Posted on: February 25, 2017
“You just cannot escape numbers. That’s why Finance is the basis for all courses and programs in many ways. More than that, I think it’s a way of life,” says Prof. Gita Madhuri, Assistant Professor, Finance at KIAMS. The UGC NET qualified Faculty and Research Scholar at Symbiosis International University has over a decade of experience in academia and research. She brings this experience to the fore as she shatters the myth around Finance and paints a picture of an encouraging future for students interested in the field.
One of the most common misconceptions about Finance is that it is suited only for those who have a knack for number crunching. Prof. Madhuri admits that while numbers do remain at the heart of the stream, it goes way beyond that. “People believe that only if you love numbers can you do well in Finance. It’s not like that. Finance is like logic, it is science,” she says. “Once you start looking at it differently, you will begin to think like a Finance professional. After that it’s like knowing swimming or cycling, you never forget it.”
However, the fact remains that Finance remains tedious. It can also be tricky for faculty members to keep the subject interesting for students. Prof. Madhuri, however, has tailored her classroom approach to keep students engaged. “My classes begin with discussions on the stock market,” she begins. “We talk about NASDAQ, NYSE, and stock markets around the world. We discuss how currency variations affect the country, how cash flow is affected by decisions of policy makers. We look at the future of commodities, changing prices and how decisions made today can have an impact six months on.”
Through these discussions, Prof. Madhuri ensures that students understand the practical implications of different Finance concepts. Armed with this learning they can stake a claim to various positions in the field. “Opportunities are wide ranging today. You can be a financial or trade analyst, treasure and risk manager, portfolio manager in the service finance sector. There’s also the corporate finance profile, which is light but can lead to the role of CFO in a company 10-15 years down the line. The scope for growth is immense in Finance,” she ends encouragingly.