Adnan Rashid is a renowned name in the field of Accountancy and Finance, Principal of CFE (Centre of Financial Excellence) and a profound instructor in the same field. He is a member of ICAP (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan). He started training in KPMG Lahore from 1995 1999 and became Chartered Accountant in 1999. After three years of continuous struggle and being qualified in the field of Accountancy and Finance he decided to spread the knowledge of the same to the students interested in to acquire it. In 2002 he, along with his fellow members, started an institute under the name of Centre of Financial Excellence. TheNation got the opportunity to sit down for an exclusive interview with Adnan Rashid to get an insight about the field of Accountancy and Finance, his views about current scenario persisting in the country and his tactics to help people improve in the same field through his teaching. Following is his interview for peoples interest. TheNation: What was the aspiration of opening a college? Adnan Rashid: The idea of opening up a college initially came from friends, turned colleagues, Asim Amin (Director and Dean Academics, CFE Group of Colleges) and Khalid Kabeer (Director, CFE Group of Colleges). The main idea was to provide the willing students of Professional Accountancy with the quality education. We planned to do so by adopting best teaching practices being followed in the world. TN: What are the most important rewards you got in your teaching career? AR: For every successful student we make, for every achievement a student gets, I get my reward or rather any instructor does. We have produced many successful ACCAs, CAs and CFAs who are working for the globally renowned accountancy firms as well as multi-national organisations. Many of the students have moved abroad and continue to succeed in their lives. Till they continue with their success, I will be getting my just reward. TN: What are short and long-term goals of CFE? AR: Our short-term goal is to continue with our ever improving quality standards. As far as the long-term goals are concerned, we have already launched few of new qualifications in the field of commerce and sciences and now we plan to take it to the next level by converting CFE Group of Colleges into a full fledge University. TN: In your view, who do you think is the best amongst teachers in CFE? AR: I would like to state that CFE has one of the best faculty of every subject that is being offered in the college. Our team offers a unique blend of qualification, corporate and teaching experience. Apart from teaching excellence, distinguishing feature of our team is the diverse corporate experience, which helps teachers to prepare the students for examination as well as practical life ahead. CFE works as a team and naming a few teachers out of this team will not explain how the team works. TN: Who is biggest competitor of CFE? AR: I would like to vote SKANS as the main competitor of CFE. We have a direct competition with the college in accordance to the services both the institutes are offering. We are trying to diversify the line but even diversification takes a considerable amount of time. TN: Why this profession? Was it something you always aimed for? AR: I had my focus towards engineering and spending few months at UET, I decided to quit engineering and started doing CA. We can say that fate played its part. As far as teaching profession is concerned it always created an ambiguity and questions in my mind, teachers repeating same courses over and over again for years and the monotony of the profession. However, once I started teaching I came to know how satisfying and an enjoyable profession this is. TN: How does students categorise you, friendly or strict? AR: On my part, I try not to be strict teacher but do not compromise at all on discipline in the class. Most of students find that discipline as my strictness. I think a teacher can never be friendly for the students. Cracking a joke during the lecture due to the dryness of the subject itself is more than enough. TN: Why students have not a set aim for their future? AR: As I have quoted before a teachers job is not only to teach the syllabus or cover the lecture hours but to put sense and etiquettes into students as well. Along with this if their values are taught to them within their families, in my opinion this question will seize to exist. We try to put all the blames on the technology and the media but we should also realise that parents are the one controlling everything and they can put a stop to it or limit their use to technology, if all else fail. TN: What are biggest challenges ACCA institutes and teachers are facing today? AR: Due to the current economic situation persisting in the world, the biggest challenge for ACCA institutes is the career counselling or career building of students. Career support departments are in place but most of the multinational organisations and public listed local organisations have seized their hiring. TN: What is impact of HECs recognition on ACCA community in Pakistan? AR: I personally feel that its a great achievement for ACCA Pakistan. They have secured their members as well as students through this recognition. I think this has opened new doors for the growth in these tightened economic conditions and will attract a lot of new comers to join this profession. Even our existing students will be benefited from this as it allows them opportunity to enhance their education. TN: Message to students? AR: Learn moral values and the basic teachings of our religion and you would be successful in life. This I am saying because I have personally experienced it. We teach ethics in classes because we ever used to practice it and we still are practicing. As a young boy, I used to travel in public transport and if we used to see an elderly person or a woman we would give them a seat, this was our ethical teaching. Today I do not demand the students to get up when a teacher enters the class but at least have etiquettes to get quiet in respect. (The writer is FINA certified)