Employment and employbility of our students is the key objective of our initiatives and efforts. To bridge the gap between the curriculum and industry, we aim at providing industry exposure to our students.
Guest lectures, workshops, hotel familiarization trips, seminars, and hands on training in a hotel – are various activities planned and executed through the academic year.
Employment and employability of our students is the key objective of our initiatives and efforts. With a broad view of keeping the students abreast with industry trends, the college strives to cement a close working relationship with the hotel industry.
Our institute and industry work together on many opportunities that benefit students. The industry is supportive of various co-curricular activities, and these are discussed as below:
Eminent jury during college competitions:
Our college has a signature annual event called Atithya – A Reflection of Hospitality. During the event, many competitions pertaining to hotel core operational departments like culinary, F&B service, housekeeping and Front Office are held. Students’ teams from all across India are evaluated by eminent jury members. They are industry specialists, who not only judge the event, but also share their knowledge and skills with the budding professionals. Their invaluable insights add immensely to students’ learning, making it a memorable and cherishable experience.
A few jury members include, Chef Shailendra Kekade, Chef Sumit Mahadik, Chef Parag Kanhere, Mr. Pankaj Kamble, Mr. Omkar Watave, Ms. Smita Rathod, Chef Milind Sovani, Ms. Sajani Nair, Ms. Lovina Bhagchandani, Ms. Ketki Dake, Mr. Rajeev Purohit, Mr. Shalak Powale, Ms. Abhaya Bhalekar, Ms. Roopali Panse, and Mr. Sushant Rege have been a few of the judges.
One of the most enriching methods of classroom learning is having hoteliers come and talk to students on myriad topics – ranging from F&B controls, restaurant and room planning, revenue management, grooming and etiquette – to name a few. These are especially important as they are practical based, with high credibility owing to actual practice on shop floor. Students get a sneak peek into real-time situations and happenings, and hence are benefit tremendously.
An effective way to learn is to learn on-site. We, at AISSMS ensure that along with simulation in laboratories on campus, students are regularly exposed to actual work settings. Various visits like hotel front and back of the house departments’ familiarization, laundry set up, ecotel, heritage property, boutique hotel, winery and brewery visits are engaging and enhance perceptive learning.
Training and Placement:
The college has a full-fledged Training and Placement Cell that undertakes industrial internship and job placement post-graduation. The college enjoys goodwill built over the years, which is evident in getting the best hotel companies consider our students for work opportunities. It is also heartening to see that the college is working towards its vision of being the most preferred recruitment destination. Success in doing so, ensures that all stakeholders’ interests are secured.
Research and new product development:
Being a researcher requires inspiration and constant dedication. We, at AISSMS College of HMCT have a research cell which is committed to research. Apart from publishing annual research journal “Atithya – A Journal of Hospitality”, it also carries out seminars involving industry. Importantly, new product development initiatives for hotel products is also actively undertaken.
The hotel industry is very supportive in providing updation and refresher training to our faculty members. In doing so, the teaching staff is equipped with latest trends and effectively share it with students. It not only makes the theoretical inputs interesting, but also more relatable to how hotels operate today.
Membership with Hotel Associations:
The college is a member of Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) and Pune Hoteliers Association (PHA). We actively participate, support and work towards common causes that are being faced by the industry. Going a step further, the college is also trying to be part of the executive panel in order to make a difference, especially pertaining retaining fresh talent that joins the Indian hotel sector, and encourage more graduates to take it up as a career.
Workshops and demos:
We invite industry specialists like Chefs, Bartenders, Housekeeping professionals, wine connoisseurs, entrepreneurs, and chocolatiers to take sessions with students. By means of DIY workshops and demonstrations, learning for students is tremendous. Working with their own hands, and seeing live action by stalwarts, are invaluable moments of learning and also instills in them a responsibility of giving back and sharing talent as one rises higher in life.
Cocktails, cold cuts, chocolate, plate presentation, tera cota jewellery making, Indian specialty desserts, flower arrangements – are a sessions conducted recently.
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