FHW Staff– Mumbai
The National Council for Hotel Management (NCHM), under the ministry of tourism has signed an agreement with the Lausanne Hospitality Consultancy (LHC), Switzerland for upgrading syllabus, faculty and infrastructure at its affiliated institutes. The agreement was signed in the presence of minister of state for tourism and culture Shripad Yesso Naik and senior officials of ministry of tourism, representatives of hotel industry and its associations, alumni and academicians.
Speaking on the occasion Shripad Naik, said, “The new framework would be rolled out from the 2015-16 academic session. The tie-up has come about at the most opportune time when the government anticipates a huge economic turn-around by optimal tapping of its tourism potential. Synchronised efforts of NCHM and LHC are expected to make Indian hospitality education relevant and acceptable in a global milieu, while meeting at the same time, the requirements of the Indian Industry especially for manning different managerial levels.”
The tie-up is part of a holistic vision of skilling the workforce at every level, from the base skill level to the highest managerial one. He said, through this tie-up the ministry is imparting further momentum to its flagship scheme namely ‘Hunar Se Rozgar Tak’ by not only targeting young persons on a much larger scale but also diversifying the trades covered. The ‘Hunar Se Rozgar Tak’ scheme, which essentially intends to mainstream those who for some reasons dropped out educationally has been very well received. Since its inception in 2009, over 1.31 Lakh persons have been trained. He said, the government thus not only creating opportunities for skill development but also opportunities for its continuance up-gradation.
He added, “the NCHMCT-LHC tie-up will set the pace and standard of hospitality education in the country. It provides for updating of curriculum contents and of teaching skills through training at the swiss Institutes. Presently 51 Institutes of Hotel Management under the aegis of the NCHMCT will participate under this improvement programme.”
The visiting LHC team after detailed study has advised strengthening of key areas that involve curriculum, infrastructure, faculty development, student life and learning, academic administration, health and safety at institutes. The recommendations focus on shift to strengthen management, business attitude and entrepreneurship in the curriculum. The built-in internship would be in area of specialisation and involve project based assessment. Upgrading of laboratories, wi-fi and digital campus and extended library hours have been suggested for quality improvement.
For a meaningful classroom contact, an annual training programme for faculty would be drawn. There would be content development and its validation before delivery in classrooms by faculty. In the new approach, high importance has been given to health and safety of people, infrastructure, data, foodstuff and belongings so as to inculcate these values early in development of professional personalities of its scholars.
The first batch of 12 faculty has already undergone the Indian leg of training while the second batch is currently being trained at the NCHM headquarters at Noida. Training for the first batch at Switzerland is to commence from 25th to 29th August 2014.