IASAP HISTORY
 
 

The Story in Brief

The IASAP (formerly NIPS) Story is akin to the planting of an acorn, which after nurture and care, grows into an oak tree.  In this case, the acorn was planted by Homai and Homi Mehta with the encouragement and support of Sir J.J. College of Commerce, Mumbai.

After considerable preliminary work, the National Institute of Personal Secretaries was registered as a Professional Body on 15th October 1970.  The founder members were :

Mrs. Zelma E. Lazarus                        President
Late Mrs. Lena A. Tavares                 Vice President
Mrs. Homai H. Mehta                         Hon. Secretary
Mrs. Dina P. Sethna
Mrs. Thrity H. Dolikuka
Mrs. Rhoda Vandrewala (nee Mirza)
Late Mrs. Mehroo Sookhia

Chronicle of IASAP's progress:

1970 : October 1970 – April 1974 – First NIPS President – Zelma Lazarus
December – Sir J.J. College of Commerce organized the first Secretary of the Year Contest, where NIPS was given a platform for publicity.
     
 1971 : NIPS Newsletter was introduced.  Late Lalogue Postvala Sarvotham was its Editor for many years.  She was succeeded by Zarine Commissariat and the current Editor is Moti Vazifdar.
     
 1974   April 1974 – May 1976 – Second NIPS President – late Bachi Daruwala
     
 1976 : NIPS delegation participated in the 2nd Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Bangkok, led by late President, Bachi Daruwala.  The theme of the Congress was "Enjoy your work by Self Improvement".
May 1976 – December 1984 – Third NIPS President – Homai H. Mehta
     
 1978 : NIPS delegation participated in the 3rd Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Singapore.  The delegation was led by Homai H. Mehta.  The theme of the Congress was "The Secretary in a Modern Era".
     
 1979 : Homai Mehta was ASA President for the year 1979.
     
 1980 : Homai Mehta, as President of NIPS, was the lone delegate to the 4th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, held in Jakarta, Indonesia.  The theme was "Increase your Abilities and maximize your Contribution".
     
 1982 : NIPS delegation participated in the 5th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Hong Kong.  Homai Mehta as NIPS President led the delegation.  The theme was "The ASA Standard of a Professional Secretary and its Recognition".
     
 1983 : Homai Mehta again became ASA President for 1983 and 1984.
     
 1984 : Homai Mehta and her team organized the 6th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Mumbai.  The theme was "The Personal Secretary – Vocation to Profession".
     
 1985 : December 1984 – October 1985 -   NIPS Fourth President – Phil WhiteOctober 1985 – September 1987 – NIPS Fifth President – Zarine Commissariat
     
 1986 : NIPS participated in the 7th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Zarine Commissariat as NIPS President led the delegation.  The theme was "Success through Professionalism and Excellence".
     
 1987 : September 1987 – November 1989 – NIPS Sixth President – Amy Minbatiwalla
     
 1988 : NIPS participated in the 8th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Taipei, Taiwan.  Amy Minbattiwalla as NIPS President led the delegation.  The theme was "Moving Ahead in the High-Tech Era".
     
 1989 : NIPS introduced the "All-India Secretary of the Year" Contest.
November 1989-September 1991 – NIPS Seventh President – Homai Elavia.
     
 1990 : NIPS participated in the 9th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Karachi, Pakistan.   Homai Elavia as NIPS President led the delegation.  The theme was "The Secretary – Shadow Boss & Prime Mover".
     
 1991 : September 1991 – September 1993 – NIPS Eight President – Merlyn Rodricks.
     
 1992 : NIPS participated in the 10th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Tokyo, Japan.   Merlyn Rodricks, as NIPS President led the delegation.  The theme of the Congress was "People Skills – Your  Personal Ladder to Success".
     
 1993 : September 1993 – November 1995 – NIPS Ninth President – Moti A. Vazifdar.
     
 1994 : October - NIPS participated in the 11th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Manila, Phillippines.   Moti A. Vazifdar, as NIPS President led the delegation.  The theme of the Congress was "The Professional Secretary : Into the 21st Century".Professional Secretary Award :  Association of Secretaries in Asia (ASA) organized the "Secretary of the Year Contest" with winners from 13 members countries participating.  All India Winner Sudha Ramanathan from Delhi represented NIPS.
     
 1996 : November 1995 - September 1997 – NIPS Tenth President – Villoo Karkaria.
February – The fourth All-India Secretary of the Year Contest was held.  The All-India Winner was Aarti Gupta from Delhi Chapter.
     
 1997 : March - NIPS participated in the 12th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Brunei, Darussalam.   Villoo Karkaria, as NIPS President led the delegation.  The theme of the Congress was "Unity Towards Professional Development".  Aarti Gupta of NIPS won the coveted Professional Secretary Award at this Congress.September 1997 – October 1999 – NIPS Eleventh President – Rema Ramchandran.
     
 1998 : July – The DHL-NIPS All-India Secretary of the Year Contest was held and the All-India Winner was Regina Vasudevan from Bangalore Chapter.September - NIPS participated in the 13th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Bangkok, Thailand.   Rema Ramchandran, as NIPS President led the delegation.  The theme of the Congress was "Meeting the Challenges of Change".  For the second consecutive year, the Indian representative was declared winner of the Professional Secretary Award at this  Congress and this was Regina Vasudevan.
     
 1999 : October 1999 to December 2001 – NIPS Twelfth President – Betty Kent
     
 2000 : July – The DHL-NIPS All-India Secretary of the Year Contest was held and the All-India Winner was Maria Fernandez  from Mumbai Headquarters.September - NIPS participated in the 14th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.   Betty Kent, as NIPS President, led the delegation.  The theme of the Congress was "Tomorrow Through Today's Eyes". 
     
 2001 : December 2001 to October 2003 – NIPS Thirteenth President – Veera Mundroina
     
 2002 : July – The DHL-NIPS All-India Secretary of the Year Contest was held and the All-India Winner was Madhu Rajesh  from Delhi Chapter.September - NIPS participated in the 15th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Brunei, Darussalam.   Veera Mundroina, as NIPS President, led the delegation.  The theme of the Congress was "Challenges".  Madhu Rajesh won the coveted Professional Secretary Award at this Congress.  Zarine Commissariat, Past President of NIPS, was the compere at this Congress.
     
 2003 : April – The association's name was changed from "National Institute of Professional Secretaries" (NIPS)  to "Indian Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals" (IASAP).November 2003 September 2005 – IASAP  Fourteenth President – Maria Pontes
     
 2004 : April – At the traditional Boss Secretary Lunch, The Best Administrative Practice Award 2003-2004 was presented by Blue Dart Express Limited to Rema Ramachandran of  Bangalore Chapter, who was declared the All India Winner and Ms. Akshata Vichare of Mumbai Chapter was the Runner-up.July – The DHL-IASAP All-India Secretary of the Year Contest was held and the All-India Winner was Sandra Smith of HSBC,  from Tamil Nadu  Chapter.August - IASAP participated in the 16th Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Singapore.   Maria Pontes, as IASAP President, led the delegation.  The theme of the Congress was "Strive with Winning Combinations". 
     
2005 : October 2005 to October 2007 – IASAP 15th President – Shera Langrana.The Best Member Award Trophy was presented at the AGM Meeting in October 2005 to Mrs. Akshata Vichare for her continued support and active contribution to IASAP. 
     
2006 : September 9, 2006 – The 10th DHL-IASAP All-India Secretary of the Year Contest was held at May Fair Rooms & Outdoors, Worli, Mumbai and the All-India Winner was Mrs. Samanaz Mehta from Mumbai Headquarters.
November 11 to 15, 2006 – IASAP hosted the 17th Congress of Association of Secretaries & Administrative Professionals in Asia Pacific at Taj Lands End, Mumbai , under the leadership of Shera Langrana, ASA & All India President.  The theme of the Congress was "ME – Mission Excellence".
     
2007 : November 2007 to December 2009 – IASAP 16th President – Pansy Reilly.November 3 to 7, 2007 - Pansy led the 29 persons delegation to 18th ASA Congress hosted by the Ikatan Sekretaris Indonesia (IS) at Jakarta, Indonesia.
     
2008 : Name of 'Secretary Of The Year Contest' (SOTYC) was changed to 'Secretary & Administrative Professional of the year Contest' (SAPC).August 23, 2008 – The 11th DHL-IASAP All-India Secretary & Administrative Professional of the year Contest was held at Taj Lands End, Bandra and the Winner was Gloria Collaco (Nee: Mendonca) from Satyam Computers Services Ltd., Mumbai.
October 19 to 22, 2008 – IASAP participated at the 19th ASA Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Pansy Reilly as IASAP President, led the delegation with 57 participants.  The theme of the Congress was "Reinventing – the way forward".  Gloria Collaco (Nee: Mendonca) of Mumbai, India won the coveted ASA Award at this function.
     
2009 : May 2009 – IASAP's own Office space was acquired admeasuring 115 sq. ft. built up area situated at Shop No.104, Ashoka Shopping Centre, 2nd Floor, Next to G.T. Hospital, L.T. Marg, Mumbai 400 001 on ownership basis, registered in the name of Indian Association of Secretaries & Administrative Professionals, Mumbai Headquarters.  After refurbishing, it was inaugurated on November 12, 2009.
     
2010 : January 2010 to November 2011 – Jeroo Irani was the 17th All-India President of IASAP. On August 21, 2010, IASAP Mumbai Headquarters celebrated its 40th Ruby Anniversary along with the 12th DHL-IASAP All-India Secretary & Administrative Professional of the year Contest held at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. The All-India Winner, Firoza Driver (Mumbai Region) from Vodafone Essar Ltd. won the coveted The Professional Secretary ASA Award at Taipei, Taiwan during the 20th ASA Congress held from September 26 to October 1, 2010. Jeroo as the All India President, led the 94 Indian delegates to Taiwan. The theme of the Congress was "Leaping Forward in the Changing Workplace".
     
2011   May 1, 2011 - Registered Address of IASAP was changed to 104, Ashoka Shopping Centre, 2nd Floor, G.T. Hospital Complex, L.T. Marg, Mumbai 400 001.
September 16th – The 13th DHL-IASAP All-India Secretary & Administrative Professional of the year Contest was held at The Radisson Blu, Dwarka, New Delhi during the National Convention and the All-India Winner was Sunita James (Mumbai Region) from Nycomed Pharma Pvt. Ltd.
     
2012   November 2011 to October 2013 - Wilma D'Costa was the 18th All-India President of IASAP. Wilma led the delegation to Dhaka to attend the 21st ASA Congress held from 1 to 6 September 2012.
     
2013   The 14th All India Secretary & Administrative Professional was held on 29 September 2013 in at Sheraton Brigade Gateway, Bangalore. Mridula Kar of West Bengal Chapters was adjudged the Winner. She works with Hyatt Regency. Rubina Nishat, ICRISAT of Hyderabad Chapter was the 1st Runner-up and Priya Sudhir, Central Bank of India from Mumbai was the 2nd Runner-up.

MILESTONES

1970 NIPS registered as a Professional body.
   
1971 NIPS Newsletter introduced.
   
1975 Affiliation with Association of Secretaries in Asia Pacific (ASA)
Affiliation with Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) USA.
   
1976 NIPS delegation first participated in the 2nd Congress of Secretaries at Bangkok and continues participation till date.
   
1983 April – The First Chapter of NIPS was established in Chennai with Shirley Chatterton as its Chairperson.
   
1984 Sixth Congress of Secretaries held in Bombay.
   
1985 February – The West Bengal Chapter was established in Calcutta, with Daphne Stockman as its  Chairperson.
   
1986 November – Inauguration of the Delhi Chapter with Alka Narang as Chairperson.
   
1987 April – Inauguration of the Pune Chapter with Florence Boodle as Chairperson. April -  Zarine Commissariat introduced celebration of Secretaries' Day with Boss Secretary Lunch co-sponsored by Blue Dart Express Ltd. and Hotel Taj President.November – The First National Convention was organized in Mumbai on "The Secretary Today – New Challenges, New Solutions".
The First Secretary of the Year Contest, for Headquarters only, was organized by  Zarine Commissariat.
   
1989 Introduced All-India Secretary of the Year Contest (SOTYC).
Effective 1995, the NIPS/IASAP winner represents India at the All Asia Contest for the Professional Secretary Award.
   
1990 September – NIPS took the initiative to change the name of the Association from "National Institute of Personal Secretaries" to "National Institute of Professional Secretaries".NIPS Second National Convention organized by Pune Chapter on "The Multi-faceted Secretary of the 90s".September – The Fifth Chapter of NIPS was established in Bangalore with Marolla Meneaud as  Chairperson.
   
1991 November – The 2nd All-India Secretary of the Year Contest was hosted by the West Bengal Chapter in Kolkata.
   
1992 NIPS Third National Convention was organized by the Tamil Nadu Chapter in Chennai on "The Past with a Future".
   
1993 July – NIPS Sixth Chapter was established in Hyderabad with Jane Rita Kumar as  Chairperson.November – The 3rd All-India Secretary of the Year Contest was organized by Moti A. Vazifdar and her team in Mumbai with the sponsorship of DHL, who continue to be our sponsors till date.
   
1995 February – The Fourth National Convention was hosted by the Delhi Chapter on "Womenpower Planning".June – NIPS Silver Jubilee celebration was held at the Taj Mahal Hotel, sponsored by Blue Dart Express Ltd.
   
1996 October – The Fifth National Convention was hosted by the Bangalore Chapter on "The Power that grows".
   
1997 Introduced celebration of International Boss' Day, sponsored by Oberoi Hotels.
   
1998 Instituted Executive of the Year Award presented on the occasion of Boss' Day.
   
1999 March – The Sixth National Convention was hosted by the West Bengal Chapter, in Kolkata, on "Beyond Y2K".
   
2000 October - NIPS celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
   
2001 February – The Seventh National Convention of Professional Secretaries was hosted by Mumbai Headquarters, on the theme "Changes, Challenges & Opportunities in the New Millennium".April – NIPS All-India Directory of members was published.
   
2003 February – The Eighth National Convention of Professional Secretaries was hosted by the Hyderabad Chapter on the theme "Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges".April 1 – NIPS name was changed to Indian Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals (IASAP).April – The Best Administrative Practice Award for 2002-2003 was introduced and was presented by Blue Dart Express Ltd. to Ms. Akshata Vichare (L&T Ltd.), of Mumbai Headquarters.October – IASAP Website was launched on Boss' Day at a glittering ceremony.  Our registered Website is http://www.iasap.net. November - 25 Years Pin was introduced and was awarded to members of Mumbai Chapter who have completed 25 Years of  active association with IASAP.
   
2005 January – The Ninth National Convention of Professional Secretaries was hosted by the Pune Chapter on the theme "Passion for Perfection".April – IASAP All-India Directory of members was published.
   
2007 April 28 to May 1, 2007 – The Tenth National Convention held at Mahabalipuram, Chennai was organized by Tamil Nadu Chapter.
   
2009 IASAP new Website was launched 'www.iasapindia.com" and redesigned by Redcelsz, with link to each Chapter's Website.  April 30 to May 3, 2009 – The Eleventh National Convention held at Kolkata was organized by West Bengal Chapter.  The Theme was "Connected for Life.  One Life, Do More".   West Bengal Chapter also celebrated their Silver Jubilee Year.  Pansy led a 14 member team from Mumbai.May 2009 – IASAP's own Office space was acquired admeasuring 115 sq. ft. built up area situated at Shop No.104, Ashoka Shopping Centre, 2nd Floor, Next to G.T. Hospital, L.T. Marg, Mumbai 400 001 on ownership basis, registered in the name of Indian Association of Secretaries & Administrative Professionals, Mumbai Headquarters.  After refurbishing, it was inaugurated on November 12, 2009.
   
2010 The Rules & Regulations of Memorandum of Association of IASAP were framed and approved at the AGM at HQ.
   
2011 April 27 – 25 years celebration of Administrative Professional Day
September 14 to 18, 2011 – The Twelfth National Convention held at Dwarka, New Delhi was organized by New Delhi Chapter and it was also the Chapter's Silver Anniversary. The theme of the Convention was "Challenge of Change – Silver to Gold".

   
2013 The 13th National Convention held at Sheraton Brigade Gateway, Bangalore from 29 September to 2 October 2012 was organised by the Bangalore Chapter. The theme of the Convention was "Women of Wisdom" (WOW).

 

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