SRINAGAR, JUNE 27: The Principal Secretary of the Department of Skills Development, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, today chaired the 16th Meeting of the Governing Body of the Food Craft Institute (FCI) (Society) Jammu at the Civil Secretariat here.
The meeting was attended by the Director of Skills Development Department, Managing Director JKTDC, Srinagar’s senior hotel management institute. Chief FCI, Jammu, Chairman, Hotel & Lodges Association Katra, Chairman, Hotel and Lodge Association Jammu and other officers of Jammu attended the meeting via video conference.
During deliberations on the agenda items, it was decided that the Food Craft Institute, Jammu, which is the premier institute for conducting courses in the fields of hotel management, will be upgraded to from the Institute of Hotel Management. This will enable students to join the courses, after 10+2, for a three-year program in hotel management affiliated with the National Council of Hotel Management and Restaurant Technology, Union Ministry of Tourism. Students of Food Craft Institute, Jammu can prove to be very helpful in filling the shortage of skilled labor in the hospitality sector.
The principal secretary ordered the officers concerned to raise the matter with superiors and to do so immediately. The principal secretary also set goals for the training of students at the institute and said that students should receive quality training to hone their talent which would in turn increase their level of income. While reviewing the performance of the Institute, Dr. Samoon also reviewed the progress of the ongoing civil/construction works in the institute and requested those concerned to work in a coordinated manner so that all work is completed on time.
In order to create more credibility for the institute for better long-term benefits, it was also stated in the meeting that the institute has been inspected for ISO certification. After the inspection, the institute received ISO 9000 2015 certification for providing hotel-grade education with the best infrastructure and standard quality of practical laboratories.
It was further stated that the institute has been inspected for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and has been duly certified.
Previously, the Director of CFI, Jammu, Jyoti Bhatti presented the performance of the institute along with the placement record of the students. The board appreciated the institute’s efforts to provide training in the areas of food production (cooking), food service, reception, housekeeping and baking.