Padma-Shri Dr. Pritam Singh joins on the Board of Governors of IFIM Business School

Published On: 29 Dec 2011

 | Last Updated On: 29 Dec 2011

IFIM B-School takes pride in sharing this moment of gratification with all its stakeholders that the Management Guru and erstwhile Director of MDI and IIM- Lucknow Padma-Shri Dr. Pritam Singh who currently holds the command as the Director General of IMI, New Delhi,has graciously agreed to be a member of Board of Governors of the B- School.

Padma-Shri Dr. Pritam Singh is an Inspiring role model who has spent his entire life tirelessly doing what he does best:  awakening students, academia, corporate heads and policy makers to raise their bar and continue climbing up ladders of excellence. An educationist of enormous substance, Dr. Pritam Singh truly is a rare mix of a hard core academician, strategic administrator and a globally sought after speaker who has addressed innumerable Indian and global audiences that includes Chambers of Commerce of countries such as Holland, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, UK, USA, Thailand, Mauritius, Egypt etc.

Dr. Pritam Singh has worked closely with more than 200 CEOs in India and abroad and has conducted more than 100 retreats for the top management of private and public sector organizations as well as Multi-national Corporations.

In a befitting tribute to this change maestro, Late Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi distinctly identified him to be the leader and mentor who was capable of organizing and directing the first retreat of the Central Ministers of his cabinet as Transformational Leaders and Change masters.

As an academic administrator, Dr. Pritam Singh has an unparalleled record. With his entrepreneurial vision and path breaking innovative methods, Dr. Pritam Singh wrote the story of success and glory for both MDI (where he was director 1994-1998 & 2003-2006) and IIM Lucknow (1998-2003) and earned the reputation and recognition of an Administrator with ‘Midas Touch’.

A visionary leader with an extraordinary insight into real life situations all around us, Dr. Singh has to his credit seven highly rated books, three of which have the distinction of being award winning publications. He has also published over 60 research papers in various national and international journals.

His distinguished services were acknowledged by the country when the President of India conferred on him the prestigious ‘Padma-Shri’ in year 2003.  It was for the first time that any Professor and a serving Director in India received this coveted award in the field of management education. In December 2006, MIRBIS-the leading management school in Moscow, honoured him as ‘GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADER’ 2006- 2007.  He was not just the first Indian, but the first Asian to have walked on this global hall of fame.

He has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards. To name a few AIMA Academic Leadership Award 2009 - First Recipient Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan Memorial Award: Teacher of Teachers, 2009  Lifetime Achievement Award by the Swami Vivekananda Foundation, 2006 TIE-UP California USA Outstanding Entrepreneur Award (2002) Outstanding CEO (Chief Executive Officer) National HRD Award (2001) Best Director Award of Indian Management Schools (1998);  Best Motivating Professor IIM Bangalore Award (1993).

Padmashree Dr Pritam Singh's contribution in curriculum development in the leading schools of the country such as MDI, IIM-L and IMI is well appreciated and recognized by the academic fraternity globally. IFIM Business School's management is very excited to avail his guidance in strengthening its curriculum and its academic governance to make IFIM one of the leading business schools in the country.

IFIM Business School has always enjoyed the patronage of leading industrialists and academicians who have been participating as members of the board of Governors of the business school which has been responsible for institutional building and helping the institute move up in rankings. With Dr Pritam Singh's patronage IFIM Business School is confident of moving many notches up in its ranking in the coming years.

About IFIM Business School:

IFIM (The Institute of Finance and International Management) Business School,Bangalore was founded in 1995 with its first batch of students graduating in 1997. Today, IFIM finds its place among the Top 30 Best B-schools of the Country. Students from across the country have come to IFIM to go on to graduate as one of the fine managers at corporate India.

Under the leadership of highly innovative and academically oriented professionals as Institute's thought leaders who believe that "Along with the skills of professional management, IFIM also inculcate human values, professional ethics and consciousness about wellness in our students, so as to make them capable of not only taking good decisions for corporate but also making all efforts that their decisions should also contribute to our society at large. The IFIM has achieved a worldwide recognition for its academic and professional excellence over the years, which is evident from continuous flow of foreign students for academic course here. Moreover, the consistent excellent rating by number of business magazines has developed a confidence amongst all the stakeholders, be employer or prospective students."

INNOVATIONS AT IFIM FOR OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF IT'S STUDENTS

i) The 6-month Industry Internship Program (IIP): one of the very unique features of IFIM is a robust and concentrated initiative to ensure that our graduates are attuned to the needs of industry. This structured opportunity presented to the students, deepens his/her understanding & appreciation of concepts and/or hands-on experience in an industry and/ or research into an area of specialization. IIP also helps in developing deep domain knowledge and skills, the ability to integrate theory & application, understand business applications & perspectives and achieve seamless integration with customers. Most often these IIPs get converted in to placements for IFIM students.

ii) Center for Excellence and Personality Development (CPD): The Purpose why the Center for Excellence and Personality Development exists is to empower each and everyone at IFIM to excel in their lives and fulfill their career and professional objectives and to develop Leadership.

CPD compliments well with the Business Skills that the PGDM curriculum offers. CPD encourages all round holistic development of every individual and hence enhances his or her core competencies. CPD focuses on every individual's Communication Skills, Work-Place Skills and Life Skills and use various pedagogy from instructor led training, e learning, outbound learning, project based learning to experiential learning. In the process, we bridge the gap between the current situation and what is required for each and everyone at IFIM to fulfill on his or her personal and professional objectives.

The vision of the Center for Excellence and Personality Development is "People are successful in their academics; productive and effective in their profession/career. They take on new and exciting initiatives, challenges, and fulfilling on their professional vision. People are satisfied".

iii) CENTRE FOR RESEARCH (CFR): The vision of CFR, as a centre of excellence, is to enable and support Institute of Finance & International Management to

  • Carry out academic & applied management research.
  • Foster a culture of in-house research amongst the faculty and students and thus support the academic curriculum with case studies, empirical data and refreshing perspectives.
  • Create a platform for exchange of ideas between academia-academia and academia-industry. And
  • Share & disseminate specific findings, research outcomes, information and knowledge both with the academic fraternity and corporate practitioners.

FOCUS,the management journal, being brought out by CFR at IFIM facilitates effective dissemination of information with regard to various management issues and problem solving methodology relevant for practicing executives as well as for academicians working in the field of management.

iv) CENTRE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP (CFE): CFE, in partnership with The National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), encourages, incubates and facilitates the spirit of global enterprise amongst aspiring graduates of IFIM and potential entrepreneurs. Its mission is to enhance the business - risk appetite of the student community by imparting knowledge on tools and techniques that will enable them to calculate the impact of such risks and build mitigation strategies for the purpose of wealth creation for all stakeholders.CFE incorporates Adventurer (a student's e-cell), Incubation and Research Centre's, with a focus to hone the students into entrepreneurial managers.

IFIM also has a unique and innovative field level community based learning program entitled Corporate Social Responsibility Project ( CSR). This program has been institutionalized through the CSR Centre. The centre aims at building awareness and sensitizing students to various issues faced by the social castor and find ways to enhance human, social and natural capital. This experience grooms our students to emerge as emotionally intelligent managers. Under this initiative IFIM collaborate on a continuing basis with CRY, Ants Consulting and Janaagraha, with whom MOUs have been signed, as well as with other NGOs in and around Bangalore, to provide students with the projects.

v) International Study Program (ISP): IFIM Business School has inked several MOUs with leading Global Networks. Under the terms of the proposed MOu, the Global Network will plan , schedule and organize an ISP to a specific country. Under this program our students have visited Germany, China, Vietnam, France, Singapore, Malaysia ETC. The ISP presents a whole spectrum of Academic, Research and Internship opportunities- from developing cross cultural sensitivities, professional networking , exposure to best-in-class business practices to converting these into research cases and the like.

vi) Virtual Class Room & Learning Management System: IFIM extensively uses Virtual Class Room and Learning Management System. VCR helps the students to attend classes at their convenient timing. VCR records the class and registered students can login to take the sessions. LMS is used for giving assignments, quizzes, test etc. Faculty can share teaching resources, evaluate students and can also obtain feedback from students online.

vii) A 100% Placement Record: IFIM primary objective is to place every graduating student in the right company as a professional manager IFIM closely gauges the ground situation in corporate manpower requirements and tailors the courses offered to converge with it. IFIM students are placed not just in their desired sectors, but also into their desired job profiles.. Some of the companies that visited campus for the IIP and final placements include: Deloitte, Castrol, E & Y, Tulip, Berger Paints, TATA Motor Finance, LEXI, Xchanging, Millward Brown, AMBA, Hamilton, TCS, Ginger, Nibrant Sodexo, Northern Trust, IDBI Bank, Dalal Street, ANZ, Matrix, TOI, Thomson, , Dell, Virgin Mobile, Bajaj Capital, Bank of Baroda, ACER Unilever, The Hindu, Siemens, The NSE etc.

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