08/07/2014 ….. Aiming to be the country’s best hotel management institute, V.M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE) opens in the sunny state of Goa.
The illustrious V.M.Salgaocar Group which has established a business legacy in the state has set up the V.M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE). The Vishwa Saraswati Society set up by the V.M Salgaocar Group will manage and promote the hospitality education institute. Mr. Dattaraj V. Salgaocar is the Chairman of the Society while Mr. Shivanand V. Salgaocar is the Vice-Chairman.
Affiliated to the Goa University and with an academic collaboration with the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, the institute offers a B.Sc in International Hospitality Management. The institute has forged a strategic tie-up with the international hospitality chain, the Marriott Group for knowledge sharing and training purposes.
The V.M Salgaocar Group now enters a new phase in its legacy with the completion of its new state-of-the-art campus at Raia in south Goa spread across 6 acres of lush greenery surrounded by green fields that roll into the horizon.
Situated approximately 30 kms from Panaji, 5 kms from Margao and 25 kms from the airport , the campus is the perfect place for a student to learn and be nurtured into hotel management professionals and hospitality leaders of the future.
The well designed campus has a fully functional 5 starred training hotel on campus, complete with a grand lobby area and reception, well appointed guestrooms, restaurant, kitchen area and banqueting facilities. Additionally, the institute has spacious classrooms equipped with technologically advanced facilities including central air conditioning, LCD screens, projectors, laptops and wi-fi connectivity. The classrooms are designed keeping in mind factors such as natural sunlight, weather conditions and comfort of students.
The World Travel and Tourism Council calculated that tourism generated INR 6.4 trillion or 6.6% of the nation’s GDP in 2012 and supported 39.5 million jobs. The sector is predicted to grow at an average annual rate of 7.9% from 2013 to 2023. This gives India the third rank among countries with the fastest growing tourism industries over the next decade. The hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing sectors and requires trained and skilled employees, hence the need for a world – class institute in the country.
The B.Sc in International Hospitality Management, affiliated to the Goa University and with an academic collaboration with the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland has been designed along the lines of the best hotel management programs in the world, under the guidance of senior industry and academic experts.
The program provides participants an in-depth exposure to various facets of the industry, departmental processes related to Food & Beverage planning, Showmanship, Front Office and Housekeeping practices, human resource management, food production operations and more. Course curriculum will include academic learning, practical sessions and professional internships in top hotels in India and abroad.
Says Dattaraj V. Salgaocar, Chairman, Vishwa Saraswati Society, “ At the V.M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education in Goa, we shall educate the next generation of leaders for the world’s hospitality industry. Under the able guidance of our dynamic faculty, the next batch of corporate leaders and entrepreneurs will gain knowledge, hone their skills and take hospitality to new heights around the globe. Our curriculum provides academic rigor and a practical exposure to the demanding needs of the hospitality industry and personalize our students’ experiences, both inside and outside the campus. Our faculty and students will work with business leaders to develop new ideas, theories and models that improve strategic, managerial and operating practices in the hospitality industry.”
Added Professor Irfan Mirza, Director, V.M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education, “We offer an unique curriculum and world class infrastructure to prepare the students to the ever changing needs of hospitality. Our goal is to make this institute as the center of excellence for Hospitality industry in India. There has been a tremendous amount of thought and planning which has gone into creating this program. Inputs and guidance was sought from senior management and industry leaders from the industry coupled with research and analysis on the sector. What has resulted is a comprehensive, effective and specialized hospitality management program which is the only one of its kind in the country”
The three year full time program offers a total of 240 credits, 90 in the first year and 75 credits each in the second and third year. The course boasts of a dedicated experienced faculty, world class infrastructure, interactions with industry experts and professional internships in top hotels in India and abroad.
On completion of the course, graduates from this program will be unusually well qualified to understand and respond to the issues and challenges faced by the hotel management industry.