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ICFAI Deemed University Launches BBA-MBA, B.Com-MBA and B.Sc (Data Analytics) Programs at its Off Campus Center, Bangalore




ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education announces the launch of 5 year, full-time, BBA-MBA and B.Com-MBA Integrated Programs and B.Sc (Data Analytics) from this Academic year 2021 at its Off Campus Center, Bangalore. These programs will be offered by ICFAI Business School (IBS) at its Kengeri Campus, Bengaluru, a constituent of the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, Deemed University.

Launch of BBA-MBA, B.Com-MBA & BSc (Data Analytics) programs

The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education has been permitted by the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India to start an Off-Campus Center at Bengaluru, Karnataka, from this Academic year 2021.

Prof. J. Mahender Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education gave some insights about the campus and its programs. “The ICFAI Business School was accredited for the BBA, MBA and PhD programs by AACSB, a world renowned accreditation agency. Less than five percent of the B- Schools in the world have achieved this. In India only about 15 B- Schools have got this accreditation out of about 5000.” “The focus will be on communication skills, critical thinking, inter personal skills and a good understanding of the domain knowledge with focus on applications to the real world,” said Prof. Mahender Reddy.

Prof. Mahender Reddy further said, “The off campus centre will work closely with the headquarters in Hyderabad for adoption of the best practices to ensure quality education in the Bengaluru center. To sum up, this off campus centre has the necessary infrastructure, faculty and good leadership to help the future students of this centre to achieve excellence in their chosen field and develop themselves into well-rounded personalities ready for a successful career.”

Prof. S. Raghunath, Professor-Strategy at IIM, Bangalore unveiled the Prospectus of all programs and addressed the media in a Press Conference held recently in Bangalore. In his speech he said, “This institution which was born out of the feeling that we must improve the quality of education in this country and committed itself to engaging in the process of learning. Dedication to continuous evaluation make sure that learning also happens along with certification.”

While mentioning about the pedagogy Prof. Raghunath further added, “ICFAI is engaged in curriculum design, continuous evaluation mechanisms which ensures that learning happens with contemporary content. More than 300 cases of ICFAI have been included in international text books. ICFAI faculty members have written 1004 refereed research articles, out of which 104 published in “A” class Journals. ICFAI has retained attention, engagement and interest in online education too during pandemic.”

BBA-MBA (Integrated) Program: The program provides an unique opportunity for undergraduate students to learn and earn two management degrees in five years. This combination offers a powerful learning experience and positions students to become successful and valued managers of blue-ship Indian/global companies as well as start-ups seeking new growth opportunities in high-technology industries or trying to disrupt mature industries.

Eligibility: Pass in Class XII or equivalent with an aggregate of 50% and above marks (any discipline) in English medium. Class XII (or equivalent) students who have appeared for their final examinations and awaiting results are also eligible to apply.

Exit Option: The BBA-MBA (Integrated) Program has an exit option. Students who successfully complete the first three years and fulfill the graduation requirements can exit and receive the BBA degree from the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (Deemed-to-be University), Hyderabad.

Award of Degree: Students who successfully complete all the 5 years and fulfil all the graduation requirements will be awarded the BBA & MBA Degrees by the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (Deemed-to-be University), Hyderabad.

B.Com-MBA (Integrated) Program: By opting for an Integrated B.Com-MBA Program, students may study and acquire both the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in one go, which will save them time, money and energy. This combination offers a powerful learning experience and positions students to become successful and valued managers of blue-ship Indian/global companies as well as start-ups seeking new growth opportunities in high-technology industries or trying to disrupt mature industries.

Eligibility: Pass in Class XII or equivalent with an aggregate of 50% and above marks (any discipline) in English medium. Class XII (or equivalent) students who have appeared for their final examinations and awaiting results are also eligible to apply.

Exit Option: The B.Com-MBA (Integrated) Program has an exit option. Students who successfully complete the first three years and fulfill the graduation requirements can exit and receive the B.Com degree from the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (Deemed-to-be University), Hyderabad.

Award of Degree: Students who successfully complete all the 5 years and fulfil the graduation requirements will be awarded the B.Com & MBA Degrees by the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (Deemed-to-be University), Hyderabad.

B.Sc (Data Analytics) Program: The Program provides students the tools and the skills needed for improved data-driven decision making in just about every imaginable domain. In a fast change business environment, companies have to be fast, innovative and operationally efficient. Data Science plays a key role by helping understand customer preferences, improving R&D, streamlining logistics and reducing manufacturing costs. Indeed, Data Science has become a core capability for companies to establish and retain market leadership.

Eligibility: The candidates who have completed Class 12 with mathematics as one of the subjects are eligible for admission into the program. With multiple entry and exit options, the candidates can enter at any level if they have earned the required credits from other Institutes.

Objective To provide a comprehensive body of knowledge on Data Science/Analytics and facilitate the learner with multiple entry and exit options. At each exit level of the program, the candidates will be equipped with skills to take up challenging industry problems in the domain of Data Science. The multiple entry and exit options provide flexibility to the students.

Structure: The course structure consists of six semesters

a) Certificate in Data Analytics
b) Diploma in Data Analytics
c) B.Sc in Data Analytics

Exit option: A candidate who exits at level I is eligible to earn a Certificate in Data Analytics. A Diploma is awarded for a candidate who exits at Level II and B.Sc Data Analytics degree is awarded for a candidate who successfully completes all the three levels. A candidate can enter at any level of the program based on his/her qualification. An equivalence committee of ICFAI Business School, Bangalore will map the courses completed by the candidate and decides on the number of units required to get either a Certificate, Diploma or B.Sc Degree. For those who are entering at Levels II & III, a suitable program chart is created to manage their units and Academic Banking Credits (ABC).

Case-Based Learning: The case method is a key component of the academic program at IBS, which is one of the few institutions in India who have made case-based learning a critical component of pedagogy.

Internships: ICFAI Business School is unique in its approach towards practical training. IBS has integrated Internships into the curriculum. IBS feels that this approach is necessary as most of the students joining management programs in India have no work experience and therefore a longer exposure to the corporate environment through Internships will make them better equipped to take on the real-life business challenges.

Internships have a rigorous faculty monitoring system to ensure that the projects are done by the students to the satisfaction of the senior management of the company. Such efforts also strengthen the relationship with the industry and pave the way for placing students.

Faculty Members: ICFAI brings together a team of knowledgeable and committed faculty members from the academia and industry, and an excellent infrastructure to provide students the best learning environment to develop themselves into well groomed, industry ready professionals. During the last twenty-six years the institution has grown in all spheres, and today IBS is ranked among the top business schools in the country.

Pedagogy: The pedagogy which is a combination of lectures, case discussions, experiential learning, industry interactions and peer learning provides students opportunities to develop their interpersonal, critical thinking and decision-making skills which are valued by organizations. The co-curricular and extra-curricular activities managed by various student clubs provide students the opportunity to develop their team working, organizing, collaborating, and leadership skills.

Campus: ICFAI Business School is well equipped with a state-of-the art campus off Mysore Road in Southwest Bangalore having excellent facilities for academic enrichment, professional development and sports. A multi-speciality hospital, retail outlets and restaurants near the campus are other conveniences that the students value. The proximity of the campus to NICE Road, an expressway, and the upcoming Namma Metro provide fast connections to the heart of the city and beyond.

The three-storied building which has been built inside the campus takes the shape of a loop. The spacious classrooms facilitate interaction between the students and the faculty. When not in class, the students can get together in the food court to meet up over a quick snack or a leisurely lunch. The library has an extensive collection of periodicals, journals, and a wide assortment of books to support academic activity, including research. A health clinic with a doctor on duty is open during working hours for faculty, staff, and students.

About ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education
The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE), Hyderabad is Deemed-to-be University under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. ICFAI Business School (IBS) is a constituent of IFHE. Recently IBS Hyderabad has received prestigious AACSB Accreditation. About 5,800 students are pursuing various programs in the Faculty of Management (ICFAI Business School), Faculty of Science & Technology (IcfaiTech), Faculty of Law (ICFAI Law School) and ICFAI School of Architecture, NAAC, an autonomous institute of University Grants Commission has also accredited The University with ‘A+’ Grade with an impressive score (institutional CGPA) of 3.43 out of 4.

Students seeking admission into the Integrated BBA-MBA, B.Com-MBA, B.Sc (Data Analytics) Program may contact for counseling & guidance and prospectus at:

Campus: 231, Near Check Post, Mysore Road, Kengeri, Bengaluru-560060.

Bengalore City Admissions Office: ICFAI-IGID, # 924, Ground Floor, 28th Main, 9th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru-560069, Mob: 91 – 8310940023 or 91 – 9533145456.

For more details log on programs.

Last date for submission of completed Application: End of September 2021.

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Digital Disruption through Technologies like AI, ML and Blockchain Set to Transform Indian Real Estate Ecosystem




Artificial intelligence has emerged as one of the biggest disruptors and game changers in the real estate landscape today, enabling a strategic, and empowered buying and selling experience. With the potential to carry out massive technological reforms across the sector AI is driving change with a technology-led immersive experience made possible just at the click of a button.

These views were expressed by eminent leaders from the industry at ‘Leveraging AI in the Real Estate Landscape‘, a webinar organized by Techarc, a leading technology analytics, research and consultancy firm in association with Compass, the overseas development centre of Urban Compass Inc., a US-headquartered technology platform leading change with new age technologies such as AI & ML in the real estate industry.

The panel called for leveraging the power of AI and its potential to transform the real estate landscape especially in India with appropriate investments.

Incorporating data and AI based algorithms is enabling leading real estate platforms like Compass, in decision making process and at the same time is also assisting them in managing the substantial volumes of historic data that has been generated within the industry over the years and monitor bespoke KPIs in order to expedite procedures and extract useful data.

Rushi Bhatt, Sr. Director and Head of AI at Compass IDC said,”At Compass, we strive to provide a platform that can automate certain processes and make the end-to-end process as digital & frictionless as possible with the real estate agents at the centre of all of this. As far as leveraging AI is concerned in Indias scenario, there are two kinds of applications that we need to start building, one is consumer-facing that involves digital marketing, virtual walkthroughs, lead generation etc and the other is gaining insights such as which houses are most likely to sell by the end of the year etc. AI adoption across the Indian Real Estate landscape has still got a long way to go but the growth is definitely possible with appropriate investments.”

AI has made significant inroads within the Indian real estate landscape & is expected to further stretch its reach in the coming years. As per recent reports 93.8% believe such technologies like cloud & AI will be used for analytics-based recommendations & 67.1% of respondents have suggested that AI & ML will be frequently used in Indian real estate in the coming 12-36 months.

Prashant Solomon, MD, Chintels India & Hon. Treasurer CREDAI NCR said, “COVID was a great opportunity for the real estate industry because it forced us to change how we work & think. One of the immediate effects that we observed was a large move towards online transactions & searches, increased use of VR & AR to conduct virtual tours of properties and using technologies like drones & AI. Thanks to AI & the algorithms that are being introduced, people are able to find houses based on their liking & their requirements. Real Estate is not limited to just providing a house but providing a complete ecosystem & the only way you can achieve that is by adopting technologies like AI.

Prasanto Kumar Roy, Technology Analyst and Commentator said, “Real estate Industry is poised for disruption with parallels in the tax sector, legal sector & documentation. In the last two years, we have seen increase in new-age technologies like AI, ML, Video walkthroughs. One big area of disruption will come in discovery & matchmaking. As far as the industry is considered, Indias real estate market has a couple of leading-edge firms that are leveraging AI & we will soon be witnessing the rise of many other firms like these. This will surely push the ecosystem to increased adoption of AI across Real Estate Landscape.”

Pranav Kaushik, Partner, Digital Transformation, Grand Thornton dGTI, India said, “The sector is embarking on continuous digital initiatives but there’s still a lag in some of the areas where tech has not permeated. A change in the management aspect & reskilling of the workforce in organizations will ensure a sustained digital transformation in the real estate sector. Technologies like AI, ML & Blockchain will help connect the whole ecosystem including the regulators, agents, and the companies to freely and securely exchange information.”

The event was moderated by Faisal Kawoosa, Founder & Chief Analyst, Techarc said, “Immersive technologies accompanied by AI & ML are augmenting the personal touch that is required across the real estate sector. But owing to the industrys nature of being a highly competitive & capital-intensive market, the startups across the real estate industry might require support from the existing leaders to take forward this technological disruption.”

To download Leveraging AI in the Real Estate document, click here.

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Kinara Capital Launches myKinara Mobile App for MSME Collateral-free Loans




Kinara Capital, a fast-growing fintech, recently launched myKinara mobile app that comes with a simple 3-step process and is a first-of-its-kind in the unsecured MSME business lending space. myKinara app, now live on the Google Play Store, puts the power at the fingertips of small business entrepreneurs to securely apply and receive collateral-free business loans digitally within 24-hours turnaround time (TAT).

Kinara Capital launches myKinara App

Leveraging years of Kinara’s proprietary data-driven AI/ML-based credit decisioning, the myKinara app now makes the digital process used by field officers directly accessible to MSMEs in India. The myKinara app is available in multiple languages including, English, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati. Women-owned MSMEs qualify for an automatic discount under the company’s HerVikas programme, without requiring any separate application.

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With the proliferation of smartphones, MSMEs are ready and willing to participate in digital India, but there are limited solutions for them. Our vernacular myKinara app extends our financial inclusion commitment by enabling small business entrepreneurs to create a self-directed loan application journey. Fast decisioning, processing, and disbursements in a span of 24 hours goes a long way in meeting the demands of our customers, thereby supporting their business growth,” said Hardika Shah, Founder and CEO, Kinara Capital.

Small business entrepreneurs can check their eligibility in under 1-minute without any document uploads in the first step. By completing KYC and income verification in the app directly, the applicant will receive a loan decision with details of the approved loan amount, interest rate, loan tenor and the approximate Monthly EMI. They can then continue the loan disbursement process with an e-sign option.

With the myKinara app, small business entrepreneurs can choose to complete the process in their own time with help always just a click away. They can contact Kinara’s multilingual customer call center directly from the app, or request for doorstep customer service if they need in-person support. Kinara’s vast network of 110 branches will continue to help local MSMEs and follow the same digital process as available on the myKinara app.

About Kinara Capital

Kinara Capital is a fast-growing fintech propelling financial inclusion of small business entrepreneurs in India. Boasting a women-majority management team, Kinara Capital has set itself apart in the industry with its emphasis on social impact and profitable growth. Globally recognized for its innovative approach, Kinara earned the ‘Bank of the Year-Asia‘ award by the IFC, is ranked among the ‘Top 100 High-Growth Companies in Asia-Pacific‘ by the Financial Times and is named among ‘India’s Growth Champions‘ by the Economic Times. Kinara Capital is qualified as a Systemically Important NBFC by the Reserve Bank of India and is a debt listed entity on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Founded in 2011, Kinara Capital has made a mark with its innovation in financial inclusion by providing fast and flexible collateral-free loans in the range of INR 1-30 lakhs across 300+ MSME sub-sectors serving 3000+ pincodes in India. Headquartered in Bangalore, Kinara Capital has 110 branches across 90+ cities in India. Click here for more information and follow us on Twitter @KinaraCapital. Download the myKinara app on the Google Play Store.

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Great Place to Work India and – A Partnership that will Determine the Future of Workplace Culture in India




The voice of the nation is about to be amplified. Resolute in its vision of Making India a Great Place to Work For All™, Great Place to WorkIndia has embarked on a journey of articulating the current state of workplace culture across India. Partnering with the Institute in this bold move is, the pioneer of digital recruitment and a leader in the corporate employment sphere.

Calling it the National Trust Index, the two organizations will be partnering to gather the voice of employees across India through Great Place to Work India’s proprietary framework and will be publishing the first research report – and India’s first National Trust Index – in early 2022.

In their pursuit of redefining workplace culture in India, the two organizations have also launched a one-of-a-kind initiative to help candidates find employers with great workplace cultures. Candidates would now be able to directly search for Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations on the Monster website. These organizations would also be given a Great Place to Work-Certified™ badge and will have a separate page on the Monster website with openings only from the Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies.

Commenting on the partnership, Sekhar Garisa, CEO,, said, “We, at Monster are in perpetual pursuit to connect the right people to the right jobs. Even as we offer a wealth of talent on our platform for organizations to tap into, we are committed to ensuring that job seekers too have a transparent and holistic view into the company culture of their prospective employers. In keeping with this thought, we have partnered with Great Place to Work India to highlight such organizations. We are also creating a comprehensive index that showcases the most trusted organizations and helps job seekers make informed career decisions.”

Yeshasvini Ramaswamy, CEO, Great Place to Work India said, “This initiative will give India a first-of-its-kind index on workplace culture. The National Trust Index is a barometer that will directly impact decisions at all levels from across organizations to government and industry bodies, leading to a positive shift in the country’s economy. Our vision is to make India a Great Place to Work For All and we are determined to ensure that every employee’s voice matters and contributes towards the transformation the country will be witnessing. We are delighted to be partnering with in this endeavor and reaching out to the employees across the country through this partnership.”

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Monster continues its pioneering work of transforming the recruiting industry with advanced technology using intelligent digital, social and mobile solutions, and a vast array of products and services.

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Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make strategic people decisions. The Institute serves businesses, non-profits and government agencies in more than 60 countries and has conducted pioneering research on the characteristics of great workplaces for over three decades.

Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For AllTM.

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