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BIFM mantra is to get students industry ready.

THE desire to produce employable, industry- ready graduates prompted a bunch of IIT/ IIM alumni to come together and launch the BIFM Society for Education and Research, Preet Vihar, 2005.

As BIFM's founder- director Neelkamal Bhardwaj puts it, " We found that the standard of the curriculum at management institutes was not updated regularly keep pace with the requirements of a changing world. The graduates we were churning out were merely degree holders with no practical skills." Bhardwaj says education must be action- oriented and not degree- driven. " At BIFM, we follow the ideology of the philosopher Herbert Spencer who believed that the aim of education is not knowledge but action," he says.

The institute caters to students and working professionals through a number of part- and full- time programmes of durations extending from three months to three years. Classrooms at BIFM are WiFi- enabled and are equipped with modern audio- visual equipment for the sake of a better learning environment.

The BIFM library also boasts of more than 5,000 titles.

Some of BIGM's full- time programmes are BBA in Financial Markets Management and MBA in Banking Insurance and Financial Markets. The flagship programme, however, is the Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning and Wealth Management.

Short- term progammes offered include CFP Certification Education Programme and Diploma in Stock Market Trading.

To get selected, students who have cleared Class XII or com- pleted their bachelor's programmes have to take an entrance test followed by group discussion and interview. " We have a placement cell that keeps us in touch with corporate houses," informs Bhardwaj. " It regularly invites senior professionals to conduct guest lectures and workshops and also to hold campus interviews at the time of final placements." The effort is paying off. As Bhardwaj informs us, " We've been successful in achieving more than 90 per cent placements for all our full- time batches." For a young institute, that's a creditable achievement.

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Date:Oct 30, 2012
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