ISH To Start Digital Education Initiative
ISH hosted its first international counsellor summit - the Counsellors' Retreat today. The summit was inaugurated by Dr. Markanday Ahuja, Vice Chancellor of Gurugram University. Various school counsellors, industry and education leaders joined the summit.
ISH hosted its first international counsellor summit - the Counsellors' Retreat.
Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) is coming up with digital education initiative to impart special education courses, of short and long term, at the cost of mostly nil to maximum 500. Students can select the type of course from the portal in order to develop the required skill set for the job.
"All the intellectual capability, domain knowledge, and understanding which we can convert digitally will be taken as education course outside to the masses. We will soon embark on a ambitious digital education strategy which is purely aimed at taking this kind of education to secondary, tertiary cities and rural markets to provide them with the skill and help them find a job", said Dilip Puri, Founder, ISH
He added, "After passing the certification course, we will link them to the job portal to find the job".
Dilip Puri also gave insights on the skill gap that hospitality industry notices every now and then, the students lack soft skills, like how to communicate and present themselves, and the facilitator needs to work on that.
Aman Aditya Sachdeva pointed out, in an exclusive interaction with BW, that 'the need of qualified youth for the hospitality sector is significantly higher than what is churning out currently' and it needs to change.
"The number is nowhere close to the requirement of the industry and a large part of graduates don't fit the skill set the industry is looking for. Getting someone with a degree is not a problem, but finding someone with the degree along with right mind set, the competency and the knowledge is the biggest challenge”, said Aman Aditya Sachdev, Director Country Head – India, EHL.
Sachdev also suggested that faculty should also be going out during the holidays for externships in order to stay connected with the demands of the industry.
He added “A lot of time is required in up-skilling the students when they join in order to bring them up to speed for them to become productive employees and that has to come down. Bridging the gap has to start from the clean slate, the curriculum has to be evolved with the change in industry and the technology”
Interaction with David Ipe, Associate Dean, Indian High School & Indian International School, Dubai, UAE focused on major challenges in the hospitality sector & how to overcome them.
“Major challenge is culture in nature, hospitality is still not accepted as a career and socially by many. The attitude of previous generation needs to change towards this sector. Cultural change needs to happen, which is happening very slowly”, said David Ipe
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