Plaksha University launches Jefferies Finhub: an experiential learning center in association with Jefferies

The center will focus on developing financial data analytics and trading simulation tools

April 24, 2023, India: Plaksha University, a new-age university which is reimagining technology education and research in India with cutting-edge technology programs, announced the launch of an experiential learning center; Jefferies Finhub in association with Jefferies, a leading global, full-service investment banking and capital markets firm, and a Plaksha corporate donor. The center is focused on developing expertise in financial data analytics and trading simulation tools.

The aim is to provide a real-world experience through a simulated trading environment. This center will promote experiential learning for students via capstone, guest sessions and internships. The Jefferies Finhub is a Refinitiv learning space where students can access trading simulation terminals supported by Refinitiv (a London Stock Exchange group business).

It will enable students to gain essential practical skills in understanding financial data and improve their market awareness.

Commenting on the occasion, Aashish Agarwal, Country Head – India, Jefferies, said, “It is absolutely thrilling to witness that through Jefferies Finhub we have been able to create a space for students at Plaksha to develop expertise in analytics and tech in the finance domain. It is an excellent opportunity for students to access experiential technical education that will ultimately enhance their intellect, ideas, dynamism, and passion for learning about financial assets and markets.”

Prof. Rudra Pratap, Founding Vice-Chancellor, Plaksha University, expressed his thoughts on this collaboration and said, “We are excited to collaborate with Jefferies. The learning center is aligned with our goal of providing blended learning with a razor-sharp focus on combining theory with practice. This is how we at Plaksha reimagine technology education. We believe it is important to assimilate reimagination at every stage of life to be able to practice it.”

About Plaksha University

Founded by a global community of 100+ technology and business leaders, Plaksha envisions to reimagine technology education and research for India and the world. With strong partnerships with UC Berkeley, Purdue, UC San Diego, IIT Kanpur, and IISc Bangalore, Plaksha aims to nurture and empower a generation of catalytic leaders and create an ecosystem of research and innovation. The university collapses the traditional boundaries of engineering and promotes interdisciplinary learning by combining technology, design and entrepreneurship.

Plaksha is guided by an eminent academic board including Dr. Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering, University of Pennsylvania; Venkatesh Narayanamurthi, former Dean of Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Sriram Rajamani, Managing Director, Microsoft Research India Julia Ross, Dean of Engineering, Virginia Tech; Krishna Palepu, Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Sanjay Sarma, Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT; and business leaders such as Neeraj Aggarwal, Chairman – Asia Pacific, BCG; Hitesh Oberoi, Co-promoter & CEO, Info Edge (; Srikanth Velamakanni, Co-founder, Fractal Analytics; Manas Fuloria, Co- Founder, Nagarro; Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises; Navin Chaddha, Managing Director, Mayfield Fund; Sujeet Kumar, Co-founder,; Dalip Pathak, Special Limited Partner, Warburg Pincus LLC; CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra; Pramod Bhasin, Chairman, Clix Capital among others. Corporate donors include companies like Bharti Foundation, Havells, HT Parekh Foundation, Mphasis, Axis Bank and Motilal Oswal. The global community of business leaders who founded Plaksha can be seen here.