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insurance sector in india

Insurance is a subject listed in the Union list in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India where only centre can legislate. The insurance sector has gone through a number of phases by allowing private companies to solicit insurance and also allowing foreign direct investment of up to 26%, the insurance sector has been a booming market. However, the largest life-insurance company in India is still owned by the government. National Insurance Academy, Pune, has a 32 acre campus & 30-plus faculty, specialized in teaching, conducting research and providing consulting services in the insurance sector. NIA offers a two year PGDM program in insurance. NIA was founded as Ministry of Finance initiative with capital support from the then public insurance companies, both Life (LIC) and Non-Life (GIC, National, Oriental, United & New India). Amity School of Insurance Banking and Actuarial science (ASIBAS) of Amity University, located in Noida and established in 2000, offers programs in insurance (MBA), insurance and banking (MBA), and actuarial sciences (M.Sc and B.Sc). Birla Institute of Management Technologyn a graduate business school located in Greater Noida, established in 1988, offers a PGDM-IBM program in insurance business management.This program was launched in 2000 by the Centre for Insurance and Risk Management and is accredited by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority. Life Office Management Association (LOMA),USA is BIMTECH's educational partner and BIMTECH is an approved centre for LOMA examination. The Chartered Insurance Institute(CII), UK has accorded recognition (by way of credits) to the BIMTECH PGDM-IBM program.Their two year PGDM program in insurance business has been recognized as equivalent to the Associate level of the Insurance Institute of India, Mumbai. NLU, Jodhpur, offers a two year MBA and one year MS (for engineering graduates) program in insurance. IRDA controls all the Insurance business in India. They are setting structure and boundaries for the insurance companies to act upon. Starting from licensing to approving the products, IRDA directs the companies in India. They also protect customer interests in the country. As per current guidelines issued by IRDA, Insurance Companies are not permitted to invest in Indian Depository Receipts ( IDR), while they are permitted to invest in Equity shares/ Bonds/ Debentures. IRDA needs to remove this disparity to open up investment opportunity by Ins Companies and thereby also enhance the liquidity of IDRs ( Contributed by Sanjay Banka, FCA FCS)

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