The Southern India Regional Council of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India conferred the lifetime achievement award on Dr V Shanta, chairperson of the Cancer Institute, for her contribution to the field of oncology.
Accepting the award at the Women CAs Conference in Chennai on recently, Dr Shanta said the country was in urgent need of a cancer policy to counter the disease which was growing into a major threat. Along with a policy, a nation-wide campaign against the use of tobacco was important, she said.
As a member of the State Planning Commission, she said she had pointed out to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa the need for a comprehensive cancer policy and was hopeful that it would be formulated in the next Plan period.
Chief financial officer of PepsiCo India Holdings Kimsuka Narasimhan said women looking to be successful in their careers must find a good role model. Investment in skills was also a key element in professional success, she added.
Mallika Srinivasan, chairman of TAFE, said chartered accountants were now expected to go beyond just auditing but also be able to provide solid suggestions that would enable improvement of processes and systems in an organisation. They must also keep the larger picture and tradition of the institution in mind while providing such suggestions, according to her.