Mankind is destined to be either a host or guest since time immemorial. With immense power to open minds and hearts of new people in the world, however many of us love to be hosts forever. Those blessed fellow humans are called hospitality professionals or culinary artists. Hence, culinary art and hospitality are fields directly related to the emotions as the artistic skills required for hospitality depends upon one's passion. Established in Chennai, SAI International Institute of Hotel Management (SAI IIHM) is a prestigious institution that has been working to make a difference in the culinary art since 2004.
The institute is well focused about its vision that it chose Chennai as its location. The city serves as a host to numerous star hotels and reputed large-scale food service establishments. "Being a city of endless opportunities, Chennai extends a helping hand in getting our students placed in the comfort of homeland," says Vinoth Kumar, Principal of Sai IIHM. Kumar is very particular about the quality of students who go for recruitment and thus supports them with a proactive and well-managed placement cell. Students are attended with meticulous care to ensure a guaranteed successful career in hospitality industry. "My students enjoy the luxury of being individually counseled and guided right through the placement process that starts from choosing the right job opportunity, through interview to the final screening and placement and also during the career development phase," adds Kumar. The institute guarantees lucrative job prospects through the tie-ups with corporate in the sphere of hospitality and leading hotel chains. "It is indeed, a matter of pride that our institute has an undefeated record of 100 percent placement for the past decade and would continue to be so,' claims Kumar. All these salient features prove SAIIIHM is a step ahead in the run and deserve to be titled "The best hotel management institute for the year 2016".
Kumar is very proud about the teamwork of the institution. Though he feels stressed with the recruitment of faculty that involves stringent rules and multiple levels, he takes pride in speaking about the crew, which has made their 12 years journey successful. "My team holds a strong industrial experience and are constantly updating themselves by means of all resources available such as magazines, reviews, journals, guest lectures and frequent visits by the renowned names in the industry. The key traits that we look out for in the applicants include excellent verbal and non-verbal communication, passion, updated and sound knowledge of the subject concerned, punctuality, approachability and good moral values," says Kumar. The institute also motivates the faculty members to focus on their research projects so that they can share the knowledge gained through the same with the students.
The depth of knowledge imparted, the industrial experience gained during the period of study and the additional skill sets acquired such as carving, lead the recruiters to consider SAI students to be the best options than their counterparts from other institution. Today SAI IIHM has affiliations with Bharathiar University and holds accreditations by International Accreditation organization, (IAO), U.S. and BMQR, in addition to ISO 9001 certification. "All these affiliations and tie-ups with reputed bodies stand as a key to bag the best employment opportunities available. We are also affiliated with Bharat Sevak Samaj (BSS), a national development agency promoted by the government of India," adds Kumar. The curriculum of SAI IIHM was framed ensuring technical knowledge required for a professional, along with the communication training and personality development.
SAIIIHM is a prestigious institution that has witnessed a lot of crests and troughs in the industry. Today, SAI IIHM shines as the prime destinations for recruiters and Kumar still remembers the tough times the institute had in terms of reputation, the strain in motivating the students to pace up and match up to the ever changing standards, rising expectations of the industry and so on; but he relates all time success to his team. "Constantly updating about the changing trends and being well informed about the advancements occurring in the industry are the strongest weapons in combating with the hurdles we had faced," concludes Kumar. SAI IIHM intends to maintain consistency in performance and increase the standard of education offered to mould industry ready professionals rather than mere graduates.
Dr. Chef Vinoth Kumar, CEO and Chief Trainer
An MBA and Diploma holder in Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Kumar has over 16 years of professional work experience in hospitality industry. He has won several awards and accolades during his stint with many reputed names in hospitality such as Le Royal Meredian, Taj Air Caterers and Hotel Abu Palace. He is a multiple world record holder Limca book of records, Asia book of records, Tamilnadu book of records, record raisers, Assist world records, India book of records and miracle book of records to name a few. He is the youngest chef to receive an honorary doctorate in all of India. He has been running SAIIHM, India's first professional ISO 9001 certified institution. Apart from these, he also takes up large-scale carving projects for corporate giants.