ICFAI Founder’s Profile

Sri. N. J. Yasaswy (1950-2011), 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 cutting-edge knowledge in contemporary areas of finance. Since its establishment, ICFAI Group has made a significant mark in the Indian educational field with a pan-Indian network and presence.

Innovation has been the mainstay of ICFAI Group with innovation prevalent 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.























The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education is a Deemed-to-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 builtup area of over 16 lakh sq. ft. The campus is fully Wi-Fi enabled and equipped with the state-ofthe- art facilities like amphitheaters, auditoriums, academic blocks, fully equipped library block, computer center, language lab, hostels and canteen and faculty accommodation.

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)
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 and AICTE recognition for IcfaiTech.

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,ICFAI Business School
Dr. M Srinivasa Reddy, IcfaiTech
Dr. A V Narsimha Rao, ICFAI Law School

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.
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,
Director, Sirish Beri & Associates

Board of Studies - External Members

Prof. Dr. Kavitha Daryani Rao,
Vice Chancellor, JNAFAU

Ar. Asoka Katakam,
Principal Architect, Katakam & Associates

Board of Studies - Internal Members

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

Prof. Dr. Srinivas Reddy,
Director, IcfaiTech,

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

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

Ar.Neelima Kollipara
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator ICFAI School of Architecture