Andhra Pradesh, India students receive global financial services career boost in deal between GITAM University and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

By Lora Benson | Dec 13, 2018



GITAM University in Andhra Pradesh, India has recently signed a deal with international professional body the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) which aims to boost the university’s finance student’s career pathway.

The CISI is the 45,000 strong, not-for-profit membership body for those working in, or looking to work in, the global financial services profession. With members in over 100 countries the CISI has a programme of international qualifications for sectors including capital markets, wealth management, financial planning, operations and risk.

131218FinalPRCISIGitamWith over 15,000 students, GITAM University has a dedicated business/finance faculty and it is students on these programmes who will be offered the chance to study for the CISI Level 3 International Introduction to Securities & Investment exam. These can lead to either the CISI International Certificate in Wealth and Investment Management (ICWIM) or Investment and Operations Certificate (IOC), depending on which part of the financial services market students are keen to enter.

The University will become a CISI authorised test centre and a Train The Trainer programme for faculty staff will be organised.

Ganesh Iyer, CISI India Country Head said: “We are delighted to be working with GITAM on this important qualifications programme. The University students will also be entitled to a year’s free CISI student membership, which means they can use our e-learning platform and attend our professional networking events in the region. In addition we are very pleased to announce that as part of this partnership we will also be working with GITAM to help facilitate internships and placements for students during their studies.  We are aiming to ensure that the students, though their studies with us as a professional body, gain a competitive edge in the fast paced international financial services jobs market.”

Professor P Sheela, Principal of GITAM Institute of Management said: “We at GITAM Institute of Management are really excited about this partnership. CISI is well known globally for their certification program, which is highly sought after in the banking and financial industry. Through this partnership we plan to offer the International Certificate in Wealth and Investment Management (ICWIM) or Investment and Operations Certificate (IOC) for our Bachelor and Master program students to start with, which will then be expanded to cover more professional courses. I also request CISI to bear the burden of being a liaison between industry and academia which will help us to produce students with current knowledge and skills which are highly sought after by the industry.”

Andrah Pradesh, has a population of almost 50 million and is one of the fastest growing economies in India. In India the CISI has partnerships and strategic alliances with the National Institute of Securities Markets, the BSE Institute Ltd, the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, The Institute of Cost Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Colleges and universities, in addition to GITAM, which CISI is working with include ITM University, Chitkara University, Jain University and Christ University.

Those interested in finding out more about the GITAM University/CISI programme or to book onto the course should contact