Prof gets commendation letter from Tourism ministry

MANIPAL: Rajiv Mishra, Associate Professor (Hospitality and Tourism) at Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA), Manipal Academy of Higher Education has received an appreciation letter from the Economic Advisor and CEO, National Council For Hotel Management And Catering Technology, Union Ministry of Tourism, Gyan Bhushan, for his commendable doctoral research thesis titled “Assessing the Effectiveness of Internship Component in Hospitality Management Education: An Exploratory Study in Indian Context” immediately after his award of Ph.D. in Management from Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribag.
Mishra in his research thesis has filled the gap in literature by exploring the effectiveness of hospitality internship in Indian perspective with regard to three key stakeholders involved in the study: student-interns, educators and industry mentors. The study identifies the perception change of students after experiencing the internship programme, analyzes the educators’ perception on students’ employability-skills garnered during the internship programmme, and probes the affability between industry and academia in terms of gauging the effectiveness of internship component.

The thesis has also been applauded by senior professor of Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad for its novelty and detailed exploration, as mentioned by Prof MK Singh, Research Supervisor, Dean and Director of Management Studies at VBU, Hazaribag.

The abstract from his paper says, hospitality and tourism industry is a growing segment in India contributing to country’s largest sources of foreign exchange earnings. But at the same time, the industry is facing the shortage of 30,000 trained manpower every year, as stated in the latest five-year plan document. All the three stakeholders: students, educators and industry professionals should have partnership in order to fulfill the huge future demands for skilled workforce.

Dr. Mishra on receiving the letter from the Union Ministry of Tourism, said “It is a matter of great pride that my PhD is highly appreciated by ministry officials lauding the same to be beneficial for all stakeholders in making hospitality internship more interesting and effective.”