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2nd Indian Hospitality Congress “Hospitality Management Education", India, 29./30.01.2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]   

2nd Indian Hospitality Congress

National Conference


“Hospitality Management Education – Issues & Challenges”



Organised by

Durgapur Society of Management Science, Durgapur West Bengal


Centre for Mountain Tourism & Hospitality Studies,

Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand


The field of Hospitality Management Education is unique, rather a close knit area. Though maturing there are more than 350 colleges offering hotel management in India, majority of them focusing on Undergraduate studies. With about 21 Universities offering Hotel Management in their own campuses or via distance education are directly involved in imparting hospitality education. The consciousness level towards the sound education system in the hospitality sector in India & abroad has been increasing with each passing day. Although it occupies its own niche, Hospitality Management Education, is in fact, one larger segment of hospitality industry. It could be argued that formal preparation for industry professionals, via hospitality education programmes, is the single most important segment, as it attracts & draws a large number of people to give a pathway to hospitality as career and is generally committed to professionalizing industry in terms of providing young & energetic human resources. A common misconception that a formal education programmes exist to serve the industry – may not be possible as they are already an integral part of larger industry. Indeed up to an extent educational programmes serve the purpose of providing competent manpower to industry yet the purpose of providing education is varied & multifold. Carl Riegel (1995) has defined hospitality education “as field of multidisciplinary study which brings the perspectives of many disciplines, especially those found in social sciences, to bear on particular areas of application & practice in the hospitality & tourism Industry.”

There have been various debates in terms of what should be imparted in terms of hospitality education. The survey has been conducted by FHRAI on status of Hospitality Education in India. Ministry of Tourism Govt. of India has approached UNWTO for development of Hospitality Curriculum. Various experts have been interviewed in magazines like Hospitality Biz India, Express Hospitality weekly & others to seek their opinion about improving the standards of Hospitality Education in India.

Academic Institutions have their own views where as industry offers certain requisites. In totality there is a strong urge for a conclave to deliberate, discuss & come forward with recommendations on hospitality management education. On one hand few institutes are exporting Indian Hospitality Education overseas while others are lacking even at regional level. This two day conference is aimed to bring all these issues under one roof so as to come forward with scholarly thoughts & industry view points collectively for the hospitality education development.


Aims & Objectives

The aims & objectives of the conference are:

Analyse hospitality education system in India;

Ascertain the requirements of Hospitality Employers;

Understand & identify the gap between vocational schools, University Teaching Departments & Employers expectations & fulfilment;

To examine lacunae in course structures, faculty development, Industry interface

To identify, compare & develop the hospitality management education practices in India with respect to developed nations;

To suggest timely measures to enhance the quality of hospitality education in India and offer it globally.


Programme Details:

Day -1 January 29, 2009

09.00 - 09.30 Hrs           Registration

09.30 – 10.30 Hrs          Inauguration Ceremony

10.30 – 11.00 Hrs          Tea

11.00 – 13.00 Hrs          Technical Session – I

13.00 – 14.00 Hrs          Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 Hrs          Technical Session – II

16.00 – 20.00 Hrs          Local Sight Seeing 



Day -2 January 30, 2009

09.00 - 11.00 Hrs           Technical Session – III

11.00 – 11.30 Hrs          Tea

11.30 – 13.30 Hrs          Technical session - IV

13.30 – 14.30 Hrs          Lunch

14.30 – 17.00 Hrs          Valedictory


Faculty members from Hotel & Tourism Management, Friends from Industry & other interested people are invited to send papers on above areas for presenting in the conference & publication. Organizing Committee invites original, research-based papers (in about 5,000 words), fact sheets, industry views and case studies in the areas of Hospitality Management Education. Contributors may refer APA style of referencing. The suggested sub themes in Hospitality Management Education can be

·         Hospitality as an Occupation.

·         Linking Hospitality Programmes to Industry.

·         Quality & its assurance in Hospitality Education

·         Research in Hospitality & Scholarships.

·         Course Curriculum & Content Analysis

·         Current State & Issues ahead.

·         Professional Preparations for Hospitality Education

·         Content Development

·         Faculty Development for Hospitality Education

·         Academic Life & Industry demands

·         Teaching Methodology

·         Technology & Hospitality Education

Other relevant topic in reference to hospitality education.


Selected contributions shall be published in a book from titled Hospitality Education – Issues & Challenges. It is a condition for publication that the material sent is original work which has not been previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The authors shall be responsible for the facts & opinion made by them. The abstract ( in about 300 words) may be sent to Prof. S.C Bagri Director – Centre for Mountain Tourism & Hospitality Studies, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal Uttarakhand India on This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it in by 18th November 2008 & Full length Paper by 15th December 2008. APA style of referencing is to be followed for papers.For more details & registration form please visit our website or .

Registration Charges – IHC Members INR750/- Others INR 1250/-




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The Venue

Durgapur Society of Management Science

DSMS - one of the premier Management Colleges in India, is based in the hub of the Industrial city of West Bengal at Durgapur. DSMS's picturesque campus is spread across 7 acres land providing for approximately 90,000 sq.ft. of built area for housing the college with highly equipped laboratories, modern classrooms & other required modern facilities, including separate hostels for boys and girls, indoor & outdoor games facilities with big playground, Music class, Yoga class, well equipped Gym and many more. It is an eco-friendly environment endowed with the blessings of nature- a canopy of blue sky and a lush green landscape, an oasis of calm, offering the students a refreshing tranquility to think and meditate in deep study.

Address Correspondence to:

Organising Secretary – IHC Conference


Durgapur Society of Management Science
Dr. Zakir Hussain Avenue, Bidhan Nagar,
Durgapur 713206
West Bengal - India
Ph : 0343-2532213/14/15, +919932077701
Telefax : 0343-2536993/2533198
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