SPJIMR Inaugurates Its First Trade And Research Lab

The SPJIMR now has a Trade Lab with state of the art software packages, hardware switches & attendant infrastructure that enables students to execute mock trades on global exchanges & gain new insights in understanding & trading in financial markets.

The S P Jain Institute of Management & Research now has a Trade Lab with state of the art software packages, hardware switches and attendant infrastructure that enables students to execute mock trades on global exchanges and gain new insights and expertise in understanding and trading in financial markets.

The Trade Lab has been sponsored by Eurex, one of the world's leading derivatives exchanges with trading volume that exceeds 1.5 billion contracts a year and market participants connected from 700 locations worldwide, and OSTC, which is a leading global trading company in exchange traded products across major asset classes with 16 offices across Europe, North America and Asia.

Trade Lab Inauguration Ceremony
The lab will drive better integration between academia and industry, opening up new options for student learning and at the same time bring SPJIMR facilities and offerings at par with the best available anywhere in India.

Prof. Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, Adjunct Faculty - In charge Trade/Research Lab, who led the initiative, said: "Market touch and an understanding of the techniques and tools used by the industry will significantly equip students to take on industry roles." Prof. Kunte was speaking after the inauguration ceremony held on May 12, 2014.

The formal inauguration was at the hands of Mr.Vijayan Subramani, the Managing Director of Treasury and Markets at DBS Mumbai.

Prof.Atish Chattopadhyay, Deputy Director, PGDM, addressed the audience followed by Mr. Subramani's short yet comprehensive overview on the markets.

Prof. Chattopadhyay later said: "We look forward to strengthening and forging even deeper ties between academia and the industry."

Dr. Ian Firla, Chief Operating Officer, OSTC addressed the packed student audience from Poland via a satellite link. Mr.Chintan Thakkar, OSTC India, and Mr. Girish Shetty, Eurex, gave presentations about their respective organisations.

Mr. Thakkar guided the class with an overview on market techniques. He later said: "We are truly excited about having OSTC's first trading lab in India at SPJIMR being added to our existing network of University trading labs across the globe and would like to encourage all the students at SPJIMR to make most of it to gain insights into advanced trading strategies on the global futures exchanges."

Mr.Shetty expressed his gratitude on putting together the lab in a relatively short time frame. He said, "We at Eurex group are very delighted with this cooperation and are proud of the initiative."
About 55 management students of the finance batch have enrolled for this course.

Eurex and OSTC have facilitated world wide exchange data to help students learn market techniques in an effective manner.

Separately, MSCI, a leading global provider of investment decision support tools, has partnered with SPJIMR as well. Mr. Chandru Badrinarayan, Executive Director, MSCI and a risk specialist, Mr.Prasenjit Chakraborty have led initiatives to provide knowledge support and have offered MSCI's flagship software tool set - BARRA - to equip students with practical portfolio related skills.

Key advantages of a Trade and Research Lab on campus
• Students will be able get hands on experience in Trading and Markets through state of the art market tools and industry experts
• Students will gain a practical understanding of market moves and would be skilled to take decisions involving risk
• Training would be conducted through lectures (about 8 to 10 lectures) over a period of two months in addition to intensive hands-onsessions
• Students will learn and develop techniques as they deploy notional capital to trade and to manage risk
• This initiative is an important foundation for promoting enhanced partnership with the industry

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