Hospitality, tourism education gets boost

October 16th, 2008 - 4:22 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Taking note of the growing demand for trained manpower in the hospitality and tourism industry, the government Thursday cleared a proposal for setting up new educational institutes and strengthening of the existing ones in these key areas. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the proposal of the tourism ministry for enlarging the scope of its scheme that provides for creation of institutional infrastructure necessary for hospitality and tourism specific education.

The industry faces a shortage of over 200,000 trained persons annually. The existing institutes currently churn out 12,000 trained manpower.

Now, with this approval, government colleges, polytechnic, universities and vocational schools will be able to impart education in these sectors, a statement issued here said.

The approval would entail a plan outlay of Rs.4.95 billion (Rs.495 crores), which is over three times the actual expenditure of Rs.1.47 billion (Rs.147.2 crores) during the 10th Five-Year Plan, it said.

It would also mean strengthening of the existing 28 Institutes of Hotel Management (IHMs) and Food Craft Institutes and setting up of new ones.

Also, the Central Financial Assistance for setting up of the IHMs has been increased to Rs.120 million from Rs.100 million.

“The scheme, as approved now, provides for the setting up of the 19 new state IHMs and 25 State food Craft Institutes during the 11th Five-Year Plan. The total supply of 12,000 trained manpower consists of 78 percent at managerial level and 22 percent at skill level, whereas requirement is in the ratio of 34 and 66 percent respectively,” the statement said.

The scheme got a go-ahead as the idea was to turn these institutes into the institutes of excellence to spur and stimulate similar efforts in the private sector, it said.

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