Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 7:
The Odisha government will be investing Rs 70 crore during the current year for expansion of tourism-related infrastructure which would create employment opportunities for the youth as this sector has huge potential for providing livelihood to the people, state Tourism and Culture Minister, Ashok Chandra Panda said today.
“The government is focused on creating direct and indirect employment opportunities in the tourism sector which has huge potential,” Panda said while inaugurating ‘Hunar Se Rozgar Tak’, a government-sponsored two-month-long capacity building course at the School of Hotel Management (SHM) under the SOA University here.
“The employability of a person gets enhanced with the acquiring of skill,” he said while expressing happiness over the HSRT program being taken up by the University.
The minister said the government was planning to set up a chain of 15 restaurants in the PPP mode on the national highways within the state to be known as ‘Jajabar’.
The HSRT is a central government initiative aimed at providing skill based hospitality training to people in the age group of 18 to 28 from the economically weaker strata of the society to make them employable in the tourism and hospitality industry.
The SHM, the AICTE approved faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management of the University, which offers several courses including the 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management and Catering Technology, 2-year Master’s course in Hospitality and Tourism Management, 18-month Diploma in Food Production and Patisserie and Doctoral programs in hospitality, tourism and allied subjects, has already trained four batches of trainees under the HSRT scheme in collaboration with the state government.
The institute has been sanctioned 200 seats, the highest in the state, under the scheme this year. The trainees will undergo an eight-week full time course in bakery and patisserie, eight-week full time course in food production and a six-week full time program in food and beverage service.
The Registrar of the University, Prof. B.B.Pradhan and Advisor cum Dean of SHM, Dr. Sitikantha Mishra also addressed the gathering while Himanshu Rout, Chief Coordinator of the program, proposed the vote of thanks.