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The National Institute of Professional Secretaries recently changed its name to the Indian Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals (IASAP). Apart from replacing the word “National” with “Indian”, there was another prime reason for the name change. The secretarial designation somehow implied only shorthand and typing work. To acknowledge the multi-dimensional administrative work taken on by the secretary, it was felt necessary throughout the world to elevate the designation of “secretary” to that of “administrative professional”. To recognise the importance of the administrative professional, the apex body changed its name from Professional Secretaries International, USA to the International Association of Administrative Professionals, USA. Subsequently, the Association of Secretaries in Asia changed its name to the Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals in Asia-Pacific. Most secretarial associations in Asia have altered their names and included the new designation.

The Administrative Professionals Week is celebrated the world over between 20 April and 26 April. CHANGE brings you a glimpse of the traditional Boss-Secretary lunch and dinner organised by the Indian Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals on 23 April and 25 April, respectively. The lunch was jointly sponsored by Hotel Taj President and Blue Dart Express Ltd. at Hotel Taj President and the dinner was sponsored by ITC WelcomGroup at Hotel ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton and Towers.

In addition, there was a talk on “Power of Professionalism” by Prem Kamath, Head, Management Resources India, Hindustan Lever Limited, at the West End Hotel on 21 April, which will be published in a forthcoming issue.



Homai H. Mehta, President-Emeritus, National Institute of Professional Secretaries, unfurling the new banner of the Indian Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals, on 23 April, 2003 at Hotel Taj President.

At the Boss-Secretary lunch (clockwise): Farida C. Cooper, Clyde Cooper, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd., L.M. Nagpal, Managing Director, PIEM Hotels Ltd., Pansi Reilly, Personal Assistant to L.M. Nagpal, Minoo R. Shroff, Chairman, Sir J.J. College of Commerce, S.K. Mitra, Director, Financial Services, Aditya Birla Group, Manoj Bhatia, General Manager, Hotel Taj President, and Tina Wellington, Executive Assistant to S.K. Mitra.

S.K. Mitra, Aditya Birla Group, delivering the Keynote Address to an august gathering of bosses and administrative professionals at Hotel Taj President.


Sarabjit Dhawan, Vice President, ITC WelcomGroup, Mumbai, being thanked by Homai H. Mehta on behalf of IASAP for sponsoring the traditional Boss-Secretary dinner.


Veera Mundroina, President, IASAP, greeting Chief Guest Raj Katra, Senior Vice President and Head Human Resources (India), ABN Ambro Bank, at Hotel ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton and Towers.


The Larsen & Toubro Ltd. team standing proud. Winners of the Best Administrative Practice Award: Akshata Vichare (second from left), Executive Secretary to P.R. Kothari, Vice President - Logistics (first from left), and Ketty Bhathena (centre), Executive Secretary to M.D. and CEO, Larsen & Toubro Ltd. Seen on the right are Yogi Sriram, Vice President, Corporate H.R. & Personnel, and Jasmine Naterwalla, Executive Secretary.


The talented compere, Zarine Commissariat, Office Manager and Executive Assistant, Monitor India Pvt. Ltd.