ICFAI Founder’s Profile

Sri. N. J. Yasaswy (1950-2011), founder of the ICFAI Group of educational institutions and a pioneer in promoting higher education in the private sector had a brilliant academic career: B. Com (Andhra University 1969 – First Rank), CA Inter (May 1971 – First Rank), CA Final (May 1973 – First Rank), ICWA Inter (July 1970 – First Rank) and ICWA Final (July 1972 – First Rank). He was the recipient of the Basu Foundation Award for the Best Student of the Year from both – The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (in 1972) and The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (in 1973).

During 1974-1980, Sri. Yasaswy was associated with the Administrative Staff College of India as a Faculty Member. In 1981, he started his consultancy firm, Yasaswy Management Association (P) Limited. Hyderabad. Sri. Yasaswy was appointed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh as Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Trading Corporation (1985–88), and Vice-Chairman, Public Enterprises Management Board (1986–88). He was a visiting faculty member at the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (1986-88) and was nominated as a Member on the SEBI Committee on Accounting Standards. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Certified International Investment Analysts (ACIIA), Switzerland. He authored several books on finance and investments.

Sri. Yasaswy set up the ICFAI Group in 1985 without governmental sops or institutional funding, in an era where government support was the norm. He chose to spend all his energy on the fledgling institution which over the years grew to become a monument to what ambition can deliver. He was instrumental in building several business schools and universities in the developing states of India, particularly in the North-East region. He stood for professional management, excellence in the quality of education offered in the ICFAI institutions, and absolute discipline.

He was charismatic, a great teacher, an institution builder, a visionary and a genius who was years ahead of his time. His vision will continue to guide ICFAI forever.

The ICFAI Group

ICFAI was established in 1984 as a not-for-profit society with the broad objective of empowering citizens through world class quality education. The Institute announced its arrival into the Indian education fora by launching a high end, innovative professional program in financial analysis in 1985. The Program was first-of-its-kind in India, aimed at equipping students and working professionals with latest trends with knowledge in contemporary areas of finance. Since its establishment, ICFAI Group has made a significant mark in the Indian educational arena with a Pan-Indian network and presence.

Innovation has been the mainstay of ICFAI Group with its prevalence in its programs and even its culture. Subsequently, there was a big leap when ICFAI Group started its chain of business schools (IBS) across India in 1995 to offer management program. Since its inception, ICFAI Business School (IBS) has been consistently ranked among the top ranked B-Schools of India providing excellent academic delivery and infrastructure to its students and transforming them into leaders for the future.

Another example that is a testimony to the culture of innovation is the introduction of Case Study methodology at IBS. The Case Research Center at IBS has become a center of excellence and has won several accolades across the world.

ICFAI Group has 2 Strategic Institutional Units, the ICFAI Universities and the ICFAI Business Schools. In all the programs offered across these units, the emphasis is on adherence to academic rigor and differentiated curriculum that bridges the industryacademia gap.

ICFAI Group focuses on learning rather than instruction. In addition, the institute is engaged in important areas of research covering environmental sustainability, agricultural economics, health policy, financial economics, banking, intellectual property rights etc. There have been path-breaking research and good quality publications in these areas.

Flexible and tech enabled learning also plays an important role in ICFAI’s teaching methodology. The delivery takes place with the use of hi-tech learning management system at campus programs and content delivery for distance learning through online medium.

ICFAI Group practices the value of academic integrity at all levels. As a policy, admissions are purely based on merit and there is nothing like capitation fee et al. The fee payable is published in the application material and that remains unchanged.

The ICFAI Group’s culture of teaching and learning supports and fosters intellectual and personality development among its graduating students. They carry an attitude of ownership of their work. ICFAI Group strives to make the students - DOERS. The programs are designed such that the students & professionals graduating from the institution have the ability to take risks, make decisions and own the work. ICFAI Group system, strongly believes in developing an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ among its graduating students.

At ICFAI, students inculcate research and analytical orientation due to its institutional strength and support for the research and development activities. Holistically, the student undergoes a transformative change.

The alumni of ICFAI Group are working in renowned companies world-wide. Collectively, ICFAI Group alumni contribute significantly to the growth story of India.

The ICFAI Universities


ICFAI has established 11 Universities across India. The ICFAI Universities are located at Hyderabad [The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE), which is a Deemed-to-be University], Dehradun, Himachal Pradesh (Baddi), Jaipur, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Raipur, Sikkim and Tripura.

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The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education is a Deemedto- be University established in the year 2008 under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. The University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). IFHE campus is a 92-acre lush green sylvan campus with built-up area of over 16 lakh sq. ft. The campus is fully Wi-Fi enabled and equipped with the state-of-theart facilities like amphitheaters, auditoriums, academic blocks, fully equipped library block, computer center, Climate Lab, Building Material lab, language lab, hostels, Faculty accommodation, Guest houses, Mess, Cafeteria, Food courts and Canteens.

Programs
IcfaiTech (Faculty of Science & Technology)
B.Tech I B.Sc (Mathematics) I B.Sc (Physics) M.Tech I Ph.D (Full-time)
ICFAI School of Architecture (ISArch)
B.Arch
ICFAI Business School (IBS) (Faculty of Management)
BBA | BA (Eco.) | MBA I Exe. MBA (Part-time) Ph.D (Full-time & Part-time)
ICFAI Law School (Faculty of Law)
BBA-LLB (Hons.) | BA-LLB (Hons.) | LLM PhD (Full-time & Part-time)

Recognitions and Accreditations

Accredited by NAAC as ‘A+’ grade University with score of 3.43/4.00
AICTE recognition for IcfaiTech & ISArch; COA recognition for ISArch.

QS Rankings 2019

  • India University Rankings - (71-75)
  • BRICS Rankings - (301-350)
  • Asian University Rankings - (451-500)

Ranked 1st among Top 10 Private Deemed Universities in India, Silicon India, 2017 award.

Ranked 1st among Top 10 Emerging Engineering Colleges in India - Silicon India, 2017.

Ranked 9th among Outstanding Engineering Colleges of Excellence - CSR-GHRDC, 2017.

The Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering (IIIE), Navi Mumbai, has conferred the Performance Excellence Award 2014 (Organization) on The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, for its outstanding contribution made towards excellence.

Great Place to Study Certification 2017-18 by GPTS Research Institute.

Executive Body of the University
Chancellor Dr. C Rangarajan (Since November 2015)
  • Former Chairman of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister
  • Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India
  • Former Member of the Rajya Sabha
  • Former Chairman of the National Statistical Commission
Vice Chancellor Dr. J Mahender Reddy
Registrar Dr. S Vijayalakshmi
Eminent academicians as nominated by the Chancellor Dr. Abad Ahmad
President, Aga Khan Foundation, Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Delhi University

Dr. R Natarajan
Former Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education,
Former Director, IIT Madras.

Dr. T Tirupati Rao,
Former Vice Chancellor, Osmania University

Dr. S Raghunath,
Dean Administration, IIM, Bangalore
Directors of Faculties Dr. S Venkata Seshaiah,Director - ICFAI Business School
Dr. M Srinivasa Reddy, Director - IcfaiTech
Dr. A V Narsimha Rao, Director - ICFAI Law School
Ar. Narasimham.V.V.L., Principal, ICFAI School of Architecture.

The ICFAI School of Architecture (ISArch) is a constituent of the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. ISArch is established in 2018 with the approval from Council of Architecture (COA), New Delhi. ISArch offers five year full time Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) Degree Program which trains the students to emerge as professional Architects.

The aim is to make the school a center for excellence in Architecture, through a wholesome approach in Architectural pedagogy. At ISArch, we strongly believe that teaching should focus on having the student achieve an awareness of ideas and values which needs to be focused and realized. The idea is to expose the student to various dimensions in Architecture, and to support them with the latest technology and infrastructure, that enables them to express themselves.

The objectives of the school frame the overall approach to this committed establishment:

  • To embed emerging trends in the field of architecture into the curriculum with a strong interface between academia and industry.
  • To establish links with national and international institutions of repute, and also to take fresh initiatives in this direction.
  • To develop sustainable programs for faculty enrichment through training and development.
  • To lay emphasis on diversified extracurricular activities for the students.
  • To promote research in the emerging areas of architecture and reach out to the global arena of research contribution.

Progress of ICFAI School of Architecture from inception

After starting Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) five year course in Aug 2018, in the last eighteen months ICFAI School of Architecture (ISArch) has grown into two batches of students with well-established classrooms, studios, workshops and laboratories. ISArch has excellent faculty who have conducted many activities apart from the regular classroom teaching. Thus ISArch has received many accolades and appreciations for conducting events such as....

Seminars:
Two Annual Seminar Events Jan 2019 & Nov 2019 were conducted by ISArch with Eminent Architect speakers giving Talks at city level functions along with felicitations done to many eminent senior Architects.

Workshops:
Many workshops were conducted for students such as Bamboo workshop, origami workshop and clay modelling workshop to gain hands on experience regarding construction methods and design philosophies.

Construction:
Students created a Geodesic dome out of waste material lying at campus with their own hands in 2018 which received in top 10 commendations at National Level Vowels competition.

Internships:
Students have attended already out of station one-month Internship Training program on Wood in summer 2019 at National Wood Research Institute at Bengaluru.

Rural Study:
Students have travelled and studied Rural villages in 2019 to know the vernacular building construction techniques and are incorporating in their designs.

Site Visits:
Students visited NIRD (National Institute of Rural Development) to learn about various alternative building construction technologies and designing. Also they are taken to Live Construction sites in the city to study RCC, brickwork, services and technology aspects.

International Expert:
An International Expert Architect visits our ISArch every three months and teaches our students about the latest trends in the world about Architecture and the emerging philosophies.

MOU with USGBC:
ISArch had signed an MOU with USGBC (United States Green Building Council) India in 2019 for students to learn more on latest trends such as green rating, sustainable architecture, carbon free environments, net zero concepts, conservation techniques and many other aspects of climate change problems etc. Experts on these subjects are teaching students to understand how to minimize the problems the world is facing in terms of environment and ecology.

Laboratories:
A Climatology Lab has been established first of its kind in Architecture schools in 2018. A Material Museum also is in the process of establishment. Also a Model Making workshop is in the process of establishing with 3D Printers already in action.

Expert Talks: Organizing of regular Expert Talks series from eminent professionals from various walks of life whether it is humanities, philosophy, law, photography, psychology etc is happening in order to help and nurture students into some strong multi-faceted personalities by the end of our course. Thus much more activities and facilities being planned to ensure world class education in Architecture at ISArch.

Board of Advisors

Dr. Shailesh Agarwal
Executive Director, Building Materials & Technology Promotion Council, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.

Ar. Sirish Beri,
Renowned Architect, Director, Shirish Beri & Associates.

Board of Studies - External Members

Prof. Dr. Kavitha Daryani Rao,
Vice Chancellor, JNAFA University.

Ar.Yeshwant Ramamurthy,
Renowned Architect Professor & Academic Advisor, ICFAI School of Architecture.

Ar. Asoka Katakam,
Renowned Architect, Katakam & Associates

Board of Studies - Internal Members

Prof. Ar.Narasimham.V.V.L
Principal & Professor, ICFAI School of Architecture

Prof. Dr. Srinivas Reddy,
Director, IcfaiTech,

Ar.Venkat Ramana.P
Professor & Design Chair ICFAI School of Architecture

Prof. Neelima Gudavalli
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator ICFAI School of Architecture

Avant-garde Curriculum:
ICFAI School of Architecture has a strong interface with industry in its approach to curriculum design. Eminent Practicing Architects are part of the team of faculty members in guiding students with design projects. Regular presentations from industry related professionals help in imparting current trends in the market. ISArch practices choice based credit system in its education methodology. State-of-the-art Campus: Scenic campus with well-equipped Laboratories, Learning Resource Centers, Computing Resource Centers, Modern A/c Class rooms, Hostels, Guest houses, Faculty accommodation, Transportation Facilities, Sports and Recreational facilities.

Allround Development: ISArch provides Soft skills training to its students, self-development learning opportunities and projects to make them professionally competent. ISArch facilitates extracurricular and co-curricular activities through outdoor and indoor sports and various students’ clubs to transform students into well-groomed personalities.

Summer Internship Programs: Apart from one full semester internship in fourth year, ISArch curriculum includes summer internships in all even semesters which will help students develop skills in architecture and its allied areas. These value additions are unique and give an opportunity for students to realize their hidden talents. Study Travel Documentation: The annual study travel and documentation tours conducted by a dedicated team of faculty members are a great opportunity for students to explore and understand various cultures, social aspects and architectural styles world-wide.

Placement Assistance: IFHE has a full-fledged placement cell team for the campus placement with the top notch companies. ISArch also assists in enhancing the skillset of students by providing soft skills, mock interviews, personality development and portfolio-making workshops. Global Exposure to Students: Faculty members from internationally acclaimed universities are invited to conduct workshops and interact with the students. We encourage students and guide them to be placed in renowned architectural firms in India and abroad for their practical training in the final year.

Teaching Methods: Innovative teaching is an integral part of Architectural pedagogy at ISArch. Teachers are continuously engaged in the study of the ever-expanding trends in Architecture. The synthesis of such relevant information on trends with the modern methods of teaching will only brighten student’s individual capacities. Research & Publication: Every design project handled in the studio and workshop will have a strong research basis. The faculty will also work with the students to realize the depth of their interest. Publishing such research work is a continuous process at ICFAI with an aim to contribute this work to the global knowledge sharing.