The Office of the Finance and Accounts (F&A) at the University of Hyderabad (UoH)
in association with the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) under Financial
Education Series organized an awareness Webinar titled “ Mutual Funds: An Alternate
Investment” on April 12, 2021. The webinar is supported by the Securities & Exchange
Board of India (SEBI).

Shri Surya Kant Sharma, Sr Consultant- North India, AMFI, the keynote speaker in
the webinar gave information on various investment avenues available in the market viz., real
estate, gold, Government/RBI bonds, corporate bonds, Government schemes (Post office
schemes, PPF, NPS, Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme, securities market etc.

He cautioned the general investors not to enter securities market directly as there are
inherent risks in the market and unless the investor has sound knowledge of market, sectors,
economy, international economy etc. He said that, the Mutual Funds were chosen as the best
option available for a general investor wherein he can invest minimum amount though
Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) and build a corpus over a period of time. There is a wide
spectrum of mutual funds schemes which can be chosen by an investor as per his investment
horizon and need of funds.

Concluding the keynote address he said, it was emphatically cautioned to the
participants not to invest in unregulated fund mobilisation schemes – Ponzi schemes – which
give assurance for higher and quick return at the beginning but ultimately vanish with the
hard earned money of investors. The not too wealthy investors are more susceptible to such
allurement and have so far lost crores of rupees in recent past, he added.

Shri Deb Bhattacharjee, Assistant General Manager, Securities & Exchange Board of
India (SEBI), and Shri Nitin Joshi, Vice President, NSDL e-Governance Infra Ltd. were
present. Earlier Dr. Irala Lokanandha Reddy, Finance Officer (i/c) welcomed the speakers &
participants. Shri Srinivas Budida, Deputy Registrar, F&A, UoH proposed the vote of thanks.