Mysuru, May 26: In an attempt to produce skilled hands in Tourism and Hospitality sector, the Food Crafts Institute (FCI) in the city of Palaces is planning to introduce a three-year Degree Course in Hotel Management.
Besides, Satellite Centres offering training in the Hospitality and Tourism Sector will be established in all the revenue divisions of Karnataka State. The Centres can be upgraded to a full-fledged Institute of Hotel Management in the coming days.Deputy Director of Tourism H P Janardhan said that a full-fledged institution offering a three year course in Hotel Management will come up in Mysuru in due course. The preliminary works have been completed for this. “We require 10 acres of land of which four have already been identified and allotted to the department. The remaining area is being demarcated in the vicinity,” he added.
“The proposed Institute of Hotel Management in Mysuru will be the first of its kind in the State to be floated by the Tourism Department though there are similar institutions in the private domain. Once established, it will be affiliated to the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) which is an autonomous body that promotes coordinated growth and development of hospitality education in the country,” Mr Janardhan, who is also the FCI Principal added.
At present, the FCI, located at the Exhibition Grounds in Mysuru offers hands-on training in food and beverage production, housekeeping, front office management, etc., crucial for tourism and hospitality. The FCI courses range from two to four months and are recognised by NCHMCT. Similar institutes will also be established in other parts of the State so that the hospitality and tourism sector can achieve the growth that is envisaged in the years ahead.
Lack of trained and skilled manpower is a major issue inhibiting the growth of the sector and a major impediment in realising its full potential. This is especially true in tourist Centres like Mysuru which receive around 3.5 million tourists every year. To cater to these tourists there are about 200 hotels and resorts. UNI