All you should know about the recently launched Culinary Institute by Ministry of Tourism Development

The ICI is one-of-its-kind institute in India on culinary education and promoting the culinary traditions of India.

One of India’s rich cultural heritages is its wide variety of cuisines. The Indian culinary journey has been influenced by many historical episodes such as foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism. Adding to that, India’s geographical variation is also another prime reason behind its diversified cuisines. The government has been taking several steps to promote Indian cuisine time to time – sometimes with baby steps, sometimes with giant ones.
Eventually, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, established The Indian Culinary Institute (ICI), located in Tirupati(Andhra Pradesh), jointly with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). The institute has announced the commencement of its first academic session with the 3-year regular B. Sc. in Culinary Arts programme from August this year.
“Though the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has a wide network of Institutes of Hotel Management (IHMs) and Food Craft Institutes (FCIs) under its aegis, these institutions are essentially mandated to meet the trained workforce requirement of the Sector at the skill and entry-point supervisory / managerial levels. There was no regular credible institutional mechanism at apex level which could produce cuisine specialists to the Sector or groom chefs of international standards. ICI, Tirupati is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism to fill this void,” said the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
More about the Institute
Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) is built on a state-of-the-art 14-acre site at Renigunta, near Tirupati, with an investment of INR 70 crore. As the main campus is under construction, the institute will begin its operations from a temporary campus in Tirupati for the time being.
Earlier in 2013, the institute was sanctioned to the state when K Chiranjeevi was the Union Tourism Minister.
The ICIs will offer  regular programmes in culinary arts leading to graduate and post-graduate level degrees, promote research and innovation, organize demand driven certificate and diploma courses, document and create database specific to Indian cuisine and commission studies and survey on cuisine. The course curriculum has been designed by eminent academicians and industry leaders. The ICI will offer the students exposure to the latest concepts and technologies and access to state of the art facilities available in the field. Special emphasis will be put on extracurricular activities and inter-disciplinary to make programme enriching and for the holistic development of the Students.
More about B. Sc. in Culinary Arts
Those who have passed 10+2 or equivalent with as a subject and less than 22 years of age may apply for the programme. For students in the SC/ST categories, the upper age limit is 25 years. Interested and eligible students further need to go through an entrance examination conducted by the institute called the ICI Joint Entrance Examination to get admission. Presently, there are only 30 seats available in the programme. The details are available on the ICI website(www.ici.nic.in)
Job Prospects
The objective of the institute is to produce cuisine specialists, chefs and culinary experts of international standards. Those who complete the programmes successfully may get jobs as chefs in hotel and hospitality industry, kitchen management positions in hotels/shipping and cuisine lines/railway hospitality and catering services, faculty in hotel and hospitality management institutes, as Nutrition Expert, as food photographer. The pass out students may get job opportunities in many government and private organizations working in the same field or in the relevant departments of the respective organizations. Some may opt for self-employment option through entrepreneurship and consultancy.

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