Fedena 2.3.4 is now available for pro customers

It has been almost 4 years since the first beta release of Fedena 0.1 in our start up office at Kasaragod, Kerala, India. Today we have reached to the version 2.3.4. It was an exciting journey for us and we are sure that it was rewarding for all our early adopters and existing customers. If you have not read our story yet, check out the history page at fedena.com

What is new in Fedena 2.3.4? Release notes given below. Feel free to contact us if you have any doubts or suggestions

New features in Fedena Core modules

  1. Add sibling feature to fedena. Read more 
  2. Add course and batch name in Fee receipt 
  3. Subject wise and Assessment wise report for CCE 
  4. Disable duplicate entries using double click in Fedena Core 
  5. New Modifications in CCE 
  6. Change in text for fee collection and fee submission 
  7. Subject Name and Filters applied in the Attendance report PDF  Add Subject and Session field in Student attendance report 
  8. Local time needs to be shown when SMS is sent 
  9. Changes in Spanish Translation 
  10. API to return user details if Biometric ID is provided. 
  11. Introduce Biometric ID field for students and employees. 

    Read more

  12. Student and Employee Additional details have to consider Text Area as Input Method 
  13. UI Modification in student Fee Detail Page 
  14. Mode of payment while collecting fees 
  15. Introduction of Class Timing set. Read more 

Issues solved in Fedena Core

  1. Style issue in the finance fee receipt if the payment note words are too large. 
  2. Style issue in fee receipt if the fee collection name is too large. 
  3. Add missing time zones 
  4. Grading Level Minimum Score can be created above 100 
  5. FA report generation before SA score entered 
  6. Messages sent to employee’s manager by Privileged Employee is not being sent. 
  7. Translation missing in attendance report page 
  8. Translation missing for ‘less than’, greater than and equal to in employee advanced search. 
  9. Transcript PDF break issue 
  10. Forgot password reset words used 
  11. Change Assign old batch subjects to Assign Previous batch subjects 
  12. Sort the employee names in the alphabetical order in the event show page. 
  13. Sort the employee department names in the alphabetical order. 
  14. Should show all the parent users when batch is selected in user view all page. 
  15. Should not show the delete button in the archived student guardian profile. 
  16. State name is showing with country name in guardian profile. 
  17. Style issue in teacher timetable page 
  18. Style issue in the discussion group post page. 
  19. Sort the employee names in the alphabetical order in the tutor assigning page. 
  20. Discount showing not a number, if we delete the particulars of the particular category. 
  21. Style issue in the employee payroll. 
  22. Showing wrong flash message if there are no particulars included in the selected fee category while creating discount. Should not show the category if there are no particulars included. 
  23. Should show the flash message while changing the immediate contact of a student. 
  24. Style issue in flash message after saving the guardian 
  25. Sort the student names in alphabetical order in the fee defaulters page and the pdf report. 
  26. Top border and bottom border is missing in the employee profile pdf report. 
  27. Style issue in employee attendance report pdf. 
  28. Page break issue in pdf report   in employee attendance pdf 
  29. Privileged employee have no option to change the immediate contact of a student like admin. 
  30. Style issue in the change immediate contact page if the guardian name is too large. 
  31. Style issue in the submit button while rejecting the payslip. 
  32. Style issue in pdf of CCE report 
  33. IF admission privilege is given to an employee he should able to delete that student permanently 
  34. No need for  the option to add payroll category in normal employee login, only the admin and the privileged employee need the option. 
  35. Going to dashboard while clicking the exam wise pdf report using employee login. 
  36. Should not show the fee category if there are no particulars included while creating the fee discount using student wise. 
  37. Change “Select a course” to “select a batch” in all user view page 
  38. There should be the option to add the additional details of the admitted student if the step is skip in between the admission. 
  39. The title is overlapping with the company logo in the pdf header. 
  40. Should not show the category name while creating fee collection if particulars are blank in any of the selected batch. 
  41. Exam status is not showing in parent login calender , but it is showing in student login. 
  42. Should  not allow to mark the attendance if any of the option ‘Forenoon’ or ‘Afternoon’ is not selected while marking the attendance. 
  43. Style issue in the guardian profile if the name is too large. 
  44. Change the Arabic (ar.yml) translations in the below mentioned areas. 
  45. Should not possible to create the deleted finance category again. 
  46. Should not delete the elective subjects if any dependency is there,disable the delete button. 
  47. Should not redirect to other pages while saving the previous data for already admitted student. 
  48. Change the error message “Grade set not deleted, dependant data present” to “Unable to delete Grade Set due to dependent data” 
  49. Deleted courses displayed while assigning scholastic or co-scholastic items 
  50. Error message style issue in CCE weightages -Assigned courses page 
  51. Style issue in student attendance 
  52. SMS settings issue  (The system is not able to send the sms when the URL has “https”) 
  53. Style issue in the electives index page if the elective group name is too large. 
  54. Style issue in subject transfer show page if the subject code is large. 
  55. Sort the course name in alphabetical order in the create exam page. 
  56. Should not show student category name twice while editing student category. 
  57. Sort the members name in alphabetical order and show the full name instead of first name in create reminder page. 
  58. Delete Button style issue in calendar page 
  59. Add new student and employee columns in student and employee structure and profile API 
  60. Change the text in Spanish translation. 
  61. Unable to edit student additional details 
  62. Updated country list 
  63. Style issue in additional details adding page if the additional detail name is large 
  64. Add fine button style broken in Spanish language. 
  65. Style issue in fee receipt number if many receipts are there. 
  66. Alignment issue in timetable page 
  67. IF an error occurred during saving parents details all the Entered data disappearing 
  68. Style issue in fee defaulter’s submission form. 
  69. Bracket is broken in fee submission form and fees receipt while language is in rtl. 
  70. Disordered brackets in batch fees report while language is in rtl. 
  71. RTL style issue in finance fees report. 
  72. Incorrect experience years while editing a employee 
  73. Add exception handling in student email sending 
  74. Translation issue in student admission page 
  75. User created from the user page only have the permission to show the delete button but other users created from the hr should not need the option to delete. 
  76. Employee is created without user_id 
  77. Should not allow to  pay the zero amount in finance fee pay. 
  78. style issue in teacher timetable 
  79. Deleted course name showing at the time of assigning weightages to course 
  80. Align the check box to other fields in additional details page. 
  81. 500 coming in user search 
  82. No need to show the edit button and pdf report in the employee additional info page if there is no additional data added 
  83. Page is redirecting to edit privilege page while clicking add additional details link if there is no additional detail fields present. 
  84. Rtl style issue in archived student guardian profile. 
  85. Style issue in student advanced search pdf of former students. 
  86. In archived student profile the additional details order should be same as student additional details. 
  87. Show country label name in archived student guardian profile. 
  88. Style issue in search by name field in the remove subordinate employee page. 
  89. Style issue in employee edit while getting an error. 
  90. Student search is incomplete 
  91. Theme color issue in the remove subordinate employee page. 
  92. Theme color issue in the Co-Scholastic Scores page. 
  93. Theme is not working in student timetable view page 
  94. Sort the employee names in the alphabetical order in subject assignment page. 

New features in Fedena Plugins

  • Applicant Registration
1. Include receipt number in Registration printout 

2. Show course fee amount at the time of applying to a course
  • Custom Import 
1. Enable custom import guardian upload to set immediate contact for the corresponding ward
  • Hostel 
1. Fee Details in Student and Parent login 

2. All fees reciept pdf can be same as normal fee reciept pdf 

3. Show all fee details in student profile 

  • Instant Fee 
1. All fees receipt pdf can be same as normal fee receipt pdf
  • Fedena Transport 
1. Fee Details in Student and Parent login 

2. All fees receipt pdf can be same as normal fee receipt pdf 

Issues solved in Fedena Plugins

  • Applicant Registration 
1.  Style issue in the application form if more than 6 check boxes are added in the additional field section. 

2.  Style issue in the view applicants page, check rtl style also. 

3.  Going to dashboard if we make subject based registration is ‘active’ without select a course while adding course. 

4.  Pin active field is checking while clicking ‘All’ and ‘none’ option from the course check box field in the pin group edit and create page.. 

5.  Remove the blank table if no data’s entered in the applicant registration,show flash messages instead of blank tables. 

6.  Amount showing is not a number and all  the check box getting selected in the registration form while clicking ‘All’ option in the choose electives field. 

7.  Should not showing additional fields mandatory field error message if any other mandatory field error is shown. 

8.  Not showing the error message if we blank the mandatory field while editing the registered applicants. 

9.  Values are updating if we get any validation error while editing the registered applicants. 

10. None option is not working in registered applicants while editing the normal subjects. 

11. Cant delete the attachments in application form 

12. Should check the validation of maximum and minimum subjects in the application register while editing the registred applicants. 

13. For the calculation of subject amount in the registration form the ‘all’ and ‘none’ select option is not working. 

14. Should show error message if there is no subjects in the selected course while adding course in applicant registration. 

15. Not showing the validation error messages of the additional details fields. 

16. Wrong error message showing while allotting a student 

17. Should not show the filtering option and the blank table in the view applicants page if there are no registered students in the batch.Show flash message. 

18. In application(Register) form Show max and min number of elective subject 

19. Align the check box to other fields in new pin group adding and editing page 

20. Style issue in registration form and align the all the student additional fields in the same page 

21. Delete all assets and corresponding record after an applicant delete 

22. Try to add 3 attachments in application form now warning message showing as “Can’t add more than 4 additional attachments” 

23. Style issue in applicant page 

24. Change the style of Applicant Registration page 

25. Style issue in the application registration form if the pin is enabled. 

  • Library 
1.  Style issue in library issue book page if the employee number is large. 

2.  Should not show the filtering option and the table in the library index if no books added.show flash message. 

3.  No need to show the returned books status in employees and students profile. 

4.  Pagination is missing after filter in Library , manage book index page 

  • Custom Import 
1.  Delete Class Roll No column from Student Admission bulk import form of Custom Import Plugin 

2.  Change header column phone2 to mobile in student csv import in custom import plugin 

3.  Add biometric information support to custom import 

4.  Repeat in custom import export new page model entries after reload 

5.  Invalid email stops uploading employee and raises a 500 in delayed job 

  • Discipline 
1.  Style issue in discipline complaint page in spanish language. 

2.  Should not show the blank table if there are no complaints registered in discipline. 

  • Blog 
1.  Style issue in blog 

2.  Change flash “Fedena Administrator cannot participate in blogging” to “Administrator cannot participate in blogging” 

3.  Blog list sorting order is not same in normal users and privileged employees view. 

  • Hostel 
1.  Student name showing more than one time in hostel fee submission page for a fee collection 

2.  Should not accept characters while adding fine in hostel fee pay. 

3.  Flash message showing wrong while trying to reallocate the students into  the same room. 

4.  Should not assign the same employee many times in the same hostel as warden. 

5.  At the time of Re allocation we can allocate Female students to gents hostel 

  • Transport 
1.  Blank page coming between page of the transport details pdf report. 

2.  Style issue in transport defaulters view page using mozilla firefox. 

  • Placement 
1.  Style issue in the placement report pdf. 

  • Inventory 
1.  No need to set receipt no for inventory 

2.  Style issue in the bread crumb while getting an error. 

3.  Store item is not updating correctly if we edit the required item while accepting the indent. 

  • Oauth 
1.  Whitelabel and theme is not working for oauth list user page 

  • Assignment 
1.  Should not show  the assignment of the deleted subject in the student profile. 

  • Fee Import 
1.  Should not allow to assign the fees for other students in the batch if it is created based on the admission number. 

  • Instant Fee 
1.  Button style issue in instant fee if the language is in spanish. 

  • Custom Reports 
1.  Style issue in custom reports pdf page 

  • Mobile
    1. 500 in timetable view mobile


  • Discussion 
1.  Style issue in discussion show page. 

2.  Style broken in discussion group show page. 

3.  Style issue in discussion group edit page. 

4.  The employee and student name should be in alphabetical order in the members list,show fullname instead of first name. 

5.  All the selected members will redirect to the same page while getting a validation error in discussion create. 

  •  Custom Report 1.  The additional details of students and employees don’t support letters like “Á, é, í, ó, ú ,ñ ,Ñ ”, etc.
That is all for Fedena 2.3.4. More innovation including consolidated dashboard, analytic dashboard, improvised menu are on its way. Contact us if you have any doubts or suggestions

Fedena Plugin – Student Tracking using Biometric/RFID Integration

 Fedena provides a powerful API to configure the attendance with external devices. If you are planning to integrate a biometric attendance system or RFID student tracking system with Fedena, here is good news. The Biometric/RFID integration plugin of Fedena is now ready for use. Read this blog post to understand how the integration works.
RFID / Biometric Hardware configuration in Institution

Components required


  • Biometric/RFID hardware
  • Power for Biometric/RFID hardware
  • A local PC with an internet connection to act as a server to process Biometric/RFID data
  • Cable connecting the local PC and Biometric/RFID hardware


  • Windows OS in local PC
  • Biometric/RFID software you got from the hardware manufacturer to be installed in local PC
  • Hardware integration app of Fedena to be installed in local PC
  • Fedena installed in the cloud or other servers of your choice

Things to know

  • You have to purchase the RFID / Biometric hardware with supporting software from the local provider. Fedena does not supply any hardware. Fedena support will not help with your hardware issues.
  • Make clear the support & service terms with the hardware provider. Make sure they can provide on-site support incase of hardware issues.
  • Show the hardware provider this article to make sure their software can support the integration explained here.

How does the integration work?

  • Each user(students/teachers) in your institution will get a unique hardware ID from the RFID/Biometric device.
  • You can enter this unique ID in the hardware ID field of student/teacher profile in Fedena.
  • Install a simple software provided by Fedena in the local PC where the RFID/Biometric device is connected.
  • Done. This software will communicate with Fedena through the internet using Fedena’s attendance API.

Step by step instructions

Step 1
Get the Fedena installation ready. Undergo Fedena training. Enter student and teacher data in Fedena.
Step 2
Get the RFID/Biometric device installed and connected to the local PC. Make sure the software that came along with the hardware is installed in the local PC.
Step 3
Install the hardware integration app provided by Fedena in the same local PC where RFID/Biometric device is connected and the software is running.
Step 4
Enroll the students/teachers in the RFID/Biometric device as per the instructions received from the hardware provider. RFID/Biometric device will assign a unique ID to each user.
Step 5
Store the unique ID of students and teachers in Fedena in the hardware ID field as given below.
Entering Hardware ID in the student profile
If you are interested to enable the RFID / Biometric integration of Fedena, contact us

Introducing the Improvised Class Timing, Week Days & Timetable Workflow in Fedena

We have introduced a new feature for grouping class timings(with weekdays) and assigning the grouped class timing to single and multiple batches of your institution. With this feature, you can save a lot of time in managing the institution and you will get optimized and error-free attendance report of past batch timings in Fedena. Class timings and weekdays for a batch can be changed now without affecting the existing timetable and older timetable. New settings will take effect after a new timetable is created.

Before explaining the benefits, let us find out the problems and challenges with the old method.

Challenge 1: 

Most of the institutions change the class timings more than one time during an academic year. Even though this is less likely for K-12 education, it is a frequent process in Higher Education.

For example, the 2013 batch of Mechanical Engineering in a college will start with class timings 9 am to 5 pm. But after some months there is a high probability that the class timings might be changed to 10 am to 6 pm. With the old method of class timing configuration, you have to manually set the class timing each and every time the change happens. There is no way to automate the process even if it is a standard in your institution to have multiple class timings in a single academic year. The first challenge is the time wasted in manually configuring class timing changes.

Challenge 2: 

Once a new class timing is applied to an existing batch in the old method of manual configuration, all past data of attendance will be lost if the option of subject wise attendance was active.

To solve these challenges our product team has innovated the way class timings & weekdays are configured in Fedena:

Instead of manually tweaking the class timings each and every time, we have introduced the following concepts.

  • You can create class timing sets(including weekday configuration) which are independent of batches. ex: Summer timings, Special day timings, Winter timings, etc..
  • These class timings with week days can be assigned to preferred batches any time of the academic year using a simple user interface
Assigning 3 batches to Summer Timings

Note: You will have to create a fresh timetable once the new class timings are assigned to a batch.

You can download the feature documentation here. Some screenshots are given below.

Screenshot 1: Access Class timing sets from the Timetable module

Class timing sets
Screenshot 2: Create new class timing sets or manage existing

Create & Edit new class timing sets

Screenshot 3: Create & manage class timings

Create & Edit class timings

Note 1: A class timing set once used in timetable or the class timings in that once used, both cannot be deleted

Note 2: Workflow of the weekday is not changed, but changing of weekday and class timing set in between a calendar year is possible for a batch, but it will not take effect until new timetable is created, all older timetable is kept as such in that case.

Note 3: After getting this new update, class timing sets will be created by default for each batch, however, you may find that a particular class timing set can be used for multiple batches, feel free to update those as per the need.

Download the feature documentation

Sibling management

How to use Fedena’s New Sibling Management Feature?

 Does your institution have more than one child of the same parents as students? Congrats. A sibling of an existing student joining your institution proves the trust and loyalty of the parents in the school’s vision and administration. Fedena is set to launch a new feature – Sibling Management that will minimize the effort of the admin to enter and store parents’ information once again when a sibling of an already existing student gets admitted to the school.
Being the admin of any educational institution, you had to go through the ordeal of filling up information related to parents during the time of admission of any new students. It can become even more painful if you have to store the same information once again in case any sibling of an existing student gets admitted to your school. But your work can be made easy with the help of this new feature of Fedena. If you are eager to know how your workload can be simplified, read through the article about this amazing feature.

The step-by-step manual:

Step 1:
Firstly, being the admin, you need to make some changes in the General Settings to enable the sibling feature. For this, go to ‘General Settings’ from ‘Settings’ in the Dashboard. In ‘General Settings’ click on ‘Enable Sibling’ option.

Step 2:
Go back to ‘Dashboard’ and click on to ‘Admission’ to fill in the details of the new sibling getting admitted to your school. Once you save the name and other details and click on ‘Save & Proceed’, you will be taken to the page which will help you add the sibling to the existing student.

You can find the required student to whom you need to add the sibling by using the ‘Search’ option and this would add the parent details of the existing student to the new sibling getting admitted.
Step 3:
In case, you want to change the sibling added to the existing students, you can do it using the ‘Configure sibling’ option that is available in the guardians’ page. The guardian’s page can be reached by clicking on the student’s profile and you have the ‘Guardians’ option on right-hand top bar.

Once you go to the guardians’ page, you will get the option of configuring sibling.

Step 4:

When any parent login, he or she can easily switch to any of the children and see the details and the present thread will showcase details of the particular child until it is changed or switched. 

This feature will surely help you save some useful time and invest the time in things that are more important and relevant. For a smarter way to do this, switch to Fedena.

Fedena now available in Google® Apps Marketplace

Combine the powers of Fedena and Google® Apps for the ultimate school/college management experience. Now you can login to Fedena with your Google® Apps credentials. The document manager plugin of Fedena is integrated with Google® Drive. Upload and access your documents from Fedena dashboard and your Google® Drive account. More integrations are in progress.


Fedena Powers Wisdom Park International School, Tamil Nadu

Situated in Vaniyambadi in Tamil Nadu, Wisdom Park International School is the first step by a group of technocrats whose primary focus is to develop the the primary education sector. Read on to know more about Wisdom Park International School and their dreams:

1. Tell us more about your institution and its objectives. What does it stands for?

WP: Wisdom Park International School is promoted by a group of technocrats who have rich experience in the field of education. It was felt that enough importance is not being given to the primary education. The fast changing scenario in the field of primary education is gathering momentum around the world.

The old way of teaching which includes lot of books, reading and writing materials needs to be changed. And play way method of teaching has to be incorporated in our primary education system. We must try to identify and nourish the skills and talents hidden in a child. World renowned child education psychologists like Maria Montessori and Mike Gardner and our ‘3C’ philosophy emphasize these points. Edify group of companies are pioneers in this field. One of their branches is EDVISOR which imparts professional consultancy to Wisdom Park International School. This school is coming up in about 5.5 acres of land on the National Highway No 46 in Chenglikuppam village between Ambur and Vaniyambadi. All the modern facilities needed for a modern primary school like smart classes, educational toys, temperature controlled classrooms, natural ambience needed for the betterment of a child, swimming pool, playgrounds suitable for soccer, volleyball and other sports will be available in this campus. The teaching faculty will be trained by the people from EDVISOR, Hyderabad. Foreign teachers will also be appointed for language and other subjects. The services of Edu Sports —–etc will also be taken in their fields.

2. How did you come to know about Fedena?

WP: We came to know about Fedena from search engine. Till now, our experience of Fedena is going good and it has been a great assistance to our efforts and dream.

3.  Character, Competence and Content are the ‘3Cs’ of your institution. Please elaborate on the ‘3Cs’ and how it has helped in your goals?

WP: In today’s world where information is available at the click of a button, children have to    become knowledge assimilators and analyzers rather than just be a storehouse of information. The focus has to be on application of knowledge through experimentation, research and discovery.3C stands for Character, Competence, and Content. The 3C form the framework of the entire curriculum. The curriculum is learner centric and child- friendly ensuring that children learn for the love of learning. The objective of 3C is to encourage children to become contributing citizen and independent learners, thus enabling them to explore the world through their own ways. The basis of 3C is scientific, formulated with the belief that every child is a potential learner and that contemporary learning has to nurture and educate children to be lifelong learners. The 3C curriculum and its pedagogical practices, an amalgamation of best practices implemented in various national and international curricular. Beside academic achievements, sport and co-curricular activities form an integral part of the 3C curriculum. Assessment and evaluation are part of the process which makes the whole evaluation stress free for the students.    

4. ‘Social responsibility’ is an integral part of the educational institutions now. What is your point of view in this context as an educator?

WP: Participating in extracurricular activities not only looks good to school but it’s also a great opportunity for meeting new people. School social activities can help enhance leadership skills as well. Participating in them throughout school level can help the child get into the college of his/her choice while enhancing his/her social skills. Our school social activities include cleaning up school area and nearby villages and creating health awareness among village people, our students helps traffic police in peak hours, provide time for the students to talk and eat as they help others. Our school also participates in The National Service Scheme (NSS).

5. What are your future aspirations?

WP: To foster a society of individuals capable of progressive thinking, creating and initiating positive change in the social, economic and cultural fabric, to impact the global community through knowledge, understanding and attitude and make learning an experience by nurturing individual talents, empower them to be independent, responsible and resourceful change agents of our nation and the world.

Interview with Indira Group of Institutes – New Customer of Fedena

Established in the year 1994, Shree Chanakya Education Society (SCES) is dedicated to ignite the entrepreneurial abilities in the youth of the country. They have come a long way, gave birth to Indira Group of Institutes(IGI) that fueled their dream to create big business leaders out of the young generation of India. IGI shares their story with Foradian, read on:

Q. Our readers may not know about Indira Group of Institutes. Can you please share some information that will introduce your organization to them?

IGI: Shree Chanakya Education Society (SCES) was established in February 1994, under the visionary leadership of Dr. Tarita Shankar, with the aim of providing top quality postgraduate education in the fields of Business Management, International Business and Information Technology. By consistently providing quality education over the past few decades, institutes at Indira Group are now considered as one of the best institutes in Pune. At a time when India was struggling to put its economy back on its feet, after the nation having pawned the “family jewels” just to keep afloat, Dr. Tarita Shankar sensed that education too would have to become more broad based and more vocational in nature if India was to stand up to the world competition in quality and price for its products, The then Finance Minister had prescribed for the economy and so, in 1994, began a saga of growth and quality in education; a story that is just reaching its zenith with 14 fully fledged institutes registering a strong presence on Pune’s educational horizon. Since inception, the institutes managed by SCES, have maintained high academic standards and have successfully provided trained manpower to the industrial and services sector of the country. These institutes are now listed amongst the top colleges not just in Pune, but also in Maharashtra and India. With a modest strength of 60 students pursuing a single course, SCES has grown steadily and today boasts of 14 Institutes, having more than 8000 students from all over India pursuing multi-disciplinary, graduate & postgraduate programs. The objective of the institute is to provide ‘Management education in a corporate environment’, has been possible due to the sincere and dedicated efforts of the members of SCES, who have invaluable experience in varied areas like academics, industry, service and social-world.

Q. It seems that you focus a lot on education that is ‘vocational in nature’. Why do you think such education is important for this new generation?

IGI: The post globalization era in India has resulted in fast pace development activities, shaping mighty economic developments. Infrastructure developments are meeting the industrial needs and making India a promising destination. This has created a need for professionals with expertise in multiple disciplines to spearhead the growth momentum. Engineering is an instrumental branch that will define the future course of these lofty development plans.

At Indira Group of Institutes, we are committed to nurture the required expertise under one roof by creating competent and motivated technocrats and managers of tomorrow, who will use their technical knowledge and managerial qualities to confidently and successfully lead the organization.

Q. How has the journey been for Indira Group of Institutes so far?

IGI: Shree Chanakya Education Society (SCES), Pune, was established in 1994, with the explicit vision to provide sustainable impetus to the corporate and entrepreneurial abilities in the youth.

The realization that a robust framework of education is indispensable for the growth of global leaders, the visionary, Dr. Tarita Shankar, Chairperson, Indira Group, integrated her pursuit of excellence and articulated educational institutions, known as Indira Group of Institutes (IGI), which imbibe human excellence and demonstrate strong social values, with a single minded pursuit of developing the youth to become business leaders.

Unrelenting initiatives by the management team at Indira led to adding of multi-disciplines such as Management, Information Technology, Pharmacy, Commerce, Science, Engineering and Mass Communication to the group. And growth has been as deep as it has been wide. With 14 institutions, IGI now offers education right from Kindergarten to Doctorate level studies.
Having traversed the journey of nineteen years we have ourselves made certain significant achievements which, we are aware, are but the building blocks for achieving further heights.

  • Indira is ranked amongst the top 2 B-schools in Pune, by the prestigious AIMA – IMJ.

  • The same journal gave us a top 30, all India ranking on the parameters of Industry interface.

  • Our students have shown good academic results and have been at the level of university ranking.

  • The achievements of our students have enabled them to attract some of the best corporate recruiters.

  • Indira Group of Institutes and our goodwill has enabled us to establish campus agreement with Microsoft for using different software.

  • Our goodwill with Microsoft was further accentuated with Microsoft conducting workshops at Indira, for train the trainer modules.

  • Business India has also ranked us amongst the top 3 in Pune for last 2 yrs.

  • Our Institutes have received accreditation from various certifying bodies.

Indira Institute of Management was the first management institute in Maharashtra to receive the accreditation from the NBA, New Delhi.

Q. What are your future endeavors?

IGI: Welcome to the 2nd decade of the 21st Century!!! The world’s emergence from recession, even though slow and fragmented, is accepted by all. Every economic crisis in history has brought about breakthroughs in industries, science and technology. The recent crisis has stimulated thoughts and inspired the international community to make new explorations regarding development models. Growth and integration of a global, increasingly free market economy has raised standard of competition in all sectors providing goods and services. On the other hand management professionals from India are in good demand in international market. Private sector today offers rapid advancement to result-oriented professionals. The daunting complexity of the challenges that confront us would be overwhelming if we were to depend only on existing knowledge, traditional resources and conventional approaches.

In order to win in today’s fiercely competitive business environment, they will have to excel at short-term execution of their business objectives, while pursuing long-term visions that create new paradigms. 

At the Indira Group of Institutes, we have picked up the gauntlet thrown down by the demands of the existing business environment. Our motto at Indira is the pursuit of excellence, a fact that is evident from our infrastructure and the quality of individual candidates – the Indraites. At the core of our philosophy lies the conviction that we must become ambidextrous, and this dynamism is translated in to the knowledge provided to our students.

Like the ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu says “Rules of war never change – only weapons change”, our tomorrow’s corporate warriors will fight for market share and market domination by converting previous knowledge and experience into today’s competencies required for best possible strategies. Here we are committed to supply a growing stream of well-grounded and ethically responsible professional practitioners and leaders in every field of public life and endeavor.

IGI believes in the economic independence of individuals. In this endeavor we aim to inspire our postgraduate students to create a niche for themselves in the Indian Economic order first, and then compete globally. We owe our gratitude to the Indian Industry for consistently collaborating with us in this endeavor. Renowned industrialists have visited us and tremendously enhanced the morale of our students by sharing their vast knowledge and experience about entrepreneurial opportunities and foster a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst students.

Q:What do you think the face of education in India will be in the coming years?

IGI: Over the past decade, companies across almost all industries in India have been changed by competition both within the country and outside. India is no longer isolated from the economic mainstream. The patterns that are emerging in business worldwide are bound to be repeated here. Our markets have shown signs of recovery and the mood has been upbeat. The Indian Economy, hitherto seen as a slow moving elephant has awakened to find its potential. But we cannot rest on our laurels. Our efforts will have to double up, particularly when there exists an increasing possibility of winnings from global competition. For Indian business, this involves a change of strategy, structure, culture, compensation and everything from sparking innovation to streamlining internal processes. The solution to the conundrum of organizational complexities will have to be provided by our future managers.

Private sector today offers rapid advancement to result-oriented professionals. The daunting complexity of the challenges that confront us would be overwhelming if we were to depend only on existing knowledge, traditional resources and conventional approaches. Chanakya, (famous Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC) says: “As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.” – This philosophy is enshrined in the soul of Indira Group and enlivened by our lifeblood i.e. faculty and students. We have identified this paradigm shift of managing today’s business and therefore always strive to instill the ability of speedy decision making in resources deployed, managing diversity, searching right direction of knowledge management for the people, and finally social responsibility awareness in our students.

Education must empower us to enhance human progress and we must vow that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We need to vow that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding. Only then the growth of our science and education will be enriched by new knowledge of our universe and environment, by new techniques of learning and mapping, by new tools and computers for industry, medicine, the home as well as the school. Technical institutions will be worth their while only if they inculcate new hopes for knowledge and peace. The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and at the same time all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still an issue around the globe; the belief that the rights of man come from being truly liberalized from all forms of tyranny and the ability to set sail in a voyage that allows complete liberty for growth and prosperity for all humanity.

At Indira, we create a movement to convert the hopes and aspirations of the youth, into commitments for purpose and performance. Our confidence in the learning abilities of the youth has led to a judicious mix of knowledge sharing, for holistic developments of the students into good human beings.

Virtual Education: The new Face of Schooling

It’s always been a tough time for parents when they have to decide what education they should choose for their children; education that is both right and appealing to them as well. Each child has a different kind of educational needs and preferences and depending on that, education should be imparted to them. One of the most highly remarkable innovations of the age is the virtual education, the best alternative to the traditional educational module.This kind of education through the world of the internet is especially helpful to kids who find it difficult to cope with the concept of actual school. In fact, virtual school has been hailed as the next big solution in education that is surely going to change the way education is delivered to its recipients. Read this article to know why virtual education is such a great beginning in the world of education.Virtual education is not similar to the kind of education available in traditional classes. The best part about this kind of education is that it allows students and parents to go through proper counselling to know what will work best for each student, based on his strength and weaknesses. Customized education can bring out the best in each student as it helps to ignite the willingness to learn. Besides, the flexibility that is allowed to students in virtual schooling is what attracts more and more parents. The reason is the fact that it facilitates students to learn and not mere learning that is forced at a particular time. It has been proved through research that students tend to learn more when it is convenient for them, rather than making studies a mere everyday fixed routine.

Likewise, the rising cost of attending courses in colleges and other educational institutions have already forced many students to go for virtual education. The education costs involved in virtual schooling is pretty less as it does not include the immense course fees and resource expenses among a whole lot of others that just go unnoticed sometimes. But with virtual schools, the education delivered does not require such high investments and it is an advantage to students with fewer privileges who are unable to attend well-known campuses. The cost involved in this kind of education via the internet is way less than the face-to-face method.

Now, if we think beyond the student’s point of view, we can also find how virtual education is a great boon to the environment as well. Just think how many trees you are saving by reducing the use of paper. The amount of paper you need while attending a classroom lecture is huge and most of the paper used always end up in the dustbin. While virtual education does help you save the environment and keep your data safe on your computer.
The advantages of virtual education are great in number and these are just a few of them. We must always remember one thing that the benefits of virtual education vary from person to person depending on individual needs and requirements. The huge number of students enrolling for virtual schools itself stands as a witness to the ever increasing demand of virtual education.

Try the All New Email Alert Plugin & Never miss Another Alert from Fedena

We have already seen what great innovations have been introduced by the award winning school management software, Fedena. Now, we get a glimpse of what is all set to be launched by Fedena, called Email Alert Plugin. So far, we have seen that whenever we have any notifications in Fedena, we could only see them when we login to Fedena. But with the new Email Alert Plugin, you don’t have to login to Fedena every time to check notifications; you will be getting email alerts of the same. The best part about this plugin is that emails can be send automatically as well as manually. Besides, emailing to more than one person is also possible with this plugin.

Before you enjoy the advantages of this plugin, you better know the right way to use it. This article will describe in steps how the Email Alert plugin can be used to make the most of it.

Step 1: Being the admin, you have the power to send  emails to employees, guardians and students and can also give privilege to any of your employee who can do the same on your behalf. Firstly, login to Fedena with your id and go to ‘More’ and then to ‘Email’.

There are two types of features allotted to you as an admin and also the privileged user- Send Email to employees, guardians and students and Email Alert Settings.

Step 2: When you want to send emails to employees or students or guardians, you need to click to the respective link and fill in all information required and send. All you need to do is to select the particular batch and write the ‘Subject’ and the ‘Message’ to be sent in each of the link.

Step 3: When you click on ‘Settings’, it will take you to the page that allows you to create automatic emails for particular recipients on specific events present. You just need to click on the respective entrant.

So far, only 16 events have been added to the this plugin which are categorized under common event creation for all, event creation for employee and batches separately.

Step 4: When you login as a privileged employee, you have to go to Fedena and go to ‘More’ and then to ‘Email’.

Being a privileged employee, you can also access the Email Alert Settings along with Email, only if the admin assigns you that.

This plugin will surely be of great help to Fedena users as they don’t have to login to Fedena to get notifications. All notifications are just an email away!

Social Media in Education – The Bright Side

Social media is no more just about sharing or communicating with other people. It has spread its wings to various other fields and education is one of the new sectors where the concept of social media is making a great change. A recent study has shown that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter has regular visitors that counts in millions. Estimation shows that more than 90% college-going students visit social networking sites on a regular basis. More and more students have started using social media, not just for communicating, but for gathering information, share ideas and creativity. In fact, when we talk about the benefits of using social media and networking sites in the educational institution, we can never look away from the fact that these social networking sites are helping introvert students come out of the closet and encounter with other students which is very important for a healthy student life.
A pretty new concept in the world of education, social media has become one of the most debated issue of late among teachers, students and professors. With more and more schools and educational institutions are slowly but steadily adopting social media in education as revealed in the research conducted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth that shows some 100% of colleges have opened their gates to different kind of social platforms. This is indeed, a smart idea for it cultivates leadership skills among students, right from planning to organize an event that can bring about a change both in the social and democratic platform.
Talking about other possible benefits that social media engagement in schools and colleges can bring about, we must not miss out the fact that this kind of interaction can help students in their future prospects through sites like LinkedIn that helps people with employment. Besides, the wide variety of information available over the networking sites shapes up the ability of students to scan and extract information that is useful and relevant. The high amount of interest and concentration invested by students in social media can sharpen the ability of practical reasoning; but then, students must know the way to distinguish the useful from the distractions.

When you see one side of the coin, there is the other side too! When social media can bring some positive changes in the world of education, it has its black side as well. As many researchers and scholars do believe that too much time spent in Facebook, Google and other networking sites can lead to loss of patience as most social media users have a general tendency to shift from page to page too often. Another prime concern with people against the use of social media in schools is the way the use of language has been changing. Sites like Twitter allows you to post your ideas in just 140 characters which in turn bars the person to use words fully spelled. Instead, most users go for shorthand like ‘u’ instead of ‘you’, ‘gr8’ in place of ‘great’ and so on. Prolonged usage of this kind of language has led to the development of separate messaging language which has made its way to mainstream written language as well.

In any case, the rising popularity of social media shows that the trend is going to stay and will influence every phase of life. So, it’s up to students and scholars to decide how social media can be used in a brighter way; how to avoid being distracted and wander aimlessly through sites and instead, promote actual learningin the virtual world.

How to Conduct an Online Examination using School Management System?


Online education is definitely one of the smartest innovation of the century and we have already seen the benefits this type of education has bought in the lives of students. Today, we bring to you another smart innovation that can definitely change the way exams are conducted in schools- online exam, a smart plugin in Fedena.
With the help of ‘Online Exam’ by Fedena, schools can conduct sudden exams, without spending their precious time in planning. This not only improves the entire examination management experience for the employees but also eliminate the paper wastage and unnecessary costs related to the examination.
Using this amazing feature in your school structure, institutes can automate the whole examination process, generate various type of reports, share results with students and parents in real time and more.

Learn how to conduct an online examination using Fedena:

    • Firstly, being the admin you need to log in with your id to Fedena and go to ‘More’, then ‘Examination’ and finally to ‘Online Exam’.
    • ‘Online Exam’ plugin offers you four options:
      1. New Online Exam: This option allows you to create new online exams for students. You need to fill up all necessary information required like ‘Name’ of the exam, the start date, the due date, the batches you want to select for the exam and also, the number of options you want to provide as answers.
      2. View Online Exams: When you want to view the ongoing online exams, you need to click it and select the particular batch you want to see the details off. To make the exam available to students, you need to make it ‘Published’.
      3. View Exam Results: Online exam results can also be viewed by selecting this option. You just need to select the batch and you get the list of the exams conducted for the particular batch. Then, click on the ‘View Result’ of the particular exam you want to see. Once you click on ‘View Result’, you get the report card for the particular exam. You can also get a PDF format of the report by clicking on ‘PDF Report’.
      4. Reset Exam: This feature is an advantage when in case, you have to reset an exam for a batch or a particular student. There may be circumstances when you need to reset an examination and in those times, nothing better than the ‘Reset Exam’ option. For this, you have to click ‘Reset Exam’  and select the batch and also the particular exam you want to reset. You can reset the exam for a particular student or the entire batch as well by selecting ‘All’.

How does online exam work in Fedena?

When an online exam is forwarded to a student, the student has to login to Fedena with his id and go to ‘More’ and then to ‘Online Exam’. Being a student who has to attend an online exam, you need to choose the exam you have to attend. The next screen that you get will let you start your exam. When you are done with your exam and ‘Submit’ it, you immediately get the result that will let you know if you have passed or not.
As the admin, if you want to check the result of the online exam you had allotted to a particular batch, you have to log in and go to ‘Online Exam’ and click ‘View Exam Results’. Select the batch and you get the details of all the examinations attended by the particular batch. Click on ‘View Result’ to see the mark sheet of the particular exam.
This is in fact, the best alternative to conducting exams in actual that takes a lot of time to conduct and check. The ‘Online Exam’ plugin of Fedena is perfect for some surprising test in class.

How to Use Fedena to Manage and Track the Expenses of Your Institution

Keeping a track of expenses has been a difficult task in running an educational institution and this is because expenses of managing any institution is never fixed and keeps on changing, month to month. Sometimes you don’t even know where the money is going to. Hence it is important for you being the administrator of any institution to keep a track on the expenses and manage it accordingly. Fedena provides you a simple tracking mechanism that can help you divide your expenses under categories and manage it.

We all know that there are some possible expenses that are common in every educational institution and they are somethings that cannot be done without. Typical institutional expenses includes the money spent on

  • buying lab utilities
  • purchasing library books, computers and other technical equipment
  • salaries of employees

Then, there are several others as well that are often not recorded or kept a track off. To keep a record of these minor expenses, you may often maintain small notes that goes unnoticed within huge pile of expense registers. But, when you have smarter ways to keep a track of your expenses, then why spend hours on filling up those expense registers? Read on to know how.

Tracking expenses of your institution using Fedena

Fedena has a better solution for you. It can help you track down your expenses easily with the help of its unique way of storing information about expenses. The following information will let you know how you can do it.

The very first thing that you need to do is to login with your id to Fedena and then go to ‘Finance’. Here you can create various categories under which, you can divide the expenses of your institutions. For this, go to ‘Category’ and create your own new categories.

You create new category in this page:

Once you click ‘Create Finance Category’, you get a pop-up where you need to fill up necessary information.

Since you are creating an expense category, you should not click ‘Is this under income?’. When you are done with storing in all expense categories, you can add the expenses under each category.

When you want to add expenses, go to ‘Transactions’. See the screenshot below:

Click ‘Transactions’ and it will take you to page where you have the options to take a report of a particular time to keep a track of the expenses that have been made within the time period. For this, you need to click on the ‘Report’.

You need to choose a particular time period off which you want the report.

The report will give you the details about all the expenses- both manually added and those automatically added as well. Expenses that automatically updated includes monthly salary, inventories and others. As soon as the payslip of an employee is approved by the HR, the expense is added in the report under the ‘Salary Account’. The report is presented in the following way:

You can also have a PDF Report of this for which you need click on ‘PDF Report’. For the manual entries for expenses, you need to go to ‘Add Expense’ under ‘Transactions’ to enter any expenses that is not incurred every month.

You can create new expenses and fill in all necessary details in the fields:

A very interesting fact of this feature of Fedena is that you can easily compare the expenses of any two months and get the results in graph as well. For this, you need to go to ‘Compare Transactions’ in ‘Transactions’ and select the months you want to compare.

You get the results in graphs:

When you have so many interesting ways to track down the expenses and keep it in records, forget all those papers to record expenses that are so much prone to mistakes and destruction. Click here to get Fedena for your institution