The Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) is all set to open its first institute in south India at Nellore from July this year. The AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has been entrusted with construction work of buildings for the proposed institute close to the national highway near Venkatachalam, 16 kms from Nellore.
The Centre has sanctioned Rs 16.93 crore for construction. The IITTM, an autonomous organisation of the ministry of tourism, Government of India is one of the premier institutes offering education, training, research and consultancy in tourism, travel and allied sectors since 1983.
The proposed institute in Nellore will offer a two year course with a unique blend of tourism and cargo specialisation as part of its postgraduate diploma in management. The idea behind the course is to tap growing opportunities in the areas of tourism operations, tourism marketing, air and shipping cargo management in the region.
The director of the IITTM, Ms Manjula Chowdhary, revealed this while interacting with media persons after taking part in a workshop on ‘Tourism Opportunities and Challenges’ at Geetanjali College, Muttukur road here on Thursday.
According to Ms Chowdhary, graduates in any stream are eligible to join the course and the last date for receiving applications is February 1. The entrance test will be conducted on February 27. Those qualified in CAT and MAT entrance tests can apply directly for enrolment and do not have to take the entrance test. The cost for the two years course is Rs 2 lakh and it can be paid in two instalments.
The IITTM has been providing Rs 2 crore towards development of infrastructure for colleges and polytechnics in government sector if they introduce a degree course in tourism management. Ms Chowdhary said that placement is assured for their students, pointing to opportunities across the globe in the tourism industry.
Earlier, the vice-chancellor of Vikrama Simhapuri University, Prof C.R. Visweswar Rao, dwelt at length on the historical importance of Nellore. The general manager of the HR wing of Krishnapatnam Port, Mr Satya Prakash, also spoke apart from professors of IITTM, Sandeep Kulashreshta and Nimit Chowdhary.
The nodal officer of the Nellore institute,