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Textile minister demands making non-veg cooking optional in hotel management courses

Gangwar has requested Irani to direct the University Grants Commission to tweak the new syllabus of hotel management course released by it in April.

, ET Bureau|
Jul 10, 2015, 04.00 AM IST
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Gangwar has requested Irani to direct the University Grants Commission to tweak the new syllabus of hotel management course released by it in April.
Gangwar has requested Irani to direct the University Grants Commission to tweak the new syllabus of hotel management course released by it in April.
NEW DELHI: Textile minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar has reiterated his demand to make non-vegetarian cooking an optional component of the hotel management course, writing yet another letter in this regard to human resource development minister Smriti Irani and tourism minister Mahesh Sharma.

ET had first reported on June 26 that ministers and members of Parliament belonging to BJP are trying to build consensus on whether students must necessarily learn non-vegetarian cooking as part of hotel management courses.

Gangwar, along with MPs ranging from veteran LK Advani to the Yuva Morcha chief Anurag Thakur, had shot off letters to Irani and Sharma in March and April, urging them to look into the demand of vegetarian students, who want non-vegetarian cooking to be made an optional component of the course.

In his latest letter to Sharma, dated July 1, the textile minister said, "As on date, the degree and diploma courses in hotel management and catering are gaining a lot of potential and, therefore, I would not hesitate to suggest that curriculum of these courses should be such so that the pure vegetarian students should not be restricted to opt for career in this field due to mandate of non-vegetarian food training as mentioned in my earlier letter dated 4th March, 2015."

Gangwar has requested Irani to direct the University Grants Commission to tweak the new syllabus of hotel management course released by it in April to include the demand of vegetarian students. UGC has redesigned the undergraduate syllabus of a lot of subjects to fit the choice-based credit system which the government wants to introduce this year.

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