ATDCL Signs MoU with Indian Hotel for Establishment of Center of Excellence in Hospitality Skills in Assam


New Delhi [India]October 17 (ANI/SRV): Considering the strong growth potential of the tourism and hospitality sector in Assam, the Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ATDCL) The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL, a Tata company), Tata STRIVE Skill Development Initiative of Tata Community Initiative Trust (TCIT), Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India have come together to develop a state-of-the-art residential training center at the Omeo Kumar Das Institute for Social Change and Development (OKD Institute) located near Guwahati, which would help meet the significant need for entry level human resources in the North East and elsewhere in the country.

In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Guwahati today in the presence of the Chief Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma and the State Tourism Minister, Jayanta Mallabaruah. ATDC and MSDE were represented by the Managing Director, Padmapani Bora and K. K Dwivedi, Joint Secretary to the Government. of India respectively, while IHCL was represented by Gaurav Pokhariyal, Executive Vice President and Tata Strive by its CEO, Anita Rajan. The center would have the potential to become a center of excellence for hospitality training, serving the entire North East.

The partnership between MSDE, ATDCL, IHCL and Tata STRIVE aims to conduct job-related vocational training in several areas of the hospitality sector. Through these interventions, a minimum of 400 young people per year would be reached, through various industry-aligned short and long-term courses. Financial and infrastructural support from MSDE and ATDCL is planned for a period of 4 years, after which the center should become autonomous. Some of the key interventions at the center would be –

– Short-term courses, lasting from 3 to 6 months

– Long-term course lasting approximately one year with classroom as well as industry interventions

– Strengthening the capacities of facilitators through the Training of Trainers (TOT) program, in partnership with state and central bodies

At the initial stage, the training will mainly cover the following programs.

– Food and Beverage Industry – Bartenders, Waiters, Stewards, QSR Associate

– Agri-Food Production (Kitchen) – Kitchen Assistant, Commis Chef, Multi-cuisine Cook

– Housekeeping – Room keepers, supervisors

– Front Office – Front Office Associate/Executive

– Spa – Spa Therapist, Wellness Nutritionist

MSDE to support training for all short courses as per program standards. Student contribution of INR 1500 for all courses for the period between FY 23 and FY 26. Upon completion of courses, students will receive certificates issued by Assam Tourism and IHCL (Taj Group of Hotels). Efforts will be made for recognition of long courses through local university connections.

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