Education & Training

Tourism ministry skill development programmes bear fruit


The Ministry of Tourism has put in place a two-pronged strategy to help develop skilled manpower for the sector. The strategy aims to institutionalize skill testing and certification as well as envisages commissioning of pre-service skill development training programmes of short duration.

Skill Testing and Certification

As of now, forty five institutes – IHMs (Institutes of Hotel management) and FCIs (Food Craft Institutes)– have the authority to test and certify four hospitality trades namely food production, food and beverage service, bakery and housekeeping. Since the programme began in 2009 and end of November 2015, over 84000 existing service providers had been certified.

Short term pre-kill development training programmes

The Ministry of Tourism had launched ‘Hunar Se Rozgar Tak’ scheme comprising short duration training courses for fostering employable skills in certain hospitality trades. The total number of persons trained till the close of November 2015 stood over 2,29,000. The initiative is meeting two important objectives: first, it is giving the Sector the option of skilled hands at the lowest rung of service hierarchy, and second, it has grown into a strategy for poverty alleviation owing to its built-in, even if unsaid, pro-poor slant.

Musafir Namah Bureau


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