The Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM), an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Tourism, has been chosen by the Indian Government to offer a full-fledged MBA course in Tourism, in partnership with the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU). An MoU to this effect was signed between IITTM and IGNTU (which comes under the HRD Ministry) in Delhi recently which will offer MBA tourism to the MBA students.
An official from the tourism department has confirmed that the MBA course will open up a candidate’s job prospects in travel agencies, hotels, airlines, transport and cargo companies, and even government tourism departments. Next in line as per planning is the setting up of a National Tourism University in Noida, which happens to be the parliamentary constituency of Tourism and Culture Minister, Mahesh Sharma.
The Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) is one of the premier institutes in India offering education, training, research and consultancy in the fields of tourism and travel. Established in Delhi in 1983, it now has five campuses – at Gwalior, Noida, Bhubneshwar, Nellor and Goa where post-graduate diploma courses in MBA Tourism, Leisure, International Business and Cargo are taught. The new MBA Tourism programme will replace the earlier PGDM course. The course commencement dates and fee structure are still being finalized, said the ministry official. This will boost the interests of the MBA aspirants towards the tourism industry and is expected to give a major kick to the industry overall. Currently India lacks behind all major economies in generating substantial revenues derived out of Tourism department and a major setback has been the dearth of resources with quality education. With the ever increasing size and market demands the need of good talent will be on the rise and the MBA in India in tourism will boost sentiments of the industry players as well.