Speaking on the occasion, Dr S S Jena, Chairman, NIOS hoped that this meaningful initiative would go a long way in fulfilling the aspirations of youngsters, who wish to join the hospitality industry.
The Chairman and Managing Director, ITDC referred to this initiative as a milestone in the history of ITDC, re-prioritising and diversifying to take up the cause of skill development and becoming a state- of the -art player in the hospitality industry.
The NIOS, which is authorised to issue Diploma/Certificates has agreed to accredit sixteen hotels of AIH and TM, which will function as study centres to offer one year courses in Certificate/Diploma Course in Food Production and Management, Certificate/Diploma Course in Food and Beverage Operation, Certificate/Diploma Course in House Keeping and Maintenance, Certificate/Diploma Course in Front Office Operations for 10th pass students and Certificate/Diploma Course in Bakery and Confectionery for 8th pass students.
All these course are to be offered as a joint venture by the NIOS and AIH and TM. This joint initiative of these organisations will give a substantial boost to the skill development processes in the hospitality sector in India. It has been envisaged that all the trainees pursuing the course will be given placement opportunity on completion of their courses. Efforts are also being made to tie-up with the government to get scholarship for the learners to facilitate them for timely completion of the courses. The delivery of the courses will be both through face to face and open distance learning methodologies.