Tourism and hospitality institutes upgrade curriculum for COVID-affected market

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The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown crippled the tourism and hospitality trade internationally. Tourism dependent-businesses have additionally been hit arduous because the Covid-induced lockdown was enforced. Experts now imagine that the main target of the trade shall be on sanitation, security and wellness.

As the sector is recalibrating with easing of curfews and restrictions, institutes that supply programs on hospitality and tourism are upgrading their curriculum to draw college students. “We are planning to add a course on ‘Ayurveda food combinations’ to the curriculum of our hotel management programme as people are increasingly becoming immunity conscious,” mentioned Dr Sanjay Modi, govt dean, college of enterprise and arts, Lovely Professional University.

Expecting extra jobs within the aviation sector as folks at the moment are extra acutely aware about social distancing and hygiene, Modi mentioned the college launched BBA in Airlines and Airport Management from the present educational session. “Due to the pandemic, people are becoming more inclined towards air travel than any other mode of transport because of the concerns around social distancing and hygiene. Hence, we feel it will lead to more job creation in this sector,” Modi mentioned.

Indian School of Hospitality launched its postgraduate programme in Service Operations Management final 12 months in the course of the pandemic. “We are adding more elective, specialisation options into the postgraduate programme keeping the Covid-19 phase in mind,” mentioned Kunal Vasudeva, COO and founder, Indian School of Hospitality. He added that the pandemic and the ensuing fragility of the scenario have made college students and dad and mom intently analyse their future decisions.

Dr M Sajnani, director of Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism in Noida mentioned they’re restructuring their curriculum to fulfill the present wants, and introducing programs on digital advertising of tourism-related merchandise and providers, rising locations administration, locations security and protocols and many others. “Besides, we believe that short courses can further skill our students. Therefore, we will introduce certificate courses in tour guiding, wildlife guide, heritage guide, short-term course in wildlife appreciation and naturalist, and in heritage and cultural appreciation,” he mentioned.

Low purposes a priority

Some institutes like Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism have seen a dip within the purposes final 12 months. “Through short-term courses, we are preparing students to be industry-ready,” Dr Sajnani added.

While the 2020 batch acquired fewer job provides, the hospitality institutes declare the scenario is bettering. ISH predicts “they will see 25-30 per cent students get into the startup space”.

Sajnani mentioned the businesses will anticipate new graduates to grasp ideas like accountable journey, sustainability abilities, and many others. “Since these are unprecedented times, freshers will learn how to deal with extraordinary situations and they will witness and contribute to this changing lifestyle and help in setting new industry trends,” he mentioned.

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New avenues

Hotels, excursions and travels, cruise and airline firms have been the normal recruiters however the FMCG sector can also be hiring hospitality administration college students. Sorabh Lakhanpal, affiliate dean on the division of scholar affairs at LPU, mentioned the recruiters are extra targeted on vitamin, immunity-building cooking. “Dieting and nutrition companies are approaching us to hire chefs who can prepare immunity-boosting recipes. A menu that can incorporate organic, fresh local ingredients cooked using traditional Indian techniques seems to be in demand. Health food is a big segment. How to maintain the lifestyle and prevent disorder has been in trend but it will now pick up further, and therefore more jobs will be generated in this segment,” mentioned Lakhanpal.

While hygiene has been a part of the pedagogy, it has now taken the centrestage. “Wearing headgears, masks and single-use of plastic items have always been part of students’ training. However, the companies want their employees to understand the etiquettes and concept of sanitisation and good hygiene more,” he added

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