Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has tied up with HR College of Commerce & Economics in Mumbai to introduce a degree course, Bachelor of Vocation (B. VOC) in Tourism & Hospitality Management for aspirants looking at joining the travel and tourism industry. Jay Bhatia, Chairman - Tourism Council, TAAI, said, “This is the first time that the University of Mumbai has approved a three-year degree course in vocation for travel, tourism and hospitality sectors under the aegis of Industry and Academic Participation. TAAI has partnered with HR College in this effort and will provide faculty expertise and guidance to the students.” A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed by TAAI with HR College on October 9, 2014, post which Bhatia will represent the Association in this initiative and will be on-board the Honorary Advisory Committee of HR College. “We already have 50 enrollments for the course and we are looking at tying up with other institutions as well to offer similar courses,” Bhatia added.
Bhatia and Lokesh Bettaiah, Co-Chairman, Tourism Council, TAAI, have played a major role in making suggestions to the curriculum and will work in tandem with the college faculty to arrange guest lectures by TAAI members and market experts to provide an in-depth knowledge of the industry. The students will be able to attend travel trade workshops organised by various tourism bodies. TAAI will also assist HR College in sourcing internships for students during the course and the final placements on completion of the degree.
Bhatia said, “The USP of this course is that at the end of each year, students will be awarded by the University with a certificate recognising their efforts in the year, which means on completion of first year, a Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management will be awarded; after the second year, an additional Diploma and on completion of three years, students will be given a Degree in the subject. This ensures that students unable to complete the full length of the course are also not at loss.”