New Delhi, Dec 24 (UNI) The Union Tourism Ministry today launched a new scheme, 'Earn While you Learn', with the primary goal of sensitising the youth about the high potential of tourism and inculcating in them appropriate tourism traits.
The scheme is intended to attract the youth to work as volunteers in tourism-related activities.
Under the scheme, students at the graduation and post-graduation levels would be given a 21-day long training. However, they would have to submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the colleges concerned. The trainees would be selected through a written test.
The training programme would be conducted by the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM), which is a premier institution and has its branches in Gwalior, New Delhi, Bhubneshwar and Goa.
During the training, the students would be taught about Indian society and culture, historical monuments, managerial and behavioural skills, etiquettes, overview of the tourism scenario, public speaking/presentation and the like.
The faculty chosen to impart the training are experts in their respective fields and represent renowned universities, institutions and organisations.
The theoretical training would be supplemented with a study tour to places of tourist interest.
After the training programme, the successful candidates would undergo a counselling session, wherein representatives of tourism and travel trade industry would be given an opportunity to select these candidates for suitable jobs or assignments.