Head: Dr. Punit Gautam
Contact: +91-364-272 344
Dr. Punit Gautam, Head
Department of Tourism and Hotel Management
North-Eastern Hill University
Ph: +91-364-272 3441/3444 (O)
The Tourism and Hotel Industry in India and the world over has gone through, and is continuing to experience, the process of enormous change. It has evolved from being a subsidiary economic activity into one of the most important economic industry contributing significantly to the growth and development of economies. In the process, the industry has now become more vibrant, competitive and professional. Long gone are the days when people used to enter into tourism and hotel businesses just for the sake of it. Now it has become one of the main drivers of enterprise, employment and contribution to gross domestic product. This drastic changecalls for a need to develop human resources for the sector with professional approach. It also calls for developing human resources who can engage in employment in various avenues of the industry and/or having the right aptitude and attitude for engaging in their own micro/small enterprise.
Various factors including ethnic and linguistic divides led to the formation of eight separate States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim. In many ways, north-east is very much unlike the rest of India. It is an area inhabited by a great number of tribes who speak a hundred different dialects and languages. In Arunachal Pradesh alone, over 50 distinct languages are spoken. In some ways, these hill tribes are similar to tribes found in other parts of the Himalayas. The tribal people here have more similarity with those found in Burma, Thailand and Laos. During the British period, the Christian missionaries found the tribesmen an easy prey for conversion under the State patronage. In addition, the region also poses as a heritage destination highlighting the rich and diverse tradition and culture of the local people added up with numerous indigenous cuisines. The infinite variety of its geographic setting, topography, varied flora / fauna / avian life, rare orchids, butterflies, brightly painted monasteries, challenging rivers, the history of ancient traditions and lifestyles, its festivals, crafts and culinary delicacies make it a wonderful holiday destination.
The Department has been conceptualized to conduct research and impart quality and applied education at post-graduate and doctoral levels in the disciplines of tourism and hotel management. On this backdrop Master of Tourism and Travel Management (MTTM) andDoctor of Philosophy Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management (Ph.D. - THM)programmes are offered by the Department. The programmes provide training from the management aspect of the tourism and hotel industry with a focus on sustainable growth and development of the region. The venture is, and will be, instrumental in grooming a cadre of youth well equipped to optimize upon the available opportunities and contribute towards provision of class services; on one hand; and socio-economic growth of the country, in whole, and North East India, in particular. The following is the mission statement of the Department:
To impart training with state of the art knowledge, skills and aptitude so as to prepare the students to emerge as recruitable human resources and trained tourism / hospitality experts for the contemporary tourism and hotel industry and simultaneously to inculcate the entrepreneurial spirit in order to enable them to seize the business opportunities in their respective environment, create and manage enterprises in tourism / hotel industry.
The above mission is accomplished through a program of teaching, research and extension, and through the provision of active learning opportunities in the areas of Travel, Tourism and Hotel Management.
The Department currently has sanctioned posts as one professor, two associate professors and three assistant professors out of which the filled posts comprises of two associate professors and two assistant professors.