Q: Being a fairly new institute, we would like you to give us an introduction about iFEEL..
A: iFEEL (Institute for Future Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership) is a state of the art residential management school located at Lonavla. It offers specializations in areas of HR, Marketing, Finance, Operations and Information Systems and Technology with a special focus on Entrepreneurship & Leadership.
We feel that aspiring entrepreneurs require a strong base in terms of knowledge and skill sets to set up their own ventures in the future. This is where iFEEL steps in by providing students with the right training and skill sets required to become future leaders. The courses at iFEEL are designed in a way that students get to learn the two most important aspects of management, entrepreneurship and leadership in an engaging, innovative way.
Q: What is the eligibility criterion for applying to iFEEL?
A: For iFEEL, any student who has appeared for CAT 2011, XAT 2012, MH-CET 2012, ATMA 2011, MAT 2011 and C-MAT 2012 can apply. He/she needs to be a graduate in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks from any recognized university.
We feel that exam scores are just one aspect of gauging the capability of the student. Hence, we undertake GD/PI rounds for all applicants to gauge the potential of the student and give all applicants a fair chance to appear for our GD/PI.
Q: What is the course structure like at iFEEL?
A: The programs we offer:
Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) – It’s a 2 year full time (AICTE approved) course with special focus on Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Subjects like Strategic Management, Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, Business Environment, Change Management, Corporate Tax Planning, Operating Systems, Decision Models for Management, Specialization projects have been incorporated into the curriculum to groom our students for the corporate world.
PGDM - Banking & financial services – It’s a 2 year full time (AICTE approved) course. The program includes general management subjects which will provide the students a perspective of businesses and subjects related to the BFSI sector which will provide in-depth understanding of the BFSI sector and its role in wealth creation for the nation. The program has on its Academic Board senior professionals from the Bank of India Bank of Baroda ICICI Bank Union Bank of India and the Central Bank of India.
Q: Tell us in brief the core benefits students will gain by studying at iFEEL.
A: At iFEEL, students along with having a better understanding of the industry will get to develop leadership and entreneurship skills, which otherwise is not the case in a regular MBA. Every requirement of students is taken care of at our institute hence, benefiting them in the following ways:
o Scholarships ranging from 50,000 to 200000 - 50% scholarship in tuition fees on the basis of their percentile and performance in the GD&PI.
o Course fee of Rs. 5.5 lakh for 2 years.
o State-of-the-art residential campus in Lonavala, which is roughly 2 hours away from Pune and Mumbai.
o Study tours to countries like Sweden with visits to companies such as Ericsson Telecom, ABB Robotics, IKEA, Volvo Construction Equipment. Study tours have also been planned to Japan. The tour will include visits to the cities of Tokyo and Nagoya to companies such as Toyota Motor Corp, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Asahi Brewery, Uchida Yoko and Akhiabara.
o Opportunity to interact and learn from leading corporate professionals like Sanjay Jog (Chief People Officer, Future Group), Dhananjay Bansod (Chief People Officer, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd.) and Vikas Shorodkar (VP, HR General Motors India).
o Placement and internship opportunities at companies like Amul, Future Group, Raymond, Reliance Industries and Hilton Hotels & Resorts just to name a few. In fact, few students from the first batch have got placed internationally at Globuzz (Dubai)
Q: In today’s highly Global business driven environment, do you think only an MBA/PGDM is enough?
A: If the MBA /PGDM program chosen apart from the required curriculum, offers specializations in specific business sectors / verticals like BFSI, Retail, subjects related to International marketing, trade etc it is certialnly helpful in a global scenario.This adds domain knowledge about an industry apart from functional expertise. Also a PGDM offering some international exposure, be it International Study Tours, Internships or International placement opportunities, international faculty coming to campus bring about real time exposure to the global work environment when joining a company after completing the MBA/PGDM program. So an MBA program that encompases these experiences provides the framework for students to leverage for the world of work.
Q: What do you think is the scope for students aspiring to be a part of the BFSI sector?
A: Currently, the BFSI sector is the most receptive sector in terms of recruitments. This can be said because it has emerged as the biggest recruiter across management institutes in India in 2012, thus showcasing the growing need for skilled professionals in this area. This poses as an excellent opportunity for students aspiring to be a part of the Banking and Financial Services sector as there is a positive demand for BFSI specialized Post Graduates in the industry. In order to hone their skills, students should definitely take up a specialized course with a carefully designed curriculum which will not only give them corporate exposure but, will also give them the opportunity to learn about developments taking place in Indian and International banking and financial markets.
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