Tell us about your current role with the
FHRAI Institute? What are the challenges?
FHRAI-IHM, Greater Noida established in
2005 in collaboration with Lausanne Hospitality Consultant,Switzerland, but thereafter the
Institute got an affiliation with IGNOU for 4
years. The Institute was not functional for a few
years and now FHRAI has decided to revive
the Institute and has decided to offer a Hotel
Management and Hotel Operations programme
from the current session.
My role will be more challenging and a lot of
effort will be needed to establish this Institute as
the prime Hotel Management Institute since this
Institute has been set up, and will be run by the
3rd largest Hotel and Restaurant Association of
the world in years to come.
In the given COVID scenario, how has the
functioning of the institute been impacted?
What steps have been taken for smooth
operations and to ensure that the students do
All institutes of Hotel Management. are exploring
ways to impart online theory and practical input
as face to face classes are not feasible in the Covid
situation. I am happy to say that IHMs in general
have adjusted themselves very well in the present
difficult situation and have succeeded in that task.
The faculties have moulded themselves for the
situation for online input and have successfully
achieved the task given to them in the last one year
What according to you are the aspects
that the aspiring students need to keep
Students willing to carve a career in the
field of Hospitality need to develop their
personality, communication and attitude
to the hospitality industry. Thereafter
acquiring knowledge and skill and updating
themselves will give them the much needed
confidence, and satisfaction.
How does your institute ensure that
students are equipped with the skills that
are needed for this industry?
FHRAI-IHM will have the best possible
training infrastructure, faculty with
passion to train and prepare students for
the industry. FHRAI-IHM being a part of
FHRAI will gather all resources in close
association with the trade to fulfil the
expectations of students and the industry.
Indian Culinary Institute in Noida
along with Tirupati Institute are the
premier institutes that have been set up to
tide over the challenges faced in culinary
education in the country? How would
this help to transform the scenario of
culinary education in the country?
In my opinion ICI, Noida and Tirupati
Institute are premier institutes set up by
the Ministry of Tourism with an aim to
work on the history of food and to work
with the objective to elevate the culinary
standards in India, and we are confident
that the path developed by the ICIs will be
help other hospitality institutes to improve
the content and training techniques for
Culinary Art professionals.
Getting quality manpower from the
institutes has been the biggest challenge
that the industry has been reporting. Is
there an effort to bridge the gap? What
steps are being undertaken?
Institutes are mainly engaged in
attitude transformation, personality and
communication of students along with
knowledge and skill but the right balance
of operational knowledge and skill with
the managerial excellence in marketing,
finance, revenue etc, is a must and it will
depend on the willingness of the students,
their excellence and the readiness to absorb
these inputs and grow .
With the number of hospitality, catering
and food craft institutes mushrooming across
the country, how does one ensure that the
quality of education imparted to the students
is not compromised? Your thoughts?
Every institute should have its USP and
should chalk out academic content and
teaching methodology in such a way that
students, after completing the programme,
not only look for jobs but gain that much
needed confidence to move towards
Placements for many catering institutes
has been a concern. What steps are being
taken to ensure that the students do not
suffer and are not left scouting for jobs in
Placement is a very critical issue in the
present academic year and will continue to
be so for the 2-3 next academic years due to
Covid 19. It is expected that the industry
and the institutes must chalk out specific
placement plans to give the best possible
support to the graduating students. Students
must learn, possess the knowledge of at least one foreign language, and explore
one hobby of their choice to have mental
satisfaction in life.
Is there a need to relook at the
curriculum and make it more inclusive
and relevant to the industry needs?
How well do you feel the new NEP tackles
Curriculum always needs to be upgraded
specially in dynamic industries like travel
and hospitality. It is imperative to have
continuous curriculum correction as
additions to the existing curriculum all the
time is not possible as well as suitable. The
new NEP will also have some impact on
hospitality management education but time
will tell about its effect.
Any message for the industry colleagues
Students willing to build a career in the
hospitality sector must work on attitude
development, personality, communications
including one foreign language and keep
their eyes and ears open for business
environmental changes. We are hopeful that
the situation will improve and the travel and
hospitality sector will boom again after a
short span of time.