Hotel Management - Applying a Practice Oriented Approach
The hospitality industry accounts for 9 percent of the world GDP according to various reports. At the forefront of this field is the Indian service and hospitality industry which is estimated to grow around 15 percent next year. Emphasising on the importance of proper hospitality management is the Chandigarh College of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (CCHMCT). Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chairman, CGC Landran and Chancellor, CU says, \"The College was awarded the best institute by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in 2013. Every year, twenty five to thirty reputed companies related to hotel management all around the world recruit from the campus.\" In 2013, 95 percent of the graduating students from the institute were placed in reputed brands across the country.
The quality of education is the foremost reason behind achieving such high placement figures. The faculty is experienced in the field of hotel management from working for leading five-star hotels and they train students through case-studies and practical demonstrations. Frequent guest lectures from respected HR Managers and Executive Chefs are also provided to the students. The institute has also signed several MoUs with international companies and hospitality colleges in countries such as Switzerland and Netherlands, who provide special training to ensure that students meet international standards. As a result, some of the students are placed in renowned international companies such as Holiday Inn (United Kingdom).
The institute also runs a flagship program along with the Ministry of Tourism under the Hunar Se Rozgar scheme in which skill development training in food production, bakery is provided to school dropouts for two months and then they are provided with employment opportunities. In another project called PURE (Project for Up-gradation of Roadside Eateries) which is run in collaboration with the Government of Punjab, promising roadside eateries are identified and trained in sanitation. This shows the social impact that the college has had and the corresponding effect it has on students.
In-Depth Practical Demonstrations, A Vital Part of The Syllabus
Since hotel management is a practical discipline, the students focus more on practical demonstrations of the course. Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, President, CGC explains that the classroom sessions exist to reiterate theories, in-depth discussions and to find solutions to problems. Students also work in other restaurants and start earning money by organising parties. Hence, they gain exposure to all facets of hotel management. In this college, placement training is treated as an individual subject as it is vital for the students to confidently perform in interviews. Personality development and Communication skills in English are focused upon. The management also conducts mock placements and workshops conducted by in-house faculty and visiting lecturers. By the time the actual placement process begins, the institute ensure that the students are prepared to cope with the interviews. The Chairman states, \"The students also receive constant feedback from the faculty and other executive officers so that they can obtain employment oriented skills. As a result, they can keep in touch with the latest market trends.\"