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   INSTITUTE OF VOCATIONAL STUDIES

Inception and Growth
The Master of Tourism Administration Degree started as an Independent course in Himachal Pradesh University in the year 1992 under the Institute of Vocational Studies, Faculty of Commerce and Management. The programme was initiated keeping in view the growing importance of the Tourism Industry to the country. The flourishing of Tourism in the country created a sudden demand for Tourism Professionals to serve in the Industry. Realizing the dearth of educated Tourism Professionals and the vast avenues of employment opportunities available in this field, it was decide to introduce a post graduate degree in Tourism. Himachal University was one of the earliest Universities in the country and second in the Northern Region to start a Master of Tourism Administration Degree. The Degree included papers on Tourism and Management along with Foreign Language instruction, field trip to some known tourist destination within India and hands-on-work experience in Tourism provided through a 6 month on- the- job training with any tourism related organization. To deliver lectures on Tourism, faculty from the University and Tourism Scholars and professional were invited.
The Course Curriculum was revised from time to time as per the requirements of the Tourism Industry. This has helped to include the latest emerging concepts in Tourism and the Travel trade and orient the students in accordance with the contemporary tricks of the trade. The latest syllabus of MTA is now strictly according to UGC NET tourism management curriculum.
In the year 1999, after some regular teaching appointments, the MTA course was assigned a separate status as an Independent Department under the Institute of Vocational Studies. This helped in according due importance and attention to the MTA department and further facilitated in better placements of the MTA graduates in the Tourism Industry.
Ever since 1999, the MTA Department has been on a steady path of growth and enrichment and has become very popular within and outside the country.
In 2007 the Institute started an Innovative program under UGC with a Five year Integrated (Master) courser in Tourism Administration (3+2). Now the Institute is starting a Bachelor in Hotel Management Degree program. For more details visit Department's website: http://www.mtashimla.org/
Present Status
Presently the MTA Department functions as an Independent Department under the Institute of Vocational Studies. The department has a Faculty comprising Director (Professor), Associate professor, 2 lecturers and regular guest faculty.
An advisory board consisting of eminent personalities from academics and trade has been constituted including the Vice Chancellor of H.P. University, the Director of Institute of Vocational Studies and faculty members of Tourism Department, HPU, along with members from Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh, IHM faculty members and professionals from organizations like Orbitz and SITA etc. From time to time the Advisory Board guides the MTA Department on course curriculum amendments and practical orientation of students. The members of the Board are frequently invited for Seminars and guest faculty lectures to promote interaction with the students.
The Department has its own Placement Cell for the students under the Placement Officer Mr. Chander Mohan Parsheera, Lecturer, MTA. The placement cell is in continuous collaboration with the Key industry organizations in order to ensure 100 per cent placement of its students on completion of their Degree. The MTA department has been providing 100% placement to its students over the past few years and this has become a drawing factor for many prospective students to seek admission in MTA.
Other than placements the MTA has now become one of the most popular and most happening Departments of the University on account of constantly enriching and engaging itself both in Academic and Outdoor activities like organizing Seminars, Workshops, National and International Conferences, Tourism Quiz events, trekking, Mountaineering expeditions and Adventure and Leadership Development Camps. Through such regular activities the Department has gained good recognition and carved a niche for itself.
The Institute has good infrastructure and is aiming at bringing in the best facilities and technology to aid the professionals. Presently it has state of the art equipment for delivery of lectures, research and a well equipped library, conference hall and computer lab. The construction of a new and independent building for the Institute is underway.
Mission
The Institute has a mission of becoming one of the outstanding Academic Institution imparting professional Tourism and Hospitality Knowledge and being a major course of gearing Tourism professionals to serve in the Industry within the country. Through dedicated teaching, training, projects and developing a resource base on tourism, the Department aims to make Tourism education a technical and employment-oriented field of study.
Objectives

The main objective of Institute and the programs it offers is to strive for total professionalization of human resources engaged in the business of tourism. Its research programme is oriented towards developing knowledge and expertise through practical application and theoretical knowledge shared in close cooperation between the students and the Industry. The other objectives are highlighted as below.

  1. To mould Tourism and Hospitality Professionals ideally suitable for serving in all fields of the Tourism Industry by way of running academic programs. 
  1. To run academic programs ensuring all round improvement of the Tourism Industry in order to enhance the Quality of Life of host population by imparting education on tourism benefits and enhancing the experience of tourists through delivery of the quality product and services. 
  1. To assist the Tourism Authorities in Tourism Policy Making and effective implementation of Tourism Programs by carrying out research projects and thereby suggesting the overall strategies for the proper growth and development of Tourism
  1. To create skills and knowledge base for the local population to be involved in serving in the Tourism Industry by way of organizing Seminars, Workshops and Conferences
  1. To inculcate knowledge of optimum local resource utilization for developing tourism in a sustainable manner and promote balanced regional development on account of tourism by way of producing trained tourism professionals.
  1. To develop strategies to harness the vast natural and socio-cultural resources of an area for tourism development by way of maintaining proper liaison with  Tourism and Allied Departments of the Government and providing them extension activities.
  1. To educate the people of the benefits of tourism development to their local communities and foster community approach to tourism development by way of organizing outdoor activities of our students like Tourism Expeditions , Adventure and Eco-Friendly Camps.

The Institute has been working in close cooperation with the tourism industry, the education system and government departments to identify their needs for professional expertise and has developed training courses reflecting a high degree of educational creativity. The meshing of the requirements of challenges posed by far reaching changes, sophisticated intense competition with the growing variety of career opportunities in the field of tourism and travel, forms the educational framework of the course offered by the institute.

Achievements
Ever since its inception in1992 the Institute has organized several International and national Conferences and workshops. Every year in September the Department organizes weekly celebrations to commemorate the World Tourism Day on 27th September. The Department has started its own International Research Journal ‘Tourism Development Journal’, published annually. The faculty of the department has been regularly visiting in India and abroad for Conferences and for teaching assignments. The department has produced about 7 PhDs and many JRF and NET/SET qualifying students.
Future Plans

The Institute has ambitious plans for future. It plans to start the following courses

  1. Master of Hotel Management (MHM)
  2. Diploma in Multi Skilling Hotel Operations (DMSH)
  3. Certificate Program in  Tourist Guiding
Programmes Available
  Name Duration Total Seats Fee (in. Rs.)
1 Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) 2 years / 4 sem.
40
  1. 453 Subsidized, admission Fee
  2. Rs 50,000 annual for non subsidized.
2 Five year integrated Course in Tourism Administration (FYICTA) 3+2 years
35
  1. 453 Subsidized, admission Fee + Rs 10,000.
  2. Rs 50,000 Non subsidized, annual
  Bachelor in Hotel Management 3 years
40

453 Subsidized, admission Fee + Rs 60,000

3 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) ---
Subject to availability

 

Eligibility
1. Master of Tourism Administration (MTA)
Any first bachelor's degree of a University, Established by law in India with at least 50% marks (With 45% marks in the case of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe Candidates) The students who are appearing for their final bachelor degree examination shall be allowed to appear in the entrance test but their final admission is subject to their satisfying the above said eligibility condition.
Age Limit
Except for Non Subsidised candidates/ students and serving personnel, the maximum age limit for all PG course is 26 years for boys and 28 for girl students on 1st July of the year concerned., provided that in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the upper age limit will be raised to 29 years (for boys and girls both). Provided however that the Vice-Chancellor shall have the power to permit the age relaxation for reasons to be recorded in writing up to a maximum of six months. Provided further that age bar shall not apply in the case of in-service candidates/students and the state/government of India nominees.
2. Five years Integrated Course in Tourism Administration (FYICTA)

The students passing 10+2 in any stream from any recognized Institution/ Board with at least 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST) will be eligible for admission to this course. The maximum age limit for the course is 22 years on 1st July of the year concerned. In case of Scheduled Caste/tribe, the upper age limit will be raised by three years.

3. Bachelor in Hotel Management
The students passing 10+2 in any stream from any recognized Institution/ Board with at least 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST) will be eligible for admission to this course. The maximum age limit for the course is 22 years on 1st July of the year concerned. In case of Scheduled Caste/tribe, the upper age limit will be raised by three years.
4. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.)

The candidate having 3 years executive experience in tourism industry, or those who have qualified UGC-NET/JRF may register for Ph.D. program in tourism studies, if otherwise eligible.

Faculty & Supporting Staff
  Name Designation Tel. No. E-Mail
1 Dr. S.P Bansal Professor 476,2833476 parsheera@gmail.com
2 Dr. Sushma Rewal Chugh Professor 478,2833478 --
3 Dr. Chander Mohan Parsheera Associate Professor(Director) 477,2833477 parsheera@gmail.com
4 Dr. Sonia Khan Assistant Professor -- khansonia@hotmail.com
5 Dr. Nitin Assistant Professor    
6 Mr Gian Chand Sr. Asstt. -- --
7 Mr Dagu Ram Gestetner -- --
8 Ms Chaya Clerk -- --
9 Mr Chaman Peon -- --
Facilities
  1. 20 computer systems with Internet facility.
  2. 150 Books  in Department Library.

 

Contact Us
Director
Institute of Vocational Studies
Himachal Pradesh University,
Summer Hill, Shimla, PIN 171 005

Tel. No.
91-177-2833475

E-Mail ID:spbansal_mtahpu@rediffmail.com
 
 
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