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Q. Although I’ve done quite well in my boards this year, I do not wish to pursue a hardcore academic programme. I’am very keen to develop my culinary skills instead. I missed the application deadlines for registering for many of the hotel management entrance tests. Are there any good options still open? My parents say that they will not let me compromise on the quality of institutes if I wish to go into this line (they are not too happy about it, but I have managed to convince them). — Manek Shroff
A. The Indian Culinary Institute (an Autonomous institute under Ministry of Tourism) has just introduced a BBA in Culinary Art (3-Year) programme at their Noida & Tirupati centres to arm students with the requisite skills, knowledge and attitude to work in the Hospitality sector as a Chef/ Kitchen management and Culinary Specialist.
The programme also involves in-depth laboratory/ kitchen work in the operational areas of Food Production (various Indian and International cuisine), Food Handling, Hygiene and food safety standards besides managerial inputs for kitchen management and food costing. Incidentally, in the hotel/hospitality industry, the highest paid employee is the Chef. There are 60 seats each in the Noida and Tirupati centres and selection is based on an entrance exam. The exam will be held on July 1, 2018. (The sample paper is available on their website).
The fee is roughly Rs 1.5 lakh p.a. (plus hostel charges).
Don’t miss the application deadline of June 15, 2018
No need for FMG test from 2019
Q.Our son is pursuing his medical studies in China. He will be completing his course next year but dreads giving the FMG test because he has heard that barely 12-13 per cent students manage to clear it. How should he prepare? — L M Baxi
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