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“Bright young men and woman can, therefore, look to the hospitality industry as an exciting career avenue, where they can fulfill their aspirations to grow, contribute and enrich themselves professionally”.

Traveling for leisure, business adventure or sports can be referred to as Tourism. People traveling form place to place create more opportunities around the world, be it transportation, development or infrastructure like roads, airports, hotels etc. shopping entertainment and many more director indirect services.

In the last decade, India has witnessed a phenomenal growth in the tourism industry, thanks to massive marketing campaigns like Incredible India, which showcase our country’s heritage and culture, as well as her rise as superpower in IT and related services. The boom in economy resulting in increased spending power and demand for value for money has witnessed lifestyle changes. People seek entertainment, eating out, leisure travel and other avenues to de-stress, relax and bond together.

Hospitality industry, therefore plays a vital role in fulfilling the physical and psychological needs of every traveler, be it the domestic or international tourist. We see a tremendous growth of luxury and budget hotels, restaurants, resorts, amusement parks, malls and multiplexes catering to diverse sections of society. All these services need to be carefully packaged and delivered by trained and committed professionals, who are turned to anticipate and meet the challenges swiftly and courteously.

Bright young men and women can, therefore, look to the hospitality industry as an exciting career avenue, where they can fulfill their aspirations to grow, contribute and enrich themselves professionally.

And the opportunities are not restricted to hotels and restaurants. Careers in Food & Beverage services like institutional catering and fast food outlets, cruise liners, airlines, hospitals and allied service sector areas such as banks, IT and BPO firms, retail stores and malls beckon qualified hotel management graduates, who posses adequate job skills with the cutting edge attitude and communication skills.

It also helps to be positive, outgoing helpful and genuinely interested in people. The compensation is attractive and the perks make up handsomely from all the hard work.

Hotel Management and Culinary Arts education helps in equipping students with the required skills, managerial and leadership qualities and nurture talent to graduate as outstanding professionals. The pioneering institution in Andhra Pradesh offering hospitality management education is the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Vidyanagar, Hyderabad. Set up in 1972 by Government of India, it is one in a chain of 26 institutes under the Ministry of Tourism across the country.

Courses offered

Institute of Hotel Management offers a 3-year B.Sc in Hospitality & Hotel Administration for students, who have passed Inter /Plus 2. An All India Joint Entrance Examination held in April chooses students for over 4000 seats, 150 of which are offered at Institute of Hotel Management, Hyderabad. The course offers Food Production (Cookery), Food & Beverage service (Restaurant service), Housekeeping, Front Office, Computers, Sales & Marketing, Communication skills, Management, Finance and more. Training inputs are imparted in the Kitchen, Bakery, Training Restaurant, Model Bedroom Front Office and Computer Labs. A6-moths industry exposure in the II-year is mandatory and a live project in the final year completes the curriculum. For graduates in Hotel Management, a 2-year M.Sc Hospitality Administration is offered, which hones the managerial and leadership skills of professionals from the industry. A 11/2 year Post-graduate Diploma in Accommodation Operations and Management course is offered to graduates of any stream to enable them to enter the industry in the Housekeeping and Front Office Departments. Students, who wish to take up jobs after SSC can enroll in craft courses offering certificates in Food production (11/2 year duration) and Food & Beverage service (6 months duration). Grooming etiquette, presentation skills and opportunities for sports, cultural and literary activities help students develop professionally and grow as responsible human beings.

Private Colleges / Institutes

A number of colleges in Hyderabad & Vijayawada offer the 3-year degree in Hotel Management programme, which are affiliated to the University of the region. Numerous other institutions affiliated to the State Board of Technical Education A.P. and Setwin (promoted by Government of A.P) etc., offer short-term certificate or diploma courses.

Career Prospects

Graduating students of Hotel Management must aspire for Corporate / Management Trainee which is the highest entry level position in top hotel companies. Pay packet will range between Rs.2 lakh and Rs.3 lakh plus perks. Operations/ Supervisory trainee is the next entry level position where salaries can range from Rs.8,000/- p.m. to Rs.10,000/- p.m. the above two positions enable the recruitee to acquire inhouse training in all departments of the hotel, designed and monitored by the company. Students who acquire degree in culinary arts (food production specialization) will enter the industry at Kitchen Executive Trainee (Salary : Rs. 2 lakh to Rs.2.5 lakh p.a. plus perks) or as Kitchen Operations Trainee (Salary Rs.1lakh to 15lakh p.a).

Apart from job offers in hotel companies students can look forward to lucrative career opening and growth in allied sectors like airlines, cruise liners, corporate catering in guest houses and offices or even set up own catering businesses. IT & ITES Companies, BPOs Banks and Retail stores are other service sectors, where Hotel Management graduates are in great demand due to their cutting edge skills in communication, etiquette and grooming, language proficiency and sales and marketing/ public relations skills, which they are taught in the Institutes of Hotel Management.

How to choose your Institute ?

Interested students should check for the following before seeking admission in an Institute or College: the infrastructure library, lab, kitchen, bakery restaurant, housekeeping front office, details of faculty, fee structure, provision for extracurricular activities, sports etc., and a profit of the institute in terms of past performances, placements in hotels and achievements. A visit will help the prospective student in acquainting himself /herself with the activities of the institute and learn about its status vis-à-vis other institutes.

Admission procedures and fees

For admissions into Institute of Hotel Management’s 3-years B.Sc in Hospitality & Hotel Administration programme, applications are invited by the National Council for Hotel Management, New Delhi in January /February every year. An All India Joint Entrance Examination is held in April, followed by counseling in June before classes commence in July. Advertisements are published in newspapers of the country. Details are also available on or Colleges in the private sector, which are affiliated to the Osman University / Acharya Nagarjuna University, invite applications from May for admission into their 3-year BHM programmes, Some institute affiliated to State Board of Technical Education. A.P. offer 3-year diploma in Hotel Management for students who passed plus two in Hyderabad and Tirupati, food Craft Institute, Visakhapatnam (sponsored by Government of A.P. and Government of India) offers short duration courses for students, who have passed Inter or SSC, Fee very from Rs.45,000 per annum (in IHM) to Rs.65,000.

The future

Hyderabad and other cities of Andhra Pradesh today have some of the finest hotels, food plazas, malls, and resorts. They require more trained and qualified professionals, who are prepared to put in long hours, satisfy demanding guests and most importantly, love to work in challenging situation. The bonuses are superior lifestyle and a change to work in several parts of the world.

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