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IFIM’s FOCUS, the management journal, is being brought out by the Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM) with a view to facilitate effective dissemination of information with regard to various management issues and problem-solving methodologies relevant for practicing executives as well as for academicians working in the field of management. This is to foster a better understanding of the theories and practices of management. More specifically, the coverage will include discussions on theories and concepts, problem solving through consultancy assignments, research papers based on industry studies or on findings of research projects executed and case studies as an important tool for getting an insight into industry practices and to understand the need for adopting an integrated approach to problem solving.

The following could be some representative topics or focus areas for writing an article:

  • Services marketing.
  • Strategic issues, discussions, approaches with regard to different functional specialization.
  • Operations management.
  • Logistics and supply chain management.
  • Papers focusing on globalization issues.
  • E-business and e-marketing.
  • Business process outsourcing.
  • Environmental management systems.
  • Service operations management.
  • Entrepreneurship and small business management.
  • Computer applications.
  • Human resources management.
  • Insurance, health, infrastructure management, etc.
  • Financial management.
  • Case studies related to the above topics.
  • Review articles on state-of-the-art topics, issues, subjects, concepts, strategies, techniques and management approaches.

Guidelines for authors are available at Sample paper for IFIM’s Focus

Frequency of publication: Biannual - April/ October

Annual subscription for authors are available at Focus subscription

Views expressed in the articles are those of the respective authors. IFIM, Bengaluru does not accept any responsibility and do not necessarily agree with the views expressed in the articles. All copyrights are respected. Every effort is made to acknowledge source material relied upon or referred to, but IFIM’s FOCUS journal does not accept any responsibility for any inadvertent omissions. Except as authorized, no part of the material published in IFIM’s FOCUS may be reproduced or stored in retrieval systems or used for commercial or other purposes. All rights reserved. Copies of published material from the journal may be obtained on prior permission for limited and specified reproduction sought on payment of prescribed charges.

The Refereeing Process

All articles received by the journal will be checked for plagiarism and only articles with below 15% plagiarism will be considered for the next stages of review. All articles will then be reviewed by the Chief Editor for their appropriateness and completeness in terms of the requirement of the journal. Articles, that meet the committee’s basic requirements, will be blind reviewed by two referees conversant with the subject. Once the papers are cleared by the referees, they will go for final publication in the journal. This is keeping in with the standards stipulated by any international refereed journal.

Advisory Board

  • Mr. Sanjay Padode, Secretary, Centre for Developmental Education, Bengaluru
  • Dr. Githa Heggde, Chief Editor, Professor, Marketing, Director - Acting and Dean (Research and International Affairs), IFIM Business School, Bengaluru
  • Dr. Eileen Peacock, Member of Board of Governors, IFIM Business School Bengaluru, Former SVP and Chief Officer Asia Pacific at AACSB International
  • Dr. R. Nat Natarajan, Asst. Dean, W.E. Mayberry Professor of Management, 407B, Johnson Hall, College of Business, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA.
  • Dr. M. R. Gopalan, Member of Board of Governors, IFIM Business School Bengaluru
  • Dr. Prakash Apte, Ex. Director, IIM Bengaluru
  • Dr. Pankaj Chandra, Ex. Director, IIM Bengaluru
  • Dr. S. Sadagopan, Director, IIIT-Bengaluru
  • Dr. C. Jayachandran, Professor & Director, Center for International Business, School of Business, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
  • Dr. Namjae Cho, Director, Digital Business & Management Center, HIT, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
  • Prof. John Bicheno, Reader of Operations Management Department, Business School, University of Buckingham, U.K.
  • Dr. Paul Swamidass, Director of Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management, Auburn University, USA
  • Dr. R. Balachandra, Professor, Information, Operations and Analysis Group, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University, Boston, USA

Review Board

  • Dr. Hooshang M. Beheshti, Professor of Operations Management (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Promotion Management (ABDC ‘B’), Radford University, USA
  • Dr. B Rajesh Kumar, Professor/Program Chair-EMBA/BSBA, Institute of Management Technology, Dubai
  • Dr. H. Gazi Ozhan, Professor of Economics, Ankara University, Turkey
  • Dr. Meral Ozhan, Professor of Economics, Hacettepe University, Turkey
  • Dr. Soumendra K. Dash, Principal Risk Officer, African Development Bank, HQs, Tunisia
  • Dr. R Bremananth, Associate Professor and Head of IST Department, Sur University College, Oman
  • Dr. Aykut Hamit Turan, Associate Professor, School of Management, Sakarya University, Turkey
  • Dr. S Porkodi, Faculty Member and Coordinator – HR, Department of Business Administration, Higher College of Technology, Oman
  • Dr. Sridevi, Professor, Department of Finance, JAGSOM, Bengaluru
  • Dr. Nina Jacob, Professor, JAGSOM, Bengaluru
  • Dr. Rajendra K Sinha, Professor, Department of Finance, JAGSOM, Bengaluru
  • Dr. Asha Prasuna, Professor, Department of Economics, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai
  • Dr. Bijay Krishna Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Department of Finance, School of Economics and Commerce-Adamas University
  • Dr. Sangita Dutta Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Entrepreneurship JAGSOM, Bengaluru
  • Dr. Srividya Raghavan, Associate Professor-Marketing, Chairperson-Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship, JAGSOM Bengaluru.
  • Dr. Shaji Kurian, Associate Professor – HRM, JAGSOM Bengaluru
  • Dr. Sasmita Giri, Assistant Professor, Department of Finance, JAGSOM Bengaluru
  • Dr. Charmi Shah, Assistant Professor, Department of Finance, JAGSOM, Bengaluru
  • Dr. Anuja Agarwal, Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing, JAGSOM, Bengaluru
  • Dr. Arun Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, BITS Pilani
  • Dr. Rema Gopalan, Assistant Professor, Rourkela Institute of Management Studies
  • Prof. Sonam Subhadarshini, Assistant Professor, Trident Academy of Creative Technology
  • Dr Kalpana Sahoo, Assistant Professor, Department of OB & HRM, XIMB, Bhubaneswar
  • Dr. Susmita Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Maharaja Manindra Chandra College, Kolkata
  • Dr. Sunali Talwar, Freelancer, Germany

Team Focus

  • Dr. Githa Heggde
  • Dr. Sasmita Giri
  • Dr. Sangita Dutta Gupta
  • Dr. Anuja Agarwal

Submission Guidelines: Detailed guidelines for authors are available at

Soft copy of manuscript can be mailed to or

Note: Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Important Dates:

Contact Address:
Ms. Sai Prasanna
Manager – Research and International Affairs

IFIM’s FOCUS International Journal of Management
Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM)
#8P & 9P, KIADB Industrial Area, Electronics City Ist Phase
Bengaluru - 560 100.
Tel: 91-80-4143 2857/854/891, 4143 2800.
Fax: 91-80-4143 2844.

Social Immersion Project (SIP)

SIP, a unique initiative of JAGSOM, sensitizes students to the needs of the community and enables to identify their social problems through research. Students will learn to design solutions for social problems through a Techno Economic Viability (TEV) study, thereby enabling sustainable social positive and measurable impact - all this by completely immersing into the community. IFIM has established a CSR Centre known as the V.B. Padode Centre for Sustainability. The SIP initiative falls under the umbrella of this Centre. The Social Immersion Program will begin in Term 2 and end along with Term 3. The institution has tied up with NGO’s across India who work closely with students throughout the project. These NGOs are specialists in Social Research and in solving Social Problems.


  • To empathize with social issues and feel responsible for solving them.
  • To develop critical thinking, analytical and quantitative reasoning skills.
  • To hone problem solving and decision making abilities.
  • To work cohesively in teams, adjust and adapt towards a common goal.
  • To enhance communication skills especially persuasive communication.


  • To empathize and understand social issues and problems.
  • To offer solutions those are measurable with social impact on society.
  • To develop/augment an attitude of ‘giving back’ to society.
  • To hone research skills of designing research tools, collecting, collating and organizing data.
  • To develop critical thinking, and problem solving ability in a frugal and constrained environment.
  • To work cohesively in teams and develop inter personal skills.
  • To enhance verbal, presentation and report writing skills.
  • To adapt one’s lifestyle to suit the prevailing environment.
  • To develop the confidence to solve challenges and problems.
  • To learn business, corporate and social etiquette.

The Immersion Pathway

The Immersion Pathway is built on IFIM’s philosophy of making a positive social change. These are key learnings are as follows

Every project is unique

SIP has been designed to give every student team tools to achieve their goals. Each community, need and project is unique and these tools will need to be applied with that unique context in mind.

Making a massive difference is HARD

Some days might be boring and repetitive, but are necessary to make a meaningful change in the community. Students are advised to remember the end goal and keep persevering.

The communities are customers, not beneficiaries

It is critical that we see the members of the community whom we are trying to serve as customers rather than as beneficiaries. This gives the community more autonomy over the solution and ensures that the solution is something the community actually wants. Therefore, students are encouraged to use research skills to arrive at the ‘social problem’ and management skills of determining a ‘sustainable’ business solution are critical.

Poverty is not just about money

It is believed, that to truly affect a meaningful change in a person’s life, we need to understand their lives holistically. The traditional measurement of ‘Rs. X per day’ cannot adequately capture the full effect of a life lived without opportunity. With experience in working with different communities, it is found that ‘Needs’ can revolve around certain key areas, which have been captured in the Social Impact Wheel.

The Social Impact Wheel


IFIM Toastmasters Club

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Their membership is more than 332,000 numbers. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,400 clubs in 135 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program.

Members of the club learn how to:

  • Deliver effective speeches and presentations
  • Easily lead teams and conduct meetings
  • Give and receive constructive evaluations
  • Be better listeners

Toastmasters Clubs provide regularly scheduled and structured meetings to meet with other members looking to improve public speaking skills.

If you want to overcome your fear of speaking, and you are not in a hurry to do so, then Toastmasters is a peer-to-peer learning forum, which will suit you well. You could also get some inputs on leadership if you take up a role on the committee and you refer to the manual for that role. Keep in mind that Toastmasters is a Peer-to-Peer Learning organization. If you want to learn how to overcome your fear of public speaking and you have the time to do so over six months or a year, then you should consider the option of TM because the fees are also reasonable.

About IFIM Toastmasters Club

A platform from which one can practice public speaking in an actualized setting. That is to say, rather than practicing speeches in front of a mirror, IFIM Toastmasters club allows you to work on your presentation skills in front of a real audience, with challenges. This can be invaluable to improving as a public speaker.

First, everyone wants to see you do well at Toastmasters. No one laughs. No one points at you. They want you to grow and succeed. Each meeting, everyone welcomes you with a friendly face. It is a safe, positive and encouraging environment. Another great thing about Toastmasters is that you can move at your own pace. You do not have to make speeches or participate in discussions until you are ready. There are many shy people in Toastmasters. Therefore, there is a mutual understanding of what you are going through. Did you know that some of the best speakers in the world are shy and introvert? Check the power of introverts by Susan Cain, for example.

Finally, we urge anyone who believes that a little more confidence would do them good to visit our Toastmasters club.

Being at the center of Electronic City IFIM Toastmasters’ Club has been able to tap the best that electronic city has to offer. It is able to attract the best of speech mentors, speech evaluators from Infosys, Wipro, Yokogawa, Siemens, CGI, Tech Mahindra, Deutsche Bank, Mecon and many more clubs in Electronics City. You also get to compete against the top guns of the International Speech level contest.

One of the unwritten rule while doing PGDM is networking. Sticking to your own area will not make you a diversified knowledgeable creature. To have savior faire in a field such as PGDM, one should have knowledge of every other area. Networking not only ensures you have rich quality of friends but also ensures learning. This is what IFIM Toastmasters’ club promises its members.

IFIM Toastmasters’ Club - Since Oct,2015

Legacy Continues

Toastmaster Vidhi Sharma is first ever to unlock and achieve the prestigious TRIPLE CROWN award on behalf of IFIM Toastmasters’ Club in the month of April,2017.

IFIM Toastmasters’ Club completed successfully 50 weekly meetings in the month of February and 51st meeting happened on the 500th DAY, since the CLUB got chartered with all the seasoned toastmasters of IFIM and the members of various clubs in electronic city.

IFIM Toastmasters' Club, Bangalore has successfully become a distinguished club in district 92 and also won the following recognitions :

  • Win it to pin it
  • Spirit of 92
  • Rising Star Award

“Understanding comes through communication, and through communication we find the way of peace” - Dr. Ralph C. Smedley
Founder, Toastmasters International

"“Reading has been my hobby since I was a little child and writing became a passion sometime in school. I read a lot and started writing a blog too. But all of these got lost somewhere in the routine that life became. It was with an intention to start writing again that I joined Toastmasters a year ago. And the journey so far, has been amazing! From being an introvert who utterly disliked talking to strangers to someone who would shy away from people in general, the roles I took up at Toastmasters made me feel at ease while conversing with anyone, be it from any walk of life.

A lot of thinking and preparation goes into even the minutest role you take up at a Toastmasters meeting and there is much to be learned from it all. From teaching you the importance of time management to teaching you how to think on the spot, Toastmasters inculcates in you soft-skills you would otherwise have to toil hard to learn. Carefully crafted feedbacks that are designed to motivate and awards and recognitions for speeches and roles taken are essential components of each Toastmasters meeting. Every member who walks in definitely walks out feeling more confident, encouraged and feeling zealous to achieve more.

We at IFIM Toastmasters Club always look to improve the quality of our members’ speaking and provide them with ample opportunities to discover their leadership abilities, which is as much a part of Toastmasters as is giving speeches. IFIM Toastmasters Club has been a Distinguished Club twice before and all the members are actively working to make it a Select Distinguished Club in the 2017-2018 year. We are optimistic that the club will achieve higher recognitions in the future and be home to at least a few Distinguished Toastmasters in the years to come.”

Suhasini G Hegde
President IFIM Toastmasters' Club

Annual Convocation

“Sustainability is the genesis of innovation”: Kamal Bali, Volvo Group India

169 Students Receive their Diplomas at IFIM Business School’s 21st Convocation Ceremony

Bangalore, August 2, 2017 : IFIM Business School witnessed its landmark celebration with its 21st Annual Convocation held at their campus. This year saw 169 students of the 2015-17 batch receive their post-graduate diplomas in the presence of Mr. Kamal Bali, President and Managing Director, Volvo Group India Pvt. Ltd, along with Mr. VB Padode, Chairman - Centre for Developmental Education (CDE) Society and Sanjay Padode, Secretary (CDE).

Mr. Sanjay Padode, Secretary, Centre for Development Education welcomed the guests and congratulated the graduating students. “As the employment industry is ever evolving with room for improving quality and profitability standards, the eligibility criteria of hiring people also keeps changing. Organizations now look for the skills and experience of an individual, while also keeping the students’ grades as a benchmark. The onus now lies on the Institute to adapt to teaching methods that encompass industry exposure through live research projects, internships and personality enhancement activities. Only then will educational institutions prove their worth by creating job ready professionals,” he said.

Chief Guest Mr. Kamal Bali said, “I am glad to be part of this ceremony where I see great enthusiasm in young minds. This enthusiasm along with innovation is the key to success. Innovation led to the growth of businesses which acted as a differentiator between the developed world and the developing world. A good framework of regulations gave rise to an idea-led market, which in turn provided a platform for innovative digital companies to grow. The Government’s vision to shape a new, confident and aspirational India which is going to be led by youth, requires advanced skill training and education.

The technological progress in the past three decades is phenomenal and the future of the country is largely dependent on young Indians taking over the reins of this transformational journey. The youth must realize their opportunity, power and responsibility and each one of us are capable. Through calculative risks and creativity, we can achieve the complete utilization of talent in the country.”

The convocation was also attended by dignitaries from the corporate world, the Board of Governors of IFIM, the alumni of the Institute and proud parents of the graduating batch, which included both regular and executive PGDM students.

The convocation concluded with celebration by the graduates who are ready for a new start of professional life and their proud parents.

Key Highlights

  • 169 students received their Post Graduate Diplomas from Mr. Kamal Bali, President and Managing Director, Volvo Group India Pvt. Ltd.
  • The academic year stressed on training students to become job ready by cultivating holistic skillsets

The following Awards were given out to the top students

PGDM Topper
Akanksha Ranaut

PGDM Functional Area – Marketing
Anita Gandhi

Best Girl
Kanika Ravindra Jhala

PGDM Functional Area – Finance
Vignesh V

Best All Rounder Performance
Royden Dias

IIP Award
Soni Pankajkumar Hiralal

PGDM (Finance) Topper
Padmanabhuni Leela Kiranmai

Best CSR
Akanksha Apurva

EPGDM (Business Analytics) Topper
Palash Kumar Saphui

PGDM II Shift Topper
Debasish Mishra

Functional Area HR Topper
Akanksha Ranaut

Students of IFIM Business School awarded post graduate degrees by Sri. Nandan Nilekani

The 19th Annual Convocation highlighted the importance of navigating effectively through the current scenario of our country and also enumerates on the three crucial life lessons.

IFIM, Bangalore's No.1 private Business School*, conducted its 19th Annual Convocation on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Sri. Nandan Nilekani, the former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India presided over the gathering and stressed upon the importance of navigating effectively through the current scenario of our country. Also present on the momentous occasion, as the Guests of Honor, was Shri. Sudhanshu Shekar Singh, Chief Operating Officer – Analytics & Research-Genpact and Shri M L Shanmukh Director-HR, Bharat Electronics Ltd.

The lighting of the lamp signified the commencement of the august function. A total of 141 PGDM students of the 2013-15 batch were awarded their post-graduate degrees by Sri Nandan Nilekani, while top performers of the batch were bestowed with awards for excellence in various fields.

The ceremony was also graced by several dignitaries from the corporate world, the Academic Governing Board of IFIM, parents of the graduating students along with the alumni of the institute.

Addressing the eager students at the 19th Annual IFIM Business School convocation, Dr Madhumita Chatterji, Director said, "In today’s world, every student needs to develop certain skill sets that are required to become a successful manager as competition has become intense. The various facets of becoming a good manager entails being a good leader, having the ability to learn on the job, operate in multi-cultural teams as well as being a good communicator."

Congratulating all the students on the occasion, Shri V.B Padode, Chairman IFIM Business School, said, "This year has been one of the most satisfying years for the institute in terms of overall performance by the batch. We have had excellent results academically. This year, IFIM has also witnessed some of the best companies in the country visiting us as recruiters and absorbing a sizeable portion of our students. We are proud of our twenty year heritage"

The placement cycle saw 100% placement of students in companies across varied sectors visit the campus, ranging from banking majors, retail leaders to analytics and IT companies. Some of these prestigious organizations include Britannia, SBI, TIME, Dell, Boston Technologies, KPMG, Nestle, amongst others. The Convocation came to a close with a buzz of cheer and excitement as the students threw their hats up to celebrate the occasion.


Naman-2015 is a flagship management and cultural fest of IFIM Business School. This year, being the 20th inception year of IFIM, students had left no stone unturned to organize the best competitions, prizes and celebrities when compared to its previous editions. A two-day panorama of talent, Naman’15 witnessed the congregation of top colleges and corporates from all across India.

IFIM Business School’s premier management and cultural fest Naman-2015 was held on the 11th and 12th of September this year, honoring the theme and tagline of Air warfare – “A Quest to conquer the skies”. Naman-2015 reflected the spirit of youth and provided a platform for the students to showcase their talent in various spheres that covered the versatile aspects of Management and cultural performances. For the Management enthusiasts, there was a multitude of management extravaganza competitions such as in Best Manager, Business Quiz, Business Plan powered by NASSCOM, Marketing and Finance. The Cultural section comprised of Group Dances and a glamorous Fashion Show.

When asked about this unique theme, the IFIM Student Cultural Head Mr Tharun Shastry said “Air warfare is the use of military aircraft and other flying machines in warfare in order to protect the interests of a nation. In business, air warfare techniques can be implemented for effective management and efficient functioning of an organization. Because of this distinctive theme, we witnessed an overwhelming participation at Naman, truly living up to its reputation as a Management, Cultural and Musical extravaganza.”

The icing on the cake was the musical night featuring “The Raghu Dixit Project” on 12th September 2015 where the audience relived the tunes of breathtaking Contemporary folk music. This concert also emphasized on IFIM’s CSR initiative since it was a comprehensive fund raiser show where 100% of the profits generated were donated to the cause of “Save the girl child”. Big congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the participants and sponsors of IFIM Naman 2015. Special acknowledgement towards Associate Partner Startup curation, Radio Partner Radio City, Ticketing Partner bookmyshow, Trophy Partner Trophy Kart, and Refreshment partner Bisleri.



IFIM Business School presents “NAMAN 2013 - National Management and Cultural Festival" a tribute to Indian Civilization.

NAMAN is planned to be two days splendid celebrations with management as well as cultural events. Naman 2013 is open to all and gets wider communication and publicity across the country through personal presentations, print, radio, TV and online media. More than 1000+ participants across India including students from 30+ colleges, 50+ corporate and celebrities etc. are expected to be an integral part of NAMAN.

Date: September 6th & 7th, 2013

Venue: IFIM Business School
#8P & 9P, KIADB Industrial area
Electronics City, Phase 1
Bengaluru - 560100

Tel (O): 080- 41432800 / 888
Fax: 080- 41432844



Kanyathon 2017: A run for women, attended by over 2500

200 Army Personnel and 35 women runners from ASC joined the marathon; 5 ISRO women scientists were felicitated

Bangalore, March 5, 2017: IFIM Business School held their annual run – Kanyathon which began at their Electronic City campus following the theme, ‘Saving the Girl Child towards better Education and against Exploitation’. The run was under their initiative called S.A.F.E (Students Against Female Exploitation). The participants ran for five and ten km. In attendance were Rajeev Gowda, Member of Parliament; Actor Akshara Hassan; Vinita Sood, Philanthropist, and Priya Bansal, a Dentist and founder of Priya Dental Clinic.

The event bore witness to over 2500 people from all walks of life which included 200 Army personnel as well as 35 women runners from the ASC. The sunny morning began with power packed panel discussion on “the role of mother's to educate their male children about gender equality” which highlighted some insightful inputs from the panellists. IFIM also felicitated 5 ISRO women scientists namely, Smt. Vasantha Kumari U N, Smt. Bhanumathy Y R, Smt. Subhalakshmi K, Smt. Shamala C P and Smt. Anitha Daniel, for their achievements in their fields.

IFIM’s Kanyathon has been supported by S.A.F.E, since the launch of the movement in February 2013, with the main aim of promoting social responsibility and creating awareness against exploitation of women. The edition highlights the fact that a girl is on an equal pedestal as a boy.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Rajeev Gowda said, “This is a terrific initiative by IFIM. We all know simply creating awareness does not solve the problem, we need to demonstrate by example and work towards making a change. This is what will make a difference.”

Akshara Haasan added, “The student community at IFIM is very strong, and that in itself is half the problem solved. The initiative has been running since quite some time and is working towards the great cause of uplifting and emancipating the women and children. I am proud to be part of this movement which empowers women to hold and make their own individual identity.”

“This annual event is held to celebrate women and women empowerment. On the occasion of Women’s day, we take this initiative to encourage them to create a better future and a healthy ecosystem to further excel. Also, we believe that saving the girl child is equally important and we will strive to do our best in supporting the organisations who are working towards the same cause,” said <>bSanjay Padode, Secretary, CDE (IFIM Institutions).

The winners of the 10k marathon are Dinesh Kumar and Akriti Verma and the winners of the 5k marathon are Bharat and Ananya Deep.

IFIM in association with OXFAM India & S.A.F.E supports the cause to Save the Girl Child.

IFIM Business School Bangalore, in association with OXFAM India & S.A.F.E (Students Against Female Exploitation), an organisation formed by the students of IFIM, is going to conduct a walkathon for the cause: 'Save the Girl Child’ on 8th March 2015, Sunday morning at State Central Library Campus, Cubbon Park. The 5K run will be flagged off at 6 30 am. The Guest of Honour is Mr.Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers and a few more celebrities. Kanyathon 2015 is one of its kind event as it is a fundraiser for a good cause being organized by students themselves, who promote social responsibility.

This unique initiative, being held on International Women’s Day, is expected to attract approximately 3000+ Bangaloreans from all walks of life. The participants of both genders, varying from students to working professionals, will start and end the run at Cubbon Park, covering a distance of 5 km in total. IFIM has been successfully organizing Kanyathon for the past 5 years. It was originally started in 2011.

According to the recent UNICEF report, there is a drastic decline in the sex-ratio ironically in the richest states of India with the country having lost over one crore girls since 2007. One stark and obvious result of female foeticide is the low proportion of women in some of India’s states. Taking this into consideration, IFIM along with OXFAM India and S.A.F.E shall organize the Kanyathon, as an awareness drive to curb female feticide. The three major objectives for Kanyathon 2015 are Save the Girl Child, Women Empowerment and Awareness against Female Exploitation.

Annual Walkathon to ‘Save the Girl Child’

IFIM Business School, in association with S.A.F.E. (Students Against Female Exploitation), an organization formed by the dynamic students of IFIM, conducted a walkathon for the cause: 'Save the Girl Child' on 8th September 2013.

This unique initiative attracted close to 400 people from all walks of life. The participants, varying from students to working professionals, started and ended the walk at IFIM, covering a distance of 4.1km. Apart from the walkathon, a marathon of 8.2km was organized along with drawing competition for children, a costume walk for teenagers, speech on breast cancer awareness, exclusive dance performance, exclusive stunts by the Procycle team and a free health check-up camp, organized by Mazumdar Shaw Cancer care centre.

The event was graced by the Bengaluru FC football team, owned by the JSW group, led by Mr. Ashley Westwood, head coach and ex Manchester United Footballer. Among the other guests of honor were, Mrs. Radha Murthy, Vice President, India Hockey Federation and Karnataka State Hockey Federation, Brigadier Naidu and Mr. Babu S, Bangalore Police.

S.A.F.E. (Students Against Female Exploitation) Movement was officially launched on the 16th of February, 2013. S.A.F.E. intends to change the mindset of the people and to sensitize them towards respect for women. Since students are the future of the country, a movement of the students, by the students and for the students is expected to have a great impact. By changing the mindsets of young students, we not only ensure short-term safety, but also ensure safety for women across the nation for generations to come. The initiative is not limited to IFIM, but in the near future IFIM students would like to spread this movement to every other college and student body.

Founder's Day

IFIM Institutions celebrated its 24th Founder’s Day

IFIM Institutions celebrated its 23rd Founder’s Day

IFIM Institutions celebrated its 22st Founder’s Day

IFIM Institutions celebrated its 21st Founder’s Day

Monday 29th February 2016, Established in 1995, IFIM Institutions celebrated its 21st Founder’s Day in the presence of industry stalwarts Mr. Krishnamurthy Shankar – Executive Vice President and Group Head of HRD, Infosys and Dr. Bhaskar Ghosh – Group Chief Executive, Accenture Technology Delivery, Accenture

IFIM Business School on the occasion of the Founder’s Day launched the 21st year celebrations with the theme of ‘The Best Industry Connect’. The Chief Guest present was Mr. Krishnamurthy Shankar, EVP, Group Head, HRD, Infosys and the Guest of Honor was Dr. Bhaskar Ghosh, Group Chief Executive Accenture Technology. Joining them on stage were Shri. V.B. Padode, Chairman - Centre for Developmental Education (CDE) and Chief Editor - Dalal Street Investment Journal (DSIJ), Dr. Madhumita Chatterji, Director IFIM Business School, Mr. Shrikant NR, MD-HR, Accenture Technology, Ms. Anu Raghavan, Mahindra Retail HR Head and Prof. M.S. Lakshminarayanan Director- University Education. The celebrations began with Dr. Srividya Raghavan, host for the event introducing to the audience about the special guests and calling upon Dr. Madhumita Chatterji to initiate the proceedings. Dr. Madhumita Chatterji started with a brief presentation on IFIM institutions along with awards and recognitions achieved till date. She expressed the dream of IFIM institutions to be the first Management University in India.

With this, she handed over the stage to Shri. V.B.Padode, who enlightened the students with good deeds of the current Prime Minister and did not let any student embed in themselves with anti national sentiments as per the recent ongoing fiasco in the capital. Dr. Bhaskar Ghosh spoke next and imparted students with the knowledge on how to get selected in their dream jobs, including tips on sustaining and succeeding in the competitive world.

He encouraged students to innovate, improve and know about their strengths to be their own flag bearer. Mr. Krishnamurthy praised the faculty and founder members of IFIM stating that the academia- interface at IFIM is commendable, as it has contributed to student’s knowledge and made them industry - ready. He also added that enthusiasm, ability to learn, conceptual thinking and collaborating are the essential qualities one needs to build to be ahead of the curve in this changing world.

After the guests completed their speeches, it was time for the awards ceremony where Ms. P. Mutthulakshmi - Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce won the best faculty award from IFIM College and Prof. Rahul Gupta Chowdhury – Associate Professor, Marketing won the same from IFIM Business School. The best staff award was bagged by Ms. Bindushree Priyadarshini.

The highlight of the event was the handing over of the cheque worth Rs 2,00,000/- to the NGO Nanhi kali. This amount was raised during IFIM’s CSR event ‘Kanyathon- a walk to save the girl child’ which was handed over to Ms. Anu Raghavan, Mahindra Retail HR Head and Mr. Jaywardhan from the NGO Nanhi kali.

Soon after, it was the time for vote of thanks which was delivered by Prof. M.S.Lakshminarayan. He thanked all the guests, founder, teaching and non-teaching staff and the students for making the event a success. He eulogized the founder’s visionary zeal for keeping the IFIM flag high and believing in the students. The event was wrapped up with a breathtaking cultural event where students from different IFIM Institutions showcased their talent.

IFIM Institutions consists of a conglomerate of world class educational institutions including the prestigious IFIM Business School, IFIM College, IFIM Law School, IFIM Institute of Social Science and IFIM Centre for Distance Learning. IFIM Business School, Bangalore, is a 21 year old institution and is one of the top business schools in India. It has been consistently ranked as ‘Bangalore’s No. 1 Private B-School’. IFIM offers 3 core programs- PGDM, PGDM (Finance) and PGDM (International Business). It is promoted by the Dalal Street Investment Journal Group and is approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and is accredited by SAQS. IFIM College nurtures and supports a unique system of education structured on Bangalore University syllabi, combining the tenets of academic excellence and corporate professionalism. IFIM Law School is a co-educational, self-financing first grade college affiliated to Karnataka State Law University, Hubli. The college fosters an atmosphere of intellectual vigor and moral rectitude in which the youth may find their fulfillment and achieve greatness as eminent citizens. It is approved by The Bar Council of India. IFIM Institute of Social Sciences (IFIM ISS) is committed to cultivate leadership traits based on holistic multi-disciplinary quality education through its unique academic delivery of domain knowledge and employability skills with the blend of knowing, doing and being to respond to the challenges of globalization. IFIM ISS has the feel of a friendly hamlet while offering all the benefits of a citadel of learning for the upliftment of the society. The campus for all the IFIM Institutions is strategically located in the heart of Electronics City, Bangalore, with well-planned infrastructure and resources. The strength of IFIM institutions emanates from its well qualified and experienced faculty drawn from top academic institutions and eminent companies of the world. The mission of IFIM institution is to nurture socially responsible and continuously employable professionals.

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20th Year Celebrations Launched at IFIM Business School on Founder’s Day by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar

Friday 20th February 2015, Bangalore: IFIM B School on the occasion of the Founder’s Day launched the 20th year celebrations themed ‘20 years of transformation’ today. Chief Guest for the event was His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar, Founder of Art of Living who blessed and inaugurated the celebrations and spoke elaborately on Leadership and Management. The Guest of Honour was Mr. Ashish Chauhan, MD & CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange. Also present on the occasion were Mr. V. B. Padode, Chairman - Centre for Developmental Education (CDE) Society and Chief Editor - Dalal Street Investment Journal (DSIJ), Dr. R. S. Nirjar, Executive Chairman - Board of Governors, Vice Chancellor (Retd.) Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida (UP), Padma Bhushan Mr. Ajai Chowdhry, Founder- HCL & Former Chairman- HCL Infosystems Ltd, Dr. V. A. Sastry, Director - The National Stock Exchange, Mr. Sanjay Padode, Secretary - CDE Society, Bangalore, Mr. Mike Shah, President & CEO - M. S. Enterprises, Bangalore, Mr. Rajesh Padode, Joint Managing Director - DSIJ Pvt. Ltd., Pune, Mr. Rakesh Bamzai, SVP & President Commercial India and Emerging Markets, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Ltd among others.

The inaugural event showcased the journey of the business school over the last 19 years in nurturing and developing management professionals who have gone on to excel in their various business assignments in India and abroad. The celebration brought together alumni, former directors, deans, faculty and current students, faculty members, administration, leadership teams and others who have helped create the brand IFIM Business School. IFIM felicitated all those who contributed to its growth story. The evening ended with a cultural show.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 20th Year Celebration of the IFIM B School, H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “The most important aspect of leadership is to let go of control and surrender with childlike innocence. A true leader has qualities of compassion, sacrifice, care, determination, humility and leads by example creating leaders and not followers. Everybody is bigger than their problems and they should have faith that only the best will happen to them when their intention is pure. In the current competitive world, talent and inner strength enable one to gain a larger understanding of life, where winning or losing takes the backstage. On business, he said money can become the central point of business when it is within the boundary of ethics. Healthy food habits, exercise, meditation and relaxation help an individual gain the right balance between business and life” he added.

Mr. V B Padode added “I feel extremely gratified that the seeds sown two decades ago have grown and are yielding best of fruits for the all-round benefit of corporates and society at large”.

The year-long celebration themed on “Transformation” will feature various events beginning with the launch event on 20th February with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, followed by Kanyathon 2015 on March 8th at Cubbon Park. It is the fourth edition of the walkathon with over 5000 people, conducted yearly by IFIM B School since 2011 to support women empowerment and save the girl child program and host of lectures, CSR initiatives, Public Private Partnership projects, programs in association with Lion’s Club International, etc. The theme also incorporates transforming the environment and giving back to society. Further plans include ‘transformation series’ which involves talks on leadership and entrepreneurship from industry giants, motivational speakers and self-made businessmen. Additionally, the Institute’s CSR team has taken upon itself a project called “Shiksha Aadhar” to educate the less privileged, and for this very purpose, the IFIM hostel’s library has been chosen as the venue for a new coaching center.


“Opportunities do not come knocking on your door; you have to go out and look for them” - Prof. R S Nirjar, Executive Chairman IFIM Business School

Inaugural ceremony- Sh. V. B. Padode doing the honors

IFIM Business School celebrated its 17th Founder’s Day on Tuesday the 14th February 2012, amid presence of renowned Industry stalwarts and eminent personalities from Academia. The ceremony commenced with lighting the lamp by honorable dignitaries and guests of honors and our founder Chairman - Sh. V.B Padode. This was followed a unique “Oath taking” ceremony by all the students of the 2010 - 12 batch, the handing over of the baton by the Seniors to their Juniors, a change of command for the Student’s council and the Commitment to carry on the values, ethics, integrity and humility in all their dealings as graduates passing out from an institute like IFIM. This was followed by a formal welcome by Dr. B. P. Pethiya, Director IFIM.

Thanks to all who built this institute- Sh. Sanjay Padode

An ever juvenile and unforgettable occasion that offered IFIM management too the opportunity of felicitating all the important stakeholders, who had extended their wholehearted support and were instrumental in setting up this modern campus in Electronics City, that has helped IFIM in attracting the best Management faculty, as well as high quality students. “Goes without saying, this is a feather forever in our cap that has and will play a vital role in building IFIM into a world class Institution, in the decade ahead”. The Founder’s day is a very important day in any institution” said Shri Sanjay Padode, Secretary, Centre for Developmental Education (CPD), which runs IFIM. It celebrates the far sighted vision and the dedication of the founder, as well as a day to celebrate the achievement of new milestones and sow new dreams. A really perceptive, well focused and brilliantly crafted presentation was made by him about achievement of IFIM over the years.

Student Prithu Jain receiving the ward from Sh. V. B. Padode

The founder and Chairman of IFIM Business School – Shri V.B. Padode shared his views on three main subjects that are uppermost in the minds of all of us today, ie inclusive Growth and Development, Corruption and Black money, which is growing like cancer and is prevalent in all sections of our society and Moral values and humility. He congratulated Student Mr. Sabari Girish & Namrata Hegde for wining the Mr. and Ms. Personality award respectively while on the other side all hands went up in the air applauding for Mr. Raju Pujari, Porf. S. Manoharan and Simant Arun for wining Star Staff, Star Faculty and Best Alumni awards respectively in their respective categories. He mentioned that he was keen to encourage, honour and reward people, who had achieved and brought laurels to the Institute. This was an award created and conferred upon the achievers for the first time in the history of IFIM.

Making a point- Mr Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director of TOYOTA KIRLOSKAR INDIA

Mr Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director of TOYOTA KIRLOSKAR INDIA congratulated and appreciated the efforts of the Management and the students in building up IFIM to the envious position that it is in today. He compared the achievements of IFIM to the various excellent processes at TOYOTA, saying that both organizations have played a good part in developing good Managers and making excellent Institutions.

I am impressed!!!-.Rakesh Bamzai , Chief Marketing Officer of BIOCON Limited

Rakesh Bamzai , Chief Marketing Officer of BIOCON Limited said “The performance of students of IFIM, recruited by BIOCON in the last 3 years has been at par with the students from the top Business Schools like the IIMs, XLRI, ISB, etc. He also said “I have no hesitation in accepting and saying that the day is not far off, when the students of IFIM Business School would be the first choice of top organizations in India and abroad.

Dr. R S Nirjar being felicitated by Sh. V. B. Padode

A thought provoking and powerful speech by Prof. Nirjar highlighted that the current educational system was cultivating mediocrity and curbing creativity and did not focus on the holistic development of the students. Opportunities do not come knocking on your doors; you have to go out and look for them. So create opportunities. We need honest and bold people as leaders in our Government, so that corruption which restricts the growth of the economy is brought under control.

The words of Wisdom- Sh. V. B. Padode with Panelists during the discussion

Last but not the least “THE PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE STATE OF THE INDIAN ECONOMY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES” started off with a big bang and was triggered off by the Students of IFIM. The Panel had eminent experts from both Academia and Industry stalwarts. Mr. Sandeep Singh : DMD of TOYOTA said poor infrastructure and rampant corruption was restricting the growth of the Indian economy. He concluded by saying that a strong political was needed to make our economy strong.

The highlight of the closing ceremony was the crisp cultural show presented by the students of IFIM, which included some creative films by the students, which won them the 3rd prize at the all India level. On the whole it was a very successful programme and was highly appreciated by one and all.

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