The world’s best for IHM stu­dents

The IHMs’ tie- up with Ecole Hote­liere de Lau­sanne will see the first batch from Lau­sanne ar­riv­ing in Mum­bai later this month. The In­dian Culi­nary In­sti­tute has also been for­mally ap­proved and will open with 4 branches in Kolkata, Pin­jore, Noida and Tirup

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Two months be­fore, Parvez De­wan, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Tourism, Govt of In­dia, had hinted at a pos­si­ble tie-up with a world-renowned ho­tel man­age­ment in­sti­tute to sup­port a 360de­gree up­grade in the cur­ricu­lum of govern­ment-run ho­tel and tourism man­age­ment in­sti­tutes. The move was ex­pected to bring an en­hanced skill-set to ser­vice vis­i­tors to In­dia and up­grade not just the

All for­mal­i­ties have been ful­filled, we have got the per­mis­sion and we have al­ready sent the first in­stall­ment of fees to the Ecole Hote­liere de Lau­sanne

cur­ricu­lum, but also im­prove teach­ing meth­ods.

Con­firm­ing this, De­wan said, “There are no more ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ left, Lau­sanne is part­ner­ing with IHM. All for­mal­i­ties have been ful­filled, we have got the per­mis­sion and we have al­ready sent the first in­stall- ment of fees to the Ecole Hote­liere de Lau­sanne. The first batch from Lau­sanne is ar­riv­ing in Mum­bai later this month.” He went on to men­tion that they had been in con­tact with 6 of the top ho­tel in­sti­tutes in the world, out of which two of them had agreed to part­ner.

Talk­ing about what the part­ner­ship en­tails, he said, “All IHMs and prob­a­bly pri­vate sec­tor in­sti­tutes af­fil­i­ated to

IHMs, will have a cur­ricu­lum of the same stan­dard as Lau­sannne in 2-3 years time. Our teach­ers will be trained by people from Lau­sanne and then they, in turn, will train the stu­dents. Our lab­o­ra­to­ries and equip­ment will be of the same stan­dard as Lau­sanne.”

But that was not the only good news that De­wan an­nounced. He also talked about the In­dian Culi­nary In­sti­tute be­ing for­mally ap­proved. He fur­ther elab­o­rated that the ICI will be a repos­i­tory of ev­ery sin­gle recipe in In­dia. The ICI will have four branches from its in­cep­tion - in Kolkata, Pin­jore, Noida and its head­quar­ters will be in Tiru­pati.

De­wan in­formed that the Kolkata cen­tre might be the first to kick off as they al­ready have two floors in Salt Lake City in Kolkata. He said the Kolkata cam­pus may take a year or a year-and-a-half, to be­gin op­er­a­tions.

He said, “The open­ing of the ICI con­cerns ev­ery­one in the tourism in­dus­try. Right now, people have to be re­trained on food be­cause the IHMs’ train­ing on food is a mi­nor part of the cur­ricu­lum. The stu­dents will be trained in all the cuisines pop­u­lar in In­dia, be it Thai, Viet­namese or Chi­nese, but the pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity is to­wards In­dian cui­sine. The course in­cludes not just train­ing, but also re­search; and stu­dents will also be trained on molec­u­lar gas­tron­omy.”

Parvez De­wan

Sec­re­tary Min­istry of Tourism, Govt of In­dia

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