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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
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.”
Secretary Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India