New Delhi: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is launching various five skilled-based courses in tourism and hospitality in its curriculum. The courses will be offered in the upcoming academic session 2013-14. The courses will be taught to students of classes XI and XII. As per sources, the Board has decided to introduce such educational courses keeping in view the rapid growth in the tourism and hospitality industry and acute shortage of trained professionals in these sectors.
Sources also informed that the courses include food production, food and beverage services, front office management, bakery and confectionery, and travel and tourism. Moreover, this significant initiative has been taken after the Central Government's constant emphasis on development of employability skills. In addition, for the new vocational courses, students will be able to opt for one language and two academic subjects related to the field as per their interests.
However, CBSE will also facilitate support to its allied schools offering Food Production and Food & Beverage Services courses by arranging mentor institutes like Institutes of Hotel Management (IHM) that are working under the National Council of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (NCHMCT). Also, these allied schools can seek financial support from the Ministry of Tourism for successful implementation of the courses.
Furthermore, NCHMCT, the specialized body for joint certification, is exploring possibilities for providing students passing the course with an additional weightage in the entrance examination for graduate courses in Hotel Management in the IHMs across the country.