Manipal, Oct 30: The 3rd edition of the three-day annual finance conclave ‘Finomenal’ was recently conducted at the T A Pai Management Institute. ‘Finomenal, with its theme “Govern, Strengthen, Transform” provides a platform for the students of finance to showcase their knowledge and also network with senior industry professionals. This initiative brought together Economists, CXOs, Bankers, Regulators and Fund Managers to discuss the recent trends, the emerging issues, challenges and opportunities in the industry and the way ahead.
Finomenal provides students an opportunity to interact with nationally and internationally-acclaimed experts in finance on the latest developments and trends in the field of finance. Finomenal was conceptualized to bridge the gap between the world of corporate finance and B-school education, by ensuring interaction of industry experts with the TAPMI students for a seamless flow of ideas.
This year’s conclave saw the participation of several eminent industry experts such as Mr. Harish Madnani, Director-Risk Solutions Group, Barclays Bank Plc., Mr. Manish Kothari, Business Head-Mutual fund, Policybazaar, Mr. Mitul Desai, Head-Compliance, India, National Australia Bank, Mr. Nitin Parmeshwar, Sales Associate - Equity Sales, Bloomberg LP, Ms. Lakshmi Iyer, CIO-Fixed Income & Head-Products, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management company to name a few.
Speaking on the changing trends in Corporate Governance, Prof. Rajiv Shah, Professor and Chairperson of Finance & Strategy at TAPMI, said, “Issues such as skills of board members and gender diversity of boards was being looked at more closely by investors. Risk management nowadays is coming under the direct focus of boards. The spotlight on audit committees and overall accountability is also increasing. The need for good governance came into prominence after a series of misadventures including the Satyam issue in 2009. This was followed by the revamping of the Company’s Act in 2013. However, good rules also need to be backed up by proper monitoring and regulation. This gap was highlighted by the recent problems with Infosys and the Tata group.
Highlighting Finomenal’s theme: 'Govern, Strengthen, Transform', the Chief Guest, Mr Ganti Murthy, Former Head - Fixed Income at IDBI Asset Management Ltd. said, “Good governance strengthens and transforms the economy. Good governance is when we do not just inculcate but assimilate those regulations in the system. Thus, as finance enthusiasts, we need to move ahead by improving governance standards and have a collective responsibility to keep up with good governance to bring change”.
The three-day conclave consisted of inter-collegiate competitions such as;
1.TAPMI-Bloomberg Olympiad: Bloomberg champions of more than 10 B-Schools took part in the Olympiad to test the expertise of using Bloomberg terminals. This year, the winners of the Bloomberg Olympiad is T. A Pai Management Institute.
2.Accretion 1.0.: This inter-college event saw students play the role of financial consultants in the Merger or Acquisition area. IIM-Calcutta won this year’s Accretion 1.0.
3.Govern It Right: This event saw students play the role of representatives of the Board / Minority stakeholders of a company to debate governance issues. Ambarish and Nandan from T.A Pai Management Institute won this year’s Govern It Right.
Apart from the above events, there were Guest Lectures and Interactive Sessions like round table discussions between guests and students around the topics ‘Sustainability and Governance’, ‘Business Ethics in Corporate Governance’, ‘Financial market supervision and control’, ‘Internal controls and accountability’.
The student city of Manipal, Karnataka plays host to the T. A. Pai Management Institute, fondly called TAPMI. With academic rigour and experiential learning as its core, TAPMI’s Masters in Post Graduate Diploma programs, approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and internationally accredited by AACSB.
T A Pai Management Institute hosts the finance conclave ‘Finomenal 2017’