Guest Speaker: Mr. Kuldeep Singh
The Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance conducted a workshop on “Writing a Research Paper” as part of the summer internship process for the batch of 2023-25 which was hosted by Mr. Kuldeep Singh, professor at Symbiosis School of Business Management.
The workshop was divided into 3 sessions:1st Session: Introduction to Research
2nd Session: Data and Methodology
3rd Session: Theory, Literature, and Discussion
In the first session, sir started by talking about the fundamental components of a research paper and explained the importance of the title of the research paper. He emphasized how the title should be within the range of 8 to 10 words. He also talked about the definition of research, its classification and what are research gaps. He asked students to find their way of writing to bring in originality.
The second session was the most important one as he talked about the data and methodology part of the research paper. In the beginning, he told students that the purpose of the research paper should be crisp and sharp. He then explained the four tables that were necessary for getting the required basis for the research namely the variables table, summary statistics table, correlation matrix table, and the regression table, and how these four tables encompass the whole evidence of research.
In the final session, he talked about the theory, and literature and discussed how to write a research paper properly. He emphasized that the literature review of the paper should include the theory of your research, and literature that shows positive impact, negative impact, and no impact regarding the basis of the research paper. He concluded by giving pro tips on writing the paper like how you should also use active voice while writing the paper, the use of present tense only, and how decoration of the paper is really important.
Finally, he led a discussion with the students during which they raised whatever questions they had. All things considered, the students had a terrific time engaging with a wonderful individual who is a master in writing research papers, and the practical learning session was excellent.
Workshop on Strategic Business Simulation
Guest Speaker : Faculty members of the Symbiosis Family
The Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance conducted a workshop on “Strategic Business Simulation” as part of the experiential learning program for the batch of 2023-25 linked with the strategic management course which was hosted by two faculty members of the Symbiosis Family.
The workshop started with the professors giving a brief introduction about strategic management, how strategy can result in the success of the firm or any business, its importance, and some basic strategies.
The Batch was divided into two major groups comprising six to nine sub-groups, each major group was given one of the two competing companies in the stock trading platform, namely Zerodha, and Groww.
Each group was tasked to develop strategies that could be implemented by the company based on the parameters shared by them. These parameters included topline growth, new product launches, profitability, compliance, etc.
Each group developed strategies that can be implemented for the parameters given and then they were tasked to make a presentation out of all the points that were covered in the strategy.
Three individuals from each group were then asked to present the presentation and the students of one group were allowed to ask questions regarding the presentation to the opposite group members.
The workshop concluded with students getting their doubts cleared regarding what they could have done better in terms of strategy development. Overall, it was a great experiential learning for the students and they had a great time indulging in strategy building.
Workshop on Python and Tableau:
Guest Speaker: Mr Sumit Suman, BI Developer
From the 6th to the 8th of July 2023, the esteemed Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance (SSBF) conducted a comprehensive Python Workshop under the highly regarded Program for Advancement in Careers and Technologies (PACT) sessions. This workshop aimed to enlighten the participating students about the fundamental principles of Python programming and its practical applications within the financial sector. The event garnered enthusiastic attendance, with all students eagerly engaging in the enlightening sessions, which were skillfully led by Mr. Suman, a distinguished expert from Credencea.
The workshop commenced on the 6th of July 2023, with Mr. Suman outlining the itinerary for the subsequent two days. The meticulously designed schedule comprised three 5-hour sessions, during which students came well-prepared, having proactively installed Python and its associated software to facilitate hands-on practice. Mr. Suman initiated the lectures by introducing the basics of Python, accompanied by pertinent examples showcasing its diverse utility in various financial contexts. The students were introduced to concise one-line codes, and practice assignments were thoughtfully assigned to reinforce the concepts taught.
On the following day, the students conscientiously presented their completed homework, displaying their eagerness to grasp the material. Mr. Suman delved further into the subject matter, introducing the class to essential mathematical and logical operators utilized in Python programming. As the day progressed, the students were adeptly guided through practical applications of these concepts, and they were given a challenging assignment to consolidate their understanding.
The final day of the workshop, the 8th of July 2023, focused on the crucial concepts of conditional statements, namely "If," "If-else," and "Loops." Though these concepts were somewhat intricate, Mr. Suman employed his unique and proficient teaching methods, ensuring that the majority of students comprehended them with ease. The practical relevance of these concepts within the financial workspace was also emphasized, providing the students with valuable insights into real-world applications.
Overall, the Python Workshop organized by Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance proved to be a resounding success. The students were presented with an exceptional learning opportunity to grasp the foundational principles of Python programming and its immense significance in the financial domain. Mr. Suman's expertise and innovative teaching approach undoubtedly contributed to the workshop's triumph.
As a gesture of appreciation for his outstanding efforts, Mr. Suman was duly honoured with a token of appreciation at the end of the workshop. The Python Workshop undoubtedly left a lasting impact on the participants, equipping them with invaluable skills to navigate the dynamic landscape of finance with confidence and proficiency.
Workshop on Tableau:
Date: 6th July 2023 to 8th July 2023
Guest Speaker: Mr Sushil Shinde, CEO- Credence Data
Topic: Workshop on Tableau
On 6th July 2023, Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance conducted a hands-on workshop on Tableau in association with CREDENCA DATA SOLUTION PVT. LTD. The workshop was carried out for 3 days starting from 6th July onwards till 8th July. It was majorly a practical workshop where the students were given a variety of tasks which they had to perform in real time leading to an enhanced learning experience. The students got to learn about various essential functions in Tableau such as
- How to connect to data sources.
- How to create visualizations.
- How to use calculations.
- How to share your visualizations.
The students were given a chance to learn the essentials of Tableau first, such as how to connect to data sources, create visualizations, and use calculations. Once they had a solid understanding of the basics, they were able to go deeper and learn more advanced techniques, such as data preparation, storytelling, and filtering, sorting, grouping, and drilling down.
The instructors were experienced Tableau users who were able to answer all of the students' questions and help them to understand the material. They also provided insights into how Tableau can be used to tell stories and communicate data effectively.
By the end of the workshop, the students had learned how to visualize data in a crisp and concise manner. They were also able to see how Tableau can be used to solve real-world problems. We were very satisfied with the workshop and look forward to taking more such practical training workshops in the future. Knowing how to use Tableau is a valuable skill that will be very useful in our professional lives.
Workshop on Financial Modelling
Guest Speaker: Mr. Tarun Bothra
Mr. Tarun Bothra visited the Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance campus on November 2 to November 4 ,2023, to educate students on financial modelling. Mr. Tarun Bothra is an associate business consulting in Deloitte company and known for his knowledge in all field of finance and his keen interest in the stock market and various current happenings around the world in the field of finance. He has always been the one to seek advice from in college regarding finance.
The session started with analysis of income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. He explained practically the concept through Microsoft excel and many students understood the analysis easily. He told the shortcuts by inserting rows and columns, aligning right, left, top and bottom and navigating between sheets.
Mr Tarun Bothra highlighted on the analysis of balance sheet and cash flow statement. He explained the horizontal and vertical balance sheet practically where vertical common size balance sheet is done by dividing everything by the total assets. The session emphasized on loan schedule and depreciation schedule where he talked about the two methods- straight line method and written down method.
He told about the errors which can occur by analysing the financial statements. He explained the mathematical error, logical error, reference error and spelling error. The lecture aimed to analyse financial statements practically that will be helpful for students in the corporate world. It was an enlightening session for everyone present at the auditorium.
Workshop on Python and Tableau:
A Python workshop for the Batch 2021–2023 was hosted by Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance in collaboration with Credenca from September 26, 2022, to program and build core trading and risk management systems and increase student competitiveness for the industry.
Students had the opportunity to gain practical experience with a software application that has numerous advantages for an industry like finance, which regularly engages in analytics, data representation, and decision-making. The three-day training included the introduction and significance of the program, how to code in the language, and a Q&A session where students could clear up any questions and gain a deeper understanding of the subject.
With the help of this session, students got a fair idea on how Python assists in putting knowledge into practice, shortens analysis times. Analysts may quickly and simply design new ways to sort your data with Python’s programming language. To have new functions automatically added to every row, no input from IT or data engineering is required. Python also gives users the option to give any command and customize data selection. Python, a tool for programming, is widely used in the business intelligence sector. Python thus facilitates data comprehension and easy selection for professionals at all levels within a business.
After completing a brief test to gauge their level of comprehension of Python, students received a certificate from Credenca as a reward for attending the workshop. In general, the session taught students how to use more feature-rich software that they can subsequently use for exams, projects, and reports.
Workshop on Tableau:
A Tableau workshop for the Batch 2021–2023 was hosted by Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance in conjunction with Credenca from September 2–4, 2022, to facilitate analytics and increase student competitiveness for the industry.
Students had the opportunity to gain practical experience with a software application that has numerous advantages for an industry like finance, which regularly engages in analytics, data representation, and decision-making. The three-day training included the introduction and significance of the program, dashboard development from the most basic to the more complex, and a Q&A session where students could clear up any questions and gain a deeper understanding of the subject.
With the help of this session, students got a fair idea on how Tableau assists in putting knowledge into practice, shortens analysis times, and alters behaviors to make everyone in the company more data driven. Analysts may quickly and simply design new ways to view your data with Tableau's calculation builder. To have new fields automatically added to every row, no input from IT or data engineering is required. Tableau also gives users the option to give any value a nice label without altering the underlying data. Tableau, a tool for data visualisation, is widely used in the business intelligence sector. Tableau offers straightforward graphics that make it easy to grasp raw data. Tableau thus facilitates data comprehension for professionals at all levels within a business.
After completing a brief test to gauge their level of comprehension of Tableau, students received a Certificate from Credenca as a reward for attending the workshop. In general, the session taught students how to use more feature-rich software that they can subsequently use for exams, projects, and reports.
Session on ESG
Symbiosis school of Banking and Finance hosted a guest lecture on the topic ESG on 14th November 2023. ESG is currently a buzzword in corporate world. The speaker for the session was Mr. Sundeep Reddy Mallu, a trainer, counsellor, and data science leader with more than five years of expertise in the ESG field.
The session started with basics and understanding the Environment Social and governance basics, the functioning of it, how does it create an impact on the global climate change.
Intelligent ESG investing is destined to become the new norm. The session included looking at different simulations with the help of a model that helped us get a better understanding of how different components like afforestation, deforestation, carbon emission, carbon tax and charges, mining can lead to the temperature change.
The lecture also threw more light on how Environmental, social and governance (ESG) has emerged as much more than a responsibility. It’s an opportunity to build a more sustainable business and a key differentiator to enhance relevancy and trust with organization stakeholders.
The session concluder with a discussion on careers in ESG and how finance professionals’ knowledge can be put to use in the same. Overall, it was an insightful session that helped students understand the importance of linkage between climate change and the industry.
The art of Design Thinking” by Mrs. Litika
On 3rd of November ’22, SSBF invited Mrs. Litika to SSBF for a brief session on Design Thinking.
Mrs. Litika shed light in the idea of design thinking and how thinking a little bit differently can open many new perspectives and ways of doing things, helping us in decision making and creativity in real life.
She then taught the different steps of design thinking namely- Empathize ideas, defining them, idiating, making a prototype of them and then finally testing them.
All these steps makes an idea worthy or unworthy, but more importantly opens our neural pathways making us think out of the box and thus connecting the dots much more easily.
The session then came to an end, and the students really appreciated the idea behind this session. The CR then ended the session with a vote of thanks.
Session on Valuation Techniques
Symbiosis school of Banking and Finance hosted a guest lecture on the topic of Valuation Techniques on 19th November 2022. Valuation is one of the most crucial topics of the corporate world. The speaker for the session was Dr.Niraj Satnalika, a financial professional with over 9 years of experience. experience.
He is one of the Founding Team members of EduFund – India's first full stack financing platform for education related consumption and offers - savings, loans and scholarship. He is the Principal Officer with SEBI for EduFund.
The session started with basics and understanding of valuation and he highlighted how important it is to understand and implement the concept along with mentioning which technique to be used where. He helped us to understand different business models for valuation via a number of live examples.
The lecture also threw more light on why cash flow is highly necessary before talking about the DCF model, revenue model and relative valuation.
The session concluded with a discussion on careers in Valuation and how finance professionals’ knowledge can be put to use in the same. Overall, it was an insightful session that helped students understand the importance of valuation and career growth prospects in the same.
Workshop on “Importance of Business Etiquettes in the Modern Business world.”
On 1st of November ’22, SSBF invited Mrs. Aparna Prabhudesai to educate the students regarding the importance of business etiquettes in the modern business world.
She threw light on how students can turn situations in our favor by just doing a few things right. Some of which includes the way we look i.e. personal grooming, and communication skills.
Mrs. Aparna also taught us how deep these things goes in the subconscious mind of the person we are dealing with.
As the session progressed, all these tools and techniques really opened the eyes of the students.
The session ended with a token of appreciation with a vote of thanks to Mrs. Aparna.
Workshop on Self Branding
On 1st November 2022, Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance organised a guest session during the orientation period on Self Branding and it was conducted by Ms Ketaki Mistry. The guest shed light on how to present yourself in the best way possible since it is essential in the corporate world. She spoke about how self-branding is an important process one should use to demonstrate their values and it would positively impact their overall reputation. She gave us very helpful tips for being focused and appearing confident and we look forward to more such informative sessions which focus on self-improvement.
Stress Management and dealing with internal conflict (General Management)
2nd November 2022 by Monk Anshul
Workshop on work life balance by Ms. Monica Bhojkar
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another”
Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance organized a guest session on work life balance by Ms. Monica Bhojkar on 15th November, 2022 as a part of orientation program for the senior batch. Ms. Monica is the managing director of Transcend minds on a mission to empower, motivate and transform people's minds for a better life. She is a Certified Transformational & Success Coach, Certified Graphologist, Law of Attraction Coach and Certified DMIT Counselor.
The session started off with an activity on self-appreciation which helped to break ice and helped the students to reflect upon the hurdles which they have crossed in order to be the person who they are presently. Ma’am then talked about “stress”, which is the everyday problem in any student’s life, especially with managing both personal and professional life efficiently. Ma’am then highlighted various causes of stress through an activity which made the students realize the small things which could affect us and take a form of stress. Furthermore, the session continued with the types of stress affecting a person, which is positive and negative stress.
Moving forward, ma’am gave a demonstration of how a person’s good memories about his/her life help him/her to resist the stress affecting his/her life. Alternatively, if a person is continuously thinking of bad memories, then he/she will not be able to resist stress as effectively. The motive behind the demonstration was to instill an effective way to avoid stress is to create and remember good memories when in a stressful situation. She then talked about habits and how one can form good habits by practicing them continuously for 21 days.
Lastly, ma’am talked about various ways in which one can avoid stress, which include penning down one’s thoughts in the form of a letter or diary, spending time with loved ones, avoiding overthinking etc. Further, she made the students indulge in activities which included reflection of one’s thoughts, unwinding stress through hydro therapy etc.
Overall, it was an insightful and much needed session, especially for the senior batch who will soon enter their professional journey. The students left with crucial takeaways on methods to deal with stress.