BHM generates human resource required for booming tourism industry

Published On: September 17, 2019 08:31 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

Bachelor of Hotel Management program is designed for the students who want to pursue career within the hospitality industry. There is a strong focus on professional skills, theories and management skills. The course focuses on developing a professional with hospitable attitude.

This course covers wide range of areas in order to prepare students as hotel managers and entrepreneurs. The Bachelor of Hotel Management moulds them into successful business leaders in the international hospitality industry.

Hotel industry being the backbone of entire tourism industry, is ever flourishing globally in terms of revenue as well as generating and providing employment opportunities. BHM course aims to develop diversely capable human resources who can be efficient starters for different areas of hotel industry as food production (kitchen), front office, housekeeping, food and beverage management (restaurant services) etc. Later, students have opportunities to further specialize in one core area of the industry. Hence, this course produces perfect package of human resources.

Nepal has huge potential in the tourism sector. Our nation has natural diversity from highlands to plains in this very small area of globe and this diverse topography is easily accessible due to the short distance. We have the world’s highest peak, national parks rich in flora and fauna, snow-fed rivers, exceptional trekking routes, wonderful lakes etc to attract tourists. Nepal is rich in its cultural, ethnic and religious diversity as well. Having eight of the 10 highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a tremendously attractive location for mountaineers, rock climbers and adventure seekers. Recently, the hotel industry of Nepal has been able to attract huge foreign and local investments. Survey shows that this industry needs more than 20 thousand personnel by 2022. As Nepal is all set to celebrate Visit Nepal Year 2020, BHM is certainly a lucrative course for aspiring students.

BHM graduates are in high demand around the globe

Anup Karki
Platinum Management College

Why do students prefer BHM/BTTM? Why should students study it?

BHM is a highly professional course. Almost 80% of BHM graduates go abroad for further studies and they are well settled there from career point of view too. And those who pursue their career and further studies in Nepal are also doing well. BHM program not only provides hospitality knowledge but also enhances communication, discipline and grooming aspect of the students. That’s why this course is in more demand. Hence, at Platinum, we are producing globally competitive hospitality leaders.

How are you promoting BHM/BTTM in the market?
At Platinum, we strengthen our academic performance through intense practical classes involving food production, service, housekeeping and front office. These practical classes go beyond regular course related aspects. Further, we will soon start wine and jam production at our college. By this, we have widened career scope of our wards so that they can become industry leaders apart from being hoteliers. We also provide ample platform for our wards to nurture their hobbies through various club activities. We believe in word-of-mouth publicity and this is not possible unless our stakeholders (students, parents and guardians) are not fully satisfied with our overall performance.

What job opportunities are there in the market for BHM/BTTM graduates?
BHM graduates are perfect human resource who can fit in any industry because every area requires essence and etiquette of hospitality and management. As trend shows, BHM graduates are absorbed in hotels globally and even in banks, hospitals, NGOs/INGOs etc. We expect our wards to be entrepreneurs by starting restaurants, producing wines and jams, establishing motels promoting home-stay approach because these set-ups do not require huge investments.

 Why do employers prefer BHM/BTTM graduates?
BHM is a multi-dimensional course with core focus on hospitality and adequate knowledge of management. This is enough for them being highly preferred. While Nepal prepares to celebrate Visit Nepal 2020 and tourism industry is booming globally, BHM graduates are in high demand around the globe. Above all, perfect human capital with rich blend of persona and industry related know-how are always preferable.

What are some basic requirements to study BHM/BTTM?
Any student who has completed grade 12 specializing in management, science or arts can join the BHM program at Platinum Management College provided that they have secured at least C GPA in each subject. We are currently taking admission for BHM program. 

What are the latest elements introduced in BHM/BTTM?
BHM course of Pokhara University is enriched with global perspectives. Among BHM colleges, orientation programs, hotel visits, guest lectures, field trips, etc are regular trend. At Platinum, we are practicing additional activities under Hospitality Lab where we motivate our wards to organize food feast. Apart from the course, we also arrange field visits and industry related extra activities. We are in a mission to craft quality human capital for global market and hence, we are nurturing their soft skills and hobbies through Platinum Leadership Academy and Platinum Students Club respectively.

What type of new skills and knowledge do the students learn from BHM/BTTM, which isn’t possible in other subjects?
Learning and experiencing activities go together and this is the utmost charming aspect of BHM course. Hence, wards can have fun while learning. This is also the field which requires high level of discipline with serious commitments toward concerned field/job. BHM course is one of the best among other courses which provide this level of intense self-governance and career based guidance to the wards. 

How salable is your degree in the international market?
BHM course of Pokhara University is very advanced as it meets all the criteria as prescribed by BHM/BHTM courses offered by foreign universities. Our mentors are among the finest human resources available in the Nepalese market, with international experience as well. Hence, at Platinum, we are producing globally competitive hospitality leaders.

What is the internship provision in your college?
We have arranged internship at international hotel chains within the country as well as abroad. 

Why BHM at Platinum Management College?
BHM is a highly rewarding degree in terms of career perspectives. It is the degree for those who want to see the real the world. This is the industry which is continuously growing. It is for people who are passionate about teamwork and interaction with diverse people with diverse backgrounds (education, culture, nationality etc) at the same time. A BHM course provides platform to chase your passion in any part of globe, creating precious experimental memories backed by a highly rewarding career. In this respect, Platinum Management College aims to be one of the leading hospitality colleges of Nepal and prospective students will choose us on following grounds: Global recognition of the degree; highly experienced faculties of hospitality and general management; state-of-the-art infrastructure for BHM practical; rigorous practical of core areas as food production, front office, housekeeping, food and beverage service etc which goes beyond classroom activities.

BHM is best suited for students who want to explore new ideas

Tulsi Ram Rijal
Ritz College of Engineering and Management

Why do students prefer to study BHM?
Those students who want to pursue their career in the field of hospitality industry, Bachelors in Hotel Management is the best stream for them. This is -oriented course and students can get jobs in national and international hotels. Similarly , there is immense opportunity in the field of tourism and BHM students can grasp those opportunities. Beside these, they can set up small business  and develop their career by becoming entrepreneurs themselves. All in all, this is the best  field  for those students who want to be self dependent and explore new ideas.

How is the job prospect for BHM graduates? Will they get job immediately after completing their study?
Well, as mentioned earlier there is immense opportunities for BHM graduates in the domestic and international markets. Nepal is promoting tourism to achieve development and many hotels are being established. Our graduates can take that opportunity. There are other areas related to tourism like trekking, mountaineering and so on. Our students can pursue their career in these fields as well. Till now, students are getting jobs easily in our country. Similarly they can work in various hotels of the globe. Many students have got opportunities immediately after completion of their degree. 

What are the special features of BHM in your college?
We have two kitchen labs equipped with modern equipment and a large bakery lab for food production. Similarly, in the food and beverage service we have two large restaurant labs along with bar and barista facilities. Likewise for house-keeping , we have enough rooms with all facilities . We also have suite in the college itself where students can perform various tasks. Similarly, we have large computer lab where students can learn the different components of hotel software that we have developed and that is useful for front office as well. 

Beside these, we train them in making different cocktails and mocktails in our mixology class and students can learn the skill of making different types of coffee in our barista class. The lab is equipped with coffee maker and efficient trainer.

What are the things your graduates do after completing their study?
Most of the graduates from our college are involved in various jobs. Our graduates are working in various hotels of Kathmandu valley like Hotel Soltee, Radisson, Marriot, Hyatt to take a few names. And some of our graduates are in Australia, America and various European countries to pursue their further studies. And a few of them have established themselves as good entrepreneurs. They have set their own businesses. Some of our students are contributing to the. This is really a praiseworthy thing that students are doing better and contributing to build up a better nation.

How is foreign exposure in BHM?
Well, there is one-year internship provision for the BHM students. In this period, they have to search for various hotels of Nepal and abroad. Regarding Ritz College, in this field we give opportunities to the students to perform their internship in the various hotels of different countries. Our students are performing internship in the UAE, China, Thailand, the Maldives, Bahrain, Qatar etc. 

BHM lays solid foundation to start career

Nabin Kumar KC
Head of Department
Kantipur Int'l College

Why do students prefer BHM? 

 It is a four-year, eight-semester program and students don’t need to focus only on text-book study because of practical subjects. Out of 100 marks, 60 percent marks are obtained from internal assessment and students have to give 40 percent written exam. Compared to our traditional learning techniques, it is quite easy and involves active participation. It helps students develop technical skills, become successful entrepreneurs and develop positive attitude. 

How are you making this course competitive in the market?
We give priority to competence of teachers, proper facilities, industry placement opportunities, well equipped lab and dedicated and qualified faculty members. Students are highly motivated in this course as career opportunities in this field are not only limited within the country but also provides scope abroad. 

What job opportunities are there in the market for BHM graduates?
BHM graduates are highly demanded in banquets and conferences and food and beverage management sector. They work for housekeeping, front office and restaurant management.They are also employed in various departments such as finance, sales and marketing, human resource and public relations. In event management, they can efficiently work for exhibitions, weddings, and sports events. They are also preferred in airlines, casinos, catering and cruises.

Why do employers prefer BHM graduates? 
This industry has now become a glamorous sector so it requires smart people and BHM students who are taught to work smartly and with excitement are fit for the industry. So far, BHM graduates are doing well and they are highly preferred. 

What are the basic requirements to study BHM?
They are selected through an entrance test and interview. Basic academic qualification required is 10+2 with minimum 2 GPA or D+ grade in each subject. 

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