IIFM, Bhopal: Interview with Dr. Pankaj Srivastava, Director on Admissions, Placement, Cutoff
Established in 1982, the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, was set up with the aim to inculcate the art and profession of management of forestry development. IIFM Bhopal is ranked 62nd by NIRF India Rankings 2020 for Management. While IIFM offers a total of five programmesat the doctoral and postgraduate levels, its flagship programmes are the PGDM courses in Forest Management and Sustainability Management. Other courses include an M. Phil course, a PhD course, and a fellowship programme. Careers360 engaged with Dr. Pankaj Srivastava, Director of Admission of IIFM, Bhopal, about the institute’s mission, legacy, admissions, courses and placements. Read the full interview with Dr. Pankaj Srivastava, Director of Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, below.
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Careers360: Tell us about IIFM, Bhopal.
Dr. Pankaj Srivastava: The institute started four decades back. It aims to inculcate in its students the sense of balance between nature and this development has been acknowledged by the world today. It is recognized by AICTE: is NBA - accredited and AIU approved for equivalence. This management institute is unique in the country not only in the forestry sector but also in the entire management sector. We are unique since we are not only restricted to forestry management but also sustainability and various other dimensions of development.
Careers360: What are the programs and specialization offered by IIFM?
Dr. Pankaj Srivastava: Two years back, we had started a program on Sustainability Management. There is a phenomenal growth in these two years considering that the course witnessed 180% growth in its second year of existence. This program was introduced after looking at the industrial needs of sustainability reporting and various kinds of regulatory compliances regarding environmental related aspects. The institute offers PG Diploma in Sustainability Management which has been acknowledged around the globe. Many CEOs and CSOs participate to come as a guest faculty to the institute.
Careers360: What are the admission criteria and the required cutoffs for the admission in IIFM?
Dr. Pankaj Srivastava: We consider only CAT and XAT aspirants as of now. As far as cutoff is concerned, last year we had a cutoff of 70%. Earlier it used to be 80% to 85% but we deliberately brought it down to enhance the diversity. Since this program is different from other mainstream MBA programs, we need the students to have some inclination towards nature and forestry. Cutting down the cutoff also gave us a broader group to select from.
Careers360:What is the diversity ratios at IIFM campus?
Dr. Pankaj Srivastava: We totally believe that a diversified classroom, college enhances learning. Students coming from different economic, geographic backgrounds and having industry experiences really make the discussions in the classroom multifaceted. We want students to come from arts, medicine and commerce. As far as gender diversity is concerned, there are 30% to 35% girls in every classroom and the number is increasing every passing year. I am also proud to say that we have students hailing from about 23 states of the country.
Careers360: What are the placements criteria at IIFM?
Dr. Pankaj Srivastava: We have a lot of big companies coming to the campus for recruitment. The reputation of IIFM plays a huge role in driving the companies to the campus. As for IIFM placements, we have had an average salary of 7.8 LPA and the highest one has gone up to 14 Lakhs.
Careers360: Are there any hostel facilities available for the students?
Dr. Pankaj Srivastava: Yes, there are separate hostel buildings for girls and boys. Single accommodation is also available for our students on the campus. We are also constructing some new hostel buildings. Infrastructure development in the hostel department is in the pipeline since the number of students getting enrolled is increasing and we need to accommodate them.
Careers360: Does the IIFM have any internships criteria?
Dr. Pankaj Srivastava: Yes, the students are expected to do their internships as stipulated. Many students go to different environmental sectors to pursue their internships.
Careers360: What kind of students should be joining IIFM?
Dr. Pankaj Srivastava: We are in search of students who are inclined towards nature and forestry. We aim at grooming them as future leading managers. We teach them the value of conservation, conflict between society, development and conservation related issues; those are the essential parts of our programs.
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Questions related to IIFM Bhopal
does iifm bhopal offers bsc degree or bachelor degree in forest science ?
The Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal was set up by the Ministry of environment, forest and climate change, the government of India.
No,IIFM doesn't provide admission to Bachelor's Degree in Forest Science.
IIFM provides admission to PGDM programmes and also to M. Phil, FPM, PhD and a certification courses.
Hope it helps
Thank you !!!!
I have a low score in CAT (34 percentile) as well as XAT(20 percentile). Should I apply at IIFM, Bhopal? I really like that college but I dont know if I should apply or not!
With this percentile in CAT and too in CAT it is impossible for you to get call from this college as the sectional cut off for each section(overall) 80 Percentile and for each subject it is 50 percentile.
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is iifm bhopal good for mba what avg package can be expected and cutoff
Hello dear ,
IIFM is good college as it has good placements , infrastructure and faculty . Every year, there are 100% placements in our college. The highest salary package was more than 11 LPA, and the average was around 7 LPA.
IIFM BHOPAL is a reputed college like IRMA ANAND having high CAT and XAT shortlisting percentile,So placement is good.
Good luck !!
what is the average cut off cat score for iifm?
80-85 above percentile is enough to get into IIFM bhopal. There are other branches with less than 70 percentile.The cutoff varies according to castes.
Best of luck!
Best of Luck
Sustainability management from IIFM Bhopal vs MBA from IIT jodhpur? Which would be a better option ?
According to me both the colleges are great and has good curriculum for academics but if you really want to have a better idea you can view our college reviews in our website and check by your self as there you will get an answer which will be given by the students studying there also you can compare the college using our compare the colleges option.
But as far as your question is considered and you are looking for an answer than I would suggest you to choose MBA over anything else as this will give you the best result and best outcome possible.
I hope this helps.