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
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