Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BCIHMCT) in India, in an effort to inculcate best practices for the twentieth batch of students, 2018-22, conducted an Orientation Program on the first day of the Academic Session.
The Orientation took place at the college auditorium where all the students, parents, and faculty members were present. In his welcome address, Dr. Bhupesh Kumar, Director of BCIHMCT, said, “Welcome to the Hospitality Industry, a fast-growing industry in the international market. By associating yourself with BCIHMCT you have actually stepped into a professional milieu that will make you realize your dreams.” He went on to explain the expectations the industry has from hotel management students.
Mr. Ramesh Takulia, Cosultant of Learning & Development at Taj Hotels Resorts Palaces and Safaris, was the Chief Guest at the ceremony. Mr. Takulia in his speech explained to students the four areas hoteliers look for when hiring candidates. First is commitment and dedication as we deal with people who are not ordinary. They are widely traveled, highly successful, and cannot tolerate inefficiency. Second is being formal and professional. Being formal means being in accordance to traditions and etiquette. A professional is someone who follows procedure, has some level of expertise and takes pride in his/her work. Third point is how you look and how you sound. Your attire, grooming, posture, confidence, facial expression, and smile should create a positive impact. The fifth habit that should be cultivated is the sum total of all, to have polished behavior, polite attitude, and service orientation. You must be elegantly outgoing, social, and lastly he informed this profession is based on extreme levels of trust.
Dr. Sarah Hussain, Academic Head of BCIHMCT in her speech spoke to students and parents about the mentoring system being followed in college. She gave a brief overview of attendance, grooming, and academics. A vote of thanks was later given by her.
Tree Plantation was one of the activities conducted where saplings were planted by first-year students along with their mentor faculty in different areas in and around the college campus. In this environmentally-friendly practice, every group will look after their sapling for the next few years of their college life. BCIHMCT has set an example to other colleges in India in having a green start to a new academic session.