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18th December 2014

FORE International Finance Conference 2014 (FIFC2014) was organized on 27-28 November 2014 at FORE School campus.

The conference started with an impressive Inaugural session on 27th Nov 2014 morning. Distinguished Guest speakers enthralled the conference with their depth of knowledge, command over the subject coupled with excellence in communication through simple presentation of futuristic developments in Finance.


Dr Jitendra Das, Director FORE School of Management, delivered welcome address. Mr R C Sharma, President FORE shared his thoughts on promotion of research at FORE as a key activity.

Mr Sutanu Sinha, Chief Executive, Institute of Company Secretaries of India shared his views on steps in the offing to rationalise multiple reporting formats for financial disclosure by companies in practice at present. He also explained some of the features of Unified Data Centre being evolved.


Dr Subir Gokarn, Chief Guest of the conference delivered an address that was icing on the cake. He covered wide range of topics under what constitutes ideal Financial System with five pillars of Efficiency, Financial Stability, Transparency, Inclusion and Sustainability. He gave the background, rationale and structure of each of the pillar with what needs to be done to ensure that Financial System operates in the best possible way.

The event had a book release ceremony for an edited book titled “Reinventing Marketing for Emerging Markets’ comprising of select research papers presented at FORE International Marketing Conference 201, organized by FORE School of Management in November 2013. The book was released by Dr Subir Gokarn, Former Deputy Governor RBI as Chief Guest and dignitaries present at the dais in the Inaugural Ceremony.


The second session was a panel discussion on the topic Mission Make in India- Financial Challenges. The panel discussion had a divergent range of views presented on the topic with panelists drawn from Banking, Venture funding, Corporate Finance, Rating agency and Consulting in regulatory and tax aspects. Mr.Ravi Shinghari, KPMG, presented the prospects of ‘Make in India’ in relation to buying habits of Indians and its effect on manufacturing sector. Mr Manoranjan Sharma, Chief Economist and General Manager, Canara Bank discussed effect of inflation on employment and the concept of unemployment and unemployability. He also spoke about changing Indian mindset from Swaraj to Suraj. Mr Anil Bansal, Chairman ICRA Rating spoke about ‘Make in India’ from the point of view of supporting framework, of Corporate Governance and Transparency. Mr. Girish Shivani, Co-founderand Executive Director, YourNest Angel Fund discussed the issue of people not being employable and the importance of adequate infrastructure. Mr. Naveen Garg, Head of Finance & Control, Global Delivery, Nokia Siemens Networks Pvt. Ltd. lamented upon the lack of depth in foreign exchange market. He also stated the need of rewriting FEMA regulations.


Prof V.K Dutta concluded the discussion by elaborating on ‘SAVE’ framework, wherein S, stands for solution provision, A, for Accessibility, affordability and awareness, V, for Value Addition and E, for Engaging and educating people.


The Technical Sessions were held on 27th November afternoon and full day on 28th November 2014. These provided an opportunity of update on research through presentations of research papers. There were five slots of two each sessions running parallel with three to five presentations in each session. A total of 41 research papers were presented in these Technical Sessions by 45 participants from India and abroad. Each session was chaired by a prominent academician in finance, co chaired by a finance faculty from the institute.


The Conference had the valedictory session on a concluding note. Ms Madhavi Das, Executive Director, Pension Fund Development and Regulatory Authority in her Keynote Address dwelt on financial inclusion through social welfare and shared her views on developments in social security measures for those belonging to bottom of the pyramid.


Prof I M Pandey, noted academician as Chief Guest of the valedictory session narrated the development of finance as a sequence of events in the last half a century. In a unique narrative he presented the overview of finance as theory and practice which evolved catering to the needs of the times.


The Best Paper Award for the conference was presented to Dr Ashok Abbot of West Virginia University, USA for his research paper titled ‘Size Premium or Liquidity in Drag?’.


Dr Jitendra Das, Director FORE School of Management and Mr R C Sharma, President, FORE also addressed the gathering.


Conference closed with a vote of thanks presented by Dr A K Puri, Conference Coordinator.

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