NIPS School of Ho­tel Man­age­ment is not only the best ho­tel man­age­ment in­sti­tute in east­ern In­dia but also holds an en­vi­able world record. By Mridu Rai

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In 2012, NIPS School of Ho­tel Man­age­ment, Kolkata was ranked the best ho­tel man­age­ment in­sti­tute of east­ern In­dia by Com­pe­ti­tion Suc­cess

Re­view and the best ho­tel man­age­ment in­sti­tute of Kolkata by Brands Academy Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­cel­lence Award. For an in­sti­tute which is only two decades old, th­ese ac­co­lades re­veal a lot about the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion of­fered here. Another feather in NIPS’ cap is that it holds a world record, Asian record, In­dian record and Limca record for cre­at­ing the most va­ri­eties of omelettes within 10 min­utes,

“Apart from reg­u­lar ed­u­ca­tion we also pro­vide lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. We be­lieve that this gives them an all- rounded ed­u­ca­tion,” says Ashif Shah, di­rec­tor, NIPS.

“NIPS was first es­tab­lished in 1993 and since then has ded­i­cated it­self to pro­vid­ing the best in ho­tel man­age­ment ed­u­ca­tion in east In­dia. The fact that it is a young in­sti­tute does not seem to come in the way of the qual­ity. The man­age­ment along with the fac­ulty and the stu­dents are a close knit group and are con­stantly striv­ing to achieve ex­cel­lence in the field.

“I wanted a ca­reer that would re­ally make me happy and I re­alised hos­pi­tal­ity man­age­ment was an ideal choice for me. Once I’d de­cided on the ca­reer field, I wanted to study at the best in­sti­tute which would give me a good mix of the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal un­der­stand­ing, which is why, I chose to study at NIPS,” ex­plains Shazda Kha­toon, a first- year stu­dent of bach­e­lor in hos­pi­tal­ity man­age­ment at NIPS.

Cur­rently, there are two cour­ses of­fered at NIPS. A three years de­gree

course in hos­pi­tal­ity man­age­ment af­fil­i­ated to the West Ben­gal Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and a three years diploma course in ho­tel man­age­ment af­fil­i­ated to the West Ben­gal State Coun­cil of Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and the All In­dia Coun­cil for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion.

When it comes to the fac­ulty, Shah says, “We have a qual­i­fied, trained and ded­i­cated team of fac­ulty at NIPS who keep them­selves abreast with the lat­est trends and tech­niques of the in­dus­try. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in sem­i­nars and work­shops help them un­der­stand the sce­nario much bet­ter.” Along­side the reg­u­lar fac­ulty, NIPS also hosts vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor and in­dus­trial ex­perts from time to time.

“One of the best things about NIPS is the fac­ulty,” says Kha­toon. “They are very hands- on and also very ac­ces­si­ble. We can talk about al­most any­thing even if it is not re­lated to the course. This has been par­tic­u­larly help­ful to the stu­dents who come from dis­tant places,” adds Kha­toon.

Ac­cord­ing to Shah, prac­ti­cal train­ing is of ut­most im­por­tance when it comes to hos­pi­tal­ity and ho­tel man­age­ment cour­ses. “Hand on train­ing is ex­tremely es­sen­tial be­cause it makes stu­dents fa­mil­iar with the work en­vi­ron­ment and they don’t end up flus­tered with their sur­round­ings when they ac­tu­ally start work­ing,” he ex­plains. “To make this pos­si­ble NIPS has a suite room and deluxe room for prac­ti­cal train­ing in house­keep­ing, a spe­cialty restau­rant and a multi- cui­sine restau­rant for food and bev­er­age ser­vice train­ing, three well equipped kitchen for food and bev­er­age pro­duc­tion train­ing as well as two mod­ern re­cep­tion with lat­est soft­ware’s for front of­fice prac­ti­cals. Apart from th­ese we also have fa­cil­i­ties for laun­dry, bell desk, hos­pi­tal­ity desk, com­puter lab, in­ter­net café and a well stocked li­brary,” he adds.

The place­ments at the in­sti­tute, so far, has been highly suc­cess­ful. “NIPS has thou­sands of for­mer stu­dents work­ing all across the globe and we have had cent per­cent place­ment un­til now. Lead­ing brands and multi­na­tional groups have our alumni in their pay­rolls,” says Shah.

NIPS stu­dents have found place­ments in or­gan­i­sa­tions like Taj, Mar­riott, Le Meri­dien, Wipro , West­side , Hy­att, Oberoi Group, Sher­a­ton, Emi­rates, Jet Air­ways, Royal Caribbean, Nor­we­gian Cruise Line, Hyundai, BMW, Pricewaterhouse Coop­ers and HSBC among oth­ers.

NIPS also en­cour­ages its stu­dents to take up in­tern­ships as part of their course. Th­ese in­tern­ships are also taken up at some of th­ese same or­gan­i­sa­tions. “Our in­sti­tute helps stu­dents go through the best in­tern­ship ex­po­sure in the best of prop­er­ties of the coun­try through ex­cel­lent train­ing and through a vast pro­fes­sional net­work. This has been ex­tremely help­ful,” says Kha­toon.

To pre­pare their stu­dents for the work­place, NIPS has var­i­ous fa­cil­i­ties in place. They have spe­cial per­son­al­ity de­vel­op­ment ses­sions which help in groom­ing the stu­dents in terms of their body lan­guage, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and their so­cial man­ners and eti­quettes. Th­ese ses­sions, the in­sti­tute be­lieves, are in­dis­penis­ble to any hos­pi­tal­ity man­age­ment stu­dent.

Stu­dents are also pro­vided am­ple sup­port while cre­at­ing their CVs. In fact, ev­ery stu­dent is made to go through a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme de­signed to help them write their CVs. Along with this, stu­dents are also pro­vided spe­cial guid­ance for in­ter­views. Apart from ed­u­ca­tion, stu­dents at

NIPS are al­lowed the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a num­ber of ex­tra- cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. The in­sti­tute or­gan­ises var­i­ous events on a reg­u­lar ba­sis which in­clude youth fes­ti­vals, an­nual func­tions, food fes­ti­vals and other var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions like de­bates and ex­tem­pore speech.

“Ever since I joined the in­sti­tute, academics and ex­tra- cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties have both been im­por­tant parts of my life here. Sem­i­nars with vis­it­ing fac­ulty and in­tra- col­lege sports and cul­tural meets make my stud­ies much more in­ter­est­ing,” says Kha­toon.

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