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money icon Duration - 3 Month, 8-10 hours/week
calender icon Course fee: - INR 51000

This course is recognized by the National Skill Development Corporation, a PPP under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of the Government of India. You will receive a certificate cobranded by NSDC and Skill India on successful completion.

What is unique about this course?

  • This course is an introductory course focussing on corporate governance for Independent Directors. 
  • Apart from practical lessons, you will have access to numerous templates.
  • You will learn through our unique teaching methodology, comprising classes, exercises and in-line feedback on your submissions. You will have 1 weekly class of 1 - 1.5 hours and perform 2 exercises in each class. In a week, you will acquire 2 skills.
  • Any doubt regarding a topic shall be addressed within 24 hours.
  • In the span of the course, you will need to perform 12 assignments (or 2 simulation exercises) relating to different contracts and contract-related letters, including the invocation of force majeure in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.  
  • To pass the course, you must complete at least 50% of the assignments and attempt an MCQ test. The average study time required is about 1 hour per day, at your own place. If you miss a class, you can watch a recording.

Money-back guarantee

If you take this course, follow it diligently for a month, do all the exercises but still do not find value in it, or not able to understand or follow it or not find it good for any reason, we will refund the entire course fee to you. It is a 100% money-back guarantee with only one condition, you must pursue it properly for a month. If you don’t find it valuable after that, get your entire money back.

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Training Methodology

Online 24/7 access

Access to basic study material through an online learning management system, Android and iOS app

Hard Copy Study Material

Hard copy study material modules to be couriered to your address

Practical Exercises

2 practical exercises every week, followed by written feedback. There will be in class exercises, take home exercises, chapter wise MCQs and even some individual capstone projects

Live Online Classes

Based on the exercises, there will be a live video-based online class. You can ask questions, share your screen, get personal feedback in this class.

Convenient Class timings

Classes are held after regular work hours. Typically classes are kept on Sunday afternoon or 8-9 pm on other days.

Live Doubt Clearing

You can ask questions, get your doubt cleared live as well as through online forums


This course is recognized by the National Skill Development Corporation, a PPP under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of the Government of India. You will receive a certificate cobranded by NSDC and Skill India on successful completion.

This is how the certificate from NSDC and Skill India will look as per the current applicable format (may change as per the approval authorities):


List of Weekly Exercises

Week 1: Preparation of Checklist for implementation of Corporate Governance in a startup
Week 2: Preparation of an Induction kit to improve Corporate Governance amidst the Board
Week 3: Devising Board evaluation technique to correct corporate governance problems
Week 4: Identifying suitable internal control systems for an organization to enhance corporate     governance 
Week 5: Reviewing/Formulating the key policies under Companies Act 2013 to ensure good governance 
Week 6: Preparation of report/presentation on building “Vigil mechanism” in a company
Week 7: Preparation of checklist for “Compliance Risk Management Programme” as a part of collective governance and compliance discipline  
Week 8: Preparation of Board Governance Guidelines/Masterkey for an organization 
Week 9: Drafting and reviewing minutes of meetings, explanatory statements, board resolutions and internal policies for independent directors; Collecting information from MCA website and filing compliance forms.
Week 10: Preparation of employment agreements for CXOs and executive level employees.
Week 11: Drafting Directors report
Week 12: Drafting explanatory statements for appointment of independent and managing directors

Industry Academia Panel


Practising CS, Author - Handbook on Securities Laws, RPTs, Virtual Meetings, Interests: Corporate Governance & FEMA


Fellow Company Secretary. Academician


Company Secretary, Authored books for Taxmann Publications

Online Faculty


Lawyer. Writer. Sherlockian. Traveller. Dreamer. Life Coach.


Co-founder and Chief Knowledge Officer, SkillArbitrage, former in-house counsel and company secretary with over a decade of experience in securities, funds and capital markets



ringIcon Meaning & Concept of Corporate Governance

ringIcon Elements of Corporate Governance

ringIcon How is Management different from Ownership

ringIcon How to implement corporate governance in a startup


ringIcon Business Organisation Structure

ringIcon Code of Conduct & Code of Ethics

ringIcon Governance and Board of Directors

ringIcon Board meetings - legal aspects

ringIcon Board meetings - best practices

ringIcon Checklists for Board meetings by video conferencing

ringIcon India Inc needs a two-tier board structure for effective corporate governance

ringIcon Shareholders meetings - legal and governance aspects

ringIcon Checklist for holding an annual general meeting

ringIcon Chairman’s scripts for Board and General Meetings

ringIcon Convening of meetings by video conferencing and postal ballot

ringIcon Dealing with a company - guide for third parties

ringIcon Board calendar

ringIcon Corporate governance and internal policies

ringIcon Internal reporting and escalation mechanisms

ringIcon Committee formation and governance

ringIcon Audit Committee

ringIcon Nomination and remuneration committee

ringIcon Stakeholders relationship committee

ringIcon How to manage contracts

ringIcon Managing litigations for and against a company

ringIcon Governance of foreign companies doing business in India

ringIcon Governance norms for government companies

ringIcon Governance of non-profit companies


ringIcon Securing information about a company from MCA website

ringIcon How to find out directors and registered office

ringIcon How to find out other directorships of directors

ringIcon How to extract MOA and AOA

ringIcon How to extract special resolutions

ringIcon How to extract return of share allotment post investment

ringIcon Charge-related filings and their relevance

ringIcon Annual financial statements

ringIcon How to convert XBRL statements into readable form

ringIcon Obtaining information from stock exchange & company website:

- Annual reports and annual financial statements
- Information to stock exchange under listing agreement
- Continuous disclosures
- Shareholding patterns
- Information about promoter pledges 
- Information about non-disposal undertakings


ringIcon Appointment of directors

ringIcon Different types of directors - Executive, Non executive, Nominees, Independent directors

ringIcon Role and responsibilities of a Chairman

ringIcon Role and responsibilities of CEO. COO, CFO

ringIcon Independent directors

ringIcon Code for appointment of independent directors

ringIcon Role and responsibilities of Company Secretary

ringIcon Registers and records required to be maintained by Companies

ringIcon Managerial remuneration

ringIcon Drafting employment agreements for CXOs

ringIcon Draft minutes: First board meeting

ringIcon Draft minutes: Accounts approval meeting

ringIcon Draft resolutions

ringIcon Board and committee terms of reference

ringIcon Draft internal policies

ringIcon Registers

ringIcon Checklists for:

- Appointment of Directors, 
- Appointment of CXOs, 
- Draft resolutions
- Draft Managing Director / CXO appointment agreements


ringIcon Liabilities of Directors and officers in default

ringIcon Directors and officers liability insurance

ringIcon Strategic insights from Cyrus Mistry’s exit

ringIcon Fraud and white collar crime: Criminal and other risks for directors

ringIcon Criminal Provisions and Directors' Liability Under Regulatory Statutes

ringIcon MLM Business Structure and Direct Selling Guidelines - this will need to be updated


ringIcon Related party transactions

ringIcon How to deal with conflicts of interest

ringIcon Holding and Subsidiary companies - Introduction

ringIcon Holding and Subsidiary Companies- Advanced Reading

ringIcon Transactions between holding and subsidiary entities

ringIcon Governance of joint ventures

ringIcon Inter-corporate transactions

ringIcon Issues related to related cross-border entities

ringIcon How to draft subsidiary governance manuals

ringIcon Checklist for entering into a related party transaction

ringIcon Draft resolutions for approval of related party transactions

ringIcon Noting of disclosure of interest in the minutes

ringIcon Draft subsidiary governance manual

ringIcon Draft legal entity management policy


ringIcon Capital Markets in India

ringIcon Sources of Finance

- Rights Issue
- Private placement of shares
- Transfer of shares
- Buybacks

ringIcon Creating incentives for employees

- ESOPs / Sweat Equity
- Role of clawback provisions

ringIcon Issue of depositary receipts

ringIcon Insider Trading

ringIcon Dividend payout norms

ringIcon Bonus issues

ringIcon Checklists

- Draft resolutions: 
- Issue and transfer of shares, 
- Board and General Meeting Resolutions for Buyback
- Buyback of shares, 
- Payment of dividend 
- Draft explanatory statements
- Creation of ESOP / Sweat Equity scheme
- Draft ESOP scheme


ringIcon Governance in listed companies

ringIcon IPOs and regulation of listed companies

ringIcon How and When You Can List

- Performance Criteria
- Issue Size
- Pricing
- Securities that can be issued
- Treatment of outstanding convertibles and warrants before issue

ringIcon Agreements to be executed for listing

ringIcon Minimum Public Shareholding Norms

ringIcon Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements (LODR) Regulations

ringIcon Independent Directors and Clause 49 of Listing Agreement

ringIcon Continuous Listing Requirements & Listing Agreement

ringIcon How to comply with Insider Trading Regulations

ringIcon Unfair Trade Practice Regulations

ringIcon Introduction to Takeover Code

- Open Offer Thresholds
- Takeover Process
- Exemptions
- Legal Work around takeover Code

ringIcon How do employees gain from listing?

ringIcon Delisting regulations


ringIcon Why should Independent Directors know about accounts and financial statements?

ringIcon Accounting and the law

ringIcon Corporate fraud: Punishment, detection and reporting

ringIcon Auditors: Appointment, role and removal

ringIcon Auditor independence

ringIcon Interface of the accounting standards with the Companies Act

ringIcon Specific sections of an annual report

ringIcon How to compound violations of Companies Act, SEBI Act and Regulations

ringIcon Powers of ROC, RD, SFIO, ED

ringIcon Important notifications and circulars

ringIcon Draft directors report

ringIcon Draft resolutions and forms for appointment of auditors

Course Plan


RS. 51000

incl. of all charges

Printed study material (by courier)

1 online live class/ week (12 weeks)

 2 practical or drafting exercises per week (12 weeks)

Get digital access to entire study material

Access on LMS, Android & iOS app

Instructor feedback on assignments

Doubt clearing on Discord, LMS & classes

Instructor-led course with online live classes

Online exams (give exams as per your convenience on given time slots)

Certificate (by courier)

Access to updated content online for 3 years

Doubt clearing within 24 hours