Sultan Ahmed Gives Away National Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Education for the Year 2008-09
The Minister of State for Tourism, Shri Sultan Ahmed here today gave away the National Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Education for the year 2008-09. Speaking on the occasion he said, Ministry of Tourism is making all efforts to expand the institutional infrastructure for training in the hospitality sector and the target is to set up 19 State Institutes of Hotel Management and 25 Food Craft Institutes. He said, as of now, 14 IHMs and 11 FCIs have already been sanctioned. Expressing hope that the Ministry will meet its target for the 11th Plan, Shri Ahmed said, in the first or second year of the 12th Plan, the competitive milieu may well comprise over 80 institutes. The Minister said, the success and standing of an IHM depends on how strong its interface is with the industry, for that has a direct bearing of employment of the students passing out. He urged the institutes to strengthen this interface by becoming an important meeting point for the academia and the industry.
Shri Sultan Ahmed said that the Ministry has taken the IHMs and FCIs on board for the delivery of two of its important programmes namely Hunar Se Rozgar Tak and the National Skill Certification Programme. The first one aims at creating employable skills amongst youth of the poorer sections of the society in the age group of 18-25 years. The other programme certifies the skills of the existing service providers. He said, this formal recognition of skills is important and as it adds to the employability and dignity of the service provider. He said, such programmes also give the institutes an opportunity to actively and directly participate in the development programmes with a social concern
Shri Sujit Banerjee, Secretary, Govt. of India, Ministry of Tourism presided over the function. The awards covered three categories, namely:
i. Awards to the students;
ii. Awards to the teaching faculty; and
iii. Awards to the Institutes.
The awardees in the first category were the students who got themselves selected on the strength of their academic performance. In all, 22 students were awarded. Each winner received a medal, a certificate of academic excellence and a cash prize.
In the teachers group, 10 awards were given away. Each of the 10 award-winning teachers received Rs. 25000/- in cash and a certificate. This was for the first time that awards to teachers were given.
Awards to the Institutes got further divided in the following categories:
i. Best Institute – All round (3 awards)
ii. Best Institute – Academic Performance (2 awards)
iii. Best Institute – Placement Performance (2 awards)
iv. Best Institute - Operational Performance (2 awards)
v. Administrative Performance (2 awards)
vi. Best Institute – Implementation of Central Schemes (2 awards)
vii. Best Institute – Hunar Se Rozgar Programme (3 awards)
viii. Best Institute – Skill Certification Programme (2 awards)
ix. Special award – Overall Performance (1 award)
In all, 19 awards were given away.
In addition, 5 special achievement awards were made. The awardees Smt. Rajni Sekhri Sibal, Director, Haryana Institute of Public Administration, Shri Sarabjit Singh, President Indian Tourist Transporters Association, New Delhi and Shri Bobby K.S. Sawhney Treasurer, Indian Tourist Transporters Association, New Delhi, were chosen for their contribution towards institutionalizing training of taxi drivers in the National Capital Region of Delhi. Shri Rajinder Kumar, President, Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India, New Delhi and Shri Nakul Anand, President, Hotel Association of India, New Delhi were given awards for their contribution in organizing special training programme through hotels in Delhi under Hunar Se Rozgar Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism. Each special awardee was presented with a Scroll of Honour.
[caption id="attachment_11734" align="alignnone" width="500" caption=" The Minister of State for Tourism, Shri Sultan Ahmed presented the “National Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Education 2008-09”, at a function, in New Delhi on April 15, 2010. The Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Shri Sujit Banerjee is also seen. "][/caption]