I was recently at one of India’s leading business schools, and was very surprised to see that what they teach their Finance students has not changed a bit from what I learned when I was in such a school myself almost 13 years back. Beta, CAPM, efficient market theory, and derivatives still rule the roost. Students are trained in mock trading, and exposed to a steady stream of business media so that they can take quick and effective trading decisions.
Anyways, while I was there and as I interacted with students, I realized that the lack of proper education in what works and what doesn’t in the real world finance is a grim reality of today’s business education. And things don’t seem like changing a bit.
But a start can definitely be made. And so I decided to frame the curriculum of a business school, if I were to set up one in the future, that taught students the art of value investing, multidisciplinary thinking, and almost everything else they would need to do well in their financial careers.
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