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

Balangir on the move: expanding its knowledge infrastructure

The recent news of an XIMB campus in Balangir adds a new dimension to Balangir’s knowledge infrastructure. As per the recent Business Standard report:

The XIMB campus at Bolangir will exclusively focus on the Rural Management Programme and will have an intake of 120 students.

“Our campus at Bolangir will be a fully residential facility with a built-up area of 1.55 lakh sq ft and it will only offer the Post Graduate Diploma course in Rural Management. We will phase out the Rural Management programme at our existing campus in Bhubaneswar after the establishment of the Bolangir campus”, Joseph added.

XIMB’s campus will come up about seven km from Bolangir town and the institute wants to offer a rural ambience to the students pursuing the Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management.

XIM should aim to have this institute at the level of IRMA, Anand and put Balangir in the map with respect to rural management institutes. It should rank among the top 3-5 in the country.

Several other knowledge initiatives with respect to Balangir are also in the pipeline. This includes:

  • A university and
  • a WODC sponsored medical college.

There is also possibility that the state government may make some more state engineering colleges and Balangir should and would be a prime candidate for that. 

Besides the above plans, some of the existing higher education institutions in Balangir are:

  • Rajendra College, Balangir
  • Govt. College Balangir
  • Govt. Women’s College Balangir
  • BB Sanskrit College, Balangir
  • Food Craft Institute, Balangir (The Odisha govt. has proposed to upgrade it to an Institute of Hotel Management.)
  • Government Ayurveda College, Balangir
  • Sushree Institute of Technical Education, College Of Nursing, Bolangir (Offers BSc. Nursing)
  • Sushree Institute of Technical Education, School Of Nursing, Bolangir (Offers Diploma Course in General Nursing and Midwifery Training)
  • Four ITIs: I.T.I., Bolangir; ITI (Women), Bolangir; KBK ITC, Bolangir; Sushree ITC, Sadaipali, Bolangir
  • Sushree Institute of Technical Education (SITE),Bolangir (Offering Diploma in Engineering subjects)

Balangir has good connectivity to Bhubaneswar (two daily trains: an intercity day train and Raipur-Puri Express), Sambalpur (daily trains: Koraput-Rourkela, Ispat, Balangir-BBS, Koraput-HWH, Rayagada-SBP, Raipur-Puri, Dhanbad-Allepey), Titlagarh, Jharsuguda and Rourkela in Odisha, and has two daily trains to Howrah, one daily train to Chennai and Kerala, tri-weekly trains to Bangalore, bi-weekly train to Hyderabad, a weekly train to Mumbai, and tri-weekly (to become 5 times a week) trains to Delhi from Titlagarh which is 63 kms away.

The under construction Khurda-Balangir line receiveed 120 crores in this year’s budget and hopefully it will progress at good speed and get similar and larger budgets in the coming years. If that happens then this line could get completed in another 5 years. Once this line is completed the rail connectivity of Balangir will further improve.

Politically, it has an active MP in Kalikesh Singh Deo and MLA in A. U. SinghDeo who is an important minister in Odisha. Also, its interests are being watched over by Balangir natives abroad such as Dr. Sanjiv Karmee.

So things look positive for Balangir.

The most important things to watch for and/or pursue are: Making sure that the proposed university and the medical college that are in the pipeline are indeed established; Making sure that if there are new state engineering colleges then Balangir gets one; Encouraging and enticing other private entities to establish institutes and colleges in Balangir; and Making sure the Khurda-Balangir line gets completed in 5 years.

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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

Coimbatore’s textile institute to be upgraded to Indian Institute of Textiles

Following is an excerpt from a report in

The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Textile Management in Coimbatore will be upgraded and renamed Indian School of Textiles, the government announced Thursday.

“The school will engage itself in research and will also undertake comprehensive consultancy services for the industry,” Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran told reporters here.

Orissa should keep a watch on similar upgradations and make a case for upgradation of similar institutes  in Orissa. Some of the institutes that come into mind are:

  • Food Craft Institute Balangir – Should be upgraded to Indian Institute of Hotel Management
  • Biju Patnaik National Steel Institute, Puri – Should be upgraded to Indian Institute of Steel
  • IIMC Dhenakanal branch – Should be upgraded to an independent IIMC
  • IITTM Bhubaneswar branch – Should be upgraded to an independent IITTM

If I am missing something, please add in the comments.


September 10th, 2009

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.

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