Explore the world of new opportunities with NITHM.
Aviation Update Editor Kartikeya in conversation with Mr. Chinnam Reddy, Director of National Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management.
Can you narrate the journey since the inception of the institute and the challenges you faced that motivated you to make the institute a successful venture?
NITHM is a sector-specific institute, modeled on the lines of IIT’s and IIM’s established for Tourism and Hospitality industry to provide Education, Training, Research and Consultancy in India and abroad established in 2005 by Govt.of India and Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (now Government of Telangana).
This autonomous institute offers full time degree courses in MBA (Tourism & Hospitality Management) BBA (Tourism & Hospitality Management started in 2005 under Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University – Hyderabad
In 2013 B.Sc (Hotel & Hospitality Administration) was started under (NCHMCT) National Council of Hotel & Catering Technology – New Delhi.
It also offers Diploma Courses since Jan 2018, in Air Hostess/Flight Steward, Panchakarma Ayurvedic Spa, Chef Training, Housekeeping & Laundry, F & B Services and Bakery Programmes. These courses are sponsored by the Telangana Scheduled Caste Co-operative Development Corporation Limited and Telangana Scheduled Tribe Co-operative Development Corporation Limited, for the upliftment of the weaker sections of the Society.
Advance learning hub with WORLD CLASS AMINITIES
- Modern academic building located on a 26-acre lush green campus
- Air-conditioned Library with Koha-RFID integrated self-check-in Kiosk
- Multimedia Lecture Theaters and Classrooms
- Well equipped Hospitality Laboratories
- English language Lab
- Computer Lab
- Reprographic Centre
- Comfortable Hostels with Health Care facility
- Dining hall with Catering establishment
- Play area with open Gymnasiums
- A versatile Amphitheater for academic and recreational purposes
- Highly secured; gated college campus with CCTV monitoring
All main curriculum students are trained on the global standards with the required skills and expertise to match the demands of the Industry in the areas of Operations, Human Resources, Public Relations, Event Management, Sales & Marketing, Business Development, and Facilities Management and so on. NITHM has trained over 3500 students who are presently working with reputed companies. Students are appointed by Airlines, Travel Agencies, Tour Operators, Airports, Hotels, Resorts, Event Management, Facility Management companies etc.
We aspire to make this College a world class University offering variety of the Courses in the field of Tourism and Hospitality and educate the students to develop skills in leadership, entrepreneurship, creative thinking and other technical and inter personal aspects.
What are the courses NITHM is currently offering? What are the intake capacity and selection criteria for the aspirants?
NITHM’s main curriculum of courses
1. MBA (Tourism & Hospitality) in collaboration with JNTU-Hyderabad. Duration: 2 years – Internship included.
Eligibility: Graduation with 50% (any stream).
Selection procedure: MAT/CAT/ICET/ATMA followed by Group Discussion & Personal Interview.
2. BBA (Tourism & Hospitality) in collaboration with JNTU-Hyderabad.
Duration: 4 years – Internship included.
Eligibility: Intermediate pass or equivalent (10+2 stream) with 50% (any stream).
Selection procedure: UGAT/ATMA-UG/JEE (NCHMCT)/EAMCET/ THAT (NITHM) followed by Personal Interview
3. B.Sc.(Hospitality & Hotel Administration)is offered jointly by the National Council for Hotel Management and the Indira Gandhi National Open University.
Duration: 3 years – Internship included.
Eligibility: Intermediate pass or equivalent (10+2 stream) with English as one of the subjects.
Selection procedure: JEE (NCHMCT) followed by Counseling.
- 100% placement assistance in Tourism, Travel, Facilities, Events, Airport, Hotel, Cruise liners, etc.
- Educational loan facility and Foreign (Abroad) Internships.
- A few seats are reserved for candidates sponsored by Government, Industry & NRI/Foreign students.
Apart from academic, what are the other co-curricular activities the institute offers for the all-round development of the student? How do provide hands-on teaching to the students to make them industry-ready?
NITHM believes in an innovative style of Reality going beyond the classroom – exposure with Field trips, Educational Fair’s and Conventions, Orientation Programs, Expert Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Cultural Festivals, Sports Week, Exchange Programs, Global exposure, Social Service Activities and Inter-college competition. The Industrial Exposure Training (IET) for all the main courses has always been a part of the student curriculum.
Giving the students an opportunity for Abroad Internships was introduced in 2018, we have has students who visited Malaysia, Indonesia and Latvia as of to-day for internship and student exchange programs.
Latvia student exchange program: NITHM - MBA (Tourism & Hospitality 2018-20) students who were selected for the International Student Exchange at Vidzemes.augstskola University of Applied Sciences, Latvia during the Spring Semester of the academic year 2019-20; have successfully completed the program.
In 2019 – NITHM students represented Telangana at the Food Saviors Competition, they won the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) BUFFET for Youth Challenge, for their impact in reducing the food wastage on NITHM campus
In 2020 - NITHM is ranked 2nd among the top Government Hotel Management Institutions in Telangana and ranked 8th across India in The Hotel Management Institute Survey 2020. The survey is conducted by the Global Human Resource Development Centre Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi.
In July 2020 - Miyawaki Forest Project has been started at NITHM, Miyawaki is a mini forest with the Miyawaki method pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, which helps build thick forests.
NITHM trains leaders helping them to fit, in professionally and efficiently, into national and international environments. The institute strives to perfect the Art & Science of Tourism and Hospitality to meet the global standard - by imparting quality training to the young aspirants, with the correct blend of knowledge, experience, innovation, trained faculty and technology. The role of NITHM has been widely appreciated for supporting the industry with the professionals who have the required expertise and skills from time to time in India and overseas.
For details visit our website www.nithm.ac.in
What is the placement scope for the students? What are the major companies where students are currently placed?
From its inception NITHM always supported its students 100% for placements. Students are appointed by Airlines, Travel Agencies, Tour Operators, Airports, Hotels, Resorts, Event Management, Facility Management companies etc. We have many Alumni in top business positions doing very well.
To name a few top brands where our students are doing well after placement are:-
Travel Companies: Thomas Cook, Balmarie Travels; Parry’s Travels; Golf Tripz; Satguru Travels; IRCTC and Carlson Wagonlit Travels.
Hotels: Oberoi Group of Hotels; ITC Hyderabad; Green Park Group of Hotels; Pullman Novotel - New Delhi; JW Marriott’s; Hilton Group of Hotels and Andaz Hotel – Delhi.
Events: MCI Events; KW Conference; Traditional Events Pvt. Ltd; TCEI Events and Celebrano Events - Hyderabad
Retails: Mc Donald’s and Domino’s
IT Companies: TCS, Deloitte; Goggle and Cognizant
Airlines/Airport: GMR – Hyd; Spice Jet and Air Asia.
While the educational system is drastically transforming due to the Covid-19 pandemic; what are the alternations you have introduced in the existing teaching-learning structure?
The pandemic has undoubtedly affected not only the financial aspects but also teaching methodologies in a big way. The outbreak of this pandemic has demanded of the institution to foray into virtual learning mode; it has forced us to bring our courses online. This is just one breakthrough in a new educational paradigm.
Accepting the change, the NITHM campus has been training the faculty and non teaching staff for the adaptation of new technologies to serve their students better even in the adverse conditions.
Right now, video-conferencing applications like Google meet, Webex, Skype, Youtube Live, Facebook Live, Skype, Blackboard, Cisco Webex, Vimeo Livestream, are providing the college a lifeline. However, lecturers are still struggling to maintain the same depth of engagement with students they could have in a classroom setting. The focus is to impart quality education so new teaching methodologies are being tried to engage the students.
Webinar series involving Industrial personalities, alumni and other entrepreneurs have been organized to motivate the students to face the challenges and to equip them to fight the adverse condition.
What are your plans to explore and expand the institute in future?
NITHM aspire to instill necessary pep and zeal among the students and trainees to help develop a flair for management education and augmenting the pool of human resources sub-serving Tourism and Hospitality divisions by rolling out well groomed multi skilled masters who continuously seek to improve the relevance and quality to meet the industry needs and through interface to all sectors and facets of human endeavor.
The future plans for the growth of the Campus both in terms of Academics and
Student Development are as follows:-
- Deemed University Status
- NAAC Accreditation
- MOOC (Virtual Online Classes)
- Rural Tourism Development
- Diploma in Event Management/MICE and Medical Tourism.
- Incubation Hub (for start-up support)
- International standard Auditorium.
- International Hostel for Foreign Students.
- Sports Stadium
- Development of Eco – friendly Campus.