SRINAGAR: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mehraj ud Din, Saturday said the main objective of starting Masters programme in Tourism Studies in the varsity was to hone the skills of students aspiring to earn their livelihood through the booming tourism industry of Kashmir.
“Kashmir has a huge tourism potential and those opting programmes related to the tourism studies have a bright chance of getting proper employment or starting their own entrepreneurship unit,” Prof Mehraj ud Din said, after inaugurating the two-day meeting of task force or subcommittee constituted for developing curriculum for MBA/PGDM in Tourism and Travel Management.
The two-day meeting of the panel of the All India Board of Hospitality and Tourism Management is being held under the aegis of Department of Tourism Studies (DTS) at the Sonwar administrative block of the varsity here.
Prof Mehraj ud Din asked the participants to devise a common curriculum for tourism studies for the central universities of Kashmir, Jammu and Himachal Pradesh so that the credit transfer system would be done at ease.
“As the universities are in the process of introducing Choice Based Credit System, the common curriculum would be beneficial for the students,” he said. Registrar, Prof M Afzal Zargar, said the university was marching ahead in academics despite several constraints.
All India Board for Hospitality and Tourism Management Chairman, Dr Sitikantha Mishra, said that, during the two-day meeting, the participants would discuss the framing of the curriculum and will learn from one another’s expertise.
Head of the Department Tourism Studies, Prof S Fayyaz, said the University, owing to the demand for professionals in the tourism sector, was planning to start bachelors programme in near future.
Meanwhile, the varsity’s Department of IT organised a quiz competition at two schools in Ganderbal district in connection with the ongoing ‘Digital India Week’ while a poster competition was held at Sonwar transit campus in coordination with the Directorate of Students Welfare (DSW).