Himgiri Zee University: A Pioneering Hotel Management Institute in India

To become world class University and to harbinger vocationalisation of higher education through conventional as well as through other modes of learning in order to meet the future demands for trained manpower in the country

People often say that it is easy to be bad, it is difficult to be good, but it is even harder to be and remain as the best. With a mission to provide educational opportunities to all segments of society, without discrimination of any kind, and enable regular face-to-face education through the use of modern technologies, and to bring education to the doorsteps of all those who did not have access to higher education earlier or were denied such an access, emerged Himgiri Zee University.

The University has been awarded as “Best Private University” in the year 2015 and the quest for excellence continues with the same spirit. Since last three years, it has achieved nearly 100% placement for both Diploma and Degree students of Hotel Management. The departments which the university boasts about are The School of Agriculture and Forestry, The Department of Architecture, Design and Planning, School of Media and Journalism, Department of Education and Department of Social Work and Humanities, Department of Management, Department of Hotel Management and Department of Law, The School of Vocational Studies , Clinical research.

International Tie-Ups and Career Opportunities which Make HZU Stand Tall

Himgiri Zee University provides its students with Industrial exposure along with training in different star category hotels of repute including Taj Hotels, Palaces and Resorts, Andaz by Hyatt, Carlson, Radisson, ITC Fortune, Sarovar Portico and many more enabling them to learn about contemporary hospitality operations. This helps its students to secure jobs, giving them 100% placements.

The curriculum (as per UGC norms) is designed in such a way that it focuses on overall development of the students. The extensive sessions including short term specialized training courses within the area of interest of the students.

The students actively participate in the various events on the university like Fest, Fresher’s party, Seminars which helps them to get into the meticulous details of the effective and efficient Event Management.

Innovative Teaching Methodology which Keeps the Students Motivated and Inspired

At HZU, innovative teaching methods are adopted to clarify students’ concepts and hypotheses. A blend of Conventional and Modern class room with audio-visual equipment, class room lectures form the bedrock on which case studies, assignments, group projects, seminars, debates, elocution, role playing, psycho-analysis help in further development of the student. Well-equipped Conference Hall aids to the same. Field Tours and guest lectures are part of learning mechanism to give a critical practical orientation to the pupils.

The idea behind the whole academic exercise is not to make students exam oriented but business inclined. The ability to explore new ideas and to take real life challenges can only come through such an Endeavour, and that is what drives the students of HZU towards a successful career graph.

Campus Facilities that Keep Students Energetic

With a high class infrastructure and fully equipped accommodation including separate AC and Non AC hostels for boys and girls, Himgiri Zee University strives to provide all kinds of facilities ranging from transportation, cafeteria, Wi-Fi campus, sports, open gymnasium, swimming pool, medical aid, to enable comfort and a tech savvy learning to the students with fully equipped computer labs. The Library has state – of the – art information systems and provides access to an extensive range of database, together with traditional printed material. The library is stocked with more than 30,000 books, 4000 titles and a number of journals and reports that cover all subjects. Although the primary mission of the library is to support the curricular and research needs of the students, the library also provides material and reference assistance for the faculty.

The University claims, “We believe in training the students not only in their chosen academic discipline but beyond. Sports at University campus provide for the perfect setting to hone one’s team skills and to maintain physical fitness. Apart from indoor games, there is a whole gamut of outdoor sports like Football, Volleyball, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Cricket, Badminton etc. The HZU is a vibrant campus full of healthy sports and extracurricular activities.

Promotional Activities to Motivate Students enabling them to carve a Niche in Hospitality sector

HZU’s Frequent Industrial tours to renowned hotels of India along with Industrial exposure training in different star category hotels of repute helps students to be aware of the hospitality industry with hands-on experience. Guest lectures, sessions from the prominent personalities of the industry widely covering various aspects of the operations like Fruit & Vegetable carving, Sales & Marketing, Property Management System, Professional Communication, Cocktails and Mocktails sessions, Interior decoration and theme décor etc., plays a vital role in creating the interest of the students.

Regular presentations, case studies, and role play organized by the University contribute towards the overall development and prerequisite skills like leadership qualities, organizational behavior and team building abilities of the students along with regular sessions highlighting the “role & importance of personal grooming & hygiene in the industry”.

The “Student of the month” award is introduced by the department to encourage healthy competition among the students.

At HZU, students are encouraged to attend Catering at reputed hotels and various such events so as to get real time experience of the operations. The sum then collected, is used for Students Welfare and thus making a small contribution towards the society. At the University, students also enjoy the facility of earning while they are learning.

Himgiri Zee University- At a Glance

Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman,Essel Group of Industries and Zee Telefilms had brought together in 1995 a group of committed anthropologists, sociologists, economists and development communications professionals to set up TALEEM Research Foundation in Ahmedabad. One of the mandates of Taleem Research Foundation was to set up the Himgiri Zee University. Based on the motto `VasudhaivaKutumbakam’ (World as Family), Himgiri Zee University has been established for the vocationalisation of higher education which is national in character and transnational in jurisdiction. The University is characterized by its resolve not to discriminate on grounds of caste, creed, residence, community, gender and religion. HZU has been established under Act No. 17 of 2003 of the State Legislative

Assembly, Government of Uttaranchal (Act 2003, Uttaranchal AdhiniyamSankhya 17 of 2003) and has since become operational.

The Pillars of HZU at a Glance

The Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. (Dr.) Rakesh Ranjan has always been a pioneer and reformer in terms of modern professional education. With his support and guidance, the Associate Dean and Head of the department, Mr. Subodh Choudhary is successfully leading the department, faculties and the students towards the new pinnacle of success. The Food & Beverage Production and Service laboratories are equipped with modern equipment, technology, furniture, fixtures everything that is required to have real time learning experience for the students.

HZU –A Campus full of Exotic Events

A team of culinary students Ashish Kumar and Abhishek Giri (BHM, 4th Semester) assisted by their juniors Avik Robinson and Kartik Rana (BHM ,2nd Semester), represented the university to compete in a Regional Master Chef competition earning 3rd position during Tehri Lake Festival 2018, organized by Department of Tourism under the aegis of Uttarakhand government.

The Department of Hotel management & Tourism, under the aegis of university, keenly organize various events like Swatch Bharat Drive, World Tourism Day, International Chef Day, Flower arrangements, Cocktail, Mocktail, Bar tending, wine tasting and Theme based Chef Competition, Food displays at various events like University fest- eXpression and Fresher’s party in the form of Live counters, flambé, food and vegetable carving and bakery workshop and a special workshop to avoid food wastage at home.

Apart from departmental activities, students actively participate and won title in different co-curricular activities like Extempore, GK quiz, mehfil-e-mushaira (poetry competition) along with that, they participate with great zeal and enthusiasm in rangoli, poster making, mask painting, cricket, basketball, football etc.

Words of Trust

“HZU is a place where the meticulous details are embarked upon. In order to hone up the culinary skills with well-equipped Food Production labs coupled with well efficient faculties, it makes a wonderful place to learn and earn the pre-requisite skills required.”

  • RaunakThapliyal, (Commis-II- JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Dubai, UAE)

“The emphasis laid on the overall development of the students through extensive curriculum designing and executing the same with great perfection is the key to success. It’s like dream come true for me to work with Human resource department. Thanks to Himgiri Zee University.”

  • Vartika Singh, (Counsellor- International Internships, Matrix Infosys Overseas Education Consultants, Delhi)

“The dilemma after senior secondary education has completely overtaken by the only thought “What to do next?” The best solution came in the form of Himgiri Zee University which has empowered and imparted not only technical know-how but also what is required to be skilled.”

  • Binod Bhatt, (F&B Service Associate- Novotel, Juhu Beach, Mumbai)

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