IHM Pusa: A legacy in hospitality education

IHM 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.

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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.”   

Questions related to Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Pusa, New Delhi

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after doing ihm diploma from Mumbai what are the option for better earning money ?how to start startup how to earn more by diploma??!!

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 9th Oct, 2019

Raining money after doing IHM diploma is not in your hand.Either you will get a placement or you will have to search for job yourself.HM jobs in abroad pays a good salary so you can move abroad, work there for one year, gain some experience, try to learn the business structure and ways from there.After one year experience from abroad you will get paid better in India too and so you can also work here one more year and you can learn how business goes here.Do keep in mind that, Considering that you want a startup in fooding industry i am suggesting you these tips that will help you in startup.So, after 2-3 years of experience you will understand a lot about the industry and ideas of running a business.You can also watch videos of bug entrepreneurs as that will provide you an idea of how to manage a startup and most importantly how to cope up with failures and setbacks if you will face any. Also take care about your family financial status and other stuffs before a startup.

Good Luck

How to get IHM Bombay,IHM Delhi if we belong to sc category then which rank we required

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 10th Oct, 2019


The cutoff required for admission varies every year and the cutoff is determined depending on various factors such as:

  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Number of candidates appearing in the exam
  • Total number of seats, etc.

Admission is done on the basis of rank of candidate in the NCHM JEE. I can tell you the previous year cutoff for reference and to have an idea about the rank required.

IHM Mumbai Opening and Closing rank (round 3) is as follows:

SC Category- 970 (opening rank) and 7575 (closing rank)

IHM Delhi, Pusa Opening and Closing rank (round 3) is as follows:

SC category- 465 (opening rank), 5494 (closing rank)

Check the cutoff ranks using the link below:


Good Luck!


which one is best. Ihm or iihm

Sunanda Dhar Student Expert 24th Sep, 2019

IIHM basically provides u an international degree in hotel management which is a plus point according to many people but then let me tell u a government certificate matters more if u need a job at any hotels in India which IHMs gives… so if u are planning to have a job in India it would be difficult for u. Then u might be thinking that it’s good,thenyou ll get the opportunity to work in foreign that’s true but just think without any experience y would any hotel hire you..just because u are having international degree it’s not possible

Talking of IHM

1- Government institution thereby having comparatively low fees than the private institutions

2- In India government certificate matters more thereby u can easily get the job anywhere in India

3- If u are having experience of working in top hotel chains u can easily shift to foreign countries where u will paid more

In short I am just telling that both the institutions are good and bad in their own ways my point is y to pay more when your starting salary would be around 15k whether u study from IHMs or IIHMs

Feel free to ask me in the comment box if you are having any further doubts

hope you find it helpful

Good Luck!


how can i take admission in ihm pusa delhi ? do they provide a good placement ?

Gehna Chawla 17th Sep, 2019


The National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) conducts the IHM Joint Entrance Exam (IHM JEE) - usually on the last Saturday of April, every year.

You need to clear an exam called NCHMCT JEE with a rank not less than 500 if you are a candidate of the general category.

Based on the rank of the candidate, the student can get admission to the IHMs including the one at Pusa.

Aspirants applying for the college must keep in mind that the admission is strictly on the merit-based. To get admission in IHM Pusa the applying seekers will have to clear NCHMCT JEE entrance examination conducted by the NCHMCT Committee.

Applying must full fill all the required Eligibility Criteria made under the admission Guidelines.

Placements :

IHM Pusa ranks top 1 in India by the Outlook magazine. Obviously, the placements will be good. There are 3 levels of jobs that are offered by the companies, OT (operational trainee), MT (management trainee) and CT (corporate trainee). OT is the lowest and CT is the highest level of jobs. The institution guarantees 100% placement. Every big brand companies come to take the interviews.

Thankyou, I hope it helps, feel free to approach for further queries


In ihm pusa when fees pay by demand draft , whom to pay deman draft i mean write college name or anything else ?

Anas Khan Student Expert 17th Jul, 2019

hello Vandana,

Every college holds and account of their name and when you pay the fees of the college through demand draft you need to write the college name on the demand draft.you can also cross check about this issue from the college finance department they may help you better.

hope this may help you.

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