A short-term diploma course in hotel management, launched by the state government, started at the ITI College (Boys), Ludhiana, on Tuesday.
This short term course has been approved by the Union ministry of tourism, and would be of 45-day duration. This course was formally launched by Hira Singh Gabria, former minister and chairman, District Planning Board, by distributing free education kits to the students.
Gabria said that this course would be conducted by the Institute of Hotel Management, Bathinda. He said the classes of first batch of 35 students started from Tuesday."
Gabria said along with free education, the students will also get education material and uniform free of cost. Besides this, the pass outs would also be paid a financial assistance of Rs 1,500.
College principal Baljinder Singh said that the staff from Institute of Hotel Management, Bathinda, would stay at Ludhiana for this course. He said that this course would help the students in getting job in the local hotel industry.
Hira Singh Gabria informed that there was a shortage of around 2 to 2.5 lakh skilled manpower in the hotel industry of the state. He said that the course was a part of Punjab government's plan for empowering the youth.