Manthan 2016, the annual budget conclave of T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal, started off with Dr. R.C Natarajan, Director of TAPMI, giving an insightful address that was followed by an enthusiastic speech by Professor Madhu Veeraraghavan. The theme for this year's event is "Is it the right time for India to lead global growth?" Dr. Natarajan spoke briefly about the history behind the conception of the TAPMI Finance lab and unveiled the Bloomberg report. Thereafter, Professor Madhu set the tone of the event, which was based on the discussion of the topics: Investment Philosophy and Portfolio Selection.

The TAPMI Finance Lab which was started in the year 2013, with a vision of training students in real time trading and investments is one of the finest finance labs in India today. The finance lab is put to use through several specially designed courses and is also used across all the specializations. Student Management Investment Committee (SMIC) is one of the many courses which uses the TAPMI finance lab to train students the art and science of investment. Students learn the nuances of trading and handle the real money unlike many other colleges where either trading happens through simulations or the management handles the required finance. With the vision to bridge the gap between theory and practice, SMIC provides hands on experience to the students and moulds them into smart investors.

The later part of the inauguration ceremony presented a platform for two of the SMIC teams of batch 2015-16 to present their reports and findings in front of esteemed panel judges: Mr. Anil Ghelani - CFA, Senior Vice President of DSP BlackRock, Mr. Rajesh Nair - State Head of BNP Paribas and Mr. Supreeth Shankarghal - Founder & CEO of QF Assets. The interaction between the teams with the panel opened a world of possibilities to potential investors. They spoke in detail about their investment strategies, choices of stocks, the uncertainties and restrictions involved, the returns obtained and were eventually questioned by the judges upon completion of their presentation.