It has been the endeavour of the Ministry of Tourism to put in place a system of training and professional education with necessary infrastructural support capable of generating manpower sufficient to meet the needs of the tourism and hospitality industry, both quantitatively and qualitatively. As of now, there are 29 Institutes of Hotel Management (IHMs), comprising 21 Central IHMs and 8 State IHMs, and 5 Food Craft Institutes (FCIs), which have come up with the support of the Ministry. These institutes were set up as autonomous societies with specific mandate to impart / conduct hospitality education / training in hospitality skills.
Training programmes in the field of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition were initiated by Government of India in the year 1962 under the Department of Food, Ministry of Agriculture. To begin with, four Institutes of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition were set up at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkatta. For imparting training in hospitality related craft disciplines, 12 Food Craft Institutes were also set up at different places in the country. Consequent to transfer of the programme to the Ministry of Tourism in October 1982, format of the various training programmes was reoriented and remodeled keeping in view the professional workforce requirements of the country’s fast expanding accommodation and catering industry. In order to harness the resources and also to provide a central thrust to the programme, Ministry of Tourism also established the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) in the year 1982. Main objectives for setting up the Council at the apex level were:
As a result of vast expansion and modernization of the country’s hospitality industry, hotel management and catering education programmes gained tremendous popularity and the profile of students seeking admission to these courses also underwent a transformation. As a result, courses offered by the National Council are of international standard which have been recognized by the hospitality industry. At present, there are 41 Institutes of Hotel Management comprising of 21 Central IHMs, 8 State IHMs and 12 Private IHMs and 5 Food Craft Institutes following National Council’s course curriculum.
The National Council has its own website, which can be accessed at www.nchmct.org