CIES Partners with Pillai Group of Institutions to launch the First Editionof the FIFA/CIES

CIES Partners with Pillai Group of Institutions to launch the First Editionof the FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management in India

~ South Asia’s First Sports Management Programme under ‘FIFA/CIES’Network~

Mumbai, September 14, 2019: Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai Group of Institutions, a Mumbai based Trust that manages over 48 educational institutions in Maharashtra, today inaugurated the first edition of the prestigious PILLAI/FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management in collaboration with FIFA (the World’s Governing Football body) and CIES (the International Centre for Sports Studies – Switzerland). This Executive Education Programme is currently conducted in 15 different countries across the world and India is the 16th country in the global map to have such a programme and first in South Asia to get an authorization for running such an initiative.

The inauguration ceremony marked the culmination of three years of intensive discussions between the Pillai Group of Institutions and CIES. Sports Summits and Conclaves conducted by the Pillai team in the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kochi and Kolkata in the past few months attracted enthusiastic participants with diverse profiles from all sports. Over 300 applications were received from across Asia for this exclusive programme and after a rigorous admission process a cohort of 40 enthusiastic professionals were recruited for this year.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest Ms. Vita Dani, CEO Ultimate Table Tennis League & Co-Owner Chennaiyin FCspoke about the growing sports industry and said “It is endearing to see so many budding, passionate and aspiring minds aiming to make a career in sports. It is their endeavour that is going to help the Indian sporting eco system grow from strength to strength. I would also like to congratulate the Pillai Group and FIFA-CIES for introducing the prestigious Executive Programme in Sports Management that aims to give that endeavour the perfect platform to thrive. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the programme ahead.”

This Executive Programme allows managers from various sports organizations to gain knowledge of management principles in fields such as marketing, sponsorship, finance and accounting, communication, management, law and event management. In addition to the universal contents of the curriculum, the Pillai group has partnered with leading sports firms to conduct guest lectures, internships and special talks for the programme.

The Guest of Honour for the Opening Ceremony, Mr. Roland Chavillon, Manager, FIFA/CIES International University Network, Neuchatel, Switzerland, observed “The University has fully understood our objectives. The Pillai Institute of Management Studies and Research has already perfectly integrated itself into the FIFA/CIES University Network, which now consists of 17 universities. Our cooperation will contribute to the training of a new generation of football, and of sports, managers in India. This is a great satisfaction.”

Elated at the response the first edition has garnered, Franav Pillai, Director of the Executive Programme, said: “We are proud to be a part of the FIFA/CIES University Network and happy with the tremendous response garnered for the very first edition of the Programme. I am confident that the programme will enrich the participants to be catalysts of positive change in the sporting industry across the world”.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for this strategic partnership was signed in December 2018 by Mr. Pierre Cornu (President-CIES) and Dr. K.M.Vasudevan Pillai (Chairman-Pillai Group) in the presence of Mr. VinodTawde (Minister for Education and Sports – Government of Maharashtra), Mr. Kushal Das (General Secretary – All India Football Federation), Mr. Bimal Parekh (Co-owner –Mumbai City FC) and many other prominent professionals from the sports industry in India. The Pillai Group of Institutions has focused on excellence in education for the past five decades and is also known for encouraging its students to pursue a career in sport. The alumni of the college include nationally and internationally known athletes who have participated at the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, Indian Premier League (IPL) and Indian Super League (ISL).

Talking about his milestone moment in the history of Mahatma Education Society, Dr.K. M Vasudevan Pillai, Chairman, Pillai Group of Institutions, said “Our partnership with FIFA/CIES has come at a crucial time where our country is all set to take its sports ecosystem towards a new direction. We are convinced that being part of the FIFA/CIES University Network will allow us to become a leader in the field of sportsmanagement in South Asia.”

About Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai Group of Institutions

Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai Group of Institutions was established in 1970 with the aim of bringing about social and economic change through the proactive personal development of every student that came into its fold. Under the helm of its visionaries, Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai and Dr. Daphne Pillai the trust has grown from a single school into a multi-institution, multi-location group delivering quality education from kindergarten to post-graduate levels. Today Mahatma Education Society (MES) educates more than 35,000 students in its 48 institutions known as the Pillai Group of Institutions in 6 different campuses spread across the state of Maharashtra, India. All these institutions are affiliated and accredited with premier authorities in the field of education such as the University of Mumbai, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Assessment International Examinations etc.

About Pillai Institute of Management Studies and Research (PIMSR)

Pillai Institute of Management Studies and Research, established in 1998 is one of the Pillai Group’s most respected institutions. It conducts the Master of Management Studies (MBA equivalent) course at the Dr. K.M.Vasudevan Pillai Campus located in Navi Mumbai, India. The Master of Management Studies (MMS) course is affiliated to the prestigious University of Mumbai and recognized by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). The Institute has excellent faculty proficient in all aspects of management teaching. The teaching methodology focuses on the practical aspects of business and inculcates the entrepreneurial spirit among the students. The institute regularly conducts national and international conferences and facilitates interaction with the best minds of the corporate world. Today the Institute has a base of over 400 students pursuing the MMS (MBA) and Executive MBA courses. The students of PIMSR conduct one of the premier college festivals of India, Alegria – The Festival of Joy during the first week of February every year.

Pillai Group of Institutions’ Linkages with Sport

The Pillai Group has always been highly committed to develop a strong sporting culture among its students and institutions. It has developed excellent sporting facilities in its different campuses which include astro-turf football fields, a synthetic multi-purpose handball and basketball court, state-of-the-art gymnasiums and a shooting range among others. The government of India has recognized our commitment to sports and has entrusted us with running a Sports Authority of India (SAI) center at one of our campuses. The center currently provides high level training to 22 athletes from all over India. It is a matter of great pride that we have produced many international and national level athletes who have participated at global events such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Indian Premier League (IPL) and Indian Super League (ISL).

About CIES

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, was created as a foundation in 1995 by the FédérationInternationalede Football Association (FIFA), the University of Neuchâtel and the City and State of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Using a multi-disciplinary approach (law, sociology, geography, history and management), CIES provides research, top-level education and consulting services to the world of sport. Since its inception, CIES has aimed to serve as a bridge between the worlds of research, education and sports organizations. CIES actively promotes the ongoing exchange of knowledge and experiences between stakeholders from both academia and the sports industry. Thanks to its international network of universities and experts, CIES is able to support and carry out research and educational projects across all continents.Finally, its multidisciplinary approach, connected with the realities of the sports field, enables the production of solutions, which meet the specific needs of sports organizations. The main CIES activities are notably the organization of the “FIFA Master” – International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, teaching within the framework of the University ofNeuchâtel’s Master in Sports Law, the organization of the FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management in 15 different countries worldwide, fundamental scientific research activity in the field of sport, the specialist work of the CIES Observatory and the organization of numerous conferences and seminars.

About FIFA/CIES International University Network

FIFA (World’s Governing body of Football) along with CIES established the FIFA/CIES University Network in the year 2004 ‘to give students the broadest possible vision of management in modern sports’. Today, FIFA/CIES has an established network for conducting their executive sports management program in 15 different countries in Asia, Africa, South America and Central America, as well as in the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe. Its key objective, with the support of its academic partners, is to improve the skills of sports managers at the level of federations, clubs, small sports associations, government and municipal entities. In the framework of the FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management, the FIFA/CIES University Network offers universal course content on sport management and encourage the partner universities to adapt the contents to national needs, realities and specificities so as to maximize the benefits of the curriculum. Moreover, the FIFA/CIES University Network offers a series of conferences by reputed professors and experts in the sports industry, in order to give students an international perspective on sports-related issues. The dedicated CIES research team has gained an international reputation for producing and publishing high quality academic work. Here is the list of countries where the University Network currently exists in.

1) Argentina
2) Chile
3) Costa Rica
4) Trinidad & Tobago
6) Brazil
7) Peru
8) Senegal
9) South Africa
10) Egypt
11) Spain
12) Russia
13) Poland
14) Palestine
15) UAE

For more information, please contact:

PIMSR Director – Dr. Satish Nair ( +919376161650
Academic Coordinator – Dr. Celina Joy ( +919833709566
Administrative Coordinator – Mr. Padmakshan P ( +919323255600
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Mr. Padmakshan, Mr Franav Pillai, Director of Program, Mr. Shaji Prabhakaran, Dr. K.M. Vasudevan Pillai, Ms. Vita Dani, Mr. Roland Chavillon and Dr. Daphne Pillai

L-R  Dr. Celina Joy, Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai, Ms Vita Dani and Dr. Daphne Pillai

Mr. Padmakshan, Mr. Franav Pillai, Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, Dr K. M. Vasudevan Pillai, Ms. Vita Dani, Mr Roland Chavillon, Dr Daphne Pillai, Dr Celina Joy and Dr Satish Nair