St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMAR), Borivali
St. Francis Institute of Management is located in the western part of Mumbai, Borivali. The institution is a 20 minute walk from Borivali railway station (western line). Almost everyone travels by the BEST buses whose frequency is excellent. Almost every bus from the station goes to the college. Some studs prefer to travel by their respective two wheeler. Across the road is the famous St. Francis Engineering College and adjacent is St. Francis school. In short, the area (IC Colony) is pretty famous and is easily accessible.
SFIMAR, as fondly called by the students, is a three storey white colour building. Even though the campus is small, it’s excellently maintained; thanks to the beautiful green garden. The classrooms are air conditioned with single seater bench. Projectors are available for every class. Wifi connectivity is good and students rarely complain about anything related to infrastructure. Library is filled with books of marketing, finance, magazines and newspapers. All in all, the infrastructure is pretty satisfactory.
The college provides hostel facility for both boys and girls. Facilities aren’t hi-fi but sufficient to fulfil your needs. Mess food is just about edible so most rely on the outside food.
Fees and Placements:
Rs. 1,36,000 per annum
Placements at St. Francis MBA college is not very impressive. Around 50% of the students get placed every year with an annual pay package of around 3-5 lakhs. Sometimes, the highest goes to Rs.7 lakhs per annum. Companies like Aditya Birla retails, Reliance Telecom, ITC, Federal Bank, etc are seen in the SFIMAR campus during the placement season. Remaining students try on their own or end up getting unsatisfactory jobs followed by less salary.
Surprisingly, summer internship scenario is better. More than 70% of the students get placed by the college while the remaining get internship by their personal contacts.
All in all placement status needs to be escalated.
Faculty and Pedagogy:
“It’s important that a student is satisfied with his/her teaching and here at SFIMAR, we are”, says a second year student dressed formally for her presentation. There are hardly any visiting faculties in the college and the permanent teachers are well versed with their subjects. Marketing department staff of this college is considered quite impressive. Some teachers are enthusiastic and give real life examples while solving a problem while some are really dull.
Crowd and Campus Life:
Well, the crowd at this college is pretty awesome. The legacy of St. Francis is followed from the school to undergrad and post grad. They say, ‘At Francis, once you make friends, they become like a small family’. Students are from other parts of the country are hardly seen in this college. Sex ratio is pretty much equal. Campus life isn’t stressful. Students are overloaded with assignments but they manage to enjoy life equally. Canteen is just about okay and serves average quality food. Prices are economical and non veg food item is a hot favourite among students. There are innumerable places for hangouts near the college. Fizzy, the most visited place by youngsters, serves some fruit drinks, sodas and Tibbs Frankie. Aashirwad, Dominos, Banjara, Kosmic Sea Lounge, Silver Coin, etc are the various food parlours, lounge and restaurants near to the college. McDonalds, Temptations and Naturals are the good past time and elegant hangouts.
Seminars and Industrial Visits:
Seminars are conducted almost every week. Students get to learn the in and out of a company and the corporate life. Industrial Visits to Thailand and Singapore are well known in SFIMAR. It’s certainly not like a picnic and students acquire a lot of knowledge. Overall, the sessions are pretty interesting and bright.
Festival and Events:
Exuberance, the annual cultural festival of St. Francis Institute of Management and Research, is held in December followed by various events every month.
St. Francis Institute of Management and Research
Gate No.5, Mt. Poinsur, S.V.P Road,
Borivali West, Mumbai 400 103.
Tel: 022-2891 7089 / 2895 8403
Definitely not in the league of top Bschools in the country, St. Francis Institute of Management and Research is ranked between 10-15 top MBA schools in Mumbai. Better placements and an increase in visiting faculty from reputed institutes is what SFIMAR should focus in the coming years.