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Don Bosco College - Hospitality Studies: Remodelling the Hospitality Education System with Experience and Etiquette

Author : HER Team

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Annabelle Rodrigues, HoD Don Bosco College - Hospitality Studies

The quintessential cuisine of Mumbai provides a smorgasbord of cooking styles to the people who immigrate from different part of the world. Indeed, Mumbai – the commercial capital of India – has also been the largest hospitality market in the country. While, both international and domestic hotel chains are flooding in Mumbai with new inventory, the scarcity of skilled labour remains the biggest challenges of this industry. Quenching the thirst for quality workforce in the growing hospitality industry in the city is Don Bosco Hospitality Studies (Don Bosco College - Hospitality Studies).

Affiliated with the University of Mumbai, DBC-HS is offering courses like three-year B.Sc. Degree in hospitality studies, One-year short certificate course in Culinary, Food and Beverage Service, Rooms Division Management and Bakery. "We have an official tie-up with Starbucks, an American coffee company to train our students for intensive hospitality review. We have also signed MoUs with other hospitality industry organizations to enhance the skill-sets of our students," says Annabelle Rodrigues, Head of the Department, DBC HS. The institute provides their students with an opportunity to work with well-reputed industries like Trident hotels, The Oberoi, Hyatt hotels and resorts, Vivanta by Taj, ITC hotels and many more.

In the past ten years, the institute has strategized and strived to provide the best professional training to their students through their industry relationship. "Being close to the industry, we understand that they want to recruit the graduates who can work from the day one. We are trying to demystify stress by nurturing the students with the real-life work situations, so that they succeed when entering the industry," claims Rodrigues. As an emerging institute in the hospitality sector, DBC HS has fine-tuned its curriculum with the changing dynamics of the industry.

"Our courses are designed to ensure that the students get hands-on training with advanced equipments to make them highly skilled in the hospitality sector. We also provide them with the same live hotel situation, so that they will understand the heat of the industry," explains Rodrigues. The customized course provided by the institute are making the students to understand the fundamentals levels of food production serving at the multi-level restaurant to the advanced levels of cuisine available in five-star restaurants. As the industry is witnessing a change in the serving dynamics, the institute is training them to work in stand-alone fine-dine restaurants.

"The shift is now from five-star hotels to stand alone fine-dine restaurants in the city of Mumbai. Now, our focus is no longer limited to five-star hotels where the rate of progression in career could be slower as compared to a standalone Fine-Dining Restaurant," says Rodrigues. DBC-HS has gradually shifted its focus to stand-alone restaurants, which also provide a platform to several hotel management graduate students to get jobs as management trainees and eventually managers in restaurants. The extensive utilization of the expertise available in the industry can also be seen in the classrooms of DBC-HS, where the management has employed faculty members who have been working with various hotel chains before they took up teaching as a major profession.

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