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Careers in hospitality: Colleges and courses
Navin Kumar
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February 28, 2008

Part I: People's person? A career in hospitality might be for you
Part III: Some unusual options

India has an incredible variety of institutes offering a selection of courses in the many branches of hospitality. There exists a path to fit every pocket and palate.

While not every institute might offer all the courses shown below, the list features the main courses that are offered in India.

Courses available

Eligibility for above courses
~ For 1-year diploma: Class X or XII pass with minimum aggregate performance of 50 per cent
For 3 or 4 year bachelor degree programme: Class XII or equivalent pass with a minimum of 50 per cent
For 2-year PG Diploma: The applicant must be a graduate of any stream
~ MSc in Hospitality Administration: A BSc in Hospitality Administration
~ Certificate courses: 10+2 or equivalent

Some of the best hospitality institutes in India
FHRAI Institute of Hospitality Management
The FHRAI Institute of Hospitality Management offers 4-year programmes in both International Hospitality Administration and International Culinary Administration, certified by Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL), Switzerland [Images].

It also facilitates students to get them a BA degree in tourism from the Indira Gandhi [Images] National Open University and offers a one-year diploma in hotel operations and a 3-year BSc in Hospitality and Catering Management from the Sikkim Manipal University.

All applicants must have passed their 10+2 or equivalent and must have a good knowledge of English. The fees for the International Programme (IP) in Hospitality Administration are Rs 1.8 lakh per year and the fees for the IP in Culinary Administration are Rs 2 lakh per year.

Hostel fees are Rs 50,000 per year and is optional. The 3-year BSc in Hospitality and Catering Management costs Rs 3.5 lakh in total. The FHRAI offers scholarships on the basis of need and merit. Most banks are open to providing student loans too.

Entrance to the FHRAI IHM is based on a written test, group discussion and personal interview, all of which are conducted on the same day. Students have been placed and interned in places like the Oberoi, the Hyatt Regency, the Marriot, the Trident Hilton, the ITC Sheraton, the Imperial Grand and many other places.

Address: FHRAI Institute of Hospitality Management, Plot No. 45, Knowledge Park III, Greater Noida- 201 306
Phone: 0120 2323626-30
Fax: 0120 2323631

~ Institute of Hospitality Management, Goa [Images]
Admissions to the IHM in Goa for the BSc in Hospitality & Hotel Administration are done on the basis of the All-India Joint Entrance Exam conducted in April. It is three-year course and costs a total of Rs 1.4 lakh.

Other courses include a one and a half year year Crafts Course in Food Production and Patisserie which costs Rs 27,000 and a 24-week Crafts Course in Food & Beverage Service costing Rs 13,000. Admissions to the these courses are based on merit.

The institute also has a 3-month short term course in Food Production and Patisserie (conducted thrice a year) for which no qualifications are required and there is no age limit. A working knowledge of English is necessary and the course costs Rs 12,500.

It also offers a number of 6-day/3-weekend career and certificate courses in skills ranging from house keeping to fruit carving. These course cost between Rs 1,700 and Rs 2,500. They also offer weekend courses in Thai cooking, basic bakery etc for less than a Rs 1,000.

Address: Institute Of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Alto Porvorim, Bardez, Goa - 403 521.
Phone: + 91 832 2417252 / 2417379 / 2411142
Fax: + 91 832 2417209

~ Army Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology
The AIHMCT runs a 4-year Bachelor in Hotel Management course, charging Rs 36,500 per annum plus Rs 15,000 on admission. Admissions are based on the candidates' performance in the written admission test and personal interview in the ratio 60:40.

The AIHMCT is one of the best catering institutes in the country, however, admissions are reserved for the children of ex-servicemen.

Address: Army Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Nagareshwara Nagenahalli, Kothanur Post, Bangalore 560 077.
Phone: 91 080 64543206/ 64543207

~ MS Ramaiah College of Hotel Management
The MSRCHM is part of the Gokula Education Foundation. It is affiliated with the Bangalore University and has been offering a 5-year BHM course since 1995.

Anyone who has completed their class XII is eligible. Annual fees are Rs 95,000 but scholarships are automatically granted based on the Class XII marks (Rs 20,000 pa for those scoring above 70 per cent and Rs 10,000 pa for those scoring above 60 per cent). It also has short duration courses in basic communication, advance communication, lifestyle etiquette and lifestyle hosting.

It also offers foundation courses in housekeeping, front office, food production, food and beverage service. It has 1-year apprentice programmes in various specialisations. Students have been placed with such companies as ITC, Taj, Royal Orchid etc.

Address: MSRCHM, MSR Nagar, Msrit Post, Mathikere, Bangalore 560067
Phone: 91 80 3601829
Fax: 91 80 3601815

~ Sapthagiri College of Hotel Management
The Sapthagiri College of Hotel Management, established in 1989, offers a three-year BHM course as well as a three-year BSc in Hospitality. The fees are approximately Rs 35,000 per year. Admissions are based on the candidates' performance in the Class XII exams.

Address: Saptagiri College of Hotel Management, Kavoor, Mangalore 575015
Phone: (0824) - 481672

While the list only presents a fraction of the education that is available in India, any one of them is equipped with the faculty and facilities to induct you smoothly into a long career in the vast market that is the Indian hospitality scene.

Part I: People's person? A career in hospitality might be for you
Part III: Some unusual options


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