Interview With Dr.Manisha Ketkar, Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance – Pune

Dr.Manisha Ketkar

MBA Banking and Finance - The MBA (Banking and Finance) is a two year program designed with an objective to disseminate relevant knowledge and provide skills to students such that they function effectively in the challenging environment of the Banking, Finance and Insurance (BFSI) sector. With a well designed strong curriculum and different workshops & certifications embedded in different semesters, this programme has been designed to provide the necessary education and skill sets for a well rounded personality such that they leave the portals of the institute as industry ready professionals.

CPBFI - As employers of over 24,000 employees, Bajaj Finserv Limited and its group companies are keenly aware of the skill gaps experienced by recruiters on one side and lack of employment opportunities experienced by the graduates on other side. A bridge between campuses and corporates is what is needed and CPBFI, a customized Certificate Programme in Banking, Finance and Insurance, is designed to act as bridge. In a short span of 40 days, CPBFI provides relevant knowledge and essential skills to enhance the employability of the participants. After successful completion of CPBFI, a joint certificate programme of SSBF and Bajaj Finserv, students can apply for entry level positions in banks, finance companies, life insurance and general insurance companies.

PGDBF – The post graduate diploma in banking and finance is a specially designed one year programme which covers all the major courses across two semesters that provides a value addition to the students especially the working professionals. With experienced faculty from different industries, the programme is designed to give a practical approach and a good subject knowledge in a shorter span of time.

Most of SSBF’s faculty members are Ph.Ds with a good experience and subject knowledge to educate the students in various approaches. All the faculty members present papers in national and international conferences. They have many publications in reputed journals to their credit. The faculty engage in various methods of teaching apart from classroom discussions such as Bloomberg assignments, role plays, field trips, live projects simulations etc. There are also visiting faculty who are industry professionals who provide the students with practical aspects apart from regular subject teachings. All the students undertake research projects on various topics as part of Dissertation under the guidance of faculty members. SSBF also has research students who undergo their fellowship under trained mentors

SSBF provides practical knowledge and experience to the students through Corporate Interface. With SSBF’s connect across various professionals in the Banking and Finance Sector, the corporate interface aids in providing various guest lectures and discussions with these eminent personalities. Care Ratings, HDFC AMC, Axis Bank, Bank of Maharashtra and Bajaj Finserv are some of the noteworthy interfaces that help the students in imparting necessary skillsets which will help them gain an industry knowledge. There is also an Annual Banker’s conclave known as the Symposium that is conducted every year where industry personalities from various organizations join together for a panel discussion that give interesting perspectives for the betterment of the students.

As far as placements are concerned, Banks are the major recruiters. Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank are some of the organizations who have visited us this year. Other esteemed organizations include Analyst firms like JP Morgan Chase, PWC, NBFCs like Capital First and Rating agencies such as CARE Ratings also form part of our recruiters’ list. Profiles offered include Business and Financial Analyst, Relationship Manager, Wealth Manager, Credit Manager, Operations, Sales MSE, Channels Officer, Retail Branch Banking, etc.

As part of Summer Internship, students were offered internship roles on various profiles from Axis Bank, JP Morgan Chase, HDFC Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Bank of India, IDBI Bank and Bajaj Finance to name a few. SSBF has also signed MOU with Axis Bank, HDFC AMC, Association of Wealth Management of India and CRIF Highmark wherein certified training programmes are provided. Access to online courses on different subjects from EDUCBA is provided to students that help in gaining in-depth knowledge on various concepts. Special placement assistant activities like Mock GDPI are conducted regularly to help students in facing interviews with full confidence.

SSBF began its journey in 2010 amidst the beautiful hills of the Lavale Campus. The infrastructure of the campus with greenery all around creates a positive aura and serenity. The campus offers multiple facilities like Gym, Indoor and Outdoor sports ground, Health center, etc. Classrooms are equipped with all the audio visual teaching aids and a high speed internet. Students also have access to the Library and Bloomberg terminal that supports them for various projects by providing a variety of books and software.

SSBF also enables learning and developing various skills through various student driven committees. There are 12 committees in SSBF, each having its own unique feature and reason to be a part of. Committees like the Placement Assistance Committee, Corporate Interface Team, ERC or Equity Research Cell, Alumni team, Sports Committee, Website Committee, Institute Social Responsibility or ISR, Public Relations committee and the editorial committee. SSBF also promotes the talents of the young minds and motivates the spirits of budding entrepreneurs and thus it has its Entrepreneur Cell. The Co-curricular committee ensures that there is rejuvenation between studies by organising the annual fest Synopia and various other events like festival celebrations, farewell to name a few.

SSBF aims at providing a global exposure and knowledge to students. In order to facilitate application of subject knowledge in an international scenario and to gain exposure across various cultures, SSBF has tie ups with different Universities in Australia, UK and Europe. Every year, a semester exchange programme is offered with Macquarie University in Australia where students undergo one full semester there which aids them to gain great knowledge and exposure and an opportunity to study subjects from their University. SSBF also offers a spring semester exchange programme with Leeds University UK for 5 months.

Other summer and winter school programmes are also arranged with Universities in Germany and Berlin for about 2 weeks. We also have various students who come here to our institute from Universities of Spain and Germany to undergo projects and training under the guidance of faculty from SSBF. This provides an opportunity for the students to forget cultural differences and gain amicable relationships from different parts of the world. At SSBF, the syllabus is designed in a way that matches global standards and is updated time to time.

SSBF is a constituent of Symbiosis International University (SIU).SIU ranked 23 in QS Ranking 2019 and 109 in BRICS Ranking.

SSBF as an institute has always worked to rise and grow in the academic world and has achieved many milestones so far. Some of the prestigious awards that SSBF has received from the academic front are:

  • Best emerging B-school by Bloomberg
  • The 6th and 7th DNA stars of the industry group twice in a row for education and leadership.
  • The Dewang Mehta Awards for Best Business School in Banking and Finance.
  • SSBF ranked in top 100 in Outlook-Drshti B-school 2018 ranking
  • SSBF adjudged "Management College of the Year 2017" by Higher Education Review.
  • SSBF has been adjudged as ‘Best Institute in Banking & Finance’ at 25th Business School Affaire &Dewang Mehta National Education Awards

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