St. Francis Group of Institutions are run by the Franciscan Missionary Brothers, an International Congregation headquartered at Borivali (West), Mumbai. Rev. Bro. Paulus Moritz has founded the Congregation of the missionary brothers of St. Francis of Assisi in the year 1901 with the vision of reaching out to the poor and the less privileged.
St. Francis Group of Institutions in Mumbai are a chain of Catholic Minority Educational Institutions located in the western suburb of India’s Financial Capital Mumbai. St. Francis Group of Institutions have today become a pride of Mumbai and India’s most sought academic community for its focus on excellence in value based education and beneficial & educative extracurricular activities. Today, after 116 years of its inception the Franciscan Brothers continue their commitment of training young minds and finding solutions to address tomorrow’s challenges.
The Vision and Mission of St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMAR) is anoffspring of over 100 years of legacy of the “Society of the Congregation of FranciscanBrothers” (an International Organization) whose motto is “Service through Enterprise”. SFIMAR has grown with the signs of the times. The think-tank of the Institute’s stakeholders, from top management to grass roots level, are adapting to the fast changing global economic scenario by being aware of the situation from Government and Private sources. We take steps to prepare our students for a dynamic and international market by providing inputs to make the participants self-actualized leaders forachieving excellence, consistent with educational and entrepreneurial best-practices. The students gain knowledge and experience throughlive projects, Industry-institute interactions and students-to-industry interactions, therebybuilding up functional and managerial skills.Our academic, social activities and cultural visits broaden their horizons and global outlook in a big way as a value-addition with long lasting benefits. In addition to the annual International Universities visit to esteemed universities like Assumption University and Webster University, St. Francis Institute of Management and Research invites foreign University professors to share their wealth of global knowledge with our students at our campus. Our Director and Professors keep presenting papers at international conferences and forums. The students also benefit from the exchange of journals and publications with foreign Universities. The vision of the Society, which has established and runs SFIMAR is to cater to the less privileged and marginalized. The Institute has a catholic minority status and admissions are naturally given according to the merits of eligible students with an affordable fee structure applicable to all the students. We also attempt to bridge the classroom – boardroom gap through collaborations with corporate houses who run short term courses as per industry requirements, This is over and above the stipulated University syllabus and course modules. We have recognized the need for industries and higher educational institutions to work in partnership for equipping the major part of our population ‘Youth’ with relevant skills.The ambitious Government’s initiatives such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ are wellintended steps taken for enhancing job creation for our population. SFIMAR is also committed to train and enhance the capabilities of boththe teaching and non-teaching staff. The faculty members are continuously being supported in their teaching enhancement skills,research activities anduse of technology. The Management and faculty ensure maintainingthe highest standards of excellence in the student-centric teaching-learning process, mentoring, students/staff wellness activities, holistic development of students, mindfulness activities, peer to peer teaching, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities,stakeholders’ feedback and action, consulting, advisory, entrepreneurship development activities, research and community service. SFIMAR strongly believes in participative management. We maintain the quality of our facilities and environment in our campus. The Institute promotes environmental consciousness by maintaining a sustainable campus such as planting of trees, conservation of natural resources by water harvesting, proper waste management, conservation of energy and use of renewal energy resources. At SFIMAR we are committed to meet the stakeholders' expectations by continuous improvement in our services and academic programs in line with our long term aspirations.
Knowledge, Transformation and Empowerment, these are the 3 key mantras in our St Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMAR). Established to provide value-based management education in Mumbai- the financial capital of India, since its inception in 2002, SFIMAR has been a reliable partner with industry, focusing on developing its students into leaders of substance with exceptional managerial skills, trained to provide creative solutions, generate long term sustainable value and align their interests towards betterment of businesses and society.
Our two-year full-time MMS Programme (affiliated to Mumbai University), full-time PGDM Programme (AICTE & DTE approved) and three-year part-time Master’s Degree Programme (Financial Management and Marketing Management streams) examine the most up-to-date concepts in all major business areas at advanced levels by a well-qualified and dedicated in-house faculty. Additionally, we also invite guest faculty from various industries in order to provide an insight into the practical and concurrent issues challenging businesses and the corporate world.
We are proud to be an ISO 9001: 2008 certified Institute with emphasis on high quality education as well as overall grooming of our students. To achieve this, we have developed a rigorous, but very exciting curriculum which combines classroom sessions with industry visits, field trips, internships and project assignments that call for in-depth research and application. Our students, faculty and staff are involved in many internship, research and extracurricular activities such as ‘Summer Excellence’- best internship project award; Anveshi’ and ‘Pathh’- best research and dissertation; and 'Jharokha'– a student newsletter. Both faculty and students express their understanding of thought-provoking research topics through two research publications- SFIMAR Research Review and Spandan. Under the able guidance of our faculty, guest faculty and industry experts, our students hone their skills further through various interactive Forums such as 'Finatics (Finance)', 'Nirmiti (Marketing)', 'Renaissance (HR)', 'Abhiman (CSR)' and 'Trail Blazers (Entrepreneurship)'.
We also maintain a one-to-one relationship with our students and take care of their personality development at each stage through many interactive sessions on values, ethics, business etiquette, counselling and leadership.
In our globalized world, businesses require different strategies to address the challenges of rising competition, economic and technological change, stakeholder and consumer expectations. Additionally, larger societal issues such as, climate change, environment protection and food security, deserve greater attention. We emphasize the importance of maintaining high ethical values in business decisions and advise our students accordingly. By the time our students graduate, they would have developed critical thinking, exceptional analytical and quantitative skills, intellectual curiosity and creativity to exert thought-leadership in their chosen fields as well as become responsible corporate citizens.
Being in the financial hub of India, we ensure a high level of industry interaction with the sharpest and brightest business minds. These eventually translate into a myriad of opportunities for our students, as evidenced by our successful placements and the fact that several of our alumni now occupy positions of leadership across top business houses in the country.
Additionally, our continuous interaction with various industries has helped us to develop on- campus-virtual-office where consulting and project assignments from industry participants are undertaken by our faculty and students. Our Entrepreneurship Club ‘Prerana’ serves to promote an entrepreneurial spirit among our students. Currently, we are taking this one step further by setting-up a full-fledged ‘Business Incubation Centre’, where students, faculty, alumni and industry can share their ideas, work together and gain meaningful insights from each other’s experience and expertise in their required domains.
On campus, the Franciscan values of service and living purposefully, are visible in action. Our faculty, students and staff are involved in many social outreach activities.
I can assure all of you that in choosing our Institute, you have chosen to receive a high standard of management education, enhanced opportunities to learn, grow and succeed. Our infrastructure is state-of-the-art. Student facilities and security have been accorded high priority and are vigilantly monitored. At SFIMAR we give you a learning environment filled with highly qualified, supportive faculty and staff and a sense of community based on generosity and respect. Simply put, our goal is to ensure that this is an Institute where all are respected, supported and expected to be successful.
Going forward, our aim is to share our leadership and management expertise with a wider audience, enhance our research and consultancy opportunities, through collaborations and partnerships with the global business and academic community.
I know we face a challenging higher-education landscape. But because of the professionalism, energy and commitment that I have experienced here, I am confident we can succeed in advancing our Institution to the next level of excellence.