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03 September 2016 

New Delhi:  Speaking at the Amity International Tourism and Hospitality Conference in Noida recently, Pronab Sarkar, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) asserted that there is a dire need to streamline the curriculum across educational institutes pan India. He added that all colleges and universities imparting education in travel and tourism should have the same syllabus so that the students groomed by these institutes are of the equal quality standard. He also insisted on having a regulatory body and monitoring unit to enhance and assess the quality of education given across India in the stream of travel, tourism and hospitality domain.
Sarkar also reiterated on the importance of on the job training and termed it as mandatory for at least six months for every student to have know-how of the practical working in the sector. “In our sector, employers look out for value for money candidates and the future awaiting students is very bright. Tourism as a subject of education has come a long way. The needful focus can take it to even greater heights and assist in churning out quality manpower,” he highlighted.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism, Government of India also urged on the need to further strengthen the tourism sector as a pillar for economic development and employment generation. He also stated that rural tourism is the USP of India. He concluded by saying that deliberations of this conference would be taken up at the policy level.
Talking about the education system, Sanjay Nadkarni, Director of Research, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Dubai added that the tourism sector is witnessing rapid changes and sadly the education system in this domain hasn’t coped up to the current times. “The focus should be on preparing students with survival skill sets and providing an enabling environment for boosting out of the box thinking. If we are able to do so successfully, then the education system is on track. Also, it must be remembered that it’s a people’s sector and thus economic, social and environmental sustainability be put in practice by future leaders,” he said.
This was the first edition of the Amity International Tourism and Hospitality Conference on “Advances in Tourism, Hospitality and Aviation: Global viz a viz Indian Perspective: Vision 2020.” The first issue (January – June 2016) of Amity Research Journal of Tourism, Aviation and Hospitality comprising 11 research papers was also released by the Tourism Minister at Amity Noida.