IIM, Bengaluru and IIFT, Delhi to represent India in the APAC regional round of Research Challenge

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IIFT, Delhi (first three from left) and IIM, Bengaluru – Winners of IAIP Challenge 2014

Contributed by: Priyank Singhvi, CFA

On January 31st the national finals of India Research Challenge 2013-14 were held at Mumbai.

To nurture the next generation of investment professionals and instill the importance of ethics and professional standards, the global membership organization CFA Institute and its member societies host an annual competition for university students called “CFA Institute Research Challenge.”  The India round of the CFA Institute Research Challenge is organized by the Indian Association of Investment Professionals (IAIP) and also involved corporate sponsors – Bloomberg, NSE and Research Foundation of CFA Institute.

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CFA Institute Research Challenge tests the analytic, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills of university students. Students have the unique opportunity to develop and present an equity research report and be mentored and judged by leading industry experts. Local competitions involved teams of three to five business and finance students from participating universities who worked directly with a local company in researching and preparing a company analysis under the guidance of senior industry participants and CFA charterholders as mentors.

This annual competition was introduced globally in 2006 and is considered, “the Investment Olympics” for university students. In six years, around 10,000 students have participated. Teams are mentored by industry professionals and their university faculty members in conducting equity analysis, writing research report, and presenting their recommendations. In addition, all participants are briefed with the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. More on Research Challenge can be found here: http://www.iaipirc.org/irc  and  www.cfainstitute.org/community/challenge/Pages/index.aspx  .

This year the six month long India leg of the event saw participation of around 200 students from 42 business schools. The event was supported by 17 judges, 21 graders and 44 mentors. IIM, Bengaluru and IIFT, Delhi were the national winners. The teams that won the zonal rounds and contested in the national finals were:

Zone Num of Teams Zonal Winners Subject Company
East 7 Indian Institute of Management, Shillong Jagran Prakashan – Ticker: 532705 (BSE), JAGARAN (NSE)
West 8 National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai Zee Entertainment Enterprises –  Ticker: 505537 (BSE), ZEEL (NSE)
North 11 Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (National Winner) HT Media – Ticker: 532662 (BSE), HTMEDIA (NSE)
South 9 Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru (National Winner) Sun TV Network – Ticker: 532733 (BSE), SUNTV (NSE)
Central 8 Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune DB Corp – Ticker: 533151 (BSE), DBCORP (NSE)

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Acknowledgements:

Judges Host / Coordinators
Ajay Jaiswal Kishor  Bagri, CFA
Amit Khurana, CFA Aviral Jain, CFA
Anirban Dutta Vinay Bagri, CFA
Basant Maheshwari Meera Siva, CFA
Chetan Shah, CFA Mohit Beriwala, CFA
Harrish Zaveri Shravan Sreenivasula, CFA
I V Subramaniam Bihari L.Deora, CFA
Jayesh Gandhi, CFA
K. Ramakrishnan Mentors
Mahesh Patil Abhishek Anand, CFA
Namit Arora, CFA Ammi Khuraana, CFA
Neelkanth Mishra Ankit Bajaj, CFA
Ramprasad M Ankur Bansal, CFA
Sameer Wagle, CFA Ankur Kapur, CFA
Sanjay Jain Archit Singhal, CFA
Satish Ramanathan, CFA Aseem Gupta, CFA
Saurabh Mukherjee, CFA Berinder Sahni, CFA
Bhadra Kanaiya, CFA
Graders Bharti Chhatre, CFA
Aditya Jadhav, CFA Bijay Kumar, CFA
Ajay Limaye, CFA Deepank Kumar, CFA
Amandeep Sidhu, CFA Dheeraj Vaidya, CFA
Archit Singhal, CFA Dinesh Yeole, CFA
Aseem Gupta, CFA Dr. Jatin Thukral, CFA
Berinder Sahni, CFA Gaurang S Trived, CFA
Jainendra Shandilya, CFA Gaurav Aggarwal, CFA
Kazi Arif Uz Zaman, CFA Jainendra Shandilya, CFA
Manan Agrawal, CFA Jeet Jhaveri, CFA
Mayank Kankaria, CFA Kazi Arif Uz Zaman, CFA
Nalin Monez, CFA Ketan Bordia, CFA
Neeti Goyal, CFA Kishan Gupta, CFA
Nikhil Malhotra, CFA Manan Agrawal, CFA
Nilanjan Das, CFA Mayank Kankaria, CFA
Pawan Kumar, CFA Mital Parekh, CFA
Prakash Saraff, CFA Nilanjan Das, CFA
Priyank Singhvi, CFA Nitesh Sharma, CFA
Ramesh Mantri, CFA Pramod Dangi, CFA
Ravi Kiran M V, CFA Pranjal Modi, CFA
Suneil Ramesh, CFA Priyank Singhvi, CFA
Vinay K Rao, CFA Priyanshu Bakshi, CFA
Puneet Singhania, CFA
Rajesh Sehgal, CFA
Ravi Kiran M V, CFA
Sachin Maheshwari, CFA
Saurabh Mundra, CFA
Saurabh Singh, CFA
Siddhartha Saraf, CFA
Srivathsan Ramachandran, CFA
Suneil Ramesh, CFA
Suresh Krishnamurthy, CFA
Umesh V. Kudalkar, CFA
Vinayak Walimbe, CFA
Vineet Hetamasaria, CFA

To learn more about the CFA Institute Research Challenge in India, follow us on the website www.iaipirc.org; Twitter @iaipchallengeFacebook/iaipirc.

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About IAIP

India Association of Investment Professionals (IAIP), which is established April 2005 and located in Mumbai, is an association of local investment professionals. As one of the 136 CFA Institute member societies, IAIP connects members to a global network of investment professionals. Consisting of portfolio managers, security analysts, investment advisors, and other financial professionals, IAIP promotes ethical and professional standards within the investment industry, facilitates the exchange of information and opinions among people within the local investment community and beyond, and works to further the public’s understanding of the CFA designation and investment industry.
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