IGNOU to launch culinary courses

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is all set to launch an array of degree and diploma programmes in catering, culinary arts, and food production, a varsity official said recently. The courses will be offered by the university's upcoming Institute of Culinary Arts and aspirants can enroll either in three years degree course in culinary arts, culinary management and catering technology or one year diploma courses in food production and patisserie as well as food processing. “There is a wide spectrum of courses waiting to be launched once the institute starts its functioning soon. Additional courses will be added every year,” added the official. The university also plans to come up with eight new certificate courses which would last for a week, targeted mainly for housewives. A Master in Culinary Administration (MCA) course would also be launched soon on the lines of Masters of Business Administration. “A doctorate course in culinary management will also be available to interested candidates involving strategic courses to take Indian cuisine to greater commercial levels of excellence. An entrepreneurial course would offer self-employment opportunities to many students,” added the official.