Chandigarh 24th July, 2014:-Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42-D Chandigarh a premier Institute of Hotel Management under Ministry of Tourism, GOI, in collaboration with Department of Social Welfare Chandigarh have been pioneers in successful launch of  Six Months Cookery Course at Aasha Kiran for Differently abled participants (Speech and Hearing impaired)for the first time in the country.

The Cookery Course is inaugurated by the honorable Shri K.K Sharma, I.A.S. Advisor to Chandigarh Administration today, at 3:00 p.m. Shri V. Lalremthanga, I.A.S, Secretary Social welfare, Smt.  Bharti Tyagi, Principal Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management , Chandigarh and Shri Rajesh Jogpal, M.D Child and Women Development Corporation Ltd  also graced the occasion.

The program is funded under Ministry of Tourism scheme of Capacity Building for service providers. “Hunar Se Rogzar Tak” as the name signifies, it is a programme which inculcate skills for employment. This course enables the participants to learn cookery skills, which is beneficial for their employment. The institute will work closely with the industry for training and placement of the participants by forming self help groups for their employability. There will be no course fees chargeable from the participants. On the successful completion of the course, each participant would be provided with a payment of Rs 6000/- as stipend and a completion certificate. The trainer for the course will be assisted by a sign language training instructor at Aasha Kiran for communicating with the participants for the instructions.

Shri K. K Sharma, IAS, told the participants that “this is one of the most promising fields for employment not only in India but also in foreign countries.” He shared his expression of excitement when he saw the oomph of happiness among the differently abled participants.

During the Twenty four weeks of training, the trainees will learn and experience practically to prepare various Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian delicacies especially in Indian and International cuisines including a variety of soups, salads, hot & cold dishes, desserts etc. Apart from practical skills the syllabus also includes lectures on important topics such as hygiene, equipments, safety, security and behavioral attitude.

“The Institute shall ensure that the training imparted under the said scheme will be of highest quality so that so that the differently abled pass-outs are proficient enough to be easily employable. This training programme is free of cost and the participants will also be provided with two pairs of uniform, tool kit, books and journals during the training programme by the institute” added Mrs.  Bharti Tyagi, Principal of the institute.

 Earlier, the Institute in association with social welfare department also conducted a training programme in cookery for the students of Snehalaya ( a home for orphanage) last year in which a special onetime permission to relax the minimum age from 18 yrs to 16 yrs was sought from the Ministry of Tourism. Apart from the above training, the institute has also trained fifty five participants from Indian Council for Child Welfare, Bal Bhawan Changigarh and Union territory child Protection Society crèches in Chandigarh.