Indian School of Hospitality to Open in Delhi NCR in 2018

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New Delhi: The Indian School of Hospitality is set to open its doors in Delhi NCR in August 2018. On the menu are two four-year undergraduate programmes—in hospitality management and in the culinary arts—and a slew of shorter courses. Admissions open from the last week of November 2017.
Currently under construction in Sector 83 in Gurugram (Gurgaon), the school has an impressive think-tank headed by founder-CEO Dilip Puri, former managing director (India) and regional vice-president (South Asia) of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The school’s advisory council includes top brass from Marriott International, The Oberoi Group, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris, Accor Hotels, Leela Palaces Hotels & Resorts, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts and Jet Airways.
ISH has partnered with Switzerland’s Lausanne Hospitality Consultation, a subsidiary of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, for developing the curriculum and faculty training for its two undergrad programmes. Graduates will receive certification from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and a bachelor degree from a state university in Haryana. Students can also opt to study abroad for a semester or to complete the programme in an international institute.
Dilip Puri helms the school after 32 years in the hospitality industry. “The journey from corporate hotelier to education entrepreneur has been a big leap of faith,” he said. “The initial idea for setting up Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) came when I admitted my younger son to Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in 2013. That’s when I realized that Indian hotels are known around the world and we have a rapidly growing service industry, but we do not have a matching standard of hospitality education. Spotting the gap, I decided to venture into creating a world-class hospitality education enterprise. The opportunity to set up ISH has also given me the chance to pursue my passion for teaching, and to finally give back to an industry that has given me so much over the span of my career.”
Plans for the school:
The campus, which is under development, will be ready by May 2018, in time for the first intake of students in August 2018. The first phase can accommodate up to 300 students and when the campus is fully built, it will have a capacity of 1,000 students.
The culinary education programmes will focus on cuisine and kitchen. The first two years will focus on business and the F&B industry. In the third and fourth year, students will learn more about business and management, and specialise in cuisine and cooking with intensive training. ISH will also offer various short-term programmes in culinary specialisations as well as a whole range of executive education programmes catering to professionals in hospitality, travel, aviation, retail and other customer-focused industries.
ISH also intends to develop further campuses in South and West India as well as markets such as Sri Lanka and Nepal. Future plans include the setting up of skill development centres for tourism and hospitality across Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets in India, as well as the development of an online education platform.