Bird Academy, Delhi University introduce specialized travel and tourism courses

June 10th, 2009 - 6:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) Bird Education Society for Travel and Tourism, a part of the diversified Bird Group, Wednesday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Delhi University to introduce three specialised travel and tourism courses.
As part of the MoU, world-recognized courses in travel and tourism will be offered to all the affiliated colleges of Delhi University as well as to students of School of Open Learning (SOL) and Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board.

The classes will be held at Centre for Professional and Technical Training of the Campus of Open Learning at Keshavpuram in northwest Delhi.

“In light of the continued demand from the industry at large, the courses have been designed to equip aspiring students with required skills to pursue careers in the travel and tourism domain,” a Bird Academy statement said.

The certifications available are travel and tourism, computer reservation system (CRS) and airfares and ticketing. The seats available for each course will be a minimum of 15 students per batch and the total duration of the courses vary from 15 hours to 90 hours. The classes are scheduled to start from July.

According to Bird Group chair Radha Bhatia, “as the industry expands, we anticipate a considerable demand for globally certified and trained professionals in the near future.

“All the three courses will allow students to tap employment opportunities not only within the country but also anywhere in the world. Through this partnership with Delhi University, we are enabling students to opt for these specialised professional courses while pursuing their regular academic courses,” Bhatia added.

Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental said: “It has always been our endeavour to provide our students with opportunities for multi-disciplinary professional education.

“This is because we believe that in order to compete in the current world scenario, it is crucial to constantly enhance skill-sets in line with the industry’s requirements. Through this partnership, our students can gain access to best-in-class professional education to gain a foothold in the travel and tourism industry,” Pental added.

The Bird Group was founded in 1971 with the incorporation of Bird Travels. Today, with over 40 offices supported by over 3,500 well trained staff and an impressive clientele of over 500 top corporates, it is one of the largest and most diversified entities within the aviation and travel and tourism industry in the Indian subcontinent, generating revenue in excess of $100 million.

The group established its educational arm, Bird Academy, in 1998 to meet the growing demand for internationally competent human resource.

The courses have been conceptualized to provide an in-depth understanding and technical skills in the field of aviation, travel and tourism, IT and hospitality management involving soft skill training, IATA consultant and foundation course, airport handling and IATA cargo courses, among others. The latest in this field is aviation law and dangerous goods regulation courses.

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