Suryadatta College Of Hospitality Management & Travel Tourism: Eclectic Pedagogy For Holistic Development

Prof. Dr. Sanjay Chordiya, Founder, President & ChairmanAn educationist par excellence who founded schmtt with an aim to train & groom students and make them successful hospitality professionals, thereby fulfilling the industry needs.

Having a solid understanding of business concepts & principles, tourism strategy and laws & ethics is vital, but one can't learn everything about the hospitality industry in a classroom. In this laborintensive sector, practical training is as important as theoretical knowledge, which gives students an opportunity to apply what they have learned into practice and develop personal skills & abilities. Alongside, the hand-on experience develops learners' analytical thinking and organizational & managerial spirit to conquer tomorrow's hospitality challenges, thereby making them industry-ready professionals.

Endowing students a rich practical learning experience of national as well as international hospitality management since 2004, Suryadatta College of Hospitality Management & Travel Tourism (SCHMTT) offers a multicultural environment of world-class hospitality education and inter-national training. The college not only develops students' knowledge, skills, abilities and attitude required in hotels, but also imparts them a successful career in the hospitality industry. "Our novel curriculum provides learners a level-playing platform when they foray into the corporate world, wherein each of them are equipped with tools & techniques and provided personal counseling & mentoring based on their grasping power for bringing about a synergy between functional knowledge and the right management approach," professes Prof. Dr. Sanjay Chordiya, Founder, President & Chairman, SCHMTT.

With the cornerstone on creating a dynamic and effective learning environment, SCHMTT conducts B.Sc (Hospitality Studies) affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and also B.Sc in Hospitality & Tourism Studies and Hospitality Studies & Catering Services from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YC-MOU), along with lateral (entry to second/third year of the bachelor courses).

Enhancing Skill-based Knowledge
Fusing the best of Indian sensibilities with a western out-look in its teaching methodologies, SCHMTT fosters a constantly challenging &
dynamic learning environment, driven by creativity & competition as well as supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure & technology, and an eclectic pedagogy. Following the distinct holistic approach (focus upon student's intelligence, emotional and spiritual quotient through a wide array of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities) for teaching, the institute not just imparts quality education, but also develops students as per cur-rent industry need, thereby bringing a paradigm shift in the teaching module. "We see ourselves as one of the major sources of providing skilled human resource for hospitality industry," avers Dr. Sanjay.

In addition to regular academics, live demos during practical, situation handling, theme based lunch/dinner (for Industry ready professionals), food festivals, Entrepreneurship development programs, seminars and industrial visits conducted by the institute play a pivotal role in honing their skills. This motivates students to think beyond the limits and gain latest knowledge (hand-on experience) in the field of marketing & event management while widening their horizon on hospitality aspects. It's experienced & well qualified faculty ascertains students receive all necessary theoretical/practical knowledge as per the curriculum, whereas soft skills and special sessions on personality development and grooming, coupled with creative thinking, commitment and confidence are imparted by guest lectures.

Not only this, SCHMTT also tenders a platform where various recruiters come to conduct interviews and select candidates, wherein they get selected based on their academics, communication skills, presentation skills and performance. Today, SCHMTT's students work in leading international hotels in India and abroad, some of them are pursuing higher studies abroad, and few have began their own venture.

We see ourselves as one of the major sources of providing skilled human resource for hospitality industry

Ample Facilities
The SCHMTT campus is well furnished with tech savy classrooms (containing projectors) & computer labs, well-stocked library, modern restaurant & kitchens, separate hostels for girls & boys, medical & guest rooms and seminar halls & canteen. Keeping security and safety on priority, the institute has CCTV camera, 24×7 security (lady guards), bouncers & officer on special duty and organizes several sessions on women empowerment & safety. The institute that aims to train & groom students overall also renders yoga, zumba and various indoor/out-door sports facilities.

Believing in good deeds for the society, SCHMTT organizes traffic awareness programs, distributes food packets to needy children, and even takes part in NSS activities. In the coming years, this NAAC and ISO 9001:2015 certified college envisions augmenting the use of technology in practical training and providing latest facilities to students, thereby ascertaining their holistic development. Adding another feather to its hat, SCHMTT also endeavors to become Pune's leading Hospitality College.

SCHMTT recently been ranked amongst the top four Hotel Management Colleges (private) in Maharashtra State by GHRDC survey 2019.

• in hospitality studies, savitribai phule pune university affiliated (sppu)
• in hospitality & tourism studies, and in hospitality studies & catering services (ycmou affliated)