The Bangladesh Institute of Capital Market (BICM), a government-funded national institution, has launched a master's degree programme with a view to creating skilled manpower for the country's capital market.
The BICM has already invited applications for admission to the course, "Master of Applied Finance and Capital Markets (MAFCM)."
People can apply for course admission till 30 May this year. An admission test will be held on 11 June and classes will start in July, said BICM officials in a press conference on Sunday.
BICM Executive President, Professor Mahmuda Akhter, and Director (Education) Wajid Hasan Shah, highlighted various aspects of the course at the programme.
The master's course is affiliated with Dhaka University, which will provide certificates once students successfully complete the programme.
The two-year master's programme will have 51 credits in 18 courses, and a project.
Apart from the BICM's own teachers, teachers from various universities including Dhaka University, officials of regulatory agencies and practitioners from financial institutions and the capital market, will attend courses.
Students will have the opportunity to acquire theoretical as well as practical knowledge and experience in this program.
There are also plans to bring a Bloomberg terminal for the convenience of students in the master's programme, BICM officials said at the press conference.
According to the BICM, the entire programme will cost students Tk3 lakh.
However, some students may not need some credits. If the number of credits is lower, the cost will be lower too.
On the occasion of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birth centenary, freedom fighters' family members will get a 50% discount on the applicable fee.
A four-year bachelor's or a master's degree will be required for admission to the course.
Students with a minimum score of 500 on GMAT or a minimum score of 300 in GRE, will not be required to take the admission test.
Also, if an aspiring student is a member of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Society, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) and some other organisations, or has a professional degree, he or she can be admitted directly to the course.
Professor Dr Shaikh Shamsuddin Ahmed, commissioner of Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC), joined the conference virtually and gave a congratulatory speech.
BICM Director Nazmush Salehin and Public Relations Officer Khaleda Jasmine Mithila were present at the press conference.