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Government drops idea of making non-veg cooking optional in hotel management courses

New Delhi: To ensure that the career of hotel management students does not hit a roadblock after undergoing the course, the ministry of tourism has dropped the idea of making non-vegetarian cooking optional for hotel management curriculum. With just one all-vegetarian five star hotel in India, the ministry feels that there will be no career option of those trained just in vegetarian cuisine.


Despite recommendation from several right-wing organisations, the ministry that was earlier mulling with the idea of making it optional for hotel management students to undergo training in non-vegetarian cuisine has decided not to go ahead with the plan.

Both human resource development and tourism ministries have been receiving such recommendations from various stake holders. An online petition at change.org has also been arguing of making non-vegetarian cooking optional in the hotel management course.

Earlier this year, union textile minister Santosh Gangwar too had written to HRD and tourism ministry asking them to make non-vegetarian cooking optional. Gangwan in his letter had said that several students belonging to the Jain and Brahmin community refrain themselves from studying hotel management because of the mandatory non-vegetarian cooking learning.

“We received recommendations from the cabinet ministers as well the activists for making non-vegetarian cooking optional,” said a source in the tourism ministry. The ministry however found that besides one Country Inn located at Sahibabad in the suburbs of Delhi there is no other only vegetarian five star hotel in India.

“All hotels want chefs who excel in all kinds of cooking forms. There are not many takers for only veg chefs in the industry,” said an official.

Tourism ministry had earlier approached the HRD ministry to amend the syllabus. “But we then realised that by giving this option, a lot of students will face a serious setback in the careers. The idea has been dropped,” added the official.