Established in 1994 in collaboration with the University of West London, UK, International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) runs the largest chain of schools offering globally recognized international degree in hospitality management. The college offers a multicultural environment, modern infrastructure, and real-time facilities to offer students an everlasting educational experience. Students from different countries gather here to avail the in-house training hotel, IndiSmart. IIHM also offers students the option to study overseas at George Brown College and Niagara College, Canada, IUBH Germany and other colleges in overseas. It has various campuses spread across national and international boundaries including Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur, Pune, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Goa, Bangkok, Samarkand, and Uzbekistan.
Life at IIHM
The college provides students the scope to celebrate every moment of life. Various events including sports, music, dance, dramatics, festivals, and competitions are conducted so that students can experience a vibrant campus life. IIHM offers students the opportunity to explore their hidden talents through various types of talent hunt activities. With a focus on improving health, discipline, and appetite, the college organizes various sport activities including cricket, football, table tennis, basketball, and much more, on a periodic basis.
It also conducts the annual two days inter-college fest ‘RIGOLO’, where students of IIHM and other colleges participate in various events like battle of bands, fashion show, western dance and music, and so on, to showcase their talent. Additionally, the college organizes International Food and Drink Festival, where over 3000 footfall allows students gain immense exposure and experience over the years. An array of finger licking food from various countries and live performances makes it an electrifying event.
IIHM is spread across a sprawling campus of 100,000 sq. ft., which consists of two buildings- The Tower and the Corporate Block. The Tower has nine levels, which includes classrooms, IT-enabled kitchens, and a wine lab. On the other hand, the Corporate Block has three levels, which house the David Foskett Auditorium, restaurants, conference rooms, and offices. The auditorium is designed in the college’s signature blue brand color, and can accommodate up to 150 people.
The college is located in Sector V, the IT hub of Kolkata, which is surrounded by some of India’s best IT companies including Wipro, PWC, and IBM. Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the classrooms provide students brilliant educational experience. Additionally, there are also two large IT-enabled kitchens; one kitchen fuels the bakery, confectionary, and hot kitchen, while the other is a studio kitchen. One of the kitchens is equipped with audio-visual facilities, with additional facility of instant video upload. The college also conducts live video workshops by renowned chefs from around the world, which the students can attend online.
Brilliant Educational Facilities
The international curriculum of IIHM provides students a 360 learning experience. They get the opportunity to learn through research, field trips, surveys, and real-time practice in hotels. Moreover, international guest lecturers also share their ideas, which promote a better understanding and perspective of the global scenario.
In the first year, students are exposed to international case studies, essay writing, and presentation skills, with emphasis on citation, referencing, and bibliography. Additionally, the college provides regular training in kitchen, restaurant, and front office studio, and students are encouraged to take responsibilities in the second year. The third year course includes field trips and surveys, event planning and execution, debating, attending lectures and workshops by national and international speakers.
The person leading IIHM from the front is none other than Dr. Suborno Bose, the Founder of the institute. He is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in India and abroad. He is also the founder and chief mentor of the Indismart Group. Dr. Bose is inarguably the country’s best known hospitality educator with the presence of his institute’s major brands like IIHM and IAM Hotel Schools. He has been conferred the honorary Doctorate of Business Administration by Edinburgh Napier University, UK and the honorary award of Doctorate of Science by the University of West London, U.K. at London.
The college has trained and produced many graduates, who have made their mark in the industry and have established themselves in various walks of life. Some of the noteworthy alumni of IIHM include Abhay Pande, Investment Analyst, Aviva Investors; Abhay Patel, Chef, The Star Sydney; Abdul Faisal works at Newprot Harbor Hotel and Marina; Shitij Mahajan, former Senior Chief at Hawthorn Dene Historic Country cafe; Ajit Fernandez, Director, Food and Beverage at Radisson Blu Hotel Amritsar; and many more.
Varied Placement Opportunities
IIHM provides excellent placement options to the students in various fields of the hospitality industry including airlines, process outsourcing, hotels, catering, the retail sector, and so on. They provide 100% placement assistance to the students. The on and off campus interviews start six months before the graduation month. The students are given the opportunity to showcase their skills in the recruitment drive conducted by the top hospitality players in the industry. Renowned companies like Oberoi, Taj, Marriott, Hyatt, ITC, and many more have recruited students of the college.