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Jamia guide course a hit with students

Don’t stare at female guests. They’ll feel uncomfortable. Greet people with a smile and hello. These are just a few things the 120 students undergoing a 21-day ‘Earn while you Learn’ training course by Jamia Millia Islamia’s Department of Tourism, Hotel, Hospitality and Heritage Studies are being taught at the university’s jampacked Dazar-i-Mir Taqi Mir Auditorium every day.

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2009 02:00 IST
Tanya Ashreena

Don’t stare at female guests. They’ll feel uncomfortable. Greet people with a smile and hello.

These are just a few things the 120 students undergoing a 21-day ‘Earn while you Learn’ training course by Jamia Millia Islamia’s Department of Tourism, Hotel, Hospitality and Heritage Studies are being taught at the university’s jampacked Dazar-i-Mir Taqi Mir Auditorium every day.

“As the Commonwealth Games are approaching, there will be an increasing demand of guides and ushers for the huge event,” said Inayat Zaidi, professor at the department.

“However, not everyone is suitable for such a job. We felt there was an immense need of trained guides, so we decided to launch this 21-day certificate course for students, so they could earn pocket money and gain practical knowledge of the tourism industry.”

Starting at 9 am with workshops till 4 pm, the training course is extremely popular with students. Why?

Well, for starters, those attending these sessions conducted by the leaders in the tourism industry along fields of monuments are provided lunch and snacks free. And not only do they get a certificate, they are also paid a stipend of Rs 1,000.

“This is the first time I have actually been paid to attend some college-related event,” said a grinning Vaibhav Prabhu.

“However, rather than the usual boring college events, these sessions are actually fun and will help me get a job during the Games for the much needed pocket money,” he added.

The programme, run in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Pusa Road, is funded by the Ministry of Tourism. As a result, ministry officials are taking a personal interest in the students. “A few officials from the Tourism Ministry had come to speak to our students on the various jobs they could get during the Games,” said Sunita Zaida, professor, Department of History.

“They also took the resumes of all the students and assured them they would help them find jobs,” she added.

So successful has been the first batch of ‘Earn while you Learn,’ programme, that the department has decided to train a second batch of 120 students from July 24 to August 21. So, if you haven’t already, rush out to get your forms now.