Indian Culinary Institute opens today

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of Kerala, will launch its prestigious Indian Culinary Institute today. The culinary institute aimed at promoting Indian cuisine as a niche tourism product, with its campuses in Noida and Tirupati, will offer diplomas as well as under graduate and post graduate degrees to research in culinary arts.

The ICI campus in Noida will be formally launched by Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons and Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma.

“The main objective of setting up of the ICI was to institutionalize a mechanism to support efforts intended to preserve, document, promote and disseminate Indian Cuisine, meet the sectoral requirement of specialists specific to Indian Cuisine, as also of promoting Cuisine as a Niche Tourism product,” said a statement.

The ICIs will be Centres of Excellence which will offer structured regular programmes of study specific to culinary arts and culinary management leading to graduate and post graduate level degrees, promote research and innovation, organize demand driven certificate and diploma courses, document and create data base specific to Indian cuisine and commission studies and survey on cuisine. Indian Culinary Institute would provide the appropriate training platform at par with the elite “Chef Schools” functioning in different parts of the developed world.

The ICIs will also help the local youth to get trained in these streams as well as create entrepreneurs and make them self-sufficient. The hotel and tourism industry will also get benefitted by getting the trained and skilled manpower which in turn will enhance their business and thus generate gainful employment.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) and Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), Amarkantak in New Delhi recently. The MOU was signed for imparting collaborative degree programmes including research in the field of culinary arts.

The academic courses from Noida campus would commence from 2018-19 batch and further batches at Tirupati campus from 2018-19 academic session.