Hotel Management Institute to come up in Bathinda

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Chandigarh, Feb 22 (UNI) The Punjab Government today decided in principle to set up a state-of-the-art Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) at Bathinda to cater academic facilities in the diverse field of hotelmanagement, catering, nutrition and hospitability.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

It was also decided in the meeting to get the Institute of Hotel Management Catering and Nutrition Society, Bathinda registered forthwith so that the funds to the tune of Rs.10 crore to be received from the Centre could be transferred to the society for the timely implementation of the project.

Taking part in the deliberations, the Chief Minister directed the Finance department to allocate state's share as a matching grant for this project.

Mr Badal had also telephonic conversation with Union Tourism Minister Mrs. Ambika Soni and urged her for granting early clearances from the Centre in this regard.

The Chief Minister also asked the Department of Tourism to chalk out an action plan for the preservation of prestigious town hall building at Amritsar as a heritage monument. He also announced a grant of Rs 5 crore from Additional Central Assistance (ACA) for developing a Heritage Village at Amritsar to perpetuate the rich cultural legacy amongst our future generation.

Principal Secretary Tourism Geetika Kalha informed in the meeting that IHM would offer programmes like. B.Sc. (Hospitality and Hotel Administration), Diploma to Accommodation Operations, Diploma in Food Production, Diploma in Food&Beverage Service, Diploma in Front Office besides Post Graduate Diploma in Accommodation Operation, Diploma in Districts, Travel&Tourism Management and Tailor made short term courses for working employees.

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