TAMIL NADU

Educational tourism can boost economic well-being of region

D.Radhakrishnan

‘Residential school students can become brand ambassadors of Blue Mountains'

Udhagamandalam: Having made a mark for itself in the field of education over the past about three decades, the Good Shepherd International School (GSIS) at M.Palada near here is evolving an ambitious plan to bring into being a comprehensive educational facility called the Good Shepherd Knowledge Village.

Terming the move as a natural corollary to the growth of the institution since its inception in 1977, its Founder-Principal P.C.Thomas told The Hindu here on Wednesday that the proposed facility would include a world class Business School.

Pointing out that already the management of the GSIS was running a Finishing School and a College of Hotel Management on campuses located at M.Palada and Fernhill near here, he said that the long term objective was to bring into being different levels of education under one roof.

To a query, he said that the estimated expenditure was Rs. 100 crore.

Assistance

In anticipation of assistance in various forms from all concerned including the authorities in charge of approving infrastructural projects, the management has decided to shift its Fernhill campus to M.Palada.

Adverting to the role of residential schools in promoting educational tourism in the Nilgiris District, he pointed out that this form of tourism played a vital role in ensuring the economic well-being of this vacation destination.

He opined that if harnessed properly, the students who came from various parts of the world to study here can be made “brand ambassadors” of the Blue Mountains.