ALUMNI SPEAK – SERIES
The “Academy For Workplace Excellence” was formally inaugurated on 30th January 2020.
This academy is a collaboration between RUAS and Cleanfix AG, Switzerland ( pioneer and innovator in robotic cleaning machines, Filmop International SRL, Italy ( a dominant player in cleaning equipment and accessories who has presence in over 80 countries), Scheveran Laboratories Mysore ( pioneer in modern cleaning formulations approved by Rochester Midland Corporation, USA as environmentally safe) AND SFB School, Ministry of skilled Labor, Govt. of Switzerland.
The purpose of establishing the Academy is to offer various programs in “Facility Management” and related fields.
“External Resource Person to Garden City University”
Ms Vineeta Kumari, Assistant Professor, Housekeeping from FHMCT was deputed to assess the practical exams conducted at Garden City University on 7th and 8th January 2020. The exams were conducted for the first year BHM students.
The students pursuing Bar and Beverage Management organised a DJ night with Neon Theme in the FHMCT Atrium on 16th November 2019. By organising this event the students got exposure in planning an event, budgeting and resource management. The entire team was involved in conceptualising, planning, marketing and implementing the event. 250 students pursuing MSc in Hospitality Management, BHM and BVoC enjoyed the evening. In addition to Bengaluru’s DJ Arjun, final year BHM students Nithin and Adithya Kashyap played music that all the participants enjoyed. Budding bartender Chethan captured the participants attention with his skills at flare- bar tending, while he dispensed some of the most refreshing mocktails. Neon decorations completely transformed the atrium and lobby of FHMCT. Most of the participants were dressed in Neon clothes .First semester students Neharika and Vamshi set up a face painting stall and drew designs on interested students’ faces using neon paints.
FHMCT celebrated Rajyotsava on the 14th November, 2019. The students and Faculty were all dressed in ethnic attire. The students were very happy for having permitted to wear ethnic, as otherwise they would be in uniforms all through the year. They were seen clicking selfies with different groups of friends.
Best dressed students from BHM, BVoc and MBA were judged and prizes were distributed by the Dean and Academic Registrar.
“Judging Cooking Competition“
A cooking competition was organised at Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore on 12th November 2019. As a part of annual cultural fest ‘Udbhav’ an event “Cooking Without Fire” the faculty member of FHMCT Chef Manish Kumar K judged the event.
” ‘S.P.A.R.C’ (Special Project for Associated Research and Collaboration)”
A Faculty Development Program was organized by The Oberoi Hotels and Resorts as part of their initiative ‘S.P.A.R.C’ (Special Project for Associated Research and Collaboration) on 8th November, 2019. THE BRIDGE program has a two-pronged focus – firstly, it is meant for faculty members to learn and expand their practical knowledge beyond the academic curriculum. Secondly, it creates a healthy working relationship between the hotel industry and participating institutions that will further enhance the recruitment opportunities for students. The FDP was attended by Ms. Shirin Kariappa. The sessions were on:
- Pricing with Confidence – A Guide to Revenue Management
- Unlocking all Doors – The Golden Keys (Concierge Association-Les Clefs d’Or)
- Technology in the Domain of Guest Interface and Engagement
Eminent speakers from the industry ensured an interactive session through the day. The Hospitality extended to guests was warm and impeccable.
Mr. Rajesh S. Mr Sreekanth N, Mr Shashi Sharma, Mr Sridhar Krishnan and Mr Shyam Prasad visited Akshaya Patra on 23rd October 2019 to observe the operations and facilities in order to be able to plan menus for the midday meal programme. They interacted with the staff and observed the preparation and packing of midday meals. They observed that food was cooked in bulk using technology which ensures the best hygiene standards and saves time and manpower. They were also briefed on the cyclic menus that are currently planned which include nutritious dishes made to cater to local tastes. The food is packed in insulated vessels and vehicles.
‘International Chefs Day’
The 20th October of every year is celebrated as the International Chefs day all over the world. This year at FHMCT the final year PCE II- Advanced Culinary Arts students conducted a culinary quiz and created the ambience of a pop up restaurant on 22nd October 2019. The occasion was graced by the chief guest Chef Ashish Kumar the Executive chef of Lalit Ashok Bangalore who inspired the students by sharing his experience of a chef’s life and gave them tips in career growth. This was followed by a culinary quiz which was conducted in two levels for the 1st & 2nd year and the 3rd and 4th year students respectively. The B.Voc Culinary Operations Students were also part of the whole event.
‘Housekeeping Master Class by Taj Hotels’
The IHCL (Taj Hotels) Hotels of Bengaluru had initiated a program on 21st, 22nd, 23rd October 2019, to showcase the best of trends in Housekeeping and had invited the talent from top Hotel Management colleges to join their 3 day program – “Housekeepers Master Class”.
We nominated three final Year students with a passion in Housekeeping to attend the program. Alex, Nidhi and Sabhya participated in the 3 day knowledge sharing journey. Many relevant sessions were conducted over 3 days to excite the “Hotelier” within them.
‘Chinese Theme Lunch’
The students of the V Semester organised a Chinese theme lunch on 21st October 2019. Dragons, Pandas and Chinese lanterns gave the guests the perfect ambience while they ate Dimsums, Crispy Fried Lotus Root in Chilly Sauce, Crispy Prawn Roll and Veg Spring Rolls, Kung Pao Chicken with Steamed Rice, Dan Dan Noodles in Spicy Peanut Sauce and Steamed Chocolate Buns and Candied Apples
‘Annual Sports Day’
The Annual Sports Day of RUAS was organised on the 19th October 2019, which saw participation from teaching, non- teaching staff and students. The event started with a March Past, FHMCT had a good number of students participating for the same. The guest and members on the dais gave motivational talk to all present. Events began soon after. Everyone broke for lunch. Post lunch next set of events were conducted.
‘Jail Theme Lunch’
The students of the V Semester organised a unique theme lunch showcasing food served in jails on 18th October 2019. The staff were dressed as convicts and policemen and women. The restaurant was turned into a lock- up room. The buffet counters had the ambience of a jail. The students enacted jail scenes and the fare included Chicken Kebab, Mirchi Vada , Bassaru, Mutton Saru , Ragi Mudde, Drumstick Sambhar Rice and Sabakki Payasam
‘Bengali Theme Lunch’
The students of the V Semester organised a Bengali theme lunch on 16th October 2019. The decor included diyas, earthen pots , rangoli , marigolds and an idol of Goddess Durga. The servers were dressed in traditional Bengali saris, dhotis, kurtas and kurta pyjamas. The delicacies included Puchka, Ghugni ,Aloo Dom ,Macher Jol , Shukto , Lucchi , Green Peas Pulao ,Bengali Style Chicken Biryani, Rossogolla and Kollar Bora.
‘Mexican Theme Lunch’
The students of the V Semester organised a Mexican theme lunch on 15th October 2019. A backdrop of colourful paper flowers gave the guests a feel of a Mexican fiesta. Somberos and Mexican guitarróns adorned the buffet counters. A musician strumming Mexican songs on his guitar added to the beauty of the ambience. The servers’ traditional Mexican outfits were accented with scarves, guns and muzzles. The spread included Tacos with Bean dip, Salsa and Guacamole, Christmas Eve Salad, Stuffed Eggs, Pollo al carbon, Mexican Rice, Chocolate orange mousse, and Mexican bread pudding.
Description of the Event:
Fresher’s Day was organised by the second year students with the coordination of Hospitality Club members. It was a University driven event. Lighting the lamp by Dean and few students was the first program of the event. The students took over from there and few other events were organised like- Air crash, Minute to win it. It was followed by lunch. Selection of Ms and Mr Fresher was conducted, the participants had to undergo many rounds of tasks to be able to prove their talents. And the winners were announced by around 4:30pm.
Date: 4th Oct 2019
Saraswati Pooja was conducted at the Library at FHMCT on account of celebrating the 9th day of Navratri with students and staff members whole-heartedly participating in the pooja. Sweets were distributed among all students and staff members of FHMCT.
Date: 30th September 2019,
IHM-Bangalore organized a Seminar titled “Dekho Apna Desh” on Monday 30/10/2019 at 2.00 P.M. @ “Shimsha” Hall @EDC of their Institute. Ms.Rashmi Koppar was one of the keynote speaker for the seminar. Dean, Prof Abby Mathew and Academic Registrar, Ms.Rashmi Koppar participated in the seminar.
27th September is celebrated as World Tourism Day to cultivate and create awareness among the society globally on the significance of tourism, and it’s social, political, financial and also cultural worth and value. This year for the first time India was conferred with the privilege of hosting the World Tourism Day, with the theme being Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all.
The students of Travel and Tourism Management (TTM) organized “Travelopia” on the 27th of September to mark World Tourism Day. The event was in collaboration with the Karnataka Department of Tourism. The event comprised of a quiz competition (Catechize), two panel discussions (Gapfest) and poster making competition (Creatrix). Invite was sent across to various institutes to muster up participants for the competitions.
The event commenced with the poster making competition and the preliminary round of the quiz being conducted simultaneously. The topic for the poster making competition was Tourism: A Million Opportunities to All. A total of 15 teams, which comprised of 4 members in each teams participated in this competition. The quiz mainly consisted of question pertaining to Travel and Tourism. There were about 18 teams which consisted of 2 members in each team. 4 teams qualified into the final round.
Shri. C.T Ravi, the Minister of Tourism and Dr. M. R Jayaram , the Chancellor of Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences were chief guests and they inaugurated the event. The Guests of Honour were- Shri. T.K Anil Kumar, IAS (Secretary to Government, Tourism Department), Shri. K. N Ramesh, IAS ( Director, Department of Tourism), Shri. Kumar Pushkar, IFS (Managing Director, KSTDC), Shri. Vijay Sharma, IFS (Managing Director, Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd), Shri. Dhyam Raju (President, KTS), Dr. Sivaguru Sritharan (Vice Chancellor, RUAS).
The topics for the panel discussions were “Roles of Skills Development in Employment Opportunities in Hospitality and Tourism Industry” and “Challenges and Opportunities of Automation and Artificial Intelligence in Tourism Business”. The panel members were eminent members from the hospitality and tourism industry and their discussion proved to be very informative for all the budding aspirants of this industry.
The final quiz round was conducted by a renowned quiz-master Dr. N Someswara and this was aired on DD channel. The final round of the quiz contained questions related to Karnataka tourism. The event concluded with the certificates being handed over to the winning teams.
We would like to express immense gratitude towards our Dean for giving us such a wonderful opportunity and entrusting us with the responsibility of planning the event. We would also like to thank all each and every faculty member who strived hard for making Travelopia successful. Co-operation and coordination from the team members is a pre-requisite for ensuring that the event passes without any hitches. We also thank our fellow students from Culinary Arts, Bar and Beverage Management and Facility Management for supporting us.
Date: 24th September 2019
Mr. Raj Kumar Dey was deputed as an external examiner for the 1st sem students at Christ University
The students of FHMCT in conjugation with the hospitality club had organised a lot of fun activities for their teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, 5th September 2019. It started with the students baking a cake for the teachers as well as organising a cultural show. The students also made the teachers compete for prizes in Treasure Hunt and in a game of Bingo.
The students of FHMCT in conjugation with the hospitality club celebrated Onam and Ganesha Habba on the 13th of September 2019. The students joined hands to decorate the faculty. The day started with a Ganesha pooja performed by a priest and prashaad was served at the end of the pooja.
It was a day with fun filled activities like Kerala’s Panchavadhyam, Karnataka’s Tamte, Tug of War contest, and Dahi Handi contest.
Scrumptious Sadhya food was prepared by the students and was served to all the students and Faculty.
The day ended with Ganesh Visarjan. A pooja was performed and then Lord Ganesha was taken out of the Faculty in a procession to have it immersed in water symbolising the end of all evil.
The Hospitality Club initiated inter-house throw ball and volleyball matches for girls and boys respectively on 7th September 2019. There was a lot of excitement and spirit in the game as students from all the semesters participated in it. House Hydra won both the matches.
The Students of 7th Semester Travel and Tourism course prepared a Travel and Tourism newsletter edition 1. The newsletter has tourism-related articles, interviews, pictures and much more.
The inter-house sports event was conducted at M.S.R Grounds on 30th of August 2018. Students of FHMCT organized a Kabbadi match. Team Pandora stood first in the first inter-house event.
The Runner up was Team Sirius and the second runner up was Team Hydra.
The Hospitality Club at FHMCT has formed different Houses through an election process on 23rd August 2019. And students have been divided into different houses. Captains and Vice Captains were elected. Various intra house competitions and events will be conducted for the student community at FHMCT. The Houses are called- Pandora, Sirius, Hydra, and Electra
Event: Induction Program for the 2019 Batch of Students at FHMCT
5th Aug 2019, Monday: Dean addressed the students of batch 2019. Then the Academic Registrar familiarized the students about the Academic Processes, Rules and Regulations, the Proctor System and the support departments. The department HODs introduced their departments to the students
6th Aug 2019, Tuesday:
The session started with a talk by two alumni namely Mr. Joyraj Koner, batch 2014 and Ms. Tia Anasuya, batch 2011. Senior students from all the batches interacted with the new batch. A representative of the Hospitality Club also introduced the club to the students.
7th Aug 2019, Wednesday: The first semester course leaders introduced their courses to the batch. Later on a few fun activities were conducted for the new batch as an ice breaking session organized by the Front Office Department
8th Aug 2019, Thursday: A guest lecture was conducted for the new batch and the resource person was Mr. Rohit Saraswathi. The topic was “Chase your Dreams”. This was followed by ice breaking sessions for the new batch organized by the Front Office Department.
Name of the Event: Visit to Orphanage
Date and Time: 13.04.19, 1.30 pm
Description of the Event:
As part of the activity undertaken towards Corporate Social Responsibility, the students and staff of FHMCT distributed school stationery that was contributed by them to the students of an orphanage in Mathikere, Bangalore.
Name of the Event: Foodified
Date and Time: 14th January 2019 to 11th April 2019 ; 10.30am to 1.30pm ; 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Description of the Event:.
As part of the curriculum the students of the VI Semester , who have opted for the Professional Core Elective, Fast Food Management , were given hands on experience in running a fast food outlet ‘Foodfied’. A survey was conducted to analyse the needs of the customers on the campus, followed by menu planning , food trials, prelaunch marketing, operating the restaurant, menu engineering based on profitability and popularity and sales analysis. The students gained exposure on planning , financial and operational aspects of running a Quick service Restaurant.
- Swad Sadan – Food and Beverage Exhibition from 28th March 2019 to 3rd April 2019
The 8th Semester students from the Faculty of Hospitality Management and Catering Technology, who have opted for the processional core elective Restaurant Entrepreneurship have been given the opportunity to gain hands on experience in operating a restaurant. This entails the planning, budgeting, manpower rostering, marketing and successfully operating an outlet.
The restaurant Swad Sadan was operational at the FHMCT premises from the 28th of March 2019 till the 3rd April 2019 offering cuisines like Maharashtrian, Avadhi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Mangalorean.
Name of the Event: Field Visit
Date and Time: 19th -21st April , 10.30 am
The INDIAN FEDERATION OF CULINARY ASSOCIATIONS, in association with Food Panda and Tag Taste invited students of FHMCT to do a sensorial study of over 150 restaurants that will help the diners to understand various food outlets and choose what is correct for them. They visited the Sarovar Hotel Bangalore with regards to this.
The students were thrilled to taste over 80 dishes and provide their feedback on the same.
It was a good learning exposure for the students.