With sheer determination of emphasizing and imparting quality education in the field of hospitality, Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology was initiated. Located at Tathawade on the Bangalore-Mumbai Express Highway near Pune, the institute owns a sprawling and beautiful campus offering the students with well-ventilated and spacious classrooms, seminar halls, well-equipped training kitchens, training bar and restaurants, front office lab, housekeeping lab, computer lab and so on. Furthermore, for advocating sophisticated and smooth learning process, the institute has a full-fledged Library with OPAC and DELNET with over 10000 books, providing the students with better learning environment with adequate learning materials. The avant-garde infrastructural facilities of the institution thus, enhance the students' experience, where they can apply their theoretical learning into practical life.
Since its inception itself, the institute has been able to contribute appreciably in the field of Hospitality Education, targeting to develop quality infrastructure and gratifying to the needs of the students and abide by to provide them with the best academic facilities. "Our vision is to create socially responsible leaders and attain global standards in the field of Hospitality", says Dr. P.D Patil, Chairman, Dr. D.Y Patil Vidya Pratishthan Society. The institute believes not only in career development but also in character building and nation building through citizenship development. Alongside, the students are trained in a manner where they are capable to face industry challenges and assimilate Quality Management Concepts, nurturing the skills and proficiency in the students to bring about holistic development that helps to grab lead positions in the hospitality industry globally.
The Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology offers choice-based credit and grading system as well as a range of elective options in the curriculum so that the students can access the subjects they are really interested in.
The noteworthy fact about the institution is that they offer a blend of two professional courses at UG level, with an annual intake capacity of 60 students in Bachelor of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (BHMCT), approved by AICTE, affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University and 120 in BSc. Hospitality Studies also affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University. The institute offers choice-based credit and grading system as well as a range of elective options in the curriculum so that the students can access the subjects they are really interested in. In this regards, there is a constant collaboration with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) for revision and awareness, training in curriculum development and implementation. Dr. Somnath Patil, Secretary, Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidya Patil Vidya Pratishthan Society, mentions, "In order to enrich the curriculum, the core departments, conduct short-term soft skills and communication skills training programs leading to the holistic development of students. Likewise, workshop on the writing of resume, interview skills, mock interviews session with operational heads and training heads and so on are also organized from time to time, to counterbalance the hands-on training of the students." Apart from theoretical teaching, the instructor essentially lays focus and significance on learner-centric ICT based teaching and pedagogic innovations.
However, the 31 proficient faculty member instructing here, can be referred as the backbone of the institution, holding varied experience of an average of ten years in international hotels, cruise liners, facilities, clubs as well as high academic qualification to enrich the teaching-learning quality of the institution. Faculty members are actively engaged in various research-based activities at both the individual level and collaborative research with other departments and students. "We encourage the faculties to upgrade their knowledge and qualification, granting them on duty leave and financial assistance. On that account, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) cell conducts various faculty development programs to enhance teaching quality, ICT Skills, professional skills, and activities," says Professor H.P. Merchant, Principal, Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology.
The Institute also undertakes meaningful engagements with the community, stakeholders and conducts effective extension and outreach programs with the belief of developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationship with all. Successful collaborative efforts with some of the most reputed National and International hotels and institutes, the foundation has been sufficing in promoting mutual understanding, collaborating, hospitality services and consultancy, cultural exchanges, sharing facility for research orientation and resource exchange. These collaborations, hence, oftentimes turns out as rewarding opportunity for the student who wants to accomplish an exemplary career graph. Thus, keeping pace with the dynamic global industry, the Institute undertakes constant quality enhancement and also holds a plan, which focuses on increased collaboration with foreign universities, enhancing ISR activities and entrepreneurship activities.
Moreover, with the changing trends in campus recruitment, the institute has widened its horizon in sectors other than the International and National chain of hotels and includes facility management; International QSR's, retail outlets, standalone restaurants, bars, and lounges as well as focuses on entrepreneurship for students and alumni. The institution has always sworn by good governance with transparency, accountability, and participatory management. It upholds strong industry and institute linkages with reputed hotel chains like The Oberoi group of Hotel, Taj group of Hotels and Holiday Inn and MoU with world-class institutes for knowledge sharing, training, and placement activity. On that account, the outstanding determination and hard work of both the students and the faculty members, has been capable of holding consistency ranking of students in the University at toppers list as well as a good placement record.