Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) is a premier sectoral B-school of India situated in beautiful city of lakes, Bhopal. With a picturesque location on a hilltop and surrounded by lakes on three sides, 70% of the campus is a forest, which allows students to learn how to co-exist with nature. Unlike the polluted metropolitans, mornings here are meditative.
To further know about the Life at IIFM let us look at the various segments here:
Campus & infrastructure
As it is said, “a picture is worth thousand words”, let pictures speak here. Campus comprises of — acres of land, —- forest , —- building
The rooms and hostels are much better than you can get at an academic institution in India. The rooms are spacious, have a study table, rotating chair, notice board, white board, a big almirah, bookshelf, mirror and of course a bed. The flooring is new and has cream coloured tiles. The walls of the room are also clean and you don’t find random things written on them again like various educational institutions.
All the rooms get good WiFi connectivity (in fact, the whole campus is WiFi) and have an additional LAN port for people still carrying old chunky laptops that have LAN ports.
You can get your room cleaned for free just by making a request on the online portal.
Coming to the washrooms, they are really nice and get cleaned every day. The cleanliness is as good as one gets in hotels, so you can imagine.
Mess, food and menu is managed by the students themselves in form of a committee. The mess food is served 4 times in a day, breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. The menu has got a great variety and there will be hardly any day where you will have an urge to order from outside due to bad taste/quality. But the food quality is really premium as compared to most other engineering and management colleges in India. Though nothing can compare to the food made by you mom.
Programmes at IIFM offers everything that any management institute offers along with “X Factor” of forestry and sustainability management that none other than IIFM has.
Academically, the course is quite rigorous and one needs to learn how to manage time. The semesters are fully loaded with ongoing projects, submissions and exams. Also, a lot of extra-curricular sports and cultural activities take place in the institutions. In a nutshell, this place offers multiple platforms for any student to learn. It all depends on students as how easily and how much they are able to receive.
Two times every term, the students are asked to say no to books and classroom and step into the real world of buying and selling and planning and enforcing, of poverty and hunger, of environmental degradation and unsustainable business. We call it Open Learning Days, where we experience the real working life first hand.
Culture, tradition and parties
IIFM has a strong culture and the faculties are really helpful in making sure that you face minimum difficulties. From arranging sector talks for placements to resume guidance to academic mentorship to interview preparation, faculties stand with you in every possible way. You get genuine advice which is very helpful.
The late-night block parties, birthday celebrations, regional lunches and dinner, festival celebrations all ensure that you feel like living in a joint family of 800 odd people.
To sum up, the experience of IIFM is a very enriching one. It makes you better as a person, enhances your knowledge and gives you an opportunity to make some lifelong friendships.