FLAME University


The Epicentre of Value Investing in India

Emerging Sectors and Investing Implications

(Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all dates may change)

June 25 – June 26, 2022


FLAME was founded with the concept of liberal education as its cornerstone. FLAME celebrates ideas, cherishes diversity, and strives to deliver an academic experience that fosters intellectual curiosity, a critical thought process, self-reflection, leadership and teamwork skills, a sense of commitment and professionalism and a heightened sensitivity to one’s sociocultural environment. FLAME aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform of education by propagating different models and paradigms through, but not limited to, history, philosophy, political sciences, psychology, business, economics, mathematics and finance.

As part of its endeavor to constantly redefine education, FLAME inducted the FLAME Investment Lab (FIL), an initiative that strives to deliver the concepts and decipher the art of value investing to interested students. FIL believes in the dictum “invest in yourself”. It provides tools for self-learning and acquiring knowledge, constantly striving for intellectual stimulation and asking questions. FIL strives to widen your horizons, aiding you to connect the dots within seemingly disparate information. FIL truly believes that the best investment is investing in yourself. As Socrates has said, “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”

After hosting multiple programs and FIL alumni meets that covered topics like valuation, accounting shenanigans, investment checklists, mental heuristics and negotiation amongst others, FIL is planning the, ‘FLAME Investment Lab - Emerging Sectors and Investing Implications’ program from June 25 - June 26, 2022.



Rajeev Thakkar

Rajeev Thakkar

Possessing over two decades of experience in various segments of the capital markets such as investment banking, corporate finance, securities broking and fund management, he is currently the Chief Investment Officer and Director at PPFAS Mutual Fund.

His association with PPFAS Ltd. (The Sponsor of PPFAS Asset Management Company Ltd.) began in 2001. He was appointed the Fund Manager for the erstwhile flagship scheme of the Portfolio Management Service, titled “Cognito” in 2003.

He is a strong believer in the school of “value-investing” and is heavily influenced by Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger’s approach. Apart from his technical ability, what distinguishes him from many others is his ability to stand his ground and remain unflappable during difficult times.

He is a regular contributor to Mint newspaper and has also appeared on business channels such as Bloomberg India TV and ET Now.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and CFA Charterholder.

Raunak Onkar

Raunak Onkar

Raunak Onkar is a Co-Fund Manager and the Research Head at PPFAS Mutual Fund.

After his Bachelors in IT and an MBA in Finance, Raunak started his capital markets journey with PPFAS, over a decade ago. As an analyst he covers a variety of businesses and sectors and is a regular speaker at PPFAS’ Monthly Event, Financial Opportunities Forum series on Youtube.

Program Outline

  • What is money?
  • What is an investment asset / non-investment asset? (Crypto fit)
  • Blockchain (Original Bitcoin Paper)
    How does the blockchain work? Why is it relevant?
    Applications of blockchain technology (Finance and Non-Finance)
  • Currency aspect of CryptoCurrency (endless list of Coins)
    Can everyone have a private currency?
    How and why do so many currencies (coins) exist?
    Central Bank operated crypto currency
  • Decentralized Finance
    Can finance be truly decentralized?
    Should finance be truly decentralized?
    Costs and Operational aspects
    Technology involved in running financial services (Traditional IT vs DeFi)
  • DAOS (concept and use cases)
    Is this a form of modern organization or a solution waiting for a problem
    Legal and Tax Implications
    Interoperability with other organizations
  • Crypto Exchanges and Platforms
    Business models that directly emerged due to crypto technology being available
  • NFTs (concept and use cases)
    Web3 and other uses of non-fungible tokens in creative fields
    Impact on royalty, trademark, ownership of creative work, subscription (patronage) to artists


  • Interested in learning more about the foundational aspects of crypto currencies.
  • Those who have basic knowledge of how money works and are curious about new developments in the subject of how money works.


Experts in crypto markets / financial field will not derive new insights.


No stock tips will be given. The course is about developing the right thinking style to become more rational. While this has many useful applications and investing wisely is one of them, if you are contemplating attending this program to find ways to get rich quickly, then please do not apply as you will be disappointed.


  • Graduate and above
  • Any educational background


  • INR 20,000 plus GST (INR 23,600) which includes tuition, course materials, meals and on campus accommodation.
  • Fee does not include travel and other incidental expenses.
  • Candidates need to submit the application form online and mail the payment to FLAME. Only cheques will be accepted as a payment method.
  • The cheque payment must reach FLAME by the application deadline. Kindly note, even if the application is submitted, but the payment does not reach FLAME by the application deadline, the application will be deemed incomplete and annulled.
  • Cheques should be made payable to ‘FLAME University’.
  • Cheque should be dated May 2, 2022. Candidates should write their name and the program they have applied for behind the cheque.
  • Cheques should be mailed to ‘FLAME University, Gat No. 1270, Lavale, Off. Pune Bangalore Highway, Pune - 412115, Maharashtra, India.

Refund policy

  • In the event that FLAME University is unable to provide the program, all fees will be fully refundable.
  • For selected candidates:
    • If request for cancellation is received before and upto June 4, 2022, 50%of the fee paid shall be refunded. GST on cancellation will be applicable.
    • If request for cancellation is received after June 4, 2022 but upto June 18, 2022, 25% of the fee paid shall be refunded. GST on cancellation will be applicable.
    • There will be no refund if cancellation is made on or after June 18, 2022.


To apply the applicant must complete the application form: https://www.flame.edu.in/academics/flame-investment-lab/application-form.


Accommodation will be provided in an AC, single occupancy room to all participants at the FLAME campus in Pune for one night of June 25.


June 25 – June 26, 2022


April 30, 2022


Confirmation emails will be sent to the selected participants by May 7, 2022


FLAME University | Gat No. 1270, Lavale, Off. Pune Bangalore Highway, Pune - 412115, Maharashtra, India.


FLAME offers 60 acres of tranquil space, just 13 kms. from the Pune University main gate. It is an eco-friendly campus adjoining a 18-hole golf course. FLAME has an international sized cricket ground, football, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, outdoor Olympic sized swimming pool, track and field, futsal and handball at their disposal. A fitness and conditioning studio, badminton courts, billiards tables, squash courts, table tennis, carrom and chess ensure that FLAME’s sports facilities are second to none.

Its academic spaces include lecture theatres, conference rooms, a library, a performing arts studio, a visual arts studio, a sculpture studio, Physics, Chemistry and Biology labs, and amphitheatres. Some of the other amenities include cafes, Wi-fi connectivity, an infirmary and an ambulance in case of emergency.

During the duration of the program, participants are encouraged to explore the campus and use the facilities FLAME offers.


Phone: +91 9657709882 (Text & Whatsapp only)
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Website: www.flame.edu.in


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