IFIM Business School Launches India’s First AACSB Accredited BBA Programme at its new Greater Mumbai Campus

IFIM Business School
Thursday, May 09 2019, 06:06 PM
IFIM Business School, Bangalore, one of India’s top six AACSB accredited business schools, has launched a fully residential Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programme at its new campus in Greater Mumbai. With the launch of BBA, IFIM joins the list of select B-schools like IIM Indore and IIM Rohtak who are offering undergraduate management programs, in addition to postgraduate programs

In a yet another first, IFIM Business School, Bangalore, one of India’s top six AACSB accredited business schools, has launched a fully residential Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programme at its new campus in Greater Mumbai. With this move, IFIM joins the list of select B-schools like IIM Indore and IIM Rohtak who are offering undergraduate management programs, in addition to postgraduate programs. The first batch of IFIM Business School BBA will commence in September 2019. The unique feature of this BBA programme is its focus on grooming ‘T’ shaped professionals who are employable right after BBA, are skilled for the Industry 4.0 needs, and are lifelong learners.. Apply Now

It should be noted that unlike matured markets like USA, Europe and even Singapore where undergraduate management education is an important part of program portfolio of most top B-schools, India faces a dearth of quality BBA programs. IIM Indore pioneered a Five-YearIntegrated Programme in Management a decade ago. IIM Rohtaktoo has announced a similar program in 2019. More IIMs are expected to offer BBA+MBA program in coming years.

Unique BBA Curriculum
Key highlight of IFIM Business School BBA is its unique curriculum. The curriculum is crafted in order to cater to the Industry 4.0 needs while also integrating Liberal Arts (General Education) streams aligned to the curriculum of the US universities. The curriculum is ratified by the Board of Studies chaired by Prof A Parasuraman, James W. McLamore Chair and Professor, Marketing, University of Miami Business School and eminent academics from top business schools in the country such as Prof Pritam Singh, Prof BhimrayaMetri, Director, IIM Trichy, Prof Rishikesh Krishnan, Former Director, IIM Indore, Mr. PulockBhattacharji, Vice President, BSE India, CXOs from emerging new age companies such as Flipkart and the Chiefs of associations such as NHRDN and UN Global Compact Network.

Post ratification, the curriculum was further contextualized with the global fraternity by the IFIM Business School’s International Advisory Board (IAB) comprising Dr Simon Mercado, Dean, ESCP Europe Business School, London; Dr Mathias Falkenstein, Senior Global Consultant, Higher Education Management, Berlin; and Dr Ulrich Hommel, Director, Business School Development, EFMD Global Network, Brussels. Also, an array of accomplished international faculty will deliver a significant part of the curriculum.. Apply Now

Many Firsts
In addition to being the first such programme by an AACSB accredited business school in India and being focused on Industry 4.0, the debut BBA programme of IFIM Business School also has other firsts to its credit as below:

  • The only BBA programme in the country to have pathways to a graduate (Bachelor’s) qualification at an international partner school.
    • 2+2 Pathway (Two years at IFIM and two years at international school)
      State University of New York (SUNY), USA
    • 3+1 Pathway (Three years at IFIM and one year at international school)
      The University of Texas at Arlington, USA
      Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
      University of Wollongong, Australia
      Paris School of Business, France
  • The only BBA programme in the country to offer super-specialisation in the next-gen areas (e.g. Big Data Analytics and Blockchain, MarTech, Financial Analysis and Technology, Digital Transformation and Robotic Process Automation), in collaboration with international partner schools (McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Business, and ESCP London).
  • Campus placements right after BBA.

17 Acre Campus near Mumbai
The programme will be delivered at IFIM Business School’s new 17 acres Greater Mumbai (Karjat) campus, having a 1,70,000 square feet state of art infrastructure including a world-class sports complex with a wide range of sports like Shooting Range, Squash, Tennis, Basketball, Swimming, etc, located in a lush green setting surrounded by picturesque hills. The campus is well connected to Mumbai, the commercial capital of the country.

Admission Process
Applications for the BBA programme begin in the first week of May 2019. 

The eligibility for applying to the programme is at least 70% (or equivalent CGPA) marks in 10+2 (or equivalent) examination and the selection process comprises the following:

  • Letter of Recommendation (LOR) – Two reference letters from School Faculty/Principal.
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP) – The SOP is an essay about the candidate, her/his academic performance and extracurricular activities.
  • Critical and Innovative Thinking (CIT) – A written aptitude test for critical and innovative thinking.
  • Personal Interview (PI) – A personal interview for assessing the value fit of the candidate with the institute.
  • Merit List – Will be a function of the above plus an aspirant’s academic performance, participation in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

Commenting on the launch of BBA, the Director of IFIM Business School, Dr Atish Chattopadhyay said, “The MBA degree thrived in India because the undergraduate qualifications failed to produce employable graduates (barring a handful of the institutes), and MBA became a gateway to the first job. It is in sharp contrast with the developed economies, where an MBA cohort predominantly consists of experienced professionals being groomed for a general management role. In India, MBA has almost become a required qualification post one’s engineering or commerce degrees for an entry into a professional career. Through our BBA programme, we intend to make the graduates ready for the industry right after the bachelor’s qualification and eliminate the need for doing an MBA immediately.” Apply Now

Established in 1995, IFIM Business School, Bangalore is amongst top 6 schools in India to have been awarded the coveted AACSB accreditation propelling it to be amongst the top 5% of the business schools globally. IFIM Business School is uniquely positioned to cater to the needs of ‘Beyond Tomorrow’ by providing innovation-led solutions. The institute currently offers three AICTE approved and AACSB accredited programmes: One – Two-year, full-time, residential Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) that is a bouquet of PGDM Finance (recognised by CFA Institute), PGDM Marketing and PGDM International Business; Two – Executive PGDM (EPGDM); and Three – PGDM for Working Professionals (WPP).

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