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‘Our Vision Is To Provide High Quality Education’

Apart from Direct Tax and International Taxation subjects from ICAI curriculum, VG Learning Destination also provides the ACCA curriculum training.

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Vinod Gupta has always had sheer passion for taxation and chartered accountancy. This led him not only to excel in his pursuit on the subject but to also author several papers and address industry forums on taxation. At present, he is the founder of VG Learning Destination (VGLD) & 88Tuition Singapore. BW Businessworld caught up with Gupta to know more about VGLD and his journey. Excerpts:

Where did the idea of VG Learning Destination germinate from?

The objective of being able to reach out to thousands of aspiring CA students and adding to my own passion for the subject, gave birth to this idea. Our vision is to provide high quality education. On a pan India demand from our students and practical inability to accommodate everyone in the face to face classes, we launched our virtual classes catering to the need of thousands of aspirants.

Tell us about your journey of establishing it?

Founded more than 30 years ago, the journey started with a humble number of seven students and reached where we have trained as much as 30,000 CA aspirants in a year. In building this brand name, we have successfully grown our presence pan-India and in Nepal with more than 150 franchisee partners.

How are you dealing with the disruption caused by Covid-19?

VGLD has always endeavoured to provide the best in class technological support to its students. Apart from face-to-face classes, VG Learning has always launched its e-learning classes in the form of pre-recorded classes for both CA as well as ACCA qualifications along with e-learning for IFRS. Since the present pandemic has affected face to face coaching, we were pre-emptive in our approach and were able to migrate to online classes immediately. E-books were quickly devised and provided to students without disrupting study schedules.

What are the various courses being offered?

Apart from Direct Tax and International Taxation subjects from ICAI curriculum, VG Learning Destination also provides the ACCA curriculum training. We are the GOLD Approved Learning Partners of ACCA providing high quality training for ACCA via our knowledge partners Grant Thornton India. This has helped our students achieve All India and World Ranks in ACCA. We also provide the e-learning program of Diploma in IFRS via the same knowledge partners. Very soon, we will launch our Grant Thornton India powered CPA-US Program.

Give a brief about the role of knowledge partners?

Grant Thornton India is one of the large consulting firms in India. With 4,500+ people and presence in 15 locations across 13 cities, they are a full service firm and have practical domestic and international experience in dealing with all subjects which form part of our joint offerings. We are working together with them for the last two years. They support our ACCA and CPA US courses as knowledge partners. The training is delivered by their subject matter experts to ensure that students learn about practical aspects along with the conceptual knowledge. This partnership is a perfect blend of academics and industry knowledge which benefits students not just for their courses but also in application of concept post their qualification.

How ACCA and CPA help in building careers of students?

ACCA and CPA are the highest professional qualification in finance globally. These qualifications are internationally recognised and provide students a greater opportunity to work outside the country or in international environments among large consulting firms, KPOs, and many other MNCs. These courses focus more on expertise in international finance (IFRS , USGAAP) & International tax and their demand it is growing year on year.

The institution already has a cross-border presence in countries like Nepal, Dubai and Singapore. Do you also plan to enter into the educational market of other countries?

VG Learning has already set up an International unit with 88Tuition PTE Ltd with partnership with Anil Ahuja. 88tuition has been established with the social objective of making quality video-based learning material available to all Singapore students. It’s ACCA, IFRS and CPA-US courses are powered by Grant Thornton India LLP as its Knowledge Partner. Technology, Connectivity and Social Media are rapidly changing the world of Education and 88Tuition has been instrumental in building up a strong brand name for itself with tie ups with DBS Bank in Singapore, SINDA, NTUC in Singapore and the Securities Bank in Philippines.

Share some success stories with us.

Many of our students are partners of Big Four and chief executive officers of multinational companies. The CEO of Nestle Sri Lanka, Gurcharan Grover, is my student. Some success for us can also be measured in following facts.

Teaching Direct Tax and International taxation to CA Final students for 30 years, produced over 800 rank holders, authored Direct Tax modules for CA Final students, several other books on international taxation, addressed students and professionals in over 1000 seminars and national level conferences, awarded prize for the best paper on taxation in CA Final Examination, Rashtriya Gaurav Award in 2017 and Wwarded Honorary membership to ACCA in 2017.

“Since the present pandemic has affected face-to-face coaching, we were pre- emptive in our approach and were able to migrate to online classes immediately. E-books were quickly devised and provided to students”

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