Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), a hospitality education venture promoted by Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, ISH (and former Managing Director and Regional Vice President of Starwood Hotels and Resorts South Asia) has announced its association with Vatika Hospitality to develop India's first Indian School of Hospitality. Currently, under development, the campus is located at the commercial complex of Vatika India Next, Sector 83, New Gurgaon.
Gaurav Bhalla, Managing Director, Vatika Group, said, “We have already invested in the K to 12 education space through our MatriKiran schools. Investing in the higher education space is a natural progression of our commitment to the education sector. We are happy to invest in and support a team of professionals led by Dilip Puri who are committed to bring international standards of hospitality education to India. ISH’s unique approach to education and its association with one of the world’s best known hospitality education brands will definitely set a new benchmark for hospitality education in India.”
ISH’s Founder & CEO, Dilip Puri, said, “I am delighted to have the Vatika Group as a strategic investor and partner in ISH. Their brand value and expertise in real estate provides significant synergies in the student housing market and future expansion plans.”
Located in Sector 83 of Gurgaon, within world-class Gold LEED certified complex INXT City Centre, the Indian School of Hospitality will be housed within a commercial campus that boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities. In its first phase, ISH will be operational in the ground and first floor spread over an area of 50,000 square feet. The institute is in close proximity to Delhi NCR’s commercial, retail, entertainment and hospitality precincts, and aims to provide a work-life balance to students for enhancing their productivity and creativity. The first phase can accommodate up to 300 students and when the campus is fully built, it will have a capacity of 1,000 students. As part of its future plans, it intends to develop campuses in south and west India as well as markets such as Sri Lanka and Nepal, besides setting up skill development centres for tourism and hospitality in Tier II and III cities.
Apart from this, a hundred apartments at Vatika India Next are also reserved for student housing. These will meet the needs of the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), which will open its doors to students in August 2018. Vatika is perhaps the first developer to get into purpose-built student housing, which AS Sivaramakrishnan, head, residential India, CBRE South Asia, describes as an abridged version of a service apartment.
“It will not be just beds in rooms; it will have facilities such as laundry services, food and beverage and be managed through apps,” Bhalla added. Right now, Vatika is providing housing for students of ISH; going forward, he says, it could expand the number of student units to cater to other educational institutes nearby.
ISH envisions its curriculum design to be a global benchmark of hospitality education in the near future, and in order to do so have entered into a strategic partnership with Lausanne Hospitality Consulting (LHC) for curriculum development and faculty training. ISH has partnered with LHC in preparation for an academic certification by Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), the world’s oldest and top ranked hospitality management higher education institution worldwide. In addition to the Four Year Hospitality Management Program, ISH will offer several long and short-term programmes in both culinary and executive education. The education structure at ISH is aimed at providing the ideal foundation for managerial and leadership development, strategic thinking- leveraging both macro and micro perspectives- as well as building emotional and intellectual intelligence. Beside the core academic programmes, ISH will also offer various short-term programmes in culinary specialisations as well as a whole range of executive education programmes catering to professionals in hospitality, travel, aviation, retail and other customer-focused industries.