TURA, Mar 16: When the level of unemployment in the region is slowly increasing, a major boost for the nascent tourism in the Garo Hills region came in from Food Craft Institute (FCI), at least 90 students were motivated to jump start their career.
The move followed the course completion of the students from various parts of Garo Hills, who were a part of a short-term course in advance multi cuisine cookery, advance bakery and confectionery, floral design and interiorscaping at the institute here, sponsored by North Eastern Council (NEC) under DoNER Ministry.
Joint Director of state Tourism Department, who is also the Principal of the Food Craft Institute, Tura, K M Momin, along with other dignitaries including the treasury officer of West Garo Hills B K Newar, and an official from the Regional Institute of Vocational Education (RVTI), Darisa Kharwarlang, handed over the course completion certificate to the students.
“Meghalaya tourism has been promoting such courses through its institutes in the state to provide a platform for the youth to take up enterprises and fill the job space available,” said Momin.
He further spoke at length on the potential of tourism industry in the region and other job spaces in the hospitality sector. He also asked the students to take advantage of their skills which they acquired at the institute.
Newar stated that jobs in the government sector were becoming saturated and the youth needed to use skills to earn a livelihood.
“The government is making a pitch to empower the youth of the state. However it is the responsibility of the youth to use their skills to the best of their advantage to minimize unemployment in the state,” added Newar.
Motivating the students, Kharwarlang said that the empowered students of FCI should take a plunge and ensure their commitment to do something new and innovative as there were a lot of opportunities in Garo Hills.
Established in 2010 by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and state Tourism, the institute has till date trained about 1974 students. It also offers a one and half year course on Trade Diploma in Food Production and Craftsmanship Certificate Course in Food Production, which are affiliated to National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Noida.
“Many successful students of this institute have been placed in several star hotels of the country including Leona Holistic Resort, Hyderabad, Eros Hotel, New Delhi and Vivanta by Taj Guwahati and Peerless Inn, Kolkata,” Momin added.