Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
21-February-2013 16:20 IST
Students with Disabilities to be Trained under ‘Hunar Se Rojgar Scheme’ NHFDC & ITDC signs an MoU

Students with Disabilities will now be trained in the Hospitality Industry under ‘Hunar Se Rojgar Scheme’. This is a pro-poor scheme aimed to bridge the gap of skilled manpower in the hospitality sector. This is a new initiative of the ITDC through its Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management (AIH &TM) where a PwD who has a minimum qualification of 8th Class and is between the age group of 18 – 28 years is eligible to get training and other benefits.

The National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation (NHFDC), CMD, Shri Harsh Bhal and India Tourism & Development Corporation (ITDC), Vice Chairman & MD, Dr. Lalit K. Panwar signed an MoU for skill development of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in Hospitality Sector.

The scheme consists of six/eight weeks full time training programmes in services like, Food & Beverage, House Keeping Utility and Back office jobs etc. No application fee or course fee is chargeable to the trainees.

All expenditure towards the training fee, lab charges, cost of training material, honorarium to trainers/faculty, Uniform, Tool Kit, Stipend, will be met by the Ministry of Tourism. On completion of the training, Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management will also assists the students in finding suitable placements.

The first training programme for Students with Disabilities is likely to be launched on the occasion of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Birth Day on 14th of April this year. This training will be provided by training institutes of the Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi.

Improving the skills of Students with Disabilities will not only provide a new dimension to this Hunar Se Rojgar Scheme as it will be a milestone in the direction of social inclusion of PwDs but also equip them with the right attitude and hospitality finesse that improves the quality of service rendered to tourists so as to encourage them to re-visit our county.

Under the MoU signed today between NHFDC & ITDC, the Students with Disabilities will also be eligible for skill upgradation course (Second Stage) which will be of the duration of 2 months to 6 months. The entire cost of the training and stipend @ Rs. 1,000/- per trainee per month will be borne by NHFDC.

Under the Hunar Se Rojgar scheme, the Students with Disabilities will be eligible for training in other parts of India also like Hotel Ranchi Ashok, Ranchi; Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore; Hotel Kalinga Ashok, Bhubaneswar; Hotel Lake view Ashok, Bhopal; Hotel Pataliputra Ashok, Patna; Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok, Itanagar; Hotel Pondicherry Ashok, Puducherry; Hotel Jammu Ashok, Jammu; Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok, Guwahati; Hotel Jaipur Ashok, Jaipur; Hotel Bharatpur Ashok, Bharatpur etc.