Institute of Real Estate & Finance: Creating Future Real Estate Leaders and Managers

To impart quality education in real estate, construction and housing finance sector using technology and partnership with various institutes and domain experts

India’s real estate industry is currently around 180 billion $ comprising Real Estate, Construction, and Housing Sector. It is expanding very briskly and generating the second largest employer in the country but at the same time is highly unorganized and full of malpractices. The advent of Real Estate and Regulation Act (RERA) implemented by the Government of India in May 2017 has pushed the real estate sector towards professionalism and strong growth in coming years. Likewise, real estate education must play a role in getting relieved of such bad practices, promote professional education, and boost the sector capability. Institute of Real Estate & Finance (IREF) is one such online platform, which caters to the relevant teachings of Real Estate Management and allied sectors like construction management and housing finance.

In the brief span of five years, this online platform has splashed its success color all over the industry. As previously mentioned, it is the first online portal in real estate, construction management and housing finance. The platform earned

2013- NDTV award for Best Real Estate Institute,

2014-Devang Mehta B School Award,

2015- Lokmat Best Education Institute.

In 2018, The Higher Education Review Magazine recognized IREF as “India’s Top Ten most Promising E-learning Platform”.

With over 2000 plus students and alumni network of IREF, it has created successful entrepreneurs across India.

Institute’s motto is to promote online education in the given sector, IREF is continuously enhancing and building up a user-friendly active web portal for learning. It is also conducting a weekly webinar to share the importance of real estate sector education along with collaborating with universities and institutes to introduce national and regional programs.

The Versatile Management

Four outstanding key personalities lead the online platform to next level1– Abhay Kumar (Co-founder & CEO), Ganesh Nikam (Co-founder and Director), Ashlesha Paranjape (Head of Academics), and Abhijit Pal (Operations Head)

Abhay Kumar started this online institute from zero to 2000+ students across India working or running their own companies. He is B.E, MBA from Symbiosis (SIMS) and Masters in Labor Law. As an entrepreneur, he has over 15 years of experience in the real estate sector.

Ganesh Nikam is involved in bringing new partners and investment into the company. He is a Doctor (MBBS), MBA from Symbiosis (SIMS) and has 15 plus years’ experience as an entrepreneur.

Ashlesha Paranjape helps to create, monitor, and deliver courses on the platform and through the partners. She is a Chartered Accountant (CA) having over 20 years of experience in banking & Finance, real estate, and Mortgage.

Abhijit is instrumental in the development and overall operations of the E-learning platform. He is B.Tech, MBA in operations from Symbiosis (SIMS) and has three plus years’ experience in real estate and construction industry.

Dominating the Online Education

Established in 2013 as one of the first portals to implement online real estate education, IREF has been invited by the Government of India to extend inputs and view on RERA in presence of the standing committee. The platform’s own E-learning portal is fully equipped with the latest e-learning technology, wherein students learn through online classes, self-paced models, quiz, and test and case- studies. It further provides a total virtual classroom allowing students to experience a wholesome new classroom.

The online platform has served over 2000 students across India and has alleviated them in setting up their career and entrepreneurial venture in Real Estate, Construction Management, and Housing Finance. For classroom programs, the university/institute backs up the accreditations and for online programs, IREF provides autonomous certification recognized by numerous companies and industry experts.

A Comprehensive Curriculum

IREF focuses on industry-ready courses to its students, so that they adapt to the new marketing techniques easily and have broad exposure to the real estate development. Consequently, they have a better understanding of the consumer behavior, thus making the preferred choice of the organization. Students attain a diverse exposure by studying in IREF. They have two options:

  • To work with real estate and construction companies in various capacities like Marketing, Sales, Operations, Project Management and Management Roles
  • They can start their own companies in the same sector as real estate developers, real estate project management consultants, housing finance (DSA), real estate consultant and various other opportunities

Additionally, students can avail interest free (0 % rate of interest) education loan from Thirumeni Finance Pvt. Ltd. (Varthana). This can help students to achieve their professional dream.

Creating Real Estate leaders through classroom programme in association with Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies.

In 2016, the platform established a full-time job oriented postgraduate program with Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS) for Real estate, Construction, and Housing Finance sector. This program gained tremendous positive feedback from the industry due to the relevant high requirement. This course has followed with excellent placement offers from elite firms. In 2018, it further collaborated with SIMS for the part-time program for working professionals in real estate, construction, and housing finance sector.

The main objective of full-time postgraduate course at SIMS is to developed anto bridge the gap between rising demand for the true talent and the unavailability of supply for the same in the real estate sector, thereby creating gainful employment opportunities for any aspiring student who wishes to get into this sector. The programme carves ready-professionals possessing a healthy mix of technical, management, and administrative abilities.

The programme offers inputs as per the RERA, which is now the backbone of real estate and construction industry. The students receive significant knowledge to analyze and exploit the entrepreneurial opportunities available in this sector. The focus of the curriculum is handed out to the distinctive aspects of real estate business management. Some of the key areas covered in course are:

  • Construction Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Development
  • Software Training
  • Site Management
  • Marketing, Sales & CRM
  • Property Valuations
  • Managing Tender & Contracts
  • Business Feasibility & Finance
  • Housing Finance etc.

Full Time PGADM in Real Estate and Construction Management (SIMS)

(Eligibility- 50% in Graduation/ B.E. Civil/ B.Arch.)

For fresh graduate/ experienced graduates seeing career in real estate, construction and housing finance

Part Time Certification Program in Real Estate and Construction Management (SIMS)

(Eligibility- 50% in Graduation/ B.E. Civil/ B.Arch.)

For working professionals, graduates, entrepreneurs.

Sanket Chiplunkar Placement In charge of Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies Real Estate and Construction department has confidently stated that “when the fresher’s join the PG classroom program with SIMS Real Estate and Construction Management, they receive a boost in their career with a best industry placement packages and key role in finest of the enterprises”

Highly Industry recommended online programme on IREF e-learning Platform .

Post Graduate Program in Real Estate Business Management and Entrepreneurship (Online Program)

(Eligibility- Any graduate / Diploma)

For individuals who want to start real estate services business (marketing company, brokerage firm, real estate consulting firm, home loan DSA)

Post Graduate Program in Real Estate Business Management (Online Program)

(Eligibility- Any graduate / Diploma)

For any working professional in real estate sector

Post Graduate Program in Real Estate Marketing (Online Program)

(Eligibility- Any graduate / Diploma)

For any working professional in Marketing/ Digital marketing of real estate sector

Post Graduate Program in Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) (Online Program)

(Eligibility- Any graduate / Diploma)

For any individual seeking to build up knowledge and deeper understanding of Real Estate Regulation Bill -2017 and encouraging individuals to set up their own RERA consultancy (e.g. Real Estate Development Firm or Real Estate Consulting Firm)

For online courses, professionals and students have excellent opportunity to gain employment in international, national, and regional companies. Certification will provide professionals support in their career growth and promotions. They can initiate their own independent business or develop into an entrepreneur.

The urgent need to create professionals and skill based talented pool readily available for real estate, construction and housing finance industry will be one step closer with the platform like IREF .

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