Agartala: Tripura Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (TTDCL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Guwahati based educational research group for setting up of State Institute of Hotel Management (SIHM) in Agartala.
Tourism Minister Pranajit Singha Roy today said that the agreement was signed 15 years intending to launch short-term courses on tourism and hospitality management from January next year. In the next phase, from April there is a plan to start a degree level course on tourism, which has appeared to be one of the most prospective subjects for Tripura at present.
“We have laid down a prospective plan for tourism development for the state by upgrading the facilities and introducing some new spots to attract the tourists from outside. The state has already developed the hotel and transport facilities for the tourists and every month new feathers are added to the tourism sector.” Singharoy said.
He pointed out that considering the growing needs of professionals in hospitality industries in Tripura, in the first year, 60 students will get admission in Hotel and Hospitality Degree Course and Hotel Management in SIHM and added as many as 150 students will have the opportunity to study in the first year of 30 seats in five diploma courses – Food Production, Food and Beverage Services, Bakery and Confectionery, Front Office Operations and Housekeeping.
The minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sincere in developing tourism infrastructure in the Northeast region, which Tripura wants to harness to its full potential. Besides, development of tourism infrastructure and facilities, the Tripura government has given importance to manpower development to cater for the need of the hospitality industry, which is growing very fast in the Northeast, he added.