Where busi­ness gets global

IIFT has a strong fo­cus on in­ter­na­tional busi­ness, fi­nance, mar­ket­ing and trade with a global per­spec­tive

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

For Ban­ga­lore stu­dent Vikram Raghu­pa­thy, join­ing an in­sti­tute with ex­cel­lent learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties was very im­por­tant. “I did my school­ing in Ban­ga­lore, af­ter which I com­pleted my BTech in elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion engi­neer­ing from the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Su­rathkal, Kar­nataka. I then worked for a year with Sam­sung and went on to try my luck at en­trepreneur­ship,” he says. He started his search for a b-school that would teach him the best busi­ness prac­tices and also ex­pose him to the world of in­ter­na­tional busi­ness. Af­ter do­ing a thor­ough re­search for prospec­tive in­sti­tu­tions, Raghu­pa­thy ze­roed in on the In­dian In­sti­tute of For­eign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi.

“In this glob­alised world, it is ex­tremely im­por­tant for ev­ery in­di­vid­ual to be equipped with the skill sets that would help him/her to ex­cel. So far, the jour­ney at IIFT has been ex­tremely fruit­ful. The fac­ulty is fan­tas­tic and the op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn are im­mense. All the ac­tiv­i­ties here are stu­dent driven, so even the ju­niors get to shoul­der a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity,” says Raghu­pa­thy, a stu­dent of the MBA (in­ter­na­tional busi­ness) pro­gramme.

Apart from pro­vid­ing aca­demic train­ing, the in­sti­tute also of­fers global ex­po­sure to its students. “Ev­ery year, students are se­lected to take part in ex­change pro­grammes with renowned uni­ver­si­ties world­wide. This of­fers a very good op­por­tu­nity to gain tran­scul­tural ex­po­sure and a stu­dent spends his third trimester abroad,” says RK Mi­tra, reg­is­trar.

USP: “The in­sti­tute has trained more than 40,000 busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als in var­i­ous facets of in­ter­na­tional busi­ness and trade pol­icy through its man­age­ment de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes. A strong re­search base in eco­nom­ics and world trade and ex­ten­sive in­dus­try­a­cademia link are other unique as­pects of the in­sti­tute,” says Mi­tra.

Pro­grammes: On-cam­pus pro­grammes are MBA in in­ter­na­tional busi­ness - full-time and part-time. IIFT also of­fers man­age­ment de­vel­op­ment pro- grammes of vary­ing du­ra­tion on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Be­sides, it of­fers post­grad­u­ate diploma in in­ter­na­tional busi­ness; ex­ec­u­tive post grad­u­ate diploma in in­dus­trial mar­ket­ing; ex­ec­u­tive post­grad­u­ate diploma in cap­i­tal and fi­nan­cial mar­kets, cer­tifi­cate in ex­port man­age­ment; cer­tifi­cate in in­ter­na­tional busi­ness lan­guage; cer­tifi­cate in global trade lo­gis­tics and op­er­a­tions; and PhD part-time and full-time. The in­sti­tute also of­fers var­i­ous of­f­cam­pus cour­ses.

Fac­ulty: There are 61 fac­ulty mem­bers at IIFT Delhi and Kolkata

IT quo­tient: Recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of tech­nol­ogy in ed­u­ca­tion, IIFT's com­puter cen­tre has been set up with state-ofthe-art in­fra­struc­ture. It fa­cil­i­tates stor­age man­age­ment, hard­ware, net­work op­er­a­tions, stream­lin­ing op­er­a­tions and sim­pli­fies end-user sup­port. The cam­pus is WiFi-en­abled and is equipped with fa­cil­i­ties such as high-ca­pac­ity 14 mbps In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity, video con­fer­enc­ing and vir­tual class­rooms.

In­fra­struc­ture: Lo­cated in the Qutab In­sti­tu­tional Area close to Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity and the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, IIFT is spread over six acres of land and over­looks the green ridge and the his­tor­i­cal Qutab Mi­nar. This pro­vides a great en­vi­ron­ment for stud­ies. The fa­cil­i­ties avail­able on cam­pus in­clude cen­trally air­con­di­tioned lec­ture halls with mod­ern au­dio-visual aids, con­fer­ence halls for round-ta­ble con­fer­ences, an au­di­to­rium of 500 seat­ing ca­pac­ity, MDP cen­tre, three com­puter cen­tres, in­door games and ex­cel­lent res­i­den­tial fa­cil­i­ties for students.

The MBA (in­ter­na­tional busi­ness) is a fully res­i­den­tial pro­gramme. There is a sep­a­rate wing for girl students. Com­put­ers are pro­vided in ev­ery hos­tel room with In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity. The in­sti­tute also has res­i­den­tial fa­cil­i­ties for par­tic­i­pants of its man­age­ment de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.

IIFT’s li­brary has around 84,000 vol­umes of books and sub­scrip­tions to 800 jour­nals with com­plete on­line cat­a­logu­ing. Be­sides be­ing an in­valu­able place of ref­er­ence for in­dus­try, re­search schol­ars and students alike, the li­brary has a unique col­lec­tion of pub­li­ca­tions of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion, In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund, United Nations Con­fer­ence on Trade and De­vel­op­ment, World Bank, and other in­ter­na­tional agen­cies.

IIFT has set up the WTO Re­source Cen­tre in the li­brary to fo­cus ex­clu­sively on WTO is­sues. “The cen­tre is the only one of its kind in In­dia, which en­hances the util­ity of the IIFT li­brary,” says Mi­tra.

Clubs and so­ci­eties: Some of the clubs are: Blash, which pro­vides a plat­form for students to learn and dis­cuss about var­i­ous facets of trade and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness; Brand­wagon — a forum of students that are in­ter­ested in mar­ket­ing, ei­ther as a sub­ject or as a pre­ferred ca­reer; Cash-O-Nova, a club that acts as a plat­form for dis­cus­sion and ac­tiv­i­ties in the field of fi­nance; Quin­tes­sen­tial, a quizzing club; and Koshish, a CSR club etc. Students of MBA (IB) course come up with sev­eral monthly mag­a­zines, in­clud­ing: Trade Winds and Mark­mantra.

Students have formed var­i­ous clubs fo­cussing on is­sues re­lated to fi­nance, mar­ket­ing, in­ter­na­tional busi­ness and trade etc

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