Hospitality education in India and abroad
Updated on Jun 22, 2014 - 7:10 p.m. IST by Team Careers360
Applications Open Now
LPU - School of Hotel Management Tourism
Sharda University - SUAT Admission Test 2020

N.S. Bhuie
Director of Studies, National Council for Hotel Management
and Catering Technology

GET all the details on what to study and the best hospitality institutes on India and abroad, right here. 

Today, hospitality education is a coveted career and the National Council receives four times more applications than its fixed intake. India has nearly 150 institutes in the approved category, both in the government and private sector. And there are 25 craft-level institutes, which impart short courses. Hospitality institutes produce 14,000 graduates, of which 4,000 are diploma and certificate holders. So, 18,000 trained professionals are produced every year, 22 percent at the skills level and 78 per cent at graduate level. A survey by the Ministry of Tourism indicates that there is a demand for 2.03 lakh trained hospitality professionals every year of which 66 percent is at skill level, and 34 per cent at managerial level.

The Tourism Ministry has developed a master plan to increase intake in existing institutes. More craft and skill-level programmes have been introduced, while hospitality education has been broadbased to include hospitality vocational courses at ITIs, polytechnics, at 10+2 stage of CBSE and introduction of specific tailor-made skill testing and certification programmes.

Further, the Certified Hospitality Trainer Programme aims to provide employment to meritorious students at IHMs from within its system and honouring them with the best of wages the industry has to offer. By the end of the 11th five-year plan, the target is to have 49 Institutes of Hotel Management and 31 Food Craft Institutes, plus a tourism management centre in the south. But there’s a need to standardise the quality of hospitality education. And, students must be cautious of some of the hospitality institutions in the private sector before seeking admissions in them.

Hospitality education in India

The admission to the programme is done through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Candidates can get admission in 21 Central Institutes of Hotel Management, eight State Government Institutes of Hotel Management, 12 Private Institutes of Hotel Management affiliated with the National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology and five Food Craft Institutes located in different parts of the country. There are approximately 6,000 seats combined in all these institutes for admission to BSc Hospitality and Hotel Administration programme. In all, there are 41 institutes in the country that are affiliated with the National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology.

Know more

New concepts in hospitality

  • Time Share

  • Convention hotels

  • Outsourcing managers

  • Spa and Wellness

  • Health Tourism

  • Event management

Tips to stay ahead

  • Go to the library

  • Learn a foreign language

  • Read up food and beverage magazines

  • You Tube, popular website, has great reference material on hospitality

Eligibility criteria

  • Pass in 10+2 or equivalent examination with English as a subject. Those who are appearing for class 12 exams in 2010 can also apply.
  • Also a candidate should not be more than 22 years of age (25 years for SC/ST) as on July, 1, 2010.
  • Selection for PG programmes is merit based.

Tentative dates

  • Date of Entrance Examination: May 2nd week, 2010
  • Availability of Application Forms: February 3rd week, 2010
  • Last Date for receipt of completed application forms: April 2nd week, 2010
  • Declaration of Results: June 1st week, 2010

Please note that the dates are only tentative and are not final.

Applications Open Now
LPU - School of Hotel Management Tourism
BHM / M.Sc.( Hotel Management) Admissions Open | 100% Placement with Highest package 25 LPA
Sharda University - SUAT Admission Test 2020
SUAT 2020 | Applications Open

Exam pattern

The paper will be of 3 hours’ duration consisting of multiple choice questions divided in the following sections:

  • Numerical Ability and Scientific Aptitude -30 questions
  • Reasoning and Logical Deduction -30 questions
  • GK & Current Affairs -30 questions
  • English Language - 80 questions
  • Aptitude for Service Sector - 30 questions

There will be negative marking up to  marks for all the sections except Aptitude for Service Sector. 

Select Indian Colleges offering programmes in Hospitality




Institute of Hotel Management

Chandigarh, chennai

BSc Hospitality and Hotel
Administration Program (3 years)

Institute of Hotel management  (Taj Group)


BA (Hons) Hotel Management (4 years)

Barkatullah University 




PG Diploma in Tourism &Hotel Management
(1 year)

Institute of Hotel Management


MSc in Hospitality Administration ( 2 years)

Christ College


Bachelor of Hotel Management (4 years)

Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management




Diploma in Hotel Operation, Catering & Applied Nutrition (3 years)

Institute of Hotel Management




BSc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration (3 years)

FHRAI Institute of Hotel Management


Greater Noida


BSc (Hons)  International Hospitality Administration (4 years)

Institute of Hotel Management



BSc/Msc in Hospitality & Hotel Administration
 (3 years)

Institute of Hotel Management




BSc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration

Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University




PG Diploma in Tourism & Hotel Management (1 year) (Distance Education)

Welcome Group (GSHA)




Diploma/Msc/Bachelor of Hotel Management (3/2/4 years)

Rizvi College of Management




BA in International Hospitality
Administration (4 years)

Institute of Hotel Management




BSc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration (3 years)  

Institute of Hotel Management, George Brown College




International Chef Diploma (close to 3 years)

Institute of Hotel Management


New Delhi


BSc in Hospitality & Hotel Administration
(3 years)

Merit Swiss Asian School of Hotel Management


BSc in Hotel Management (3 years)

University of Pune




Bachelor of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (4 years)


Hospitality education around the world
By Merril Diniz

American chef, the late Julia Child moved to Paris in 1948, a restless homemaker, looking for a purpose in life. On a whim she joined Le Cordon Bleu, a household name in the world of culinary education, and eventually went on to launch a cookery show on TV and pen a book, which made French cooking accessible to the world.

Would Ms Child’s culinary talent have unraveled in any other destination in the world? We will never know.   Choosing a country, which boasts quality hotels, restaurants and spas, will give you an opportunity to intern with the best places. “Singapore is an interesting choice of location, because it is focusing on tourism,” observes Shivani Manchanda, a career counselor for the last 18 years and Director, CareerTrack. For instance, The Tourism Academy @ Sentosa immerses the students in the resort experience through its two-year full-time diploma programme.

Education tradition
Countries like Switzerland are traditionally renowned for their topnotch hospitality programmes. With approximately 5,600 hotels and more than 35 million guests every year, it this has ensured quality schools, here. The Swiss Hotel Schools Association (ASEH), a major body, ensures high standards of professionalism in the hotel schools, Shivani points out.  “The Swiss have a long tradition of innovation and skill-based training and this has resulted in the alumni reaching successful positions internationally,” she adds.

Internship-model schools, is another traditions, which allows a student to work and learn, alongside. For instance, the Cornell University campus houses the The Statler Hotel & JW Willard Mariott Executive Education Center. Hence, it’s like a “laboratory for students on campus which offers state-of-the-art equipment and a real-life hotel to practice their skills,” says Shivani.

Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland also has a very strong internship model.

The cost
On an average, a graduate programme will cost between eight to 15 lakhs per year, including tuition and boarding. Is it worth it? “If you want to make a specialised career of it, it’s worth considering for all the innovative practices and professional competency-based courses,” shares Binita Kohli, owner of, Delhi. Kohli,  with a Bachelor’s and Master’s from Switzerland, specialised in wedding planning and event management from an American institute. ”Now, if you need to mortgage your house to afford this amount, it’s a good idea to do an undergraduate programme right here in India, and then work here for some time before you proceed to do a post-graduation abroad,” advises Shavani.

Hospitality specialist
There are several specialization courses to be done as hospitality has diverse function areas. For instance, the School of International Hotel & Tourism Management, Switzerland offers electives such as casino management, bar management and cruise line management. “The Sierra Nevada College, USA, offers a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Ski Business and Resort Management, a very niche area,” says Shivani.

Chefs may aspire to become professional chocolatiers, specialise in a cuisine or master culinary areas such as patisserie. Some institutions that offer such courses include Le Cordon Bleu in France (which has campuses across the globe), Institute of Culinary Education, New York and the Texas Culinary Academy. Specialising will help you elevate your knowledge and skills in your area of interest, to a whole new level of excellence and expertise

Internships, placements, extra perks
When choosing a programme, especially at the graduate level, explore if the institute offers internships. For instance, the Les Roches, International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland requires students to do three internships in the second, fourth and sixth semesters of the eight-semester programme, and students intern with world-class hotels such as the The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons and Shangri-La.

Some institutes offer a job-hunting module, which includes résumé writing, interviewing skills and marketing yourself to the industry. For instance, EHL runs an online job platform for alumni with a searchable database of current jobs in the industry, says Shivani.

The IMI University Centre, Switzerland, besides offering an online alumni database and careers fairs, also helps with campus recruitments. Also, check for institutional visits to hotels, resorts  and learning new languages. Sniff out those perks!

A word of caution
“Many hospitality management institutions are managed by private providers and not much benchmarking exists in it yet,” observes Shivani. So, it’s a good idea to check with well-established professionals and alumni, and get their opinion before joining a school.  

Select International Institutes offering Programmes in Hospitality




Sierra Nevada College


Nevada, USA


Bachelor in Ski Business and Resort Management
(a 4-year degree programme focused on mountain resort industry)

The Institute of Culinary Education


New York, USA


Diploma programmes in Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts, Culinary Management (programmes with 300-650 hour duration offering in-class training & externship)

Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

New York, USA


Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration (4-year programme)

The Tourism Academy @ Sentosa


Sentosa Island,


Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Business
(2-year programmes including 15 weeks of internship). 

École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)




Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management (4-year-programme)

César Ritz




Higher Diploma in Hotel  Restaurant Management (2-year programme for high school graduates looking to build a career in hotel and restaurant management)

Glion Institute of Higher Education




Diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Administration (a 1.5-year programme in the basics of food, beverage, hotel operations and administration)

IMI University Centre


Bachelor of Arts (Hons)( 3-year programme)

School of International Hotel & Tourism Management




Higher Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism Management ( 2.5-year programme followed by a half-year Bachelor Degree, awarded by University of Ulster, UK)

Le Cordon Bleu


Paris, Japan, Lebanon, London, New Jersey, Mexico, Spain, Bankok, The Netherlands, Sydney, Canada, Peru, and Korea

Certificate and Diploma programs in Culinary Arts (Basic programmes in French cuisine)




Applications Open Now

LPU - School of Hotel Management Tourism
LPU - School of Hotel Managem...
Sharda University - SUAT Admission Test 2020
Sharda University - SUAT Admi...
View All Application Forms
Never miss exam and college updates Login
The question have been saved in answer later, you can access it from your profile anytime. Access now

Download the Careers360 App on your Android phone

Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile

Careers360 App
150M+ Students
24,000+ Colleges
500+ Exams
1500+ E-books