Hoshang Velat, senior lecturer, and Hufriz
Motawala, bakery incharge, ex students of Sophia Polytechnic and now
faculty members, feel that along with everything else, a good profile
is of utmost importance if one needs to be a part of the hospitality industry.
Its about the right kind of attitude and diction
Why would prospective students choose Sophia
Polytechnic for their undergraduate course?
Sophia is one of the oldest institutes in Mumbai. And
now we have a reputation not only in this city, but outside also. The
institute has been affiliated to Mumbai University. We have just upgraded
our infrastructure to provide the students with the best. We have not
only created a new kitchen but also upgraded our old one. One of our biggest
advantages is our campus. We have one of the best campus in Mumbai.
We give individual attention to our students because our batches are very
small. Our total strength is 60, but the students are further split up
into batches of 20 so that we can have a one on one interaction with our
students. Above all, students are taught overall basics. We are one of
the few only hotel management courses which offer computer learning with
the Swiss CALC menu programme. At our Annual Dinner, we have special invitees
and professionals from this industry.
What is the future of the hospitality industry
The future of hospitality in India is extremely bright.
India enjoys a very low cost of labour and the hospitality industry is
very labour intensive, therefore there is more opportunity for people.
India is also one of the most tourist friendly countries in the world.
Thus there is a rapid development of the international chains of hotels
where students from the hospitality industry will be required. The hospitality
industry is open to all to come and join and our institute concentrates
on the overall, personal grooming of the student, therefore he will never
have any problem getting a job with these international chains.
What role does Sophia Polytechnic play in bringing
about a positive change to the present education scenario?
Sophia Polytechnic is one of the oldest institutes in
the city. We, the faculty, put in our best efforts to transform our students
into those who can survive in this industry. We believe in shaping up
their personality and also giving them a good profile as they leave. What
needs to be taught, can be taught, but at the end of the day its not about
what the student knows, its more about what they show. We are putting
in our best to provide the industry with a refined product. Our students
may not make it to the position of a manager right at the beginning but
we guarantee 100 percent placement in the best of the hotels.
How is your curriculum different from other colleges
offering the same course?
We conduct extra classes so that the students have an
overall foothold. We also believe in a one to one interaction so that
we can relate to the students much better. Our curriculum enhances the
students confidence. Our practical sessions and out reach programmes
work put very well as the students not only enjoy it but also learn a
lot. The highlight of the year is our annual exhibition culminating into
the theme dinner organised in conjunction with the staff. This event showcases
the talent of the students as they are completely involved in the entire
procedure starting from the procurement of ingredients to the menu selection
and food trials, as well as the actual preparation of the specialty dishes.
In addition to this, the overall décor of the theme is also handled
The event is visited by industry professionals such as
chefs, managers, etc who are invited to sample and experience the exquisite
ambience and cuisine. This gives our students the opportunity to display
their culinary skills and service talents.
How would you describe an ideal hospitality candidate?
In todays world, its all about your attitude, diction
and, most importantly, profile. It is what you show the world that is
important. The hotel industry looks for a good profile when it comes to
front office managers. Even chefs now days need to look their best as
they may have to come and speak to the guests. So, the recipe for a perfect
hospitality candidate is the right kind of attitude mixed with the perfect
profile and diction.