Avahan 2019

Avahan, the Annual International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism of Amrapali Insitute of Hotel Management, is one of the most awaited events among the Academicians, Researchers and Professionals of the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. Avahan 2019, with the theme “Preparing Education for the effects of the 4th Industrial Revolution on Hospitality and Tourism” was organized on 1st and 2nd February 2019. Read this story on Avahan 2019 from Dr. Savita Upreti.

What would be the future of Hospitality like? Can robots escort passengers from bell desk? Will the check in process be handled by them? Can Chatbot really support customer service? Will rooms be equipped with AR tools to give customers a real augmented experience of Hotels services? Maybe – it’s certainly worth exploring.  As travel technology becomes more intelligent, it creates more avenues of personalization that can occur and be offered. We have witnessed technology moving through the desktop age and into mobile, many systems existed are now in disparate silos.

Amrapali Institute of Hotel Management has always emphasized its role in shaping future hospitality professionals by being the test-beds for innovation and educating for future. The focus has been to deliver future generations with the right set of skills and knowledge in this lust for empowering students with futuristic education the 6th International Conference AVAHAN was organised on 1st and 2nd of February to explore how Hospitality education would be affected by the fourth industrial revolution and how the delivery of education will be transformed.

Worldwide the fourth industrial revolution is developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the ‘Internet of Things’, robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence are changing the way we live and work. This arrival of Fourth distinct revolution with an unprecedented velocity, scope and its impact came as a mention furthering discussion in the 6th International Conference on ‘Preparing Education for the effects of the 4th Industrial Revolution on Hospitality and Tourism’.

The International Conference was inaugurated by the distinguished personality; the Vice Chancellor of Kumaun University Prof. D K Nauriyal who was the Chief Guest of the event. He initiated the event along with the dignitaries with the traditional Lamp Lightning ceremony to take the blessings of the divine Saraswati, the bestower of knowledge and wisdom. The Chief Guest was welcomed and felicitated by the Chairman of AGI Shri. C.L. Dhingra. In his inaugural speech Prof. Nauriyal advised that the changing time is bringing a fusion of technologies that is heralding a transformation in the entire systems and require a constant attention and adoption of new technologies and practices in HOSPITALITY work unit and mannerism too. He further added that the revolution 4.0 is bringing immense transformations in the hospitality sector that is demand based and is demanding technologically sound hoteliers. He further added that such Conferences are a welcome as they provide insight to such technology and skill enhancement techniques through viable exchanges.

The Guest of Honor of the event was Prof Azilah Kasim of Utara University, Malaysia. She shared her views regarding the influence of technology in the Hospitality Sector and the immense opportunity of Digital Literacy and Robotics use in the hospitality sector in the near future. Another eminent academician from HNB Garwal, Prof. SK Gupta was also the Guest of Honor and during his opening speech he put forth his views regarding the scope of jobs, their rise and the facility offered in hospitality sector. He also focused upon various customer friendly apps which are helping guest and curtailing the language barrier.

Besides this, an abound essence in the inaugural session of conference came with the presence of the former General Manager of Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi Prof. Sudha Chandra, Prof RC Pandey, the former Principal of GIHM, Dehradun, Prof. Vinay Rana, Dean of  IMS Unison University, Dehradun, Dr Neeraj Agarwal, of UIHTM, Panjab University Chandigarh, Dr Jatashankar Tiwari , Director In-charge of Department of Hotel Management & Tourism, Uttarakhand Open University, Dr. Ramjit from Central University of Kashmir. During the inaugural session 6th edition of peer reviewed Hospitality Journal “Avahan” with wealth of research and innovative ideas was unraveled.

During the Inaugural session of the conference Prof D K Nauriyal conferred away Academic Research Excellence Award – AREA 2019 to various eminent educationist and experts from Industry for their dedicated efforts in their field of contribution. The felicitation of dignitaries was done by Mr. Narendra Dhingra Secretary AGI, Dr. Sanjay Dhingra CEO, AGI and Senior leaders.

The Organizing Secretary of AVAHAN 2019, Prof. Prashant Sharma, talked about the objectives of international conference and laid stress on the effects of 4th Industrial Revolution on the Hospitality Sector and its allied services and the way to become integrated to educational activities for the benefit of the students. He highlighted the topics of discussion of Avahan, the upcoming technological advancements in the hospitality sector, effect of the revolution 4.0 on the human resources sector, various hotel groups and their booking system, language differences, Online travel agencies and their contribution to Hospitality Sector.

The world renowned literates set discussion of the participation of women in hospitality sector, the understanding of Hotel Community towards the impact of changing environment, policy related to environment development, case study of Varanasi with respect to guest satisfaction, effect of AIR Bnb on hospitality sector, Tourist satisfaction study at Awadh Region were some of the various research topics discussed during the conference with paper presentation by Ms. Jasline Chatwal, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Mr Ashish Tamta, Dr. Ramjeet, Mrs. Tripti Singh Negi, Ms. Sridevi Nayar, Mr. Jose Antony, Mr. Sujoy Vikram Singh, Dr. Vandana Goel, Dr. Jatashankar Tiwari, Ms. Sherry Abraham, Mr. Sachin Dhaundiyal and Mr. Amit Kala. The Panel discussion ensued with the presence of Prof. Sudha Chandra, Prof. Nimit Chaudhary Head Department of Tourism & Hospitality Jamia Millia Islamiya University ,Prof. Pranshu Chomplay Head Dept. of Hotel Management, Amity University, Dr. Neeraj Agarwal, Dr. Ramjeet, Chef Tanuj Nayar, Executive Chef Jaypee Hotels, Chef Rahul Wali and the moderator of the panel discussion Prof. S K Singh, Director AIHM, Haldwani. The main elements of discussion here were the role of women in the hospitality sector, the impact of skill in the sector and its enhancement, the importance of research in hospitality education, the importance of a change in curriculum with changing technology, development of human resource with the changes in technology, the importance of educational institutes in enhancing the skills of students through technology and impetus of technological advancement in domestic market. The learned scholars present during the panel discussion stressed on the need to understand the developmental changes occurring in the industry and job opportunities. They suggested that the students should be more aware of the changes in the hospitality facilities provided by the government and utilize them to the fullest for engaging themselves as well as involving many others in the work.

The two days long conference was gifted with additional inclusion of workshops by Industry professionals on Food and Beverage as Triyanch, The Science behind home drink and syrup with experts Mr. Prashant Ruwalia of Monin and Mr. Manish Sati from the bartending Academy of India and was attended by voluminous  students as fans to the marvels  and blends of drinks. The culinary workshop on Art of Plating and International Cuisine was held under the auspices of the experts Chef Tanuj Nayyar and Chef Mr. Rahul Wali who taught the preparation of Awadhi and Kashmiri cuisines to the students along with Dam Murg, Kashmiri Phirni, Dam Alu Kashmiri and Awadhi Biryani. During the workshop the chefs also skilled the participants with uniqueness of Art of Plating.

During the valedictory function the conference coordinator Mr. Mahendra Negi provided the delegates with the insight of 2 days conference and urged the researcher for their support in near future too. The Director of the Institute Prof. (Dr.) S K Singh extended his thanks and gratitude to the Dignitaries, Experts, Participants, Management and organizers of the event along with the faculty and other staff members and praised their efforts for coming forth to organize such learning events. He requested the students who have shown immense interest in the event to strengthen the desire to learn from such events and be active participants in it. Special thanks was extended to Aahar Ways the collaborating media partner for all the activities that reveals its Social Interest in promoting ways to advance the knowledge and skills of the students who are the future of the country. It served its social responsibility to uplift the event.

Thus the sixth consecutive event ‘Avahan’ has set the stage for many more educative events in the future.

The Unsung Heroes of India

Often, we marvel at the creation presented before us without appreciating the hands that moulded it. In this line of work, our student Himanshu Sangrola (B Tech CSE II Year) presents the stories of some “ Unsung Heroes of India ”.

India is the motherland of hundreds of heroes who brought laurels to her with all their might. While some of her sons were known and acknowledged for their great work, some have been forgotten with time. This article is about those “Unsung Heroes” who shaped the lives of thousands of Indians. They have worked with the best in the world and proved their mettle on the international stage. These “Unsung Heroes”, through untiring perseverance, have passed the torch of India’s glory from one generation to the next, thus yielding the results with which we are familiar today. Let’s meet some of them.

M. S. Swaminathan

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M. S. Swaminathan was born in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu on August 7,1925. He is an Indian geneticist and international administrator, renowned for his role in India’s “Green Revolution”. He was educated in India and at the University of Cambridge (Ph.D., 1952) as a geneticist. During the next two decades he held a number of research and administrative positions. From 1972 to 1979 he was the Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and from 1979 to 1980 he was the Principal Secretary of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation. He served as the Director General of the International Rice Research Institute from 1982 to 1988 and as the President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources from 1984 to 1990. He has been honored with many awards such as Padma Bhushan in 1972 and Padma Shri in 1967.

Verghese Kurien

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Verghese Kurien was born in Kozhikode, Kerala in November 26, 1921. He was an Indian engineer and entrepreneur who was regarded as the architect of India’s “White Revolution”.

He attended Loyola College of the University of Madras (B.Sc., 1940), and he earned another Bachelor’s degree, in Mechanical Engineering, from the same university in 1943. Kurien received a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. When he returned to India, he worked at the Government Research Creamery in Anand, Gujarat state.

Later, Kurien became manager of the Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers Union which later came to be called ‘Amul’ and became one of the largest food producers in India. Under him, the organization acquired equipment to process and store dairy products and proved to be a reliable supplier. In 1965, Kurien became the first chairman of the new National Dairy Development Board. He instituted the “White Revolution,” a long-range program with the objective of increasing milk production. He also established the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation in 1973. Kurien received numerous honors such as the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 1963 and the World Food Prize in 1989. He died in Nadiad, Gujarat on September 9, 2012

Homi Jehangir Bhabha

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Homi Jehangir Bhabha was born in Bombay on October 30, 1909. He was an Indian physicist who was the principal architect of that country’s nuclear energy program.

He went to the University of Cambridge in 1927, originally to study mechanical engineering, but once there he developed a strong interest in physics. He started his research in 1930 at the Cavendish Laboratories in Cambridge and in 1935 obtained a doctorate. After World War II broke out in 1939 Bhabha realized that the development of nuclear energy was crucial for the future industrial growth of the country. Funded by businessman J.R.D. Tata, Indian nuclear research began with the inception of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in 1945. He was appointed the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission by the Government of India in 1948. He served as the President of the United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in 1955 and as the President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics from 1960 to 1963.

He died in Mont Blanc, France on January 24, 1966.

Rajagopala Chidambaram

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R. Chidambaram is the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet. He is also the Chairman of the High-Level Committee for the National Knowledge Network. He is one of India’s distinguished physicists and has made outstanding contributions to fundamental science and nuclear technology. After receiving his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1962, he joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1962 and became its Director in 1990. He was the Chairman of Indian Atomic Energy Commission from 1993-2000, the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during 1994-1995,and was a member of the Commission of Eminent Persons appointed by the IAEA in 2008 to prepare a report on the “Role of the IAEA to 2020 and Beyond”. He was a member, and later Vice-President, of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography during 1990-1999.

He has D.Sc. degrees from more than twenty Universities in India and abroad. He has more than 200 research publications in refereed journals and has guided the Ph.D. work of many individuals who have themselves become outstanding scientists. Dr. Chidambaram is a recipient of numerous outstanding awards, including the Padma Vibhushan, the C. V. Raman Medal, Life Time Contribution Award in Engineering, the Homi Bhabha Lifetime Achievement Award, the Meghnad Saha Medal, the R.D. Birla Award, the Distinguished Materials Scientist of the Year Award and the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary International Visiting Fellowship by the Indian National Science Academy.

Vikram Sarabhai

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Vikram Sarabhai was born in Ahmadabad on August 12,1919. He was an Indian physicist and industrialist who initiated space research and helped develop nuclear power in India. He attended Gujarat College, Ahmadabad, but later shifted to the University of Cambridge, England. World War II forced him to return to India, where he undertook research in cosmic rays under physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. In 1945 he returned to Cambridge to pursue a doctorate and wrote a thesis, “Cosmic Ray Investigations in Tropical Latitudes,” in 1947. He founded the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmadabad on his return to India.

Sarabhai founded the Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association in 1947 and looked after its affairs until 1956. He also helped in setting up the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmadabad in 1962.

Establishing the Indian National Committee for Space Research in 1962, which was later renamed the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Sarabhai also set up the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in southern India. After the death of physicist Homi Bhabha in 1966, Sarabhai was appointed the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India. Carrying forward Bhabha’s work in the field of nuclear research, Sarabhai was largely responsible for the establishment and development of India’s nuclear power plants. He laid the foundations for the indigenous development of nuclear technology for defense purposes.

Sarabhai initiated programs to take education to remote villages through satellite communication and called for the development of satellite-based remote sensing of natural resources. Sarabhai was awarded two of India’s highest honors, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan. He died in Kovalam on December 30, 1971.

Sam Pitroda

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Sam Pitroda was born in Titlagarh, Odisha on 4th May 1942. He is a telecom engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and policymaker. He went to Chicago to study electrical engineering. In early 1970’s , he was involved in technology research work in telecomunnication and handheld computing . He is regarded as one of the pioneers of handheld computing as he invented electronic diary in 1975. In 1974, he joined Wescom Switching which was the first digital switching company in the world. When he returned to India in 1984, he started the centre for Development of Telemetics. In 1987, he became the advisor of Rajiv Gandhi. In 1990’s he returned back to Chicago to resume his business interests. In October 2009, he became the advisor of Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.

Alluru Seerin Kiran Kumar

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Shri A. S. Kiran Kumar was born on October 22, 1952 in Hassan, Karnataka. He is the current Chairman of the Space Commission. Shri Kiran Kumar obtained his Honours Degree in Physics from National College, Bangalore in 1971. He did M.Sc. in Electronics from Bangalore University in 1973 and M.Tech. in Physical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1975.

A. S. Kiran Kumar has contributed to the design and development of more than 50 Electro-Optical Imaging Sensors flown on Space borne platform, the latest one being Mars Orbiter Mission. He also played a crucial role in Chandrayaan-1 mission. He has been the Chair of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) in 2012. He has valuable contributions to Coordination Group of Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), Expert Team on Satellite Systems – World Meteorological Organisation (ETSAT of WMO) and Indo- US Joint Working Group on Civil Space Cooperation.

Shri Kiran Kumar is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Institution of Electronics & Telecommunications Engineers, Indian Meteorological Society, Gujarat Science Academy and Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences and an elected member of International Academy of Astronautics. He was conferred the Padma Shri award by the President of India in 2014. The Government of Karnataka honored him with Rajyostava Award for the year 2015 and ‘Sir M. Visvesvaraya Senior Scientist State Award’ for the year 2013.

Tessy Thomas

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Tessy Thomas was born in Alappuzha, Kerela in April 1963. She is an Indian scientist and Project Director for Agni-IV missile in Defence Research and Development Organisation. She is also known as ‘The Missile Woman of India’.

She studied engineering from Government Engineering College in Thrissur and also has an M.Tech in Guided Missile from the Institute of Armament Technology, Pune. She also pursued MBA in Operations Management and Ph.D in guidance missile under DRDO. She joined DRDO in 1988. She was placed in the department of design and development of the new generation ballistic missile, Agni. For the Agni Programme, she has been appointed by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. She was awarded the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for her contribution in the field of missile technology. She was also awarded D.Sc. by ITM University, Gwalior in 2016.

Satish Dhawan

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Satish Dhawan was born in Srinagar on 25 September 1920. He was an Indian aerospace engineer and was also known as ‘The Father of experimental Fluid Dynamics Research in India’. He studied in University of Punjab where he completed B. Sc. in Physics and Mathematics, Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and M.A. in English Literature. Later in 1947, he completed M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota, an Aeronautical Engineering Degree from the California Institute of Technology and a double PhD. in Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering. In 1972, he became the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation and Secretary to the Government of India at the Department of Space. He was awarded with many honors such as the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan in 1971 and 1981. He died on 3 January 2002 in Bangalore.

Vinod Dham

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Vinod Dham was born in 1950 in Pune, India. He is widely known as ‘The Father of the Pentium chip’ for his significant contribution in developing the most successful Pentium Processors for Intel. He did his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in 1971 after which he worked for a Delhi-based semiconductor company Continental Devices. In 1977, he completed his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He worked for National Cash Register at Dayton, Ohio before being hired by Intel. In 1990, he led the team that developed the 586 or Pentium processor, which became an instant hit in the market.

In 1995, he joined a startup called NextGen as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Dham did important contributions in developing AMD’s famous and world’s fastest K6 Processor. After this, he opened a small startup and a communications technology development firm Silicon Spice.

In 1993, Vinod Dham was quoted one of the top 25 executives in the US computer industry and in 1999 he was among the top 100 most influential Asian Americans of the decade. In 2011, he was awarded the People Choice Award and Special Jury Award in the category of Science and technology.

 

69th Republic Day Celebrations at Amrapali Group of Institutes

 

26th January or ‘The Republic Day of India’ is the day when the Constitution of India came into being in 1950. Our Constitution provides several Fundamental Rights and Duties to the citizens of India. It ensures that the basic principles of Equality, Sovereignity, Liberty, Secularism, Socialism and Fraternity are respected throughout the nation. This year we are celebrating our 69 th Republic Day.
 
The 69th Republic Day was celebrated joyfully at Amrapali Group of Institutes today i.e. 26th January 2018. The Celebrations started with the Flag Hoisting Ceremony. The Flag was jointly hosted by Shri R. Monga, Vice Chairman AGI, Shri Narendra Dhingra Secretary AGI and Col. R. C. Bhandari, Guest of Honour on the occasion.
 

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In his address to the students, Col. R. C. Bhandari reminded the students about the supreme sacrifices given by our Freedom Fighters. He discussed the importance of Cleanliness in our lives and how the youth of today can contribute in fulfilling the dream of a “Swatch Bharat”.  Care for the Elderly was another important issue raised by Col. Bhandari. He urged the students to stand up against social evils such as Casteism, Communalism, Nepotism, Gender Inequality, Poverty, Corruption and Intoxication.
 
Prof. (Dr.) Ritvik Dubey Director FCBM AGI talked about the making of the Indian Constitution. He discussed the salient features of the Constitution focussing upon the Fundamental Rights and the Fundamental Duties.
 
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The Celebrations concluded with Musical Performances by the students of different departments. Ms. Mandeep Kaur, Asst. Prof. AIHM did a wonderful job as the Anchor during the celebrations.
 

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Navneet Rautela ( BHM III Year )