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 Society of the Congregation of Franciscan Brothers was established on February 22nd, 1901 at Nagpur by its Founder, Bro. Paulus Moritz and his Companions. The Congregation aims at an integral and personalized formation of the young in the context of its plurality and diversity of Indian/World culture. It strive to render service to all strata of humanity to attain integral development and to live a free, dignified and truthful life.
St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMAR) Borivli, Mumbai was established in the year 2002 with the motto of providing quality professional education to graduate students to equip them with academic excellence in specialized management areas and value system. Value system includes grasp of soft skills, life skills and problem solving skills to face life in good times and bad. Thus, to strive to produce value based business leaders with intellectual competence, morally and ethically upright, socially committed, caring and fostering the ecology, spiritually inspired citizens in the service of India and the world at large.
The task ahead is to carry forward the traditional focus on creating value based excellence amongst participants and transforming them, by encouraging them to initiate and manage self-regulated innovative projects of educational and social values along with faculty members role in understanding and promoting the tremendous technological base which our young generation of students possess. Looking to be successful in one’s own career like becoming an entrepreneur, starting one’s own business or joint venture and getting a good job in a company etc are necessary. In all one should strive to live a life of happiness and contentment and share the same with others.
The Eco-System created by our strong SFIMAR-Alumni network enhances substantially the growth and development of our student participants of our Institute. I am indebted to all our educational partners for all your support and involvement in our higher education venture.
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: 2015 certified and NAAC Grade 'A' accredited 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.