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Catering college planned in Kochi

Sajeev Kumar V.

KOCHI, Aug 4

THE Ernakulam District Committee of the Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association is planning to set up a catering college in Kochi to provide training to students in various hotel management courses.

The investment envisaged for the project in the first phase is to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore, which is to be shared with the State Committee.

The classes are expected to commence this year itself and both degree and diploma courses ranging from six months to one year would be offered, according to Mr K. Kuriakose, President of the District Committee.

The curriculum for the course would be based on international standards and there are also plans to provide job guarantee to those who successfully complete the course in the hotels affiliated with the Association.

The decision to start the college was taken in view of the State Government's initiative to give a boost to the tourism sector, Mr Kuriakose said.

The Association is also considering the option of providing training to the existing employees working in the hotels of the affiliated members as a refresher programme.

Currently, about 10,000 hotels are registered with the Association in the district and there are more than 7,500 members, according to Mr Kuriakose.

Mr Jose Mohan, Secretary of the District Committee, said that the hotel business should be treated as an industry in the State and brought under the purview of the Industries Department.

"The authorities should also take steps to close down roadside dhabas and thattukadas in view of the directions from the Kerala High Court in this regard," he added.

It has been brought to the notice of the Association that various Milma booths and residential premises in the city were operating unauthorised restaurants, resulting in heavy financial loss to the Government in the form of various fees applicable to registered hotels in Kerala.

The Association is planning to submit a memorandum to the Government to impose similar fees and taxes on these units, he added.

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