CUK signs MoU with apex tourism institute IITTM
Srinagar, Jan 19: The Central University of Kashmir (CUK) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the reputed and premier, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM), Gwalior to facilitate and boost the academic and research support to Tourism industry in the Jammu and Kashmir.
CUK Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, signed the MoU, on behalf of the University, with the IITTM, Director, Prof. Sandeep Kulshreshtha, in the presence of the Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Dr. Lalit Pawar. The MoU was signed during the Directors Conclave, held at Gwalior, which was attended by top notch tourism experts and industrialists across the country and globe. Head Department of Tourism Studies, CUK, Prof. Syed Fayaz also attended the conclave.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Lalit Pawar expressed huge satisfaction over the signing of the MoU between these two central institutes of learning for reaping the benefits for the State of J&K, which is the pioneering and focal head of Tourism in India. The Ministry of Tourism, GOI, congratulated both the institutions and hoped that mutually benefitive processes would be activated to realize the true contours of the MoU.
While underscoring the need of the MoU, Prof. M Afzal Zargar said at the conclave that the MoU would open new vistas to enrich the academic support to one of the largest industries in J&K.
He said the purpose of the MOU is to promote mutual cooperation in educational and research activities and establish a framework for programmes of exchange and collaboration in areas of tourism for mutual benefit.
The key areas of cooperation, according to Prof. Zargar would be Joint Research Programme; Joint Holding of Conference/Seminar/Workshop/ Training/Symposia etc; Joint organization of conference/workshop/seminar/symposia/summer school/ training /lectures etc to improve the exchange of knowledge and experience; Faculty Exchange Programme; Student Exchange Programme; Research Scholar Exchange Programme and exchange of Knowledge Resource.
The IITTM is one of the premier institutes in the country offering education, training, research and consultancy in sustainable management of tourism, travel and other allied sectors. The institute has established a distinguished identity of its own and reached at a commanding position among sectoral B-Schools in the country. With its focus in meeting the changing needs of the tourism industry, it has played a pioneering role in the propagation and professionalisation of tourism education across India.