The Telegraph
Thursday , August 9 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999
Cook up a storm

Calcutta-based Dina Ray was determined to study hotel management after Plus Two. But with so many institutes offering the course, it was difficult to choose. However, Ray, now working with the Swiss Hotel in Calcutta, did not have to look back once she joined NIPS Institute of Hotel Management, Calcutta.

NIPS Institute of Hotel Management was started in 1993 by Vivek Pathak who is the director. Sprawled over 20,000sqft in a corner of Salt Lake, the institute has a bus service from Karunamoyee bus stand, Chingrihata and Phillips crossing. For outstation candidates, the institute has a girls’ and boys’ hostel just a few minutes away. Forty girls and 100 boys can stay in these hostels. The institute is recognised by All India Council for Technical Education, West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT), and West Bengal State Council of Technical Education and is an ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 1400:2004 institution.

“Discipline is key. Classes start at 10am and go on till 5pm. Each student has to remain within the campus during this time. We have CCTV cameras installed in several parts of the building, so that the security of students and staff is not compromised,” says Ranabir Ray, COO of NIPS Institute of Hotel Management. The building has Wi-Fi so students can access the Internet all the time.

NIPS offers a three-year diploma in hotel management for which the eligibility is Class X. The three-year bachelors in hotel management course can be done after Plus Two. After graduating, students can take up MBA in hotel management. The course fee for the diploma and MBA programmes is Rs 2,60,000 and for the graduate degree is Rs 3,50,000.

Fifty per cent of seats of the hotel management course are reserved for those who crack the common admission test held by WBUT while the rest of the seats are open to all. “Admission is on first come, first served basis. Eligibility is a pass in Plus Two,” says Ray. Those interested in joining the MBA programme need to be graduates in any stream. Admission for this course too is on first-come-first-served basis.

Since there are no cut-off marks, many think the institute will not be able to maintain its standard. Ray, however says, “In 2012 we were rated as the best hotel management institute in Calcutta.”

“In the first year we concentrate on personality development, dressing styles, basic table etiquette, eating styles and so on. In the first year kitchen they learn to cut vegetables and meat, make sauces and basic continental dishes,” says Ray. After the first year, students are placed as interns in hotels for six months. In the second and third year, they learn Indian and regional cuisines and continental cuisine respectively. The institute prepares students for career options ranging from hotel manager, front office manager, chef, restaurant manager, cabin crew, and F&B executive. Besides a library, computer lab, and language laboratory, NIPS has two model training restaurants, two model hotel rooms, laundry and a conference room. There are four spacious and well-ventilated classrooms too.

The training is intensive and there are experienced faculty members to guide the students. There are also visiting professors — industry experts, business consultants and senior managers from the industry. Since the college offers international placement, experts from abroad too visit often.

From the very start, NIPS has placed students in some of the best hotels in India and abroad. Hotel groups such as Taj, Oberoi, Hilton, Hyatt and many others come for campus interviews but all the students are not placed with hotels. “They are placed with cruises, airlines and other hospitality groups,” says Ray.

NIPS insists that students do their bit for society. They visit old age homes and cook for the inhabitants. They also go to orphanages and blind schools to spend time with the children.

The main problem students face is that the canteen at the institute is open only for lunch, although students have to stay within the campus all day. Rahul Yadav who recently joined Oberoi Grand in Calcutta says, “The canteen is open between one and two in the afternoon. There is no arrangement for breakfast or afternoon tea. We were not allowed to leave the campus. So we starved.” The college management does not keep the canteen open lest the students hang around and waste time. However, there is a games room where students with time on their hands can try a round of billiards.


Vital Statistics

WHAT IS IT? A private hotel management institute

WHO’S THE BOSS? Vivek Pathak is the director

Where is it? 297 Mahisbathan, Sector V, Salt Lake, Calcutta-700102
Phone: 23675127 / 28 / 29

Good placements

There is no admission test for 50 per cent of hotel management seats; MBA seats are available to graduates on a first-come-first-served basis