Diploma Programme

The Diploma in Microfinance is one of the flagship programmes which is InM’s credential as the centre of excellence in knowledge creation, dissemination and capacity building for the development sector. InM is the pioneer in offering the Diploma in Microfinance Programme in Bangladesh. The programme captures a longer term human resource development approach where the participants get the theoretical understanding and practical experience through classroom sessions, hands-on training and field exposure.

Programme Structure

 

Courses Overview

C1: Povty , development and Microfinance 
  Broadly, the course will cover dynamics of poverty, development and microfinance. Through this course, the participants are expected to explain different aspects of poverty and development issues. They also will be able to identify evolution and practices of microfinance in Bangladesh as well as in different countries vis-à-vis the impacts on socio-economic emancipation. The participants could also visualise the scopes and challenges of microfinance and understand the basic research in microfinance.
C2: Microfinance Operations and Management
  The course will provide a holistic overview on management of microfinance operations. Through this course, the participants are expected to explain historical context, issues and challenges and future directions of sustainable and inclusive microfinance programme in Bangladesh. The participants can design and organise microfinance programme and services successfully for different market segments. They can monitor and supervise the microfinance programme with effective tools and understand the comprehensive risk management strategies appropriate for their organisations.
C3: Financial Planning and Analysis for MFIs
  The course will acquaint the participants with the concepts, principles, techniques and process of financial and managerial accounting applicable to the activities and operation of MFIs. It will provide the techniques of analysing and managing financial performance through ratios commonly used in Microfinance. The participants will have a thorough understanding and capacity to interpret the necessary financial statements prepared by MFIs. They could also analyse performance of MFI from the financial and social perspectives. It is also expected to enable participants to understand financial accounting process, to evaluate financial statements of MFIs and to use managerial accounting techniques in decision making.
C4: MIS of Microfinance Programme
  The course will provide an overall understanding of MIS of Microfinance Programme. The participants are expected to understand the basics of MIS and computing. They can prepare, analyse and use MIS reports in management decision making. The participants will be able to select appropriate MIS software for their MFIs and will have the know how the techniques of report generation with these software programmes. They will also have an understanding of future ICT based financial operations.
C5: Governance and Regulations of MFI
  The course will cover Regulatory and Governance perspectives of MFIs. The course is expected to increase the level of understanding of the participants relating to the role of regulatory authorities and supervisory measures in streamlining the activities and performance of MFIs. The course is focused the role of MRA in guiding microfinance programme, key variable for microfinance regulation, government policy and legal framework regarding microfinance in Bangladesh. The participants will be able to explain appropriate governance structure and role of different governing bodies. They can identify internal control enabling elements in an MFI and explain monitoring and supervisory compliances. Participants will be acquainted with the evolution of regulation in Bangladesh and regulatory practices in different countries. They will also be able to understand and explain the MRA rules and regulation for MFIs in Bangladesh.
C6: Human Resources Development of MFIs
  The course will provide an overall understanding and skills of managing human resources of an MFI. The participants will be able to identify functions of HRM and personnel management system. They will gain the capacity to manage overall human resources of the organisation and organise effective capacity development programmes for employees.

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Field Placement
Participants will have to prepare a term paper of 3 credits on a topic mutually decided by the participant and the instructor as a partial requirement 7 Diploma in Microfinance. The topic of the term paper would be selected within the thematic areas of the certificate courses.
Academic Year and Quarters Diploma Fees
Quarter Duration No. of Weeks Diploma 48,000 Tk.
(The Diploma fees may be changed from time-to-time subject to approval of the Governing Body of InM. 
Winter January –March 12
Spring April –June 12
Summer July –September 12
Fall October -December 12

 

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Admission Requirements

  • Graduate in any discipline can apply for admission.
  • Preference will be given to the applicants with minimum of three years of experience in any MFI, development Organisation, Bank, Financial Institution or Non-Bank Financial Institution.

Candidate seeking admission has to apply in prescribed form. InM will adopt appropriate procedure to select applicants for admission.

Degree ( Diploma) Requirements

The minimum requirements for Diploma are as follows:

The minimum requirements for Diploma are as follows:

  • The participant must complete 21 credits including 3 credits of term paper.
  • The participant must earn a minimum CGPA of 2.50 for obtaining certificate of Diploma. 

Duration of the Programme

One participant can generally complete the Diploma Programme in 6 (six) months but must complete within 2 (two) years from the starting date of the academic program. After that period, the validity of his/her enrollment in the programme will expire and s/he will have to apply for readmission.