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Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration: With an Insatiable Hunger for Success

Author : Sarath Shyam, Managing Editor, The Higher Education Review

Sarath Shyam

Dr. H. Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor Manipal University

A constituent college of the Manipal University since 2003, Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration has been consistently ranked as the No. 1 institute in the country for hotel management studies. The institute's alumni have found positions in leading hotel chains, airlines, travel agencies and other organizations like Citibank, Blue Dart Couriers, GE Capital and International Services.

The WGSHA has been proactive when it comes to providing a global exposure to the students


Which is the most expensive cookbook in the world? The answer will definitely make us proud. It is a 1200-page love of labour that has taken 12 years to compile; the 12th copy of Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna's limited edition 'Utsav - A Culinary Epic' was auctioned for Rs. 30 lakh and the money was dedicated to feed 200,000 underprivileged children through an NGO he supports. Being the author of over 25 best-selling cookbooks is just one part of Khanna. Former MasterChef India judge, Khanna has cooked for the likes of Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II, hosted several TV shows, instituted a one-of-a-kind Culinary Arts Museum in Manipal, Karnataka and finally made it to the list of the Top 10 Chefs in the World published by Gazette Review.

However, there is a common chord that connects Khanna with Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Rajeev Suri of Nokia - the two most successful and inspiring personalities from the world of technology and business -the prestigious Manipal University. While, Suri graduated in 1986 and Nadella in 1988, both from the Manipal Institute of Technology, Khanna graduated in 1994 from Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) - a constituent college of the Manipal University since 2003. Showing gratitude to his alma mater, Khanna once wrote, "It is my life's greatest gift to have been educated in WGSHA, Manipal. I love the structure, faculty and all the facilities provided to nurture our talent." Indeed, during his graduation from the WGSHA, Khanna was fortunate to be trained under renowned chefs of Taj Group of Hotels, The Oberoi Group, The Leela Group and many more, which gave him the foundation to do what he is best known for - cooking his way into our hearts.

Khanna may be one of the most celebrated chefs around the world today, but he is not the only one who has been nurtured by the WGSHA. Anil Chadha (Area Manager South, ITC Hotels & General Manager ITC Grand Chola), Maneet Chauhan (Celebrity Chef and Culinary Consultant Judge - Chopped) and Hari Prasad Nayak (Chef, Restaurateur, Author and Indian Food and Culinary Consultant, New York), are a few other eminent personalities that graduated from the WGSHA. Parvadhavardhini Gopalakrishnan, Principal of the WGSHA says, "For the past 27 years, students are absorbed by the top-notch hotel brands (Indian and International) at the entry level. The successful alumni cohort that includes entrepreneurs, CEOs, COOs and various other leadership positions has played a prominent role in the establishment of a unified and shared network to support the placement activities at the institute level."

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