FORMER STARWOOD SOUTH ASIA MD DILIP PURI UNVEILS HIS INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY EDUCATION VENTURE
Former Managing Director and Regional Vice President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, South Asia and industry veteran, Dilip Puri, today announced his new education venture – Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) with a promise to reimagine hospitality education in India.
ISH envisions its curriculum design to be a global benchmark of hospitality education in the near future, and in order to do so has entered into a strategic partnership with Lausanne Hospitality Consulting (LHC) for curriculum development and faculty training. ISH has partnered with LHC in preparation for an academic certification by Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), the world’s oldest and top ranked hospitality management higher education institution worldwide. In addition to the Four Year Hospitality Management Programme, ISH will offer several long and short-term programmes in both culinary and executive education.
Located in Sector 83 of Gurgaon, the Indian School of Hospitality will be housed within a commercial campus that boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities and is close to city’s leading hotels. The institute, location in an urban centric destination with strong commercial, retail and residential catchment areas in close proximity, aims to provide a work-life balance to students for enhancing their productivity and creativity. The campus, which is under development, will be ready by May, 2018, in time for the first intake of students in August, 2018.
Indian School of Hospitality aims to disrupt the hospitality education space through a unique approach to its pedagogy and education philosophy. The approach gives more focus to learning rather than teaching, and emphasises the importance of imparting life skills as much as academic ones. The aim is to create the next generation of the industry’s talent pool, who will then go on to work and compete across highly challenging and rapidly evolving global industry landscapes. The institutes’ core team comprises of thought leaders and varied industry veterans from both India and around the world who are equipped with both theoretical and practical know-how in how to instil universal knowledge and critical learning to new-age professionals.
Commenting on the announcement of his venture, Founder & CEO Dilip Puri said, “Education in hospitality is the beginning of a journey into a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities, not limited to hotels and food & beverage, or even the corporate world. While more and more businesses in the service sector are reaching out to professionals with a qualification in hospitality, a large number of young graduates are also pursuing entrepreneurial ventures straight out of college.
I believe that the competitive edge and battle for market share in the future will be fought as much over customers as over talent. It is a vibrant, exciting and ever-changing world and it is
our endeavour to prepare professionals to be future proof, and foster a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation through a uniquely designed academic curriculum.”
Reflecting on this new strategic advisory partnership with the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), Lausanne Hospitality Consulting (LHC) global CEO Yateendra Sinh said, “In our continuous effort to represent the Swiss tradition of hospitality education excellence we have developed an elite international network of higher education institutions through which our education philosophy and knowledge are being transferred. Our vision it to continue to share the Swiss hospitality education knowhow around the world. We are looking forward to working with and supporting the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) in becoming a benchmark institution of higher education in the country.”
The core academic programmes being offered at ISH are a Four Year Hospitality Management Programme and a Four Year Programme in Culinary Arts. The education structure at ISH is aimed at providing the ideal foundation for managerial and leadership development, strategic thinking- leveraging both macro and micro perspectives- as well as building emotional and intellectual intelligence.
ISH has received the Letter of Intent from the Department of Higher Education, Government of Haryana to set up a self-financing degree college affiliated to a state university.
Beside the core academic programmes, ISH will also offer various short-term programmes in culinary specialisations as well as a whole range of executive education programmes catering to professionals in hospitality, travel, aviation, retail and other customer-focused industries.
The institute’s Advisory Council comprises of leaders from the hospitality and other service sectors who will provide strategic input, guidance and mentorship to the faculty and students, as well as support ISH in terms of internship and placement opportunities in India and overseas.