Food Craft Institute Blangir becomes State Institute of Hotel Management; its admission ad

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May 15th, 2011

Best Western in collaboration with Ranjita Institute of Hotel Management and Catering (RIHC), has opened the Best Western India Centre For Hotel Management and Training in Bhubaneswar

Following is an from a report in

International hospitality chain Best Western in collaboration with Ranjita Institute of Hotel Management and Catering (RIHC), has opened of The Best Western India Centre For Hotel Management and Training in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. The new campus spread over 10 acres will train approximately 500 students. The centre will commence its next session from February 2011.

According to the company release, the institute campus will be fully residential and offer courses in hospitality and hotel administration, accommodation operation and management, food production, food and beverage service and other modular programmes.

Sudhir Sinha, President & COO, Best Western India said, “Best Western is probably the only international chain which has tremendous online certification and training resources available for all the key departments like front office, housekeeping, maintenance, food & beverage production, food & production service, sales for all its employees. These courses are all available online to the students of this training centre. The training and certification modules of Best Western helps to share the Global Best Practices identified across over 4,000 hotels worldwide.”

Ranjita Institute has the same Chairman as the C V Raman College in Bhubaneswar; so they are probably linked or part of the same group.

December 20th, 2010

Progress on upgrading FCI Balangir to a hotel managment institute

Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

Principal of Food Craft Institute (FCI) Chandrakant Mahapatra said: “If things work out as planned, Balangir will soon have the second government-funded institute of hotel management in the state after Bhubaneswar. The union government is keen to upgrade the Food Craft Institute in Balangir into an institute of hotel management.”

Mahapatra said to facilitate the process, the Centre had demanded transfer of FCI land to the tourism department. It also demanded that FCI be re-registered as an hotel management institute under the Society Registration Act. “We are working on the two criteria. The land transfer process has been expedited. I am going to Cuttack today for registration related work,” he told The Telegraph.

He further said that the institute would be known as State Institute of Hotel Management (SIHM) and the Centre has assured to spend Rs 12 crore on infrastructure.

“The Centre will provide the infrastructure and the state government will have expenses for running the institute. The institute will offer BSc degree course in hospitality and hotel administration (HHA) and students will have to take an all-India entrance test to get admission,” Mahapatra said.

September 15th, 2010

Tourism and Higher Education minister Shri Debi Mishra proposes establishment of hotel management schools in Balangir and Rourkela

Update on May 9th 2010: Following is from a report in Daily Pioneer.

The Food Craft Institute, Balangir, has been awarded as the best food craft institute all over India for its excellent all-round performance. Established jointly by the Union Ministry of Tourism and State Department of Tourism, this institute offers diploma courses in Food Production, Food and Beverages Service, Front Office Operation and House Keeping Operation. … The institute is going to be upgraded as a State Institute of Hotel Management. Recently, a Central inspection team visited the campus.

Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard.

… the state government has sought the conversion of the status of Food Craft Institute at Bolangir into an Indian Institute of Health Hotel Management (IIHM). The state government would provide additional land for it. Besides, the government has also urged the Centre to set up a IIHM at Rourkela, Mishra added.

Note that the Institute of Hotel Management in Bhubaneswar started as a Food Craft Institute in 1973. It became a centrally funded Institute of Hotel Management in 1984.

March 27th, 2010

Orissa Education and HRD related headlines from our sister site in Twitter

Our sister site in Twitter is (Often when we are busy or do not feel like writing a full posting here, we post a micro-blog in our Twitter sister site. The Twitter sister site also automatically adds the headline from this site and the orissagrowth site. Once in a  while we will collect those headlines here. But readers wanting a broader and more immediate coverage should consider following our Twitter site at Following are some selected items from that site since July 12th.

August 20th, 2009

Admission notice of Food Craft Institute Balangir

This institute is established by Ministry of Tourism Government of India and Government of Orissa. This is the only centrally funded institute in the Balangir district.

3 comments May 28th, 2009

Food craft Institute in Balangir – needs attention

The National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology has several (31) affiliated Institute of Hotel Managements and several (7-10) Foodcraft Institutes. Orissa has one of each: Institute of Hotel Management in Bhubaneswar and a Foodcraft Institute in Balangir. The food craft institutes are located in the following places in India.

Sr. No.

Name of Institute

Address of Institute





Food Craft Institute,

Hotel Khidmat Premises,

Puskar Road,






Food Craft Institute,

District Tourism Centre,







Food Craft Institute,            

Sector 42-D       

Chandigarh – 160036





Food Craft Institute,

Lewis Jubilee Sanatorium,


West Bengal




Food Craft Institute,     

Badkal Chowk,

Faridabad – 121001.





Food Craft Institute,

Uppalam Road,






Food Craft Institute,

Opp. Community Centre,

Govardhan Vilas, Sector-14

Udaipur – 313004.


Following are the courses offered by the Institutes of Hotel Management and the Food Craft Institutes.

The Bachelor of Science programme in Hospitality and Hotel Administration is offered jointly by the National Council for Hotel Management and the Indira Gandhi National Open University. The Three-Year programme equips students with all the required skills, knowledge and attitude to efficiently discharge supervisory responsibilities in the Hospitality sector. The programme also involves in-depth laboratory work for students to acquire required knowledge and skills standards in the operational areas of Food Production, Food and Beverage Service, Front Office Operation and House Keeping. The programme imparts substantial management inputs in area such as Sales and Marketing, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Hotel and Catering Law, Property Management, Entrepreneurship Development, Computers with special focus on Tourism Studies.

Admission to the following courses is regulated by the respective Institutes. Announcement for admission is released by them between May-July each year. Candidates meeting the prescribed entry-level requirements may apply to the concerned Institute. Admission will be based on the candidate’s merit in the qualifying examination.


  Course Duration   Upper Age Limit Location of Institutes where Course is available
1. M.Sc. Hospitality Administration 2 Years H.M. or
3 yr Diploma in HM
NA IHM – Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai


Post Graduate Diploma in Accommodation
Operation and

1½ Years

Graduation in any


IHM – :Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi (Pusa), Gwalior, Hyderabad, Shimla, Thiruvananthapuram , Faridabad (FCI)


Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service

1 Year

Graduate with Science or Bachelor in Home Sc.


IHM – Chennai, Delhi (Pusa) and Mumbai


Craftsmanship Course in Food Production

1½ Years

10th Class pass of 10+2


IHM – Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, Gwalior Shimla, Delhi (Pusa), Thiruvananthapuram


Craftsmanship Course in Food and Beverage Service

24 weeks

10th Class pass of 10+2


IHM – Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, Shimla


Certificate Course in Hotel and Catering

6 Months

Class XII of 10+2 system or equivalent


IHM : Mumbai, Chennai


Diploma in
Food Production

1½ Years

10+2 or


FCIs – Ajmer, Balangir, Chandigarh, Darjeeling, Faridabad, Gangtok, Jodhpur, Udaipur


Diploma in Food and Beverage Service

1½ Years

10+2 or


FCIs – Ajmer, Balangir, Chandigarh, Darjeeling, Faridabad, Gangtok, Jodhpur, Udaipur, IHM-Delhi (Pusa


Diploma in Front Office

1½ Years

10+2 or


FCIs – Ajmer, Balangir,  Chandigarh, Darjeeling, Faridabad, Gangtok, Jodhpur, Udaipur


Diploma in House

1½ Years

10+2 or


FCIs – Ajmer, Chandigarh, Faridabad, Jodhpur, Udaipur


Diploma in Bakery and

1½ Years

10+2 or


FCI – Chandigarh, IHM- Delhi (Pusa)

A recent news item in mentions some problem with respect the Food Craft Institute in Balangir.

Uncertainity looms large over the Food Craft Institute here which is unique in Orissa. Reason: The State Government is yet to allot the plot, where the institute is presently located, in the name of institute. As a result, the financial assistance of Rs 1.3 crore from Centre to construct the hostel and part of institute building may return.

The government had decided to set up the institute in 2004 to boost the tourism and hospitality sector in the region. At present, the institute is being run by Ministry of Tourism. Orissa government had signed an MoU with Centre according to which the latter will provide financial assistance to run the institute for five years. Since the State Government is yet to hand over the land to the institute, the stipulated period (five years) of running the institute will elapse soon resulting in closure of the institute.Sources in the institute said if the State government does not do anything, then the institute will face closure in 2009. The Centre is seeking utilisation certificate (UC), which the institute has not been able to submit as the money is yet to be utilised in building the required infrastructure. When asked, Works Minister (former Tourism minister) and local MLA Ananga Udaya Singhdeo admitted that Centre would ask for return of funds if the UC is not submitted. “I have reminded the Tourism Department many times but they are not taking any step in this regard. The land should be allotted in the name of the institute as per the MoU,’ said the Minister.So far the institute has produced hundreds of students, who are well placed in hospitality industry. At present, around 55 students are studying in the institute.

1 comment November 23rd, 2008

HHI Hotel Management School in Bhubaneswar

Following is an excerpt from a report in Hospitality Biz India.

In a bid to equip the Indian hospitality industry with manpower, Hotel Hindustan International (HHI) group of hotels is setting up a hotel management institute in Bhubaneswar. This will be the branch of HHI’s already existing institute called Regency HHI Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology in Varanasi.

DK Jaiswal, Chairman and Managing Director, HHI group of hotels, says, “Indian hospitality’s future lies in not only the premium properties, but mainly in the three to four-star category budget hotels. With a great demand of rooms all over the country, Indian hospitality business requires an enormous number of skilled professionals. We therefore, plan to churn out more manpower for the industry.”

The HHI Institute in Varanasi, according to Jaiswal, teaches aspirants as per global hospitality standards. “As we generally try to absorb the professionals in all our present and up coming properties across India, we try to teach them according to our benchmark which is based on global standards and accepted by most of the hospitality giants present in India,” adds Jaiswal. The Regency HHI institute started its operation about three years back and has been looking after the manpower capacity for all existing HHI properties in Kolkata, Varanasi and Bhubaneswar.  …

The upcoming institute in Bhubaneswar will have the regular three years degree courses on hotel management and catering technology. It will cater to 100 students per session. According to Jaiswal, the institute will start its operation from next year with a skilled group of professors. “We will lay emphasis on more practical knowledge rather than just theory,” says Jaiswal.

July 28th, 2008

Orissa JEE counseling brochure is available now

(Update on June 17 2008:  For guidance on what you can get with your Orissa JEE rank in 2008, please see I do not have more information than that.)

Orissa JEE counseling brochure is now available in the web. Unfortunately it does not give any historical data regarding which ranks were able to get which branch and which college in the previous years. In comparison with the 2006 counselling brochure, the 2007 counseling brochure lists four new engineering colleges:

  • Gandhi Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar [GIF] (this is besides the preexisting Gandhi Engineering College, Bhubaneswar [GEC]; GIET Gunupur [GIT]; and GITA Bhubaneswar [GIB])
  • Nalanda institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar [NIT]
  • Rajdhani Engineering College, Bhubaneswar [REC]
  • Sundergarh Engineering College, Sundergarh [SUN]

and does not include

  • Institute of Textile Technology, Choudwar [ITT]

158 comments July 3rd, 2007

Institutions with Nontraditional programs – a dated list

Following is a list of institutions with non-traditional programs that I compiled earlier. They are categorized as follows: Arts and Crafts, Design, Teachers training, Diploma in Engineering, ITIs, Film and TV, Homeopathy and Ayurveda, Hotel management, Journalism, Law, Library Science, Performance arts, Physical Education, Sanskrit and Social work.

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