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Hotel association sets in motion process for hospitality institute

Badal Sanyal

KOLKATA, Jan. 28

THE Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) is going ahead with its plan to set up an Institute of Hospital Management.

The basic objective of the institute will be to provide the best possible education and training facilities to its members and restaurants in the country.

A plot of 6.3 acres of land in Greater Noida near New Delhi has been purchased, while the executive committee of FHRAI has approved the time table for the institute in such a way that work will start within the next six months.

When contacted, the President of FHRAI, Mr S.K. Khullar, said here that the federation had been toying with the idea of setting up an Institute of Hospitality Management, exclusive for its members during the last several years. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had, in fact, allotted a plot of 2.5 acres at Dwarka near Delhi for this purpose in 1996. But the project did not get off the ground as the plot was found inadequate and DDA did not agree to allot a bigger plot.

The federation has now purchased land at Greater Noida, which is very close to 6-lane expressway between Delhi and Greater Noida. Mr Khullar said the cost of the project would be about Rs 10 crore.

He said that the institute would be ready to start the first course in the summer of 2005, which is also the Golden Jubilee Year of FHRAI. Based of the feasibility report from the consultant, the institute would start two courses of 3-year Diploma/Degree. These would be in Hotel Management and Culinary Arts, both with intake of 60 students in the first year. "We will be looking for a foreign collaboration in due course," Mr Khullar said.

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