Financia 2014

Financia is an annual event organised by the Finance Club at DSIMS (FinDS). It is aimed at bringing eminent persons from Industry and Academia together for discussion on a topic of current interest. Financia 2014 was held on January 25, 2014 at the DSIMS auditorium. India is a large economy with great potential. With this in mind, the theme for Financia 2014 was set as “Investing in India’s future”. The idea was to debate the best way forward for investing in India so as to reap maximum benefit – whether to invest in infrastructure, education, social initiatives etc. The event began with an inaugural address by Dr. Sarita Vichore who set the tone for the panel discussion. This was followed by Key Note Addresses by Mr. Ashvin Parekh, MP, APAS and Mr. Sameer Chandra, Director, Citibank. Next, the Director, DSIMS made a strong speech on the need for investing in Indian education. Thereafter, it was time for panel discussion. The panel members were: Mr. Ashvin Parekh, Managing Partner, APAS Mr. Brij Gopal Jaju, Director and CFO, Welspun Mr. D. P. Sudhaker, CIO, Dept of Posts Mr. Sunil Sapre, VP, L&T Corporate Finance Mr. Parimal Sheth, Director, JRL Financial Services Dr. Varadraj Bapat, Faculty, Finance Dept, SOM, IIT Mumbai Mr. Dhananjay Sinha, Head of Research, Emkay Global Services The panel had an invigorating and lively discussion moderated by Prof. V S Girish. After conclusion of the panel discussion, prizes were awarded for Mock Stock and FinQ. As a part of Financia 2014, FinDS had organised Mock Stock and FinQ. Mock Stock is an inter – college stock investment competition with participation by 98 students from 27 colleges. The software for the competition was provided by ICICI Direct. FinQ was an additional online quiz on economics and mathematics for Mock Stock participants. The programme concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Dr. Kiran Karande. Financia 2014 was a great success with excellent participation by faculty, staff and students of DSIMS as well as persons from industry and other colleges.