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BHUBANESWAR: The State Institute of Hotel Management in Balangir has decided to train children of migrant labourers of the district in food production and food and beverage services to check further migration. After training, they would be employed in the local hospitality industry. Those, who have studied at least up to Class VIII, and have attained the age of 18, will be eligible for the free-of-cost training.
“The programme is being started keeping in mind the large-scale migration that Balangir district witnesses every year. We will go to the migration-prone areas to identify eligible candidates from among the children of migrant labourers,” said Chandrakanta Mohapatra, principal of the institute.
While the food production training will be of two-month duration, food and beverage services training will continue for one and a half months. The training programme will be free of cost with the Centre sponsoring it under its ‘Hunar Se Rojgar’ scheme.
“We have the capacity to train 350 students, all of whom will be from the migration-prone belt. However, others who fit in the eligibility criteria can also join the training. Out of Rs 27 lakhs funded by the Centre, Rs 13 lakh will be spent on the training, said the principal. He also said more children would be gradually incorporated into the programme under the state government’s Nijukti mission. A total of 375 students might be accommodated by the end of March, said the principal.
‘After the training programme is over, we will ask hoteliers to recruit the trained youths. Since urban Balangir has many good hotels, there won’t be any problem in placement,” said Suresh Kumar, a trainer. He said free uniform, tools, food and accommodation will be provided to the trainees. After completing the training, students will have the option to be self employed as well.
The food craft institute was up-graded into a hotel management institute in Balangir to boost up tourism and hospitality industry in the region and generate local employment. Earlier, the institute has set a record in giving training to roadside dhaba owners across the district.
Balangir, Sept. 14: Students aspiring to pursue a career in hotel management will be able to do it without having to step out of the district. If everything goes according to plan, Balangir will soon boast of a government-run hotel management institute — the second in the state after Bhubaneswar.
Principal of Food Craft Institute (FCI) Chandrakant Mahapatra said: “If things work out as planned, Balangir will soon have the second government-funded institute of hotel management in the state after Bhubaneswar. The union government is keen to upgrade the Food Craft Institute in Balangir into an institute of hotel management.”
Mahapatra said to facilitate the process, the Centre had demanded transfer of FCI land to the tourism department. It also demanded that FCI be re-registered as an hotel management institute under the Society Registration Act. “We are working on the two criteria. The land transfer process has been expedited. I am going to Cuttack today for registration related work,” he told The Telegraph.
He further said that the institute would be known as State Institute of Hotel Management (SIHM) and the Centre has assured to spend Rs 12 crore on infrastructure.
“The Centre will provide the infrastructure and the state government will have expenses for running the institute. The institute will offer BSc degree course in hospitality and hotel administration (HHA) and students will have to take an all-India entrance test to get admission,” Mahapatra said.
Started in 2004, FCI offers diploma in food production, food and beverage service, front office operation and housekeeping operation. It also renders technical advice to the hotel and catering industry. The institute was adjudged the best among all the FCIs in 2008-09.
Soumyakanta Panda, a student in food production, stood first in the country. The tourism department awarded him a gold medal and Rs 5,000 for his achievement.
The FCI also offers short-term courses from time to time. At present, it offers short courses on hospitality training under the “Hunar Se Rozgar” programme.
“These are free courses in food production and food and beverage service. During the training period, the institute provides free uniform and free food,” Mahapatra said.
He added: “There is also provision for stipend of Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000 for the courses. But it is subject to 90 per cent attendance by the trainees. The Centre has provided Rs 10.51 lakh for the programme and we expect the two courses to churn out at least 200 skilled people.” After training, students will be provided placement.
Balangir: The Food Craft Institute, Balangir, has been awarded as the best food craft institute all over India for its excellent all-round performance. Established jointly by the Union Ministry of Tourism and State Department of Tourism, this institute offers diploma courses in Food Production, Food and Beverages Service, Front Office Operation and House Keeping Operation. Principal CK Mahapatra received the award at a function in New Delhi from Minister of Tourism Sultan Ahmed. Student of Diploma in Food Production Soumya Kant Panda was awarded the National Council gold medal and certificate along with cash prize for his outstanding performance.
The institute is going to be upgraded as a State Institute of Hotel Management. Recently, a Central inspection team visited the campus.
State government urged the Centre for the conversion of the Food Craft Institute, Balangir into an Indian Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) and to set up a new IIHM at Rourkela
The Orissa government has urged the Centre to develop Digha-Talsari tourism circuit to attract more tourists to these locations. It is proposed to be developed in public-private-partnership (PPP) mode.
Since the state government has already identified 700 acres of land for the project, the state has urged the Union ministry of tourism to initiate measure for the development of this circuit.
It figured in the discussion of the chief minister Naveen Patnaik with the visiting Union minister of state for tourism, Sultan Ahmad in the state secretariat today.
Ahmad is reported to have agreed to provide Central support for the international convention centre being planned in Bhubaneswar.
“The chief minister has proposed the setting up an international convention centre to attract tourists to Orissa. We will consider the proposal”, Ahmad told the media after meeting Patnaik.
He said, the progress of the on-going projects along with the new projects to be taken up figured in the discussion with the chief minister. There is ample scope for the development of Budhist tourism in Orissa. However, there is lack of marketing initiative and publicity in this area.
On the extension of the ‘Maharaja Express Classical India’ train to Bhubaneswar, the minister said, the ministry would consider and hold discussion on it after the state government sends its proposal.
State tourism minister Debi Prasad Mishra said, the state government has sought the extension of Maharaja Express train to Bhubaneswar. Since the existing packaging of the train is for 12 days and 11 nights, it can come from Delhi via Bodhgaya-Kolkata to Bhubaneswar by extending the package to 12 days and 12 nights.
Similarly, the state government has sought the conversion of the status of Food Craft Institute at Bolangir into an Indian Institute of Health Management (IIHM). The state government would provide additional land for it. Besides, the government has also urged the Centre to set up a IIHM at Rourkela, Mishra added.