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Addressing the rising demand for separate veg cooking courses, Tourism Ministry finally introduced a degree course for students aspiring to do a specialization in vegetarian cuisine in three hotel management institutes funded by the government from the academic session 2016.
As per the information provided by an official, Institutes of Hotel Management – Jaipur, Bhopal and Gandhinagar are the three government institutes that will offer Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and hotel administration, which is going to be a three-year course providing a specialization in vegetarian cuisine.
Other hotel management institutes will also offer a similar course to aspiring students from the academic session 2017. Institutes will also be provided with financial aid to set up all the required infrastructure to introduce the course.
Prior to this students were studying a common course that comprised of learning to prepare vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian cuisines.
Hotel Owners Associations and Hotel Association of India (HAI) have taken the initiative to coax the government to start offering courses that provide students with a specialization in cooking in vegetarian food only.
“The Ministry of Tourism has received some requests from Hotel associations including the HAI for considering degree/diploma courses in vegetarian/vegan cooking,” Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma had said earlier.
Nearly 300 hotels from all over the country are associated with HAI. A petition that has flown in through online means has drawn over 3,900 signatures and states that students coming from a vegetarian background are denied to study the course as their families don’t allow them to be part of a course that will bound them to cook non-vegetarian courses.
For the flexibility of such students, the petition stresses on the need of introducing a specialized course for vegetarians that will be in line with their traditional values.
There have been arguable responses from some stakeholders who think that such a course structure will depreciate the chances of students being placed in good hotels and restaurants as most of them offer mixed cuisines.