ISBF was founded in the year 2006 with the vision of delivering truly world‐class, unsurpassable quality education in India. The students of ISBF have access to world class, thought-provoking and enriching curriculum, with modules delivered by highly qualified and dedicated faculty.
All academic input at ISBF, except the teaching, comes from the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). This includes the programme design, course content, syllabus, study material, and even the setting and grading of the final examinations.
ISBF is also among a select few institutions worldwide that have been given the “Affiliate Centre” status by the University of London. This means that the academic standards, faculty and facilities at ISBF have been assessed by the quality assurance team of UoL and found to be of the highest standards. All of this helps preserve the sanctity of the Graduate Diploma awarded by the University of London, and to ensure students get a truly world-class education.
Post Graduate Diploma in management
The course has a unique combination of subjects such as Business and Management in a Global Context, Core Management Concepts, Principles of Marketing and Human Resource Management, which clearly outline the importance and relevance of applying management principles in every discipline of work for achieving organizational excellence in a global context. The variety of subjects open up avenues of exposure across different areas in management.
What distinguishes the LSE curriculum from that of other similar programmes or MBA programmes is that the courses are genuinely cutting-edge and requires in-depth analysis and application. The syllabus and course structure are refined every year to include contemporary business issues and approaches to solving complex problems, and to provide a platform for stimulating group work and for developing critical business decision-making abilities. Every subject is taught with equal rigour, with respective faculty members having enormous reservoirs of background knowledge, expertise and experience.
The teaching and learning at ISBF is a memorable experience, with interactive, application-based and discussion-oriented learning, complemented by a significant amount of self-study. Apart from referring to the required readings, students are trained to craft innovative ways of capturing their key learnings and presenting it in a manner perceived to be highly appealing by the LSE examiners. Since practice makes perfect, all students have to take assessments every week. The assessment could take the form of group or individual presentations, case study analyses, multiple choice quizzes, written tests, workshops or discussions. Irrespective of the form chosen, continuous evaluation and formative feedback is provided by each faculty member, so that students can make a deliberate and concerted effort to improve.
ISBF follows an open-door staff room policy, whereby students are encouraged to approach faculty members at any time to clarify any concepts, doubts or principles related to the course. The heavily application-oriented learning helps students understand the basic concepts and foundations deeply, and hones the art of utilizing these concepts in real-time business situations to catapult one’s organization to new heights of managerial excellence. This endeavor has certainly improved the prospects of students passing through the Postgraduate Diploma at ISBF, not just in terms of immediate career and further study prospects, but also with regard to facing the ever-changing challenges of the corporate world in the long term.
Students are also encouraged to coordinate a variety of skill-based co-curricular and extracurricular activities, which help in their holistic development. Industry professionals are invited regularly to deliver guest lectures and share their professional experiences with the students, which furthers the intellectual empowerment of young management graduates. Several training sessions, such as for MS Excel, personal interviews, guesstimates and group discussions, are conducted by ISBF’s Career Services Division (CSD), to equip students with key skills looked for by recruiters.
Who is it for?
Benefits and opportunities
A key benefit of doing this rigorous course is that you complete it within one year, and yet end up with a depth of knowledge and rigour that is matched by few others in the Indian context. Also, the curriculum is developed by LSE and altered as per contemporary requirements and business imperatives. This high-powered board of academicians undertake exhaustive research and accordingly modifies the course structure as deemed appropriate. The world class faculty engaged by ISBF adds to the rigor, vigor and consistency of the entire program – and this experiential and interactive learning is the key to success. This course is highly beneficial for all aspirants seeking to harness their managerial ability, leadership skills, domain knowledge and accomplish career progression in their respective fields – and that too within 12 months of enrolling for the course.
Studying a universally recognized and reputed curriculum such as LSE’s, and receiving an award from the prestigious University of London, one of the oldest and largest universities in the UK, opens up very exciting higher study prospects in the field of management and related areas. This course is therefore highly relevant to anyone looking to pursue a full-fledged Master’s programme overseas, at some of the best institutions across the world. Students have, in the past, received offers for postgraduate programmes from Yale, LSE, London Business School (LBS), John Hopkins University, University of Warwick, The George Washington University, Paris School of Economics, University of Bonn and University of Buffalo, to name a few.
The programme also provides one with the unique opportunity to undertake a 1-year internship with some of the most reputed companies and investment banks in the world, in London or New York. Students have, in the past, gone on to work with UBS, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, HSBC, and other such reputed investment banks, with some even securing full-time offers after completing the internship.
For those looking for full-time employment immediately after the diploma, the Career Services Division (CSD) at ISBF provides dedicated and customized support in matching students with relevant full-time opportunities. Everyone who signed up with CSD for placements was placed in the last session, and remuneration packages grew significantly despite the impact of demonetisation and GST roll-out. Students were placed across a range of exciting profiles ranging from business development, sales manager, HR consultant, management consultant, process manager, investment banking advisor, financial research, market survey, logistics and operations management, actuarial science, credit research and business analytics. These opportunities have been secured with some of the top brands in the corporate world, such as HSBC New York, Deloitte, KPMG, E&Y, Evalueserve, Moody's Analytics, Veristrat, CBFR, Devenio Optimus, Aurum Equity Partners, Willis Towers Watson and Nirsan Connect. This year, the markets and the economy are expected to improve significantly, and with them both opportunities and remuneration packages too.
It is important to point out that apart from networking with alumni and companies for placing students, the CSD also provides several training sessions on domain knowledge, mock sessions on interview techniques, group discussions and MS Excel. These helped enhance students’ skills and maximized their chances of securing employment with a firm of their choice. We not only remain committed towards imparting high-quality learning, but also creating an enabling environment at the institute for facilitating holistic development of young graduates and fostering their empowering towards career advancement.
Why is this a good time to do this course?
Currently, economies around the world are rebounding and path-breaking policy measures are being initiated. It is anticipated that economic growth and industrial development would accelerate and emerging markets stand to gain from the economic advantages they possess. We in India are witnessing frenetic activity in the stock markets, influx of FDI into India, a spate of mergers and acquisitions, advent of digital technology and human resource challenges. All these clearly indicate the enormous opportunities and possibilities in developed as well as emerging nations like India, and concurrently the prospects for employment look bright. This make now an ideal time to pursue this Graduate Diploma programme, and use it for one of the opportunities highlighted above.