Committed to grooming global professionals for the hospitality industry, the Apeejay Institute of Hospitality in Navi Mumbai is focused on the all-round development and training of its students
The Apeejay Institute of Hospitality (AIH) in Navi Mumbai is not just a hospitality education institution offering a bachelor’s degree in hotel management to young aspirants who want to enter the industry, but also a centre of learning for Apeejay Surrendra The Park Hotels. The academic programmes offered by the institute includes three years BSc (Hospitality Studies) affiliated to the University of Mumbai; BSc in Hospitality Studies & Catering Services affiliated to Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University; for hospitality graduates and diploma holders there is the two year General Management Training programme and Kitchen Management Training programme. Besides these, the institute also offers Professional Development Programmes to working professionals.
The institute is located in the same premises as The Park Navi Mumbai in CBD Belapur. According to Bhuvan GM, principal, Apeejay Institute of Hospitality, Navi Mumbai, the greatest strengths of the institute is the fact that they believe the most effective way of imparting knowledge is to enable a coherent partnership between its two chief facets – learning and application. “This is why we have ensured that the institute shares its premises with The Park in Navi Mumbai. Its proximity to the hotel becomes its biggest advantage, as it gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience during their course of study, in terms of training facilities of the hotel for front office, housekeeping, F&B service and production, and back of house support functions,” he adds.
“Our aim of providing the industry the best ensures that we give our students the best as well. This is evident in our highly respected faculty, our cutting-edge resources, and our drive to stay up-to-date with the latest in the world of hospitality. We are focused on developing talent in a dynamic learning environment, based on our expertise in hospitality, to enable them to lead our industry into the future,” asserts Bhuvan. The institute has a dedicated placement cell. Intensive training is provided to the students to prepare them for placement interviews. It includes modules like corporate etiquette, group discussions, trends in the industry, current affairs, etc. Some of the companies that have recruited AIH students are The Park Hotels, The Taj Group, The Oberoi Group, ITC Hotels, Starwood Hotels, Emirates, and many more. Quality faculty is the greatest asset of any institution. Bhuvan believes that a significant factor that has helped the institute to gain competitive advantage are the faculty who are academicians possessing deep industry insights.
Hunar Se Rozgar Tak initiative
The institute also holds classes for Ministry of Tourism’s Hunar Se Rozgar Tak initiative that is transforming the lives of many young men and women from Panvel, Pen and other Maharashtra villages, who are looking ahead to join the hospitality industry as cooks and in F&B services. HSRT free skill development programme was launched about a year ago at Apeejay Institute of Hospitality in Navi Mumbai, in association with India Tourism Development Corporation (MoT, Govt of India).
The six to eight week programme is offered to youngsters between the age of 18 to 28 years. The six week course in F&B Service (waiter) and housekeeping (housekeeper), and eight weeks course in food production (cook). The participants get free uniform and lunch and a stipend of Rs 1500 (six weeks) and Rs 2000 (eight weeks). Joint certification is awarded by Apeejay Institute of Hospitality and ITDC following the completion of the course.
Acknowledging that mobilising people for the first batch was a challenge, Bhuvan mentions that once they understand the value of the programme they recommend it to others in the village. “They have come from an unorganised sector to the organised sector, which is a very good thing. The minimum wages have to be paid to them as per the rules of the government, along with PF, ESIC. Medical insurance, accident insurance, duty meals and doctor facilities are provided to them. Women get maternity leave,” informs Bhuvan.
Manoj Patkar, associate professor and HOD (food production), Apeejay Institute of Hospitality, who also happens to be the course coordinator for HSRT programme, says, “Personality development is one key factor which we want to instill in them though it is not in their syllabus. The second important aspect is English speaking skills as we want them to be employable and crack the interviews.” He points out that most of the participants are clear about employment and are hard working. Attendance is almost 100 per cent.