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Hotel Management: Siksha O Anusandhan School of Hotel Management

SI Team
Thursday, January 22, 2015
SI Team
The Hotel Management industry is expected to create more than 70 million jobs worldwide over the next decade. In this massive expansion, two-third of the job opportunities are expected to be created in Asia. However, the industry today lacked trained manpower to cater to this growing need. Keeping this in view, Siksha O Anusandhan University’s School of Hotel Management was established in 2004 to churn out professionals ready for the industry. Employment opportunities for the hotel management graduates are at an all-time high now and the industry seeks trained staff to meet the situation.

Located in Bhubaneswar, SOA University has been declared a Deemed to be University by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India in 2007 with technical and professional programs duly recognized by the regulatory bodies. The University, having the freedom to make changes in the curriculum and courses, offers Doctoral Program in Hospitality Management, Masters in Hotel Management and Catering Technology, M.A/M.Sc. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Bachelor in Hotel and Catering Technology, on an actively evolving pedagogy. The institute offers a choice based credit system which gives students the liberty to choose their own subjects for specialization. The standard curriculum for the Hotel management course is updated every 3 years to keep it up to date with the industry demands. The institute's curriculum is approved by the Academic Council of the institute on the lines of model curriculum of AICTE, which makes the hotel management program equivalent to that of other technical studies. SOA University is the only institute in Odisha that offers a four-year program in Hotel Management and Catering Technology, which is equivalent to an engineering degree in the technical education sector.

The institute has been the recipient of several awards and highly ranked, twice by the Pioneer as well as the DNA, Competition Success Review and Sun Magazine. It is actively associated with programs of the Government of India and Odisha government with exposure to food courts and exhibitions.

Industry Experienced Faculty Members

To facilitate the industry oriented teaching methodologies, the management has concentrated on building a faculty pool with maximum industry experience. The University maintains a very close association with the industry. Many of the faculty members being from the industry, it is an added advantage for the students. At present, the institute has a blend of faculty members who are highly qualified having gained adequate experience in the industry. Among the faculty members of Hotel Management program, two have been awarded with Ph D while six others are currently pursuing Ph D with national and international level research publications. Other than in–house faculty members, the University invites many eminent persons from the industry to share their experiences and to motivate the students to attain the necessary exposure of the industry vertical.

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