The FHRAI Institute of Hospitality Management (FHRAI-IHM) has appointed Mr Arun Kumar
Singh as its Director effective March 2021. An illustrious career spanning over three and half
decades in Hospitality Management, Mr Singh brings to FHRAI-IHM his expertise in Institutional
and academic administration. He will aid FHRAI-IHM’s Research and Development and be a
value-add to the institute’s faculty.
Prior to joining FHRAI-IHM, Mr Singh served as the Principal of IHMCTAN Mumbai, the
Principal of Institute of Hotel Management of Lucknow and the State Institute of Hotel
Management, Jodhpur. In his last stint, he played a pivotal role in obtaining a grant of 11 crores
from Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for upgrading the training facility at IHMCTAN
Mumbai. In the recent past, he assisted the Maharashtra Government in setting-up the State’s
Institute of Hotel Management in Solapur.
There were only six students when classes
commenced in 1954 at Bhavan’s College Campus,
Andheri. The three-year Diploma Programme in Hotel
Management & Catering Technology was started
in 1958, recognised by the Directorate of Technical
Education, Maharashtra. The institute later shifted to
its own separate campus in Dadar built on the land
leased by the state government. With Thangam E.
Philip as its Principal, the growth of the institute was
spectacular with funds coming from the state and
central government. The central government took over
the total financial responsibility in 1979. Three more
regional institutes were established in 1963 in New
Delhi, Calcutta and Chennai. Hence, the first Food Craft
Institute was opened in Kalamassery and, thereafter,
more institutes were opened in different states.
“My tenure of twenty-four years in various Hospitality Management institutes has enriched my
knowledge in the field. Over the years I gained exposure to infrastructure creation and
development, student empowerment and upgradation of knowledge and skill. Over the next five
years, I aspire to lead FHRAI-IHM to become an institution of excellence in Hospitality
education by fostering knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship. In this endeavour, I hope
to make an impact on the hospitality industry ecosystem in the country,” says Mr Arun Kumar