WGSHA celebrates Silver Jubilee, introduces new course2 min read
Manipal: The Welcomegroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) celebrated its Silver Jubilee in Chaitya Hall, Fortune Inn Valley View, on October 28. As a part of the celebrations, Yogesh Chandra Deveshwar, Chairman of ITC Ltd., inaugurated the Department of Culinary Arts, adding one more course to its curriculum.
Dr. Ramdas Pai, Chancellor of Manipal University (MU) said in his introductory speech, “When ITC and WGSHA signed an agreement 25 years ago, we had never thought that it will be a huge success. Today, WGSHA is among the top ranked Hotel Management schools in India and is known best for its placements.” A coffee-table book, compiled by the students and faculty of WGSHA was released by Deveshwar. Addressing the audience, he said, “When ITC collaborated with MU, the company was in its infancy and now it is among the high ranked hotels. Countries are built on the foundation of education and Manipal is one island of education. India would surely prosper and grow faster if we had more islands like Manipal.”
The faculty and staff members of WGSHA, many of which have been part of the school since its inception, were felicitated by Dr. Ramdas Pai and Deveshwar. The college proudly announced the name of Vikas Khanna, an alumnus of WGSHA who will be hosting Master Chef 2, a show on Star Plus. Khanna has made a contribution of Rs.10,000 to the alumni fund and has offered to sponsor the education of a top ranked student who wishes to excel in the culinary arts division, at the Culinary Institute of America or Cornell University.
“The evening was attended by over 110 alumni with family who registered for the event a month back. The celebrations went very well. The major attraction was the inauguration of the Culinary Arts course as MU is the first and only university in the country offering this course,” said Mudit Karwa, Cultural Secretary of WGSHA. The event ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Prof. G Parvadavardhini, Principal of WGSHA, and a cultural show featuring a Bollywood style version of the Ramayana staged by the students.
Sub-edited by: Vrinda Manocha