The KTDC has plans to shift the three courses in Food Production, House Keeping and Food and Beverage Service which were kicked off from the Corporate Training Centre at the KTDC headquarters to the new institute.

The State-owned Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) is to set up an Institute for Hospitality and Catering Technology at Kalpetta in Wayanad district.

The institute will have state-of-the-art facilities and will be developed as a world-class centre of excellence, KTDC Managing Director Ali Asgar Pasha told The Hindu.

He said the institute would start functioning in three to four months from a rented building initially.

Search on for land

Search is on for a suitable land, at least 50 cent, for the institute that will have a floor space of over 20,000 sq. ft.

The KTDC has plans to shift the three courses in Food Production, House Keeping and Food and Beverage Service which were kicked off from the Corporate Training Centre at the KTDC headquarters to the new institute.

It will offer short-term (six-month and one-year) courses, degree, PG and Ph.D. in hospitality skill development, he said.

The KTDC is also looking forward for partnerships with international academic and hospitality institutions to create a workforce to cater to the needs of the industry based on the recent success.

Short-term course

Mr. Pasha said the short-term skill development course launched by the KTDC for the underprivileged, especially the Scheduled Caste youth, was a success.

The KTDC, which has entered into an agreement with the Scheduled Caste Development Department, has managed to rope in the Sharjah-based Al Rahmaniah Food Meals Catering LLC for on-the-job training to the SC youth.

The annual demand for manpower in tourism in Kerala is two lakh, whereas the students passing out from various institutes number only 12,000, as per the findings of the recent ‘Study of human resource development in the tourism sector in Kerala’ carried out by Hewitt Associates for Kerala Tourism.

Other institutes

The Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies (KITTS), the food craft institutes, the State Institute of Hospitality Management, Kozhikode; and the Institute of Hospitality Management and Catering Technology, Kovalam, which is under the Union government, are the major institutes in the State offering courses in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors.

Mr. Pasha said the proposed institute would act as a full-fledged centre to impart training for the employees of the KTDC to improve the delivery of service.

The KTDC has also plans to extend training to other hospitality and catering professionals of the industry. The course structure and modules had been worked out by the training division of the KTDC.

The training division will be strengthened by outsourcing.

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