IHM Pusa: A legacy in hospitality education

IHM_PusaIHM Pusa, which is a pioneer of hospitality education in India still remains the top choice for hospitality aspirants. Why is it so?


Engineering has the IITs, Management has the IIMs and Hospitality has the IHMs – or so it goes! Set-up in the 1960s, IHM is the oldest brand in the hospitality education in India and nothing speaks for this as much as its remarkable list of alumni.


“Celebrity chefs Sanjeev Kapoor, Manjit Singh Gill, Hemant Oberoi, the Taj group’s Puneet Chhatwal and Farhat Jamal, Carlson Rezidor’s KB Kachru – all top names in the hospitality industry have walked through these corridors,” informs Kamal Kant Pant, Principal at the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition, Pusa, New Delhi (IHM Pusa Road), with silent pride. Pant too is a former student of the institute.


A time-tested legacy

The red-brick architecture, swaying palm trees, corridors and classrooms at IHM Pusa Road speak of an old-world charm which stands miles away from the swanky new hospitality institutes emerging around the country. 


“We are not a ‘glamorous’ institute in the modern sense and do not promote ourselves heavily on social media and similar channels, but we have a time-tested legacy that is widely recognised in the industry. Wherever you go, you will find IHM alumni and usually, they will be occupying good positions. Our existing students have won laurels at prestigious international competitions like WorldSkills and represented the country at several global events. They’ve also rendered services for events like the Commonwealth Games and state banquets,” informs Pant.


Today, various hotel groups have their own affiliated institutes offering training programmes in the field. However, Pant is undaunted by the mushrooming of such training programmes. “Most of the institutes, especially those affiliated to hotels, cater to specialised vocational needs of the industry. They are very different from us. Most hotels that offer their own programmes continue to approach us for placements, especially at the managerial level,” says Pant.


Aditi-DebnathStudents speak 

Aditi Debnath, who has just completed her second year of undergraduate studies at IHM Pusa, shares, “After I cleared the qualifying exam, I got calls from many different IHMs around the country. At the time, I was in Kolkata and IHM Kolkata was walking distance from my home. My father, who is in the Air Force, was getting transferred to Bangalore. Even there, the IHM was not far from where we were planning to stay. Besides, I have many friends in Bangalore. But I still chose to come to IHM Pusa. It has an extraordinary alumni network and a great reputation. Besides, I didn’t want to decide which college I was going to attend based on friends or proximity to home. I wanted a college that would assure me a good career.”


“We had our industrial placements this year and representatives from some of the top hotels came to our college to place us. More than 30 of us were placed at ITC hotels in different parts of Delhi. The training manager who had come to interview us was also an IHM alumnus”, added Debnath.


“I was placed at ITC Maurya in Chanakyapuri and spent four months working in different departments – Food and Beverage Service, Front Office, Human Resources, Housekeeping and in the kitchen. I thoroughly enjoyed the quality of work given to me. At the beginning of the training, I felt that I wanted to work in the Front Office, but after completing it, I realised that I enjoyed housekeeping the most,” says Debnath.


Courses overview

Every year, thousands of hospitality aspirants appear for the National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) Joint Entrance Exam in the hope of making it to a select list of top-rated hotel management institutes in the country. “Only the top 300 students make it to IHM Pusa,” acknowledges Dr. Anshu Singh, a senior lecturer at the institute. Till a few years ago, the institute also conducted personal interviews before admitting candidates, but currently, the admissions are primarily based on the candidate’s rank.


Those students who do make it to the institute have the option of selecting from seven different courses – BSc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration (BSc HHA), MSc in Hotel Administration, PG Diploma in Dietetics & Hospital Food Service, PG Diploma in Accommodation Operation and Management, Diploma in F&B Service, Diploma in Bakery and Confectionary and Craftsmanship course in Food Production and Patisserie.


Of these, the BSc HHA course is the most sought-after course. “Today, a lot of places are offering four-year undergraduate programmes in hospitality management. IHM is one of the few institutes to continue with the traditional three-year undergraduate programme. Being a government-funded institute, our fee structure is also a lot more economical than the private institutes,” says Pant.


IHM is also only institute in the country that offers a duly accredited course by NCHMCT in dietetics and hospital food service. The PG diploma in dietetics and hospital food service offers tremendous opportunities in the area of nutrition that is much sought after by food manufacturers as well as healthcare organisations. 


PantThe road ahead

The hospitality industry has grown by leaps and bounds since the first IHMs were established. Pant says that the growth in the industry has only fuelled the growth of the institution. 


“We have upgraded our syllabus and infrastructure and our placements have also become more diverse. It is no longer just about hotels. There are jobs in aviation, shipping, retail, banking and the corporate sector as well. The way the industry is growing, it is becoming increasingly important for the institutes to focus on specific aspects of hospitality instead of trying to offer everything,” says Pant. Pant further added, “We are increasingly shifting our focus towards an education that prepares hospitality managers who can cater to the needs of a variety of sectors that require people with this specialisation.”   

First Published On : 17 Jul 2018 04:14 PM IST
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Sonali kelkar 8 days ago

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We stay in Pune n I want to go for either IHM Mumbai or iihm pune which one is better option

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Hi Sonali,

IHM Mumbai just because of a little bit advantage due to the location.


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Is it possible to take migration from one ihm college to another ihm college after 1st semester?

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Hello Its probably not a option for you to shift from one IHM to another IHM as per your choice of convinience. If you have been alloted one IHM during your conselling you will only have access t...Read More

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When will students of class 12 th will give exam . and what is the date of exam which will held in 2019 .

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NCHMCT JEE shall b ecinducted for admission into IHM Camouses across India in Hospital and Tourism m ciurses. Application form for exam be available tentatively from 4th week December 2018. Last date...Read More
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My all india rank is 13000 in nchmct.did i get hostel in ihm hajipur?? PlZ tell me... Plzz

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If you belongs to general then chances are very low. And hostel depends on hostel capacity.


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Is ihm shilong a good option over iihm and sihm

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