Indian Culinary Institute inks MoU with IGNTU, Amarkantak for degree programmes

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) and the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), Amarkantak for collaborative degree programmes and research in culinary arts.
Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons, Tourism Secretary Rashmi Verma and IGNTU Vice-Chancellor Prof TV Kattimani, were present at the signing here yesterday.
ICI has its campuses at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and Noida in Uttar Pradesh. The academic courses from Noida campus would commence from the 2018-19 batch and further batches at Tirupati campus from the 2018-19 academic session.
An official press release said the main objective of setting up of the ICI was to institutionalize a mechanism to support efforts intended to preserve, document, promote and disseminate Indian cuisine, meet the sectoral requirement of specialists specific to Indian cuisine, as also of promoting cuisine as a niche tourism product.
The ICIs will be Centres of Excellence which will offer structured regular programmes of study specific to culinary arts and culinary management leading to graduate and postgraduate level degrees, it said.
They would promote research and innovation, organize demand-driven certificate and diploma courses, document and create database specific to Indian cuisine and commission studies and surveys on cuisine.
Indian Culinary Institute would provide the appropriate training platform at par with the elite “Chef Schools” functioning in different parts of the developed world, it said.
The ICIs will also help the local youth to get trained in these streams as well as create entrepreneurs and make them self-sufficient.
The hotel and tourism industry also stand to benefit by getting trained and skilled manpower which in turn will enhance their business and thus generate gainful employment, the release added.
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