Top 10 Hospitality / Aviation / Tourism Colleges in Kolkata
The liberalization of the Indian aviation industry has opened up several career options for students in the aviation sector. An industry report suggests that India has a vision of becoming the third largest aviation market by 2020 and is expected to be the largest by 2030.With the arrival of the private airlines, Indian aviation industry has generated excellent opportunities for the students.
India’s scheduled airlines carried 67.73 million passengers in 2014 according to the DGCA. Air traffic in India grew between 20 and 40 percent for six years starting 2003, when the low-fare airline made air travel possible by the middle-class gentry. The domestic passengers carried by Air India were 12.42 million while the private carriers’ 54.95 million passengers. *
A Student pursuing a course in the aviation industry can be successfully placed in diverse jobs like - in airlines and airports as airport managers, cargo agent, passenger agent, air traffic controller, ticket agent, flight attendant or cabin crew, customer service agents, cargo handler & baggage handler, crewing, check-in, passenger service & ticketing, sales & reservations, aviation safety, tower control & administration, flight dispatcher etc.
On flight jobs like cabin crew, operation executive and air hostess etc. are the most glamorous jobs for the fresh and dynamic graduates. Top airlines companies like Air India, Sahara India, Jet Airways, India International Airways Ltd., Trans-Asian Aviation etc. are recruiting candidates for their ever expanding business horizon passed out from reputed institutes. Some of the top institutes training students for the aviation industry are-
Frankfinn Institute of Airhostess Training, Air hostess Academy, New Delhi, Aptech Aviation and Hospitality Academy, Glorietta Aviation, Ghaziabad, Star Aviation Academy, NCR to list a few.
Similarly, there are several pilot training institutes. The pilot training course duration is about 2 years and fees vary from Rs. 12-18 lakhs depending on the training institute. Some of the pilot training institutes are - Government Aviation Training Institute, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore Flying Club Coimbatore, Indian Aviation Academy Mumbai, Jamshedpur Co-operative Flying Club Ltd, All India Institute of Aeronautics, (AIIA), Dehradun, Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy, Secunderabad, Ahmedabad Aviation and Aeronautics, Government Flying Training School Bangalore, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi Bareli, West Bengal Flying Training Institute Kolkata etc.
* Press Information Bureau, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
Travel and Tourism Education in India
Travel and Tourism is one of the largest service sectors in India. It is a sunrise industry, an employment generator, a significant source of foreign exchange for the country. It includes a wide range of subjects such as heritage, cultural, medical, business and sports tourism etc.
There are tremendous potentialities of this sector The World Travel & Tourism Council calculated that tourism generated INR6.4 trillion or 6.6% of the nation's GDP in 2012. It supported 39.5 million jobs and 7.7% of county’s total employment. The sector is predicted to grow at an average annual rate of 7.9% from 2013 to 2023.*
The tourism and hospitality sector is among the top 15 sectors in India to attract the highest foreign direct investment (FDI). During the period April 2000-February 2015, this sector attracted around US$ 7,862.08 million of FDI, according to the data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Recently the Government of India has set aside Rs 500 crore (US$ 79.17 million) for the first phase of the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana. **
Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM), an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, is one of the premier institutes in the country offering education, training, research and consultancy in sustainable management of tourism, travel and other allied sectors. IITTM has its campus in Gwalior, Bhubaneswar, Nellore, Delhi and Goa. IITTM, Gwalior & IITTM, Bhubaneswar focus on Travel & Tourism, IITTM-Delhi on Travel & Leisure, IITTM-Nellore on Tourism & Cargo, IITM, Gwalior on International Tourism Business.
Besides Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM) the other institutes that offer degree course in travel and tourism are Kerala Institute of Tourism & Travel Studies (KITTS) Trivandrum, National Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management, (NITHM) Hyderabad, Dibrugarh University, Centre of Management Studies (CMS) Dibrugarh, Assam, Institute of Management Sciences under Lucknow University, Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Ghaziabad and Regional College of Management (RCM), Orissa etc.
Travel and Tourism industry has lots of job opportunities in different areas such as tour operators in travel agencies, Cruise, MICE, Travel Insurance, Foreign Exchange, Travel Journalism, Resorts, Film Tourism, Event Management, Adventure tour operators, Global distribution service providers, Corporate Travel etc.
** Media Reports, Ministry of Tourism, Press Releases, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)
Hotel Management Education in India
Hospitality Industry is one of the sought after sectors in India. A career in Hotel Management is a prestigious profession for students of all over the country.
There is the tremendous development in the Hotel industry in recent times. Lots of new happenings are taking place and the prospect of this sector is getting bright. For example Thai firm Onyx Hospitality and Kingsbridge India hotel asset management firm have set up a joint venture (JV) to open seven hotels in the country by 2018 for which the JV will raise US$ 100 million. In Carlson Rezidor Hotel of Guwahati, Dharmpal Satyapal has invested close to Rs 300 crore (US$ 47.51 million) in the hotel. ITC is planning to invest about Rs 9,000 crore in new five hotels at Mahabalipuram, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Colombo - by 2018.*
There are a number of both private and government approved hotel management institutes throughout the country to cater the needs of this industry. Some of the top hotel management institutes in India are- Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development Delhi, Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Mumbai, Welcome group Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) Manipal, Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Delhi, Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Aurangabad, Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Bangalore, Institute of Hotel Management and Christ College Bangalore etc.
National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) is an autonomous body under Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. NCHMCT JEE scores are accepted by 21 Central Institutes, 16 State Government Institutes and 14 private institutes of Hotel Management. There are approximately 7482 seats for the programme available across India.
Admission into these courses is after completion of the 12th standard from any stream having fluency in Hindi and English. Knowledge of computer is an added advantage.
Trained Hotel Management students get jobs after completion of their courses in 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7-star hotels easily. There are lots of opportunities to interact with people of diverse fields while working in this industry. As regards salary, perks and other incentives there is no constraint for the right candidates.
*Ministry of Tourism, Press Releases, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)
|1||Bijoy Krishna Girls' College||Kolkata, West Bengal|
|2||J. D. Birla Institute||Kolkata, West Bengal|
|3||Pailan College of Management and Technology||Kolkata, West Bengal|
|4||Institute of Hotel and Restaurant Management||Kolkata, West Bengal|
|5||NIPS School of Hotel Management||Kolkata, West Bengal|
|6||Elite Institute of Engineering and Management||Kolkata, West Bengal|
|7||Guru Nanak Institute Of Hotel Management||Kolkata, West Bengal|
|8||Women's College||Kolkata, West Bengal|
|9||Indian Institute of Hotel Management||Kolkata, West Bengal|
|10||IIAS School of Management||Kolkata, West Bengal|