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Academic Year 2016 17

First Annual Economics Conference February 11, 2017

Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics organized its First Annual Economics Conference on 11th February, 2017. The theme of the conference was ‘Contemporary Issues in Economic Development with special focus on Emerging Economies’. The keynote address, Macroeconomic Vulnerability and Prospects for the Indian Economy, by Dr. Ravindra H. Dholakia. Prof, Economics and Public Systems, IIM Ahmedabad.

Seven papers were presented in two parallel pre-lunch technical sessions on International Trade and Finance and Development Economics. The papers dealt with wide ranging issues in like margins of trade, stock market integration, urbanization, state of construction workers and others. Ms. P.A.Lakshmi Prasanna, Senior Scientist with Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad was presented with the best paper awarded for her paper titled ‘Nexus between land inequity and stunting in children - insights from district level analysis for India’.

The first session was chaired by Dr. M.H. Suryanarayana, Professor, IGIDR and Dr. C. Veeramani, Assistant Professor, IGIDR

Post lunch seven papers were presented in two parallel technical session – Development Economics and Applied Economics - of the Research Colloquium. Ms. Tanima, a final year B.Sc. Economics student of Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics, NMIMS, Mumbai was awarded the best paper award her paper on ‘Effect of Ethnic Diversity on Economic Growth in India’.

The second session was chaired by Dr. Sarthak Gaurav, Assistant professor, IIT Bombay and Dr. Mona Bhalla, Associate Professor, ASMSOC, NMIMS.

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International Visitor

Date

Course

Topic

Guest

14th February 2017  

Economic Governance and Policies

Seeing the Invisible Hand

Prof. Alex Tabarrok, Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics George Mason University

7th November

NA

Inclusive Growth: Inequality and the targets for policy reform

Prof. Sayantan Ghosal, Professor, University of Glasgow

Guest Lectures by Experts

SAMSOE has pioneered a unique model of having 5% of the lectures of all core subjects conducted by industry experts in the subject. This year has begun with the following renowned professionals conducting lectures and giving students a chance to interact with them and see for themselves how the theory taught in class blends with the practical.

Date

Course

Topic

Guest

4th March 2017

Financial Economics

Impact of change in Fundamentals on Market Price

Mr. Nitesh Bhati, Assistant General Manager, SEBI

1st February 2017

Behavioral Economics 

Experimental Economics

Dr. Shubhro Sarkar, Assistant Professor, IGIDR

10th December 2016

Creative Writing

Creative Writing 

Rochelle D'silva, Poet

5th November 2016

Money, Banking & Financial Institutions

Investment Banking 

Mr. Ramanuj Lal, Partner, Alternate Risk Premia Investments

22nd October 2016

Time Series Econometrics

Indian Economy

Functions of the RBI and use of Time series Econometrics in Monetary Policy

Pratik Mitra, Director Monetary Policy, RBI

22nd October 2016

Marketing Management

Digital Marketing

Dolly Jha, Executive Director, Nielsen

21st October 2016

Game Theory

Imperfect information games

Dr. Shubhro Sarkar - Assistant Professor, IGIDR

21st October 2016

Mathematical Economics & Statistics

Infinity 

Dr. Shivangi Chandel, Lecturer Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics

15th October 2016

Effective Communication

How to make your own website 

Mr. Rishi Gangoly, India’s first website coach

12th October 2016

Economics of Environment & Sustainable Development

Vehicular & Industrial Pollution 

Dr. Vinish Kathuria - Associate Professor, Shailesh J Mehta School of Management IIT, Bombay

8th October 2016

Primary Data and Conducting surveys for Research

Research Paper (M. Sc. Economics)

Gaurav Sarthak, Assistant Professor, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management IITB

3rd October 2016

Pricing Methods industry application

Pricing & Resource Management 

Mr. Satish Belani, Head, Data Scientist A.C. Nelsion

27th September 2016

Principles of Management

Socio Economic implications of BREXIT

Mr. M. P. Rege
Retired commissioner
Commodity Board.
Executive Director of Different Co.

26th September 2016

Corporate Finance

Private Equity and LBO

Mr. Parth Gandhi
M.D. Aion Capital

19th September 2016

Marketing Management

Modern Marketing Concepts in the Newspaper Industry

Ms Poojaa.V. Jadhav, Director & Chief Trainer, THE HEXIS CONSULTING

9th September 2016

Research Paper (M. Sc. Economics)

Use of Secondary Data for Research

Dr. Vinish Kathuria - Associate Professor, Shailesh J Mehta School of Management IIT, Bombay

6th September 2016

International Economics

China’s slowdown & its impact on the Indian Economy

Mr. R.N.Bhaskar- Consulting Editor, DNA

1st September 2016

Research Paper (M. Sc. Economics)

Introduction to Research Methods

Prof. R. Nagraj, Professor, IGIDR

Pedagogy

Movies / Documentaries

We at SAMSOE, believe that simply studying from textbooks is not enough. Today, it is important to acquire skills that would enable individuals to apply their classroom training to a rapidly changing world. Towards this end, we incorporate various modern techniques to engage out students and instil in them the spirit of inquiry.

Case studies and real world examples are integral part of the curriculum at SAMSOE. That apart, students are shown movies and documentaries to help them associate textbook knowledge to real world scenarios. In some course students are engaged with the subject matter through games and other class activities.

Date

Movie

Course

February 2017

“GURU”-Life story of Shri Dhirubhai Ambani.

Business Strategy

Wall Street

Financial Economics

The Budget Verdict 2017

Public Finance and Public Policy

Monetary Policy and Budget 2017

Intermediate Macroeconomics

India- by BBC

Political Science

Origin of Indian Constitution by SC Judge Justice Rohinton Nariman

Brexit Explained

Economics of Geopolitics & International Relations

China Vs USA- Empires at War Joseph Nye- Soft Power

China Vs India- BBC Documentary

January 2017

Even the Rains (2010)

Economic Governance and Policies

The Imitation game (2014)

Intermediate Microeconomics

Margin Call

Financial Economics

The Corporation

Public Finance and Public Policy

What is Liberalism

Political Science

What is Socialism 

What is Marxism - Followed by a discussion

Brief History of Cold War 1945-1991

Economics Geopolitics & International Relations

USA Vs. USSR- Power Distribution in the World Politics

December 2016

Promised Land (2012)

Ecode – II

Syriana

Economics of Geopolitics and International Relations

Inequality for All (2013)

Economic Governance and Policies

Mind over money

Behavioral Economics

Geopolitical Prognosis Part I

Economics of Geopolitics & International Relations

Geopolitical Prognosis Part II

The Day India Partitioned BBC Part I

Political Science

The Day India Partitioned BBC Part II

October 2016

Nil Battey Sannata (2016)

Development Economics

Stanford Prison Experiment

Research Methods

Myth of Overpopulation by Hans Rosling

Theories of Growth and Development

September 2016

Lehman Brothers Bankrupt

Capital Markets

Life and Debt

International Economics

The Day After Tomorrow

Economics of Environment and Sustainable Development

The Big Short

Money Banking and Financial Market

Promised Land

Economics of Environment and Sustainable Development

Pink

Introductory Sociology

August 2016

Too Big to Fail

Macroeconomic Theory

42

International Economics

Films

Date

Movie

Course

July 2016

42

Ecode – I

Video Clips

Video Clips screened for M. Sc.

Date

Name of the video clip

Course

August 2016

Monetary Policy Press Meet

Macroeconomic Theory I

Video Clips screened for T.Y.B. Sc.

Date

Name of the video clip

Course

February 2017

Dan Ariely, Richard Thaler video clips

Behavioural Economics

January 2017

Dan Ariely-Ted talks

Prospect Theory Visitation of Independence Axiom  Browsor Wars

Behavioural Economics

December 2016

Justice by Michael Sandel

Fifth bi-monthly monetary policy press conference

You need Strategy for your Organization-By Prof: Michael Porter of Harvard University.


Leader Talk-In Conversation with N.R.Narayana Murthy & Prakash Padukone by Rajdeep Sardesai-CNN/IBN.

Economic Governance and Policies

Advanced Macroeconomics


Business Strategy





September 2016

Porsphe Take Over

A 1978 interview of Indira Gandhi referring to her economic policies and the fallout of Emergency rule

Capital Markets

Indian Economy - I

August 2016

Video on Consumer Behaviour by Coca-Cola

Sterilizing India

Marketing Management


Indian Economy - I

July 2016

Video Lecture by Dr. Philip Kotler on Marketing Mantra.

Video Lecture by Mr. Steve Jobs, Late CEO of Apple-Best Marketing Strategy.

The Public Goods Game




Marketing Management

Video Clips screened for S.Y.B. Sc.

Date

Name of the video clip

Course

February 2017

Wall Street Warrior- Season 1

Financial Economics

September 2016

Short video on international income inequality

Theories of Growth and Development

August 2016

Monetary Policy Press Meet

Video on Decision Making Process-How Consumers make Buying Decisions

The Big Fight- Do high marks ensure success in life- A Focus Group Discussion

Money Banking and Financial Institutions
 



Research Methods

Video Clips screened for F.Y.B. Sc.

Date

Name of the video clip

Course

February 2017

Video shown in class- Talk Show by John Oliver titled “Fashion” discussing the international supply chain in the textile industry

Major trends of 2017
 
The Economic survey: Parliament presentation by Arvind Subramanian

International Economics I




Ecode – II

December 2016

Third Bi-monthly Monetary Policy

Fifth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy

Intermediate Macroeconomics


October 2016

Ted talks- Brain Magic

Effective Communication

September 2016

Office Farming in Japan

The Barbie doll & Apple iPhone

Double Irish Dutch sandwich tax strategy German Mittelstand

Inside Job

Development Experience of Major Economies of the World





Principles of Macroeconomics

August 2016

Going inside Brazil’s favelas

They don’t really care about us – Michael Jackson

Hague ruling on the South China sea The Tiananmen square massacre

Unique ways to deal with China’s pollution

The Manhattan Project Charlie

Chaplin’s satires of WWII & the Industrial Revolution

Henry Ford’s Assembly line turns 100

Obamacare

Shashi Tharoor – Britain owes reparations

London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony – The Industrial revolution

Development Experience of Major Economies of the World

July 2016

Guns, Germs & Steel

The Best Stats You've Ever Seen - Hans Rosling - TED Talks

Fears of Boom and Bust: Hayek vs. Keynes

Into the Graveyard

Development Experience of Major Economies of the World



Principles of Macroeconomics FY A&B

Economics of Environment and Sustainable Development

Case Studies are used extensively as part of the curriculum at SAMSOE. Some of the case studies used are listed below.

Case used for M.Sc. Economics

Date

Topic

Course

July 2016

Equity of the sexes

Statistics and Econometrics I

Case used for T.Y.B. Sc. Economics

Date

Case Study used

Course

February 2017

Survival Stakes
 
The Case of Hysterical IT Company

The Case of Successful SBUs

The Case of Strategic Acquisition

Business Strategy

January 2017

Progressa Case Study (Cornell University)

The Case of Counter Strategy
 
Turn Around Trauma

Applied Econometrics


Business Strategy

December 2016

Case of Tata Consultancy Services and Apple

Case of Kyoto Protocol

Case of PAT Scheme in India

Behavioral Economics





Business Strategy

November 2016

XYLYS: Exploring Consumer Perception about Premium Watches in the Indian Context

Note on Behavioral Economics

The Case of the Niche Bike-

The of Strategy Planning

Economics of Environment and Sustainable Development

October 2016

Case of oil prices Case of Kuznets Curve in Developing Countries

Case of EU Emission Trading System in India

Case of South African Carbon Trading System

Case Study: Product Management in Maruti Udyog

Case Study: ARC Pharmaceutical Company

Case Study: Hewlett-Packard: A Channel Strategy Dilemma-

Case Study: Dell Computer

Economics of Environment and Sustainable Development







Marketing Management.

September 2016

Lehman Brothers

Friendly Cards

Nike

Valuation of Haze Management and Prevention in China

Modal Shift Study in Klang Valley, Malaysia

Solid Waste Management Service within the Sekondi – Takoradi Metropolis in the Western Region of Ghana

Travel Cost Approach for Valuing Recreation Benefits of Fthiotida Coastal Zone

Frooti’s Innovative Campaign

Coca-Cola

Capital Markets

Corporate Finance





Economics of Environment and Sustainable Development











Marketing Management.

August 2016

Case study on executive selection criteria

Case study on Change Mgt & TQM

Risk minimization by diversification. Story of Samsung
 
Portfolio Weights, Shorting and Porsche takeover by Volkswagen

Case study of Mundu Tribe in India

Case study of Forest Rights Act in India

Case study of Zambia Coastal Floodplains

Case study of Sundarbans Wetland

Case Study of Alaska Trust Fund

Case Study of Pacific Island Nauru

Case Study of New Methodology to estimate National Income





Case Study: Super Asia Pipes presented by Groups 3&4 on 01-08-2016.
 
Case Study: Marketing of Milk-Amul -presented by Groups 1& 2 on 08-08-16

Case Study: Burnol-presented by Groups 3 & 4 on 10-08-16.

Case Study: Buying Behavior of Women & Men-had open discussion in the class on 17-08-16.

Case Study: Fair & Lovely-Creating Demand-presented by Groups 1 & 2 on 31-08-2016.

Case Study: Haldiram’s getting the Four “P”s Right-presented by Group No.3 on 31-08-16

Principles of Management
 



Capital Markets












Economics of Environment and Sustainable Development






















Marketing Management




July 2016

Equity of the sexes

Inclusion of disabled child in general high school education- An ethnographic analysis

Metzler’s Paradox

Mathematical Economics and Statistics –II

Research Methods

International Economics

Case used for S.Y.B. Sc.

Date

Case Study used

Course

February 2017

Consolidation of accounts
 
Cash flow

Borrowing cost

Analysis of Financial Statements

January 2017

Farm Policy in United States

Case of Bandra Worli Sea Link

Case Study of US Tax Reforms

Case Study of Iran US Nuclear Deal

Case Study of Brazil Price Method

Case Study of Syrian Conflict

String of Pearls (a kind of case study or Reference)

Case study on IFRS on segmental reporting, Events occurring after the balance sheet date, Revenue

recognition and Inventory valuation

Public Finance & Policy
 





Economics of Geopolitics and International Relations






Analysis of Financial Statement

December 2016

Case of Automated Teller Machines

Case of Lavasa Hill Station

Price War and OPEC


Israel-Palestine Conflict



Decision making (ICAI journal)

Public Finance and Public Policy



Economics of Geopolitics and International Relations




Analysis of Financial Statements

September 2016

Working Capital and Cost Sheet

Managerial Accounts

August 2016

Why India Votes – An Ethnographic case study by Mukulika Banerjee (LSE)

Research Methods

Case used for F.Y.B. Sc.

Date

Case Study used

Course

December 2016

Case Study on Capitalisation of Banks

Case Study of Demonetisation

Intermediate Macroeconomics


October 2016

Case study on Phillips Curve

Principles of Macroeconomics

September 2016

Students Performance- Feedback
 
Case of Inflation in India

Effective Communication

Principles of Macroeconomics

August 2016

Case study of Zambia Coastal Floodplains

Principles of Macroeconomics

Games & Experiments

  • Heckscher Ohlin Game – Online Game played in class to test the student’s ability to apply theories learnt in class to a simulated setting for the course International Economics I 
  • Socratic Method / ICT for the course Political Science 
  • Calculating Individual’s Risk Tolerance (Wall Street Journal Survey) for the course Financial Economics 
  • Analyzing candlestick charts using stock prices of SAIL and Tata Motors for the course Financial Economics 
  • Consumption Expenditure Survey in Nehru Nagar and Indira Nagar, Vile Parle West for the course Development Economics
  • A game Law of Variable Proportion was played for the course Principles of Microeconomics 
  • Neutral vs Female-Tasks were played in class in the form of competitive games to test for the gender based behavioral differences. This was done as part of the Gender module for the course Development Economics. 
  • A game of Pictionary was played for the course Principles of Macroeconomics 
  • Sampling game: To the woods was conducted for the course Research Methods 
  • In-class experiment based on ‘The Keynes Beauty contest’ and discussion was done for the course Game Theory. 
  • Game on Trading on Equity Markets: Basic Concepts of Bid Ask spreads, Trend Analysis, Technical Analysis was conducted for the course Capital Markets. 
  • Game on Advanced trading strategies, Algorithmic trading, Pair trading was conducted for the course Capital Markets.
  • A game was conducted to show why markets don’t clear under Central Direction for the course Principles of Microeconomics for F.Y. B. Sc. Economics
  • The game “International Trade” was played by the students of S.Y.B. Sc. for the course International Economics.

Software Training

  • Application of panel models using R for the course Econometrics-II 
  • Propensity score matching in R for the course Applied Econometrics 
  • Applications in R for the course Econometrics - II 
    • Cointegration in R 
    • ARCH/GARCH models in R
  • Using technical indicators to identify buy and sell signals using last 3 months data for TCS in Excel for the course Financial Economics 
  • Applications in R for the course Applied Econometrics 
    • Identifying outliers 
    • Regression diagnostics 
    • Quantile regressions 
    • Panel data models
  • Applications in R for the course Econometrics - II 
    • Finite distributed lag models 
    • Box-Jenkins model fitting for time series data 
    • Times series forecasting
  • Using Excel for calculating Cronbach’s Alpha for survey data for the course Research Methods 
  • Central Limit Theorem- Visualization using R for the course Mathematical Economics & Statistics

Class Activities

  • Discussion on very short run effect on budget on financial markets for the course Financial Economics 
  • Discussion on Economic Survey 2016 and Budget 2017-18. There was a classroom discussion in which students were asked evaluate the key features of the Union Budget based on the Economic Survey findings for the course Indian Economy – II 
  • Group Project Presentation. Students were introduced to WITS database on international trade. Each group was allotted a country pair. The group had to make a presentation discussing the nature of trade between the two countries, the impact of trade barriers on trade patterns. And also comment on possible reasons for data discrepancies between countries for the course International Economics I 
  • Socratic Method / ICT / Debate for the course Political Science
  • Socratic Method / ICT / Debate on the impact of globalization over Geopolitics of South Asia for the course Economics of Geopolitics & International Relations 
  • Class Discussion on Make in India Campaign using the individual assignments of students on different sectors under the campaign for the course Indian Economy - I 
  • Reading the (2016) budget document in class in preparation for Union Budget 2017 for the course Indian Economy - I 
  • Popular Investment Strategies and Linking it to equity valuation methods for the course Financial Economics
  • Chapter reviews from following books for the course Financial Economics
    • The Intelligent Investor 
    • Random Walk Down the Wall Street 
    • Nudge
  • Socratic and Seminar Method Audio Visual Aid for the course Economics of Geopolitics & International Relations 
  • Newspaper Articles and On-line Articles for the course Intermediate Macroeconomics 
  • Socratic and Lecture Method Audio Visual for the course Political Science 
  • Masters of Economy Version I for the course Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Papers with regard to the challenges for employment generation in India for the course Indian Economy.
  • Following activities were done in class for the course Effective Communication:
    • Speech Presentations 
    • Speed Reading Test 
    • Interactive Lecture 
    • Mindmapping 
    • Demos- positive Body Language
    • Speech Exercises
  • Group Activity on Worksheet for the course Principles of Microeconomics.
  • Content Analysis using MS word was done for the course Research Methods 
  • Students were given newspaper articles on various aspects of India’s labour market (in class). They then were asked to characterize the Indian labour market and the outline the key areas of concern. Subsequent lectures will address these issues along with basic material on employment in India for the course Indian Economy.
  • Paper Analysis: Students were walked through original research papers by Angus Deaton for the course Development Economics 
  • Central Limit Theorem- Visualization using R for the course Statistics & Econometrics for M. Sc. Economics.
  • The Session on content analysis of Annual reports using Flesch software was conducted for the course Research Methods for S.Y.B. Sc. Economics.
  • Data Familiarity (Classroom training for using public databases) was done for the course Theories of Growth & Development & Development Economics for S.Y. B. Sc. & T.Y.B .Sc. Economics.

Convocation - 2016

The Convocation ceremony for Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics, Sunandan Divatia School of Science and Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce was held at Bhaidas Hall on 2 August 2016 at 10.30 am. The Chief Guest for the Convocation was Mr. Noshin Kagalwalla, Managing Director, SAS Institute (India) Pvt. Ltd.

The following students were in the Dean's List:

  • Shivani Mittal
  • Himanshu Agarwal

The following were the awards given to the graduating students of The Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics.

Students Award

  • The first rank holder with a CGPA of 3.94 who got Gold Medal – Shivani Mittal 
  • The second rank holder with a CGPA of 3.78 who got Silver Medal – Himanshu Agarwal
  • Best student for consistent Academic Performance 2013-16 – Shivani Mittal 
  • Best All Rounder – Himanshu Agarwal
  • Best Speaker - Ayush Banerjee 
  • Best Organizer - Sanskriti Jain

Special prize for organizing

  • Himanshu Agarwal 
  • Shashwat Dhuliya 
  • Dheer Patel 
  • Ayush Banerjee

Best Staff award

Ms. Vishakha Sawant

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