Welcome to Inspiring History of ISACA Mumbai Chapter
been a glorious period of growth and expansion for the ISACA, Mumbai
Chapter, right since its formation in the year 1996. In the year 1991,
when Mrs. Shobha Hoskote decided to appear for the CISA examination, she
had to travel all the way to Chennai to write her examination paper. It
was then that she sincerely felt that if an examination center is
started in Mumbai itself, it would be lot more beneficial to the
aspiring candidates. She, therefore, gathered five interested colleagues
to start an examination center in Mumbai. They started a study circle in
her office to meet on every Saturday afternoon to revise the CISA
examination syllabus. Thus the chapter started its activities in a very
informal way in the year 1992. Over the years, more and more CISA
aspirants started appearing for the examination. So it was decided to
form a chapter at Mumbai. The activity that started in a very small way,
formally received a chapter status in the year 1996. Naturally, Madam
Hoskote was the right leader to head the chapter in its early years.
During her tenure, the chapter received an award ofr more than 100%
growth in membership.
leading the chapter as a President for the first two years, she handed
over the baton to another dedicated member of the chapter since 1995,
Mr. Avinash Kadam. Mr. Kadam identified that there were major challenges
in front of the chapter such as – gaining strength in terms of strong
membership, securing recognition for IS Audit profession and achieving
International recognition for the chapter. Mr. Kadam set these as
objectives in front of him. With the help of dedicated colleagues he
achieved the first objective by starting CISA study courses for the
aspiring candidates. The confident team, then proceeded further and
contacted various governmental and semi-governmental bodies for giving
presentations and explaining the role of CISAs to them. A reward came in
the form of recognition of CISA as a qualification for carrying out
Information System Audit work. Mr. Kadam achieved the third objective as
well by conducting an International conference viz. ASIA – CACS in
Mumbai in the year 2000, which drew a participation of around 255 both
from our own country as well as from International circle.
Thereafter the chapter has been led by distinguished members such as Mr.
Anantha Sayana (year 2000-01), by Mr. M.S.V. Rao (year 2001-02), by Mr.
Haridas Raigaga (years 2002-03 and 2003-04), and by Mr. Shashin Lotlikar
in the year 2004-05. Each one of these leaders has added feathers in the
chapter’s cap and has helped steer the chapter to its present position.
Later it was the turn of Mr. Venugopal Iyengar as the President of the
Chapter during 2005-06 and the chapter received Best Chapter Award
during this year among the very large chapters category. Mr. Anjay
Agrawal became the President in the following year i.e. 2006-07 and the
glorious tradition of winning awards continued. This time the Chapter
won the Best Chapter in the World in the very large chapter category.
all these years, the chapter received a number of awards such as a large
chapter in Asia award, excellent growth award, website award, newsletter
award, a very large chapter award, best chapter award and so on. In
fact, some of the awards have been won multiple times. Today, the annual
conference, which the chapter conducts every year, has become a very
prestigious and important event, which chapter members look forward to.
The chapter conducts monthly lecture meetings as part of continuing
professional education. Stalwarts in industry as well as distinguished
members are invited to conduct these meetings which are very well
attended by the members. The chapter not only conducts CISA review
courses but also conducts CISM review course every year. In fact these
courses are conducted twice every year now as the examinations are held
twice. Among the various chapters world over the results of the Mumbai
chapter have been consistently good. The chapter is also planning to
conduct review course for the new CGEIT examination of ISACA. All the
past presidents continue to provide their valuable advice to the chapter
from time to time.
Anantha Sayana proudly says the chapter today has vibrant membership,
dynamic leadership and financial strength.