Holistic Development

Holistic Development

Developing and Nourishing the Mind, Body and the Spirit.

Holistic Development of the student’s mind, body and spirit has always been the top priority at IFIM. We are of the belief that unless students are physically fit, they will not be operating at their best of their abilities.

Activities such as the Personality Enhancement Program (PEP), Outbound Leadership Lab (OLL) and Effective Execution Committees build character and bestow students with the strength to face adverse and ambiguous situations. The focus in the curriculum on building good lifestyle habits will equip students to become health conscious professionals who have the ability to operate at maximum productivity.

The soft skills learned in the Personality Enhancement Program are also linked to Credit Based Tests such as Negotiation Skills, which are learnt through Practice while raising funds for the Business School’s Annual Charity Run for Women named ‘Kanyathon’.

These unique interventions help to build both the creative and predictive logics of students helping them to thrive in ambiguity.

Personality Enhancement Program (PEP)

This course deals with the honing of various aspects of the Holistic Personality. The course looks at the projection of the Personality to the outside world through effective communication, the ability to adapt to cohesively work with different personalities, and mind sets and cultivate a well - groomed exterior.

It also focuses on managing one’s wellness through self-awareness on their physical wellness, and the practice of a fitness program and regime. The students discover how all these aspects influence their present behaviour, their relationships, their communication and very importantly their confidence and attitude.

  • Projecting personality through sharpened communication skills, a well-groomed exterior, sharp negotiation skills and appropriate workplace etiquette.
  • Looking within to adapt own style to collaborate with others of different communities and different mindsets.
  • Practicing a fitness regime but also be aware of own level of fitness and other factors that contribute to wellness.

What does PEP cater to?

The Needs of Industry 4.0

  • Effective Written and Oral communication
  • Team Orientation
  • Self-Awareness
  • Wellness and ownership of own health
  • Cross Cultural communication abilities
  • Negotiation and Collaboration skills

The PEP Program is divided into Life Skills Management & Lifestyle Active Program.

Life Skills

Business Communication – Foundation and Term 1

This course on Business Communication and Interpersonal Skills is designed to help students enhance their Communication Skills, both written as well as oral, to meet the expectations of the corporate world. The course focuses on the basics of Business and Report Writing, providing students with enhanced confidence when it comes to speaking in public and to improve their presentation skills along with their professional writing skills in the form of Email and Business letter. This course also focusses on helping students to enhance their conversational skills through business meetings and debate.

Cross Cultural Communication – Term 2

Cross cultural communication skills and cross-cultural sensitivity have become extremely important for management graduates in today’s era of globalization. The course introduces Erin Mayer’s Culture Map for effective cross-cultural communication knowledge required to decode culture of different regions, to build strategies to communicate and ways to adapt one’s own style, in order to collaborate with these regions in a business setting. This course also has a component of directed learning of Aptitude skills to help build confidence of students through rigorous practice from MAT and placement style test papers as well as continuous assessments with constant monitoring and feedback of performance. Term two also continues with the honing of communication skills through simulated business meetings role plays covering business situations especially uncomfortable ones.

Negotiation Skills – Term 3

Negotiation skill is an extremely important skill in which two or more parties with different needs and goals discuss various issues pertaining to a problem with the main objective to find and settle for a mutually acceptable and beneficial solution. This course is designed to make the students great negotiators so that they learn to be persuasive and convincing through a courteous and constructive interaction that develops into a win – win solution for both the parties and to develop approaches to foster goodwill, regardless of the difference. The curriculum has a selling exercise module where students will use their persuasive skills and selling techniques in a real-life sales situation.

Students are involved in a real time sales project – IFIM Business School’s Annual Charity Run - Kanyathon. Students learn skills from the Negotiation and Selling Skills Course to raise funds through ticket sales and sponsorships.

The surplus funds raised are then used to impact the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals through the Social Immersion Program of the Business School. In this way, the various practice courses of the Business School are intertwined and enable students to make an impact on various goals.

The Life Skills Pedagogy

The pedagogy of the Life skills program is one of the key reasons why the program is very popular with the students.

The methodology involves the understanding of the usage of global techniques of communication in speaking and writing, followed by lots of practice, one on one feedback and constant individual performance monitoring. This pedagogy has been extremely successful at placement processes like Group Discussion and Interviews, has helped our students get recognized at the workplace as told to us by our interning students and our alumni that Life skills have helped them perform and get recognition.

Industry Relevant Practice Topics

The above mentioned are the skills that are influenced by the Life Skills Program of the PEP.

These Life Skills and Soft Skill help students to thrive in the corporate world and to take up any of the challenges. Training is given in these soft skills directly through the practice of topics relevant to Corporates such as Email Writing, Sales Pitch, Extempore Speaking to name a few.

As part of the Life skills program, students also take part in the Negotiation Skills & Selling Skills Course. This directly ties in with the Kanyathon Annual Charity Run. Students use the skills that they have learnt through PEP to drive sales and revenue for the Annual Charity Run


Physical health and wellness are directly connected to mental health and students can be quick to let their health fall to the wayside in a rigorous Management program. PEP also comprises of its physical fitness program with stress on a regular fitness regime which helps inculcate self-discipline and a fit body.

Corporate needs for new age jobs are employees who are fit and healthy so that they are productive assets and can meet the rigorous demands of tomorrow.

Students are the custodian of their health and well-being and are accountable for not just monitoring their fitness but also advocate a strong self-awareness on aspects that contribute to physical wellness like nutrition, good sleep habits, a calm mind and to design their own personalized wellness program.

The Wellness program continues to be a graded credited program with rounds of assessment against a plethora of Wellness parameters.

Lifestyle – Areas of Intervention

The Lifestyle Pedagogy

Pedagogical Interventions - Lifestyle

The student will be involved in the classroom, on the field, in the gym and in fitness events and activities to develop the skills necessary to measure their own fitness, practice fitness through an established regime. The program has Fitness through strength which comprises of Gym and Functional Training, Fitness through Sports like football, volleyball, throwball and handball, Fitness through Yoga and Fitness through group sessions like Zumba, Aerobics and Step Aerobics. The students must clock in a practice session three times a week with trainers to build in the discipline of looking after their bodies and do graded fitness assessments to determine their level of fitness.

Achievements of the Previous Year

a. Comprehensive Student Profiles

A profile of each student of the Batch of 19 -21 is ready. It comprises of information like date of birth, blood group, home state, city, career and inspirational goals, co-curricular and extra – curricular achievements, academic credentials, details on majors, minors and super specializations, Life Skills and Fitness profiles, conduct during the Outbound Leadership Lab activity and the grades for the Practice Courses. The profiling happened for the first time and will be periodically updated.

The achievement of this initiative is:

  • CCE department has a quick snapshot to help matching company and job to student
  • Mentors will get a better understanding of their mentee
  • Faculty can track their students especially the weak ones and mentor them

b. Confident Presenters

Application of Presentation techniques and Business Etiquette on a variety of topics like Industry Analysis, Inspirational Leaders, Book Review, Business Meetings, Cross Cultural Regional profiles, Persuasive Pitching and Group Discussions with small group tutorials, individual feedback, presenting multiple times on the same topics for improvement have helped students shed their inhibitions and be more articulate.

The achievement of Speaking Communication using AOL data is:

  • Exemplary from Foundation to Term 3 rose from 13.82% to 38.2%
  • Satisfactory from Foundation to Term 3 reduced because of increase in Exemplary – 77.64 to 56.8%
  • Unsatisfactory from Foundation to Term 3 reduced from 8.5 to 2.7%

Techniques used to enhance communication skills have been appreciated by 18 – 20 batch, their IIP mentors and skills were displayed during IIP presentations

c. Cross Cultural, Collaborative Mindset

Global framework by Erin Meyer’s Culture Map for effective cross cultural communication in order to collaborate with different geographies in a business setting was introduced. Scales of business communication functions and the mapping of regions in order to help work out an adaptation strategy were taught through many case studies. Class was divided into different geographies and a Regional profile was drawn out to understand the region better. Groups then did business meetings and learnt to adapt their own style to work with a region’s communication needs.

The achievement of this course is:

  • Enhanced knowledge of region’s social, economic, political status and its impact on behaviour and etiquette
  • Understanding of regional communication style and adapting strategies
  • Pedagogy of different groups and different regions aided in covering the globe

d. Sharpened Aptitude Skills

25 online tests Quantitative ability, Verbal ability and Logical Reasoning designed and executed by Bizotic, a veteran in this field to enhance Placement selection chances across two terms. Students got immediate results with an analysis and many practice exercises with detailed answer keys to hone their skills outside class. The PEP faculty conducted the tests, coordinated this program and monitored progress.

The achievement of this course is:

  • The Excellent bucket of above 60% which is considered as a sure shot selection increased from a mere 1% at Benchmarking to 58% after 25 tests.
  • The Good bucket of a 50 – 60% increased from a 4% to 26%
  • The Average bucket of 40 – 50% decreased from a 20% to 9%
  • The Poor Bucket of below 40% decreased from a 75% to a 7%

e. Persuasive Sellers

“Negotiation and Selling Skills” techniques, how to pitch, how to prospect and how to document selling effort was introduced in term 3 by an expert. The same was put to test in a live and practical experience of selling Kanyathon passes. Students learnt to alter their pitch and improve on it, be courteous and negotiate. They maintained a Daily Activity Report and did Review presentations.

The achievement of this course is:

  • Detailed DARs were submitted with reasons for rejection
  • Regular interaction with PEP faculty resulted in most selling at least 4 passes
  • Total contribution of sales by students was around 1600 passes

Effective Execution

The Effective Execution course at IFIM B-School aims at enhancing students’ experience to address the challenges of collaboration, conflict resolution and timely and cost-effective execution of critical activities to achieve specific objectives/ milestones in institution building activities. The theoretical underpinning for the following course is based on established management principles of ‘bounded rationality’ & ‘satisficing’.

Every first year PGDM student compulsorily be a part of one student committee or the other, and all committees have a faculty mentor attached to it, who act as a facilitator. As a part of a committee, the student is empowered to take a lead or a collaborative role to envision the committee’s developmental goals, strategic goals, and streamline routine activities.

Students by playing the active role of a manager, leader, or entrepreneur learn different skills sets of working in teams, understand influencing without power in organizations, conflict management and decision making while achieving institutional goals.

Different management workshops and behavioural intervention activities instils one of the most prized skills in the corporate world amongst the students – Ability to Execute

1. Broad Objectives

  • Action-learning and stakeholder participation in institutional activities to identify effective solutions
  • Learn to deal with ambiguity in workplace and propose satisficing solutions to achieve institutional objectives
  • Identify and achieve institutional goals by undertaking routine tasks and pursuing strategic, and developmental goals respectively
  • Understand implementation feasibility and art of influencing without power
  • Create an opportunity for students to gain exposure to organizational realties: challenges of collaboration, conflict resolution, team dynamics, and decision making
  • Goal setting, resource planning, measurement and reporting of outcomes (objective vs. achievement)
  • Create an effective yearly transition plan for each committee -involving annual report and knowledge transfer from existing team to new team

2. Role of Committees

  • All decisions of a committee in furtherance of its basic objectives and goals are taken jointly by students and faculty mentor. Committees reach consensus to generate unity of purpose and foster team spirit..
  • Each committee frames its own rules and procedures of functioning depending on goals:
    • Routine Goals – Seamless performance of the current activities, through collaboration, backups, and teamwork.
    • Strategic Goals – Goals for growth and improvement with defined measurable targets and focus on what committee does, for whom and what should be articulation of measurable goals
    • Developmental Goals – These are related to attainment of new institutional goals where there is limited experience, these goals are entrepreneurial and exploratory in nature.

Faculty members will facilitate the work of each committee. They will conduct regular meetings and agenda, preparation for meetings, minutes, etc. will be the record of the committees’ work.

Club Activities

IFIM Toastmasters Club

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Their membership is more than 332,000 numbers. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,400 clubs in 135 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program.

Members of the club learn how to:

  • Deliver effective speeches and presentations
  • Easily lead teams and conduct meetings
  • Give and receive constructive evaluations
  • Be better listeners

Toastmasters Clubs provide regularly scheduled and structured meetings to meet with other members looking to improve public speaking skills.

If you want to overcome your fear of speaking, and you are not in a hurry to do so, then Toastmasters is a peer-to-peer learning forum, which will suit you well. You could also get some inputs on leadership if you take up a role on the committee and you refer to the manual for that role. Keep in mind that Toastmasters is a Peer-to-Peer Learning organization. If you want to learn how to overcome your fear of public speaking and you have the time to do so over six months or a year, then you should consider the option of TM because the fees are also reasonable.

About IFIM Toastmasters Club

A platform from which one can practice public speaking in an actualized setting. That is to say, rather than practicing speeches in front of a mirror, IFIM Toastmasters club allows you to work on your presentation skills in front of a real audience, with challenges. This can be invaluable to improving as a public speaker.

First, everyone wants to see you do well at Toastmasters. No one laughs. No one points at you. They want you to grow and succeed. Each meeting, everyone welcomes you with a friendly face. It is a safe, positive and encouraging environment. Another great thing about Toastmasters is that you can move at your own pace. You do not have to make speeches or participate in discussions until you are ready. There are many shy people in Toastmasters. Therefore, there is a mutual understanding of what you are going through. Did you know that some of the best speakers in the world are shy and introvert? Check the power of introverts by Susan Cain, for example.

Finally, we urge anyone who believes that a little more confidence would do them good to visit our Toastmasters club.

Being at the center of Electronic City IFIM Toastmasters’ Club has been able to tap the best that electronic city has to offer. It is able to attract the best of speech mentors, speech evaluators from Infosys, Wipro, Yokogawa, Siemens, CGI, Tech Mahindra, Deutsche Bank, Mecon and many more clubs in Electronics City. You also get to compete against the top guns of the International Speech level contest.

One of the unwritten rule while doing PGDM is networking. Sticking to your own area will not make you a diversified knowledgeable creature. To have savior faire in a field such as PGDM, one should have knowledge of every other area. Networking not only ensures you have rich quality of friends but also ensures learning. This is what IFIM Toastmasters’ club promises its members.

IFIM Toastmaster Newsletter September 17

IFIM Toastmasters’ Club - Since Oct,2015

Legacy Continues

Toastmaster Vidhi Sharma is first ever to unlock and achieve the prestigious TRIPLE CROWN award on behalf of IFIM Toastmasters’ Club in the month of April,2017.

IFIM Toastmasters’ Club completed successfully 50 weekly meetings in the month of February and 51st meeting happened on the 500th DAY, since the CLUB got chartered with all the seasoned toastmasters of IFIM and the members of various clubs in electronic city.

IFIM Toastmasters' Club, Bengaluru has successfully become a distinguished club in district 92 and also won the following recognitions :

  • Win it to pin it
  • Spirit of 92
  • Rising Star Award

“Understanding comes through communication, and through communication we find the way of peace”

- Dr. Ralph C. Smedley
Founder, Toastmasters International

"“Reading has been my hobby since I was a little child and writing became a passion sometime in school. I read a lot and started writing a blog too. But all of these got lost somewhere in the routine that life became. It was with an intention to start writing again that I joined Toastmasters a year ago. And the journey so far, has been amazing! From being an introvert who utterly disliked talking to strangers to someone who would shy away from people in general, the roles I took up at Toastmasters made me feel at ease while conversing with anyone, be it from any walk of life.

A lot of thinking and preparation goes into even the minutest role you take up at a Toastmasters meeting and there is much to be learned from it all. From teaching you the importance of time management to teaching you how to think on the spot, Toastmasters inculcates in you soft-skills you would otherwise have to toil hard to learn. Carefully crafted feedbacks that are designed to motivate and awards and recognitions for speeches and roles taken are essential components of each Toastmasters meeting. Every

member who walks in definitely walks out feeling more confident, encouraged and feeling zealous to achieve more.

We at IFIM Toastmasters Club always look to improve the quality of our members’ speaking and provide them with ample opportunities to discover their leadership abilities, which is as much a part of Toastmasters as is giving speeches. IFIM Toastmasters Club has been a Distinguished Club twice before and all the members are actively working to make it a Select Distinguished Club in the 2017-2018 year. We are optimistic that the club will achieve higher recognitions in the future and be home to at least a few Distinguished Toastmasters in the years to come.”

Suhasini G Hegde
President IFIM Toastmasters' Club


Naman-2015 is a flagship management and cultural fest of IFIM Business School. This year, being the 20th inception year of IFIM, students had left no stone unturned to organize the best competitions, prizes and celebrities when compared to its previous editions. A two-day panorama of talent, Naman’15 witnessed the congregation of top colleges and corporates from all across India.

IFIM Business School’s premier management and cultural fest Naman-2015 was held on the 11th and 12th of September this year, honoring the theme and tagline of Air warfare – “A Quest to conquer the skies”. Naman-2015 reflected the spirit of youth and provided a platform for the students to showcase their talent in various spheres that covered the versatile aspects of Management and cultural performances. For the Management enthusiasts, there was a multitude of management extravaganza competitions such as in Best Manager, Business Quiz, Business Plan powered by NASSCOM, Marketing and Finance. The Cultural section comprised of Group Dances and a glamorous Fashion Show.

When asked about this unique theme, the IFIM Student Cultural Head Mr Tharun Shastry said “Air warfare is the use of military aircraft and other flying machines in warfare in order to protect the interests of a nation. In business, air warfare techniques can be implemented for effective management and efficient functioning of an organization. Because of this distinctive theme, we witnessed an overwhelming participation at Naman, truly living up to its reputation as a Management, Cultural and Musical extravaganza.”

The icing on the cake was the musical night featuring “The Raghu Dixit Project” on 12th September 2015 where the audience relived the tunes of breathtaking Contemporary folk music. This concert also emphasized on IFIM’s CSR initiative since it was a comprehensive fund raiser show where 100% of the profits generated were donated to the cause of “Save the girl child”. Big congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the participants and sponsors of IFIM Naman 2015. Special acknowledgement towards Associate Partner Startup curation, Radio Partner Radio City, Ticketing Partner bookmyshow, Trophy Partner Trophy Kart, and Refreshment partner Bisleri.


For Details: http://www.ifimnaman.com/​


IFIM Business School presents “NAMAN 2013 - National Management and Cultural Festival" a tribute to Indian Civilization.

NAMAN is planned to be two days splendid celebrations with management as well as cultural events. Naman 2013 is open to all and gets wider communication and publicity across the country through personal presentations, print, radio, TV and online media. More than 1000+ participants across India including students from 30+ colleges, 50+ corporate and celebrities etc. are expected to be an integral part of NAMAN.

Date: September 6th & 7th, 2013

Venue: IFIM Business School
#8P & 9P, KIADB Industrial area
Electronics City, Phase 1
Bengaluru - 560100

Tel (O): 080- 41432800 / 888
Fax: 080- 41432844

Email: naman.2013@ifimbschool.com