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You have known the group as a hotel chain. Now, the Apeejay Surrendra group has started a hotel management institute, called the Apeejay Institute of Hospitality (AIH), to train and educate students for an industry that’s growing by leaps and bounds in India.
The institute in Navi Mumbai, which started last year, is now taking students for its three-year bachelor in science in hotel management and catering operations (BSc-HMCO) programme for 2008.
It shares its campus with The Park Hotel so as to provide hands-on experience to its students. Founding principal G.M. Bhuvan feels that the integrated setup provides practical exposure from day one.
The campus is an hour’s drive from the airport and five minutes away from the CBD Belapur station. It’s an elegant and contemporary building, perfect for a hotel management institute.
Applicants need to have completed Plus Two. If you are awaiting results you could still go ahead and apply. The programme, the institute states, offers a contemporary curriculum. It also provides hostel accommodation.
Shorlisted students will be invited to attend a presentation and a personal interview with the selection committee.
Subjects taught at the AIH are expected to hone a student’s skills in the various spheres that together lead to the smooth running of a hotel. They include food and beverage production, bakery and confectionery, accommodation management, communication skills, services marketing, human resources management and languages.
The institute also offers an advanced culinary arts facilitation programme for hotel management graduates. This programme is structured in such a way that a student’s culinary capabilities are enhanced with theory as well as on-the-job training.
To be one of the 20 students of this specialised course, you need a three or four year diploma or a degree in hotel management. You will be trained in cuisines from across the globe. Students will be taught culinary art and techniques, and familiarised with essential Indian cuisines such as Hyderabadi, Chettinad, Awadhi and so on. The programme also entails visits to specialty restaurants and nearby villages to give students a taste of authenticity.
One part of the course deals with European cuisine, and another with food production management — which includes menu planning, food cost controls, staff management and organising food festivals. Both the bachelors degree and the postgraduate certificate are awarded by the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, recognised by University Grants Commission (UGC).
For the bachelors course, 40 students will be selected. The fees is roughly Rs 1.5 lakh a year. Students are trained at The Park, but the option for training at other hotels is also there. Final year students will have to do research in their area of interest.
For the coursework you would be given subject manuals, along with weekly assignments and field trips. The idea is to provide sound theoretical knowledge along with the exposure essential to develop well-rounded hotel professionals.
The faculty of six consists of professionals from the hospitality and service sectors. There is also a panel of visiting faculty from The Park Hotels group who share their skill and knowledge with the students.
The infrastructure at the Apeejay Institute of Hospitality is top-class. Apart from centrally air-conditioned classrooms and a well equipped library, there is a state-of-the-art kitchen, bakery and confectionery, computer lab, access to wireless Internet, free membership of the New Bombay Sports Association for swimming, badminton, tennis, table tennis, athletics and gymnasium, and a doctor on call.
“A lot of hard work and sincere effort has gone into the building of a world-class environment which will give our students an edge over others and motivate them to excel in this field,” says the principal.
The institute gives an option of on or off-campus placement. “Students are not bound to work with The Park group only. The institute also invites other hotel chains for campus recruitment,” Bhuvan points out.
With the best of facilities made available, the AIH promises to provide students with the perfect environment for learning and development. “We would like to live up to our vision of leadership with knowledge by providing a dynamic learning atmosphere,” the principal stresses.
WHAT IS IT? A private institute offering a three-year bachelors course in hotel management and catering operations
WHO’S THE BOSS? G. M. Bhuvan is the principal
What is the course fee? Rs 1.5 lakh per annum
Where is it? No. 1, Sector 10 C.B.D. Belapur,
Phone: 022-27589000 / 67589000