Mod­ify poli­cies to curb high at­tri­tion

In­sti­tute of Ho­tel Man­age­ment and Cater­ing Tech­nol­ogy, un­der the aegis of the Min­istry of Tourism, is com­mit­ted to the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence in hos­pi­tal­ity ed­u­ca­tion. L.V. Ku­mar, Prin­ci­pal, IHM, Kovlam, shares the ini­tia­tives of the in­sti­tute in hon­ing yo

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In­sti­tute of Ho­tel Man­age­ment Kovlam, is an ISO 9001:2008 cer­ti­fied in­sti­tu­tion for the last five years, in­forms L.V. Ku­mar. He says, “We have ex­pe­ri­enced and com­pe­tent fac­ulty with an av­er­age ex­pe­ri­ence of 20 years in both teach­ing and in­ter­na­tional and na­tional in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence.” The in­sti­tute of­fers three years’ Bach­e­lors de­gree in Hos­pi­tal­ity and Ho­tel Ad­min­is­tra­tion; 18-month Diploma in Food Pro­duc­tion and 18-month Diploma in Food and Bev­er­ages Ser­vices. Apart from this, the in­sti­tute also of­fers cour­ses un­der the Gov­ern­ment’s ‘Hu­nar se Roz­gar Tak’ pro­gramme.

The lo­ca­tion of the in­sti­tute adds to the charm of the in­sti­tute, says Ku­mar. “The in­sti­tute is sit­u­ated on the beach of Ko­valam. Around this beach, as many as 2500 ho­tel rooms are avail­able for in­dus­trial ex­po­sure train­ing as well as sum­mer and win­ter va­ca­tion train­ing of the stu­dents,” says Ku­mar. The in­sti­tute aims to of­fer world­class fa­cil­i­ties and pro­vide the right kind of en­vi­ron­ment which is con­ducive for learn­ing for the stu­dents who en­roll in this in­sti­tute.

Ku­mar be­lieves that travel and hos­pi­tal­ity is a ris­ing sec­tor and the in­sti­tute takes ini­tia­tive to train its stu­dents for the ris­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with hands on train­ing. Some of the lead­ing five-star ho­tels groups that the in­sti­tute has tie-ups with are The Wel­come Group; The Taj Ho­tels; Mar­riot Group of Ho­tels; The Oberoi Ho­tels; Hy­acinth Domi­nos, Vi­vanta by Taj, etc.

Com­ment­ing on the sta­tus of the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, Ku­mar opines, “Given the chal­lenges in the travel and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor, I feel the in­dus­try needs to re-ori­ent it­self and re-struc­ture its fa­cil­i­ties which are of­fered to the guests. There is also a need to im­prove the Hu­man Re­source poli­cies in the in­dus­try so that the new en­trants in the in­dus­try are mo­ti­vated to join it. We need to re­for­mu­late our poli­cies for ef­fec­tive con­trol of ex­ist­ing at­tri­tion rate of hu­man re­source in this in­dus­try.”

Around this beach, as many as 2500 ho­tel rooms are avail­able for in­dus­trial ex­po­sure train­ing as well as sum­mer and win­ter va­ca­tion train­ing of the stu­dents

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