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Army chief opens army institute of hotel management campus


Bangalore : Chief of Army Staff J. Joginder Singh Friday inaugurated the new campus of the Army Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (AIHM & CT) in the outskirts of the city.
Located in a 12-acre campus and built at a cost of Rs.200 million, the institute caters to the wards of army personnel below the rank of commissioned officers.

Run under the aegis of the Army Welfare Education Society (AWES), the institute offers a four-year degree course in hotel management and catering technology for 300 students every year.

Rated as one of the top ten colleges in hospitality education, the institute is affiliated to Bangalore University and recognised by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).

The residential campus houses the academic block, hospitality training outlets, food and beverage labs, computer lab with broadband connectivity, hostels for boys and girls, staff quarters, sports complex and utility centre.

Addressing the students, faculty and the institute’s alumni, Singh said the concept of welfare had undergone a paradigm shift, with housing, health and education being the focus of the 1.3 million strong army.

“We are spending a very large percentage of welfare funds on education, signifying our priority. Till date, we have 123 army schools across the country, catering to 74 percent of children of the army personnel. In addition, 12 professional colleges in engineering, dental, management, law, nursing and fashion design are also run by the army associations,” Singh said.

On the importance of the hotel management institute, the army chief said the hospitality sector was the second largest growing industry after the business and knowledge process outsourcing (BPO/KPO) sector.

“The students of this institute with the advantage of a services background and training have a bright future. Placement of students graduating from here in reputed hotels and airlines indicate their calibre and the quality of education imparted,” Singh pointed out.

About one-third of the institute’s students are also commissioned in the army every year after their graduation.

According to AWES managing director Major Manmohan Singh (retd), the institute has carved a niche in the hospitality industry and attracts the best hotel chains, airlines, foreign banks and cruise lines during campus placements.