Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development has cemented its position amongst the top B-Schools of the region by reaching the final of the Asia Pacific round of the CFA Institute Research Challenge 2014-15 held on 11th-12th March in Manila, Philippines. The team comprising Atul Sehgal, Bhaskar Vishal, Mukul Gupta, Nikhil Kolthankar and Tanmay Rastogi emerged as the best team from India by making into the Top 5 in Asia Pacific region beating the high and mighty teams of the region.
The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition which tests the analytic, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills of university students as well as promotes the best practices in research among the next generation of analysts.
The journey started with SCMHRD winning the Central Zone round in India beating teams from IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Indore, SIBM Pune, IIM Raipur, etc. In the National Finals, they were pitted against the 4 other zonal winners â€“ SPJIMR (West Zone), IIFT Delhi (North Zone), IIM Shillong (East Zone) and IIM Trichy (South Zone). Eventually, SCMHRD and IIM Trichy emerged as the joint winners of the coveted CFA Institute Research Challenge India Finals popularly known as 'The Investment Olympics'. The CFA Institute Research Challenge in India had over 40 leading B-Schools competing in different stages for the 2 spots in the Asia Pacific round.
The Asia Pacific round of the competition saw 21 best B-Schools from 16 countries competing for the one coveted place in the global finals. The event was held in 2 stages â€“ semi finals followed by the grand finale of the top 5 teams. These 5 teams presented their research in front of a grand jury.
The semi finals saw SCMHRD up against teams from Peking University â€“ HSBC Graduate School of Business (China), Foreign Trade University â€“ Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and Peking University â€“ Guanghua School of Management (China).
The teams qualifying for the finals along with our team included Thammasat University (Thailand), Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), University of Melbourne (Australia), and National Taiwan University (Taiwan). With 3 of these teams having won the Asia Pacific round in the previous editions, the finale turned out to be a close battle where all teams gave their best in the presentation and the Q&A rounds. Ultimately, Ateneo de Manila, Philippines emerged as the Asia Pacific Champions and would be representing the region in the Global Finals to be held on 17th April in Atlanta, USA.
Heartiest congratulations to the students and hope the tradition continues in the years to come.