"I now confer the awards on you," said Prof Colin Bamford, associate dean and head of Logistics and Hospitality Management, Business School, University of Huddersfield(UK) while giving away degrees to the graduates of hotel management and culinary arts on the graduation day at the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad.
The programme was held at Ball Room, Vivanta Taj on Monday.
Boosting the morale of young graduates, he said, "Go out in the world and make difference by becoming self reliant."
Concluding his inspiring convocation address, he quoted M K Gandhi, "Live as you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you are going to live forever."
Chairman of Maulana Azad Education Trust Padmashree Fatma Rafiq Zakaria presided over the function. While speaking, she said, "Hotelier and chefs each of you possess immense and special talent. With handsome pay now you will face the world as you have gained practical and theoretical knowledge during the graduation," she added.
The most prestigious trophy named after Kaizad Kamdeen (IHM-A, alumni) who died in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks while saving the life of customers at Hotel Taj in Mumbai was given to Jaymin Preetsingh, who was not present due to his official engagement.
Dr Rafiq Zakaria excellence award was presented by Padmashree Fatma Rafiq Zakaria to Hotel Management (HM) graduate Kush Rathi and Culinary Art (CA) graduate Anaita Dhondy, while Nestle award for excellence was presented to CA graduate Arpita Arora.
Colin Bamford presented the first, second and third prizes to Kush Rathi (HM) and Anaita Dhondy (CA), Bhanupriya Bishnoi (HM) and Jagjit Sahani (CA), Richa Apte (HM) and Vivek Suri (CA) respectively for best performance.
Many students also won awards for academic excellence, extra-curricular activity, sports, right winning attitude, humanity, food presentation and styling, research presentation, outstanding performance, etc.
After the convocation, a party was thrown open to celebrate the evening. Chairman of IHM-A board of governors, Raymond Bickson said, "I am honoured to be here today as these young graduates will take this institution to new height and will make names in history. Remember to work with passion, perseverance and have trust within yourself," he said. Principal of IHM-A Satish Jayaram said, "By 2020 there will be requirement of 2 lakh HM graduates and 35000 managers, 20000 supervisors in the hotel industry. Do whatever you can to shape the future but never say die.
Your self esteem is temporary, adversity is going to be a part of your life, so, embrace professional life with full heart, " he added. Director of Dr Rafiq Zakaria Center for Higher Learning and Advanced Research Dr A G Khan, general secretary of Maulana Azad Education Society Dr Maqdoom Farooqui and senior vice-president of Taj Hotels H N Srinivas , principal Shahed Shaikh, Satish Pawar, Shaikh Dastagir, Zakirullah, Ganesh Gaikwad and Sahebrao Jadhav were also present on the occasion.