A professionally qualified, experienced and trained member on board is definitely a differentiator for growth. The experience including registering as an Independent Director in IDDB website was really good, as it was made very simple. Existing and past directorship details come pre-filled, as it is linked with MCA and DIN portal. The training modules are in-depth, content-rich and supported by frequent webinars with the experts definitely help in improving the knowledge base and skills of Independent Directors. Overall, it is a great initiative by MCA and IICA and my experience have been excellent and it would go a long way to build competent ID capacity for the corporate world, and for good governance. Compliments to IICA and team for the excellent work and best wishes.

CA Kailash Chandra Gupta

Empanelled Independent Director

Thank you very much for your kind mail and issue of HUB.The newsletter is quite good and informative.

DilipDinkar Kulkarni

Independent Director -Kingfa Science and Technology (India) Ltd.

The Hub – News It is very useful to enrich our knowledge.

Jitender Balakrishnan (JB)

Empanelled Independent Director

I went through the News Letter - The Hub - and I must say I enjoyed reading it. Instead of a bulky attachment, I am glad The Hub is arranged in various Sections and with only a click, one is able to read a topic of one’s interest. The Articles are not only current in nature and relevant but there is an educative slant to it.

Jagdish Chand Dwivedi

Empanelled Independent Director

Thanks for the News letter "The Hub" September issue. This is very informative and authentic source of data and information for the people like us.
My compliments for your efforts to you and your Team.

Shailesh Ayyangar

Empanelled Independent Director

I read with interest the newsletter - The Hub. Many thanks for this initiative and I look forward to learning more and also contributing to your efforts to bring about excellence in the functioning of IDs.

Aditya Mathur

Empanelled Independent Director

Thanks for sharing the latest edition of 'The Hub' that provides useful information on regulatory updates and especially vignettes which are important to ensure the focus of IDs and shall be helpful.

CS Nehal Thaker

Empanelled Independent Director

Thank you very much for all support in registration at IICA database. I must say all modules are very well conceptualized and Mock test concept is also very good.
Glad to inform I have cleared my proficiency test with 82% grades.
Looking forward to contributing further to fraternity.


Chief Executive,The Catalyst

Thank you very much for all support in registration at IICA database. I must say all modules are very well conceptualized and Mock test concept is also very good.

H T Patel

Empanelled Independent Director

Thank you very much for arranging Power Talk.
Even the 42 modules on the website are very nicely presented and are very useful.
We appreciate the effort put in for independent directors.

Alpana Bhattacharyya

An aspiring Independent Director

Thank you for an excellent Power Talk session. It was informative and comprehensive. Enjoyed it immensely. Dr Pierce was to the point and brilliant.
Looking forward to more such webinars.

Premchandra TavorathPonon

Empanelled Independent Director

…..I would like to specially thankIICA for promptly forwarding the Power Talk01 Link. The presentation was very insightful and meticulously prepared, comprehensively covered all the minute nuances and challenges in the ID Profession. It was an event very well organized. Thank you once again.

Rudran Puthukulangara

Empanelled Independent Director

….The Hub gives nice reading; it is a simpleand concise paper, which updates people like me.

Ajay Nanavati

Chairman (Retired) Syndicate bank&MD (Retired) 3M India

Excellent initiative... We really need some independent voices sharing global best practices.
The Center for Independent Directors, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) has created some outstanding resources to enhance the quality of corporate governance in India. This is a much needed area of focus as the country marches towards the goal of a $5 trillion economy
The sharing of global best practices and the creation of a database of qualified candidates will go a long way in filling a gap that has existed.

Dr. Vaijayanti Pandit

Empanelled Independent Director

It's a pleasure to connect with you to share some thoughts on the IICA driven Proficiency Test and the approach towards it.
First of all let me confess that it was a fantastic experience in totality including the 42 Learning Modules, Mock Tests, online technology and the tech support team who were a phone call away and finally the Proficiency Test for which I prepared extensively as the passing is a steep 60 %!
The Questions are tricky and the options even trickier which is fine to test the basics and conceptual understanding however certain questions could be interpreted differently leading to perceived wrong answers by the software.

Ashok Barat

Empanelled Independent Director

I must compliment IICA for this innovative initiative of engaging with the fraternity of independent directors through a newsletter.
Over a period, you would have a repository of case precedents that will be useful for posterity.Keep up this initiative.

Dr. Kalpana Chittaranjan

Empanelled Independent Director.

Thank you very much for patience in responding to my questions regarding clarifications on Independent Directors, via telephone call.
I am very impressed by IICA and the initiatives they are taking regarding Independent Directors Databank. Wishing IICA all success in building a strong Independent Directors’ Databank and achieving its goals & objectives.

Devesh Harishchandra Dadheech

Independent director – MorarjeeTextiles Ltd

Power Talk by Dr. Chris Pierce was well managed and very informative.Congratulation to IICA and Team for its grand success…

Premchandra Tavorath Ponon

Empanelled Independent Director

Power Talk Presentation on “Dynamics of Independent Director Profession” was very insightful and meticulously prepared; comprehensively covered all the minute nuances and challenges in ID Profession. It was an event very well organized.
Thank you once again for organizing such a wonderful Session.

Venugopal Panicker

Co-Founder and Partner–MidasTechfin Consultants LLP

Thanks for the opportunity to join for the wonderful webinar by Dr Chris Pierce.
I found the same very informative and useful. It is 3 years since I stepped down as Executive Director of a Public Ltd and found most of what was discussed relevant.

Nanette Dsa

Independent Director Zee Learn

Thank you for the invitation on Power Talk series … it was a great session by Dr. Chris Pierce on "Dynamics of Independent Director Profession".Much needed given there about the role of IDs …

Prem Kumar Gera

MD & Non-Independent ED at Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd.

Thanks for sharing a copy of The Hub (Newsletter) which I found interesting. I have gone thru “IiAS Study on Women on Corporate Boards in India” and liked it.
… keep adding stories from the ground for which Independent Directors may be encouraged to share their experiences as case studies … encourage Corporates to advertise on Hub for their requirements of Independent Directors with specific background and interests in them

Guru Prasanth M

Empanelled Independent Director

Excellent engagement throughout with an aim of linking to different strands in education.

Indrajit Sen

Independent Director& Consultant, Brand, Marketing & Business Strategy

Firstly, heartiest Congratulations for a very well conducted Power Talk by Dr. Chris Pearce … it was an excellent choice as the first talk in your Power Talk series.

Ghanshyam Vithaldas Karkera

Karkera Needz Private Limited

Excellent short course for understanding on Board Committees.

Rameshwar Prasad Vijay

Empanelled Independent Director

Module on Case Study - Satyam is excellent to remind how promoter and auditors can play a fraud and how board, audit committee and independent directors failed in their duties and responsibilities.

Subrata Chakravarty

Former Chairman Cum Managing Director, Eastern Coalfields ltd.

… Although served the Board for about 9 years, the course helped me to bring new perspective of many scenarios, which I could not find in the Board. I strongly feel that if I continue to refresh myself with this website and be in a position to keep myself abreast with different materials published in the website, I would be able to keep myself perpetually enriching.

Ankit Goel

Partner at AAA Insolvency Professionals LLP

Online LMS and Online Assessment are of world-class quality … Congratulating IICA - India on building such a robust platform, which will certainly help Indian Companies in having better Corporate Governance.

CA Shripad Vaidya

Consulting Director - Oracle, Digital Transformation & Qualified ID

Although given an exemption from appearing online assessment based on my profile, I thought of going through the extremely enriched study material and rigorous training imparted by IICA, for my self-assessment … appreciate the depth and level of knowledge from the curriculum set by IICA with 42 different modules like Corporate Governance, Financial Management, Ethics and Best practices, CA 2013, SEBI LODR norms, Audit and Company Secretarial needs, Due diligence, CSR, Risk etc.

Vishal V Sharma

Former Independent Director, BPCL

An excellent exercise by IICA … Lots of effort put by its leadership. Quality of training modules and the technology platform used are very appropriate. Certification process needed to bring the Directors up to a basic minimum level of knowledge regarding CA2013, SEBI LODR2015, MCA provisions, etc. Corporate Governance and importance of Audit Committee are nicely stressed throughout program. Congratulating both IICA & MCA for taking an important step towards training and helping raise the bar of Corporate Governance ...

Ram Phal Mittal


Clearing ID-online Proficiency Assessment Test was a seamless experience … 42 lessons are very well crafted and aided by good narration with contents of very high order, pragmatic; giving a good / fair understanding what an Independent Director is supposed / expected to do in his / her role! No glitches while going through the lessons rather after finishing / completing, the curiosity of doing next was going up ... wonderfully planned and executed too, heartiest compliments to entire team …

P K Agarwal

Chartered Accountant

Congratulating IICA for designing the exhaustive, wonderful and effective Learning Management System module with exemplary pertinent course content of 42 modules for the Independent Director Self-Assessment Test ... The Video for the chapter wise course content was very informative and easy to grasp.

Ramling Vishwanath

Retired, CGM (Credit Policy & Procedures Dept.) - SBI, Corporate Centre

My sincere appreciation of the effort and nurturing by your team in envisioning, designing and building such an evolved online platform. Self-Assessment Test is truly a novel way of refining, enhancing and updating one's knowledge; essential for an Independent Director to succeed in his role. 42 Courses packed with useful knowledge relevant to the role was a great learning experience for me. Thank you Tech Support Team for efficient handling of tech-related issues / queries.

C A Ravikumar. K

Ravikumar K & Associates – Chartered Accountants

Appreciate the way support team helped with calls and timely guidance to approach the course and exam … Very professionally conducted course.


Executive Coach, Chennai

Examination is well designed to maintain current quality of board leadership status quo. But it’s highly recommended to raise the bar of this examination if we need to make our boardrooms gold standards in governance reforms. Questions were simple for anyone who understand board practices in general. Thank you for all the contribution you and your team is making to bring about this transformation. Happy to support if any of my expertise is required.

Someswar Chakrabarti


Learning modules, prepared very systematically; have covered almost all the provisions and areas of corporate governance as per CA13 ... A holistic approach made by the august Institute to update knowledge and develop capacity of aspiring as well as existing IDs. It will pave a long way to fulfill the objective and necessity of the government to instill a healthy culture and practice of good governance throughout the length and breadth of the corporate world of the country … a very commendable initiative of MCA and the Institute. Wish for all success.

Chandrashekhar Joshi

Independent Director, ANI Integrated Service

This is a wonderful exercise and an initiative that will build relationship between IDs and IICA. I hope this will be a regular interaction and exercise so that we, IDs, feel we belong to some body.

Chitra Shringare

Managing Director - Banking & Capital Markets, Global Transaction Banking

… Online course has very good content & curriculum. Case studies cover an entire gamut of Board Processes & Procedures. The course content of 42 modules including case studies are user friendly …

CMA Prashant Dahivalkar

Deputy GM Finance & Accounts

… Gone through the newsletter "The Hub" of June-2020 - Volume 6 … the section "Regulators Eye" is very informative. The webinar on "Early Warning Signs and Red Flags for Independent Director" was very much useful …

Dr. Tejendra Mohan Bhasin

Former Vigilance Commissioner, Central Vigilance Commission

My journey of Registration, going through e-learning modules, appearing in Online Self-Assessment Test … a very pleasant and delightful experience. IT platform developed is robust, user friendly and glitch-free. Team members are pro-active and helpful in resolving any issues brought to their notice, resolved on Jet Speed.

Meera Haridas

Aspiring ID

Appreciate the Independent Directors Data Bank for a good online course content … it will be great to have course material in a chapter-wise pdf format which would help for quick read too…

Dr. Raja Mogili Amirishetty

Company Secretaries, Corporate Legal Advisors & Insolvency Professional, ARM & ASSOCIATES

Congratulations to the team and specially to IICA for innovative thoughts ...

Colonel Sushobit Kamra

Thanks for sharing the e-magazine The HUB. My good wishes to you for the same.

Jehangir Ardeshir

Non Executive Director, Forbes Marshall

This is a useful and good initiative…

Asok Kumar Chauhan

IAS 1980 Retired

Great many thanks for sending the e copy of the Hub ... a great initiative … immensely benefited from it. Especially the issues in due diligence have been dealt with lots of insight. Will be eagerly waiting for next issue …

Dr. Rajeev Uberoi

Senior Group President, Governance & Controls - Yes Bank

… News Letter is an excellent initiative. In my view building a robust complement of Independent Directors is a condition precedent for addressing the critical matter of Corporate Governance. IICA has been mandated to build a positive Corporate Governance culture across the economy and this initiative will go a long way in building this.

Bharat Dhirajlal Mehta


Thank you, a great initiative - will be very useful and value adding for independent directors in performing their role.

Rajesh Neelakanta

ED & CEO, B.V.C. Logistics Pvt. Ltd.

Look forward to exchange of ideas / thoughts for the general benefit of businesses

Kanu H Doshi

Prof. Emeritus – Finance, Welingkar Institute of Management (We School)

“The Hub” is an interesting reading … I notice lot of effort has gone in researching and putting together the relevant topics and information.

Prof. Nand L. Dhameja

Professor at Management Development Institute Gurgaon

'The Hub' the newsletter is informative and its contents are enriching. I like to have the Newsletter on regular basis …

N. N. Sharma

Chairperson, Centre for Sustainability & CSR – BIMTECH

… Complimenting for yeomen efforts in preparing the learning modules for IDs. Reiterating for a commendable job … initiative is worthy of appreciation.

Prof. Nand L. Dhameja

Thanks for the current issue of 'The Hub'. It is informative and its contents are enriching. I like to have the Newsletter on regular basis

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