Published on : Saturday, January 23, 2021
Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam, has increased efforts to explore job and research potential in the fields of tourism and heritage.
The only self-governing college in the government sector launched a certificate programme on ‘Intangible Heritage Tourism’ on Thursday. The programme of 60 hours will be completed in six months online.
Venu Rajamony, former Ambassador of India to the Netherlands, urged the college authorities to involve the tourism industry for increasing the quality and potential of the programme.
“Tourism cannot be learnt inside a classroom alone. You need to invite people representing the tourism sector as guest faculty and in designing the curriculum,” Rajamony said in his inaugural speech.
Mr. Rajamony suggested that the course should be tailor-made in tune with the requirements of the tourism industry. “Stakeholders in the tourism sector can share their experience with course participants,” he said.
P.K. Raveendran, the outgoing chairman of the governing council, said that the college will soon offer the integrated postgraduate programme in Archaeology and Material Cultural Studies as part of the continuing efforts for increasing research and learning in niche areas. “The certificate programme in Intangible Heritage Tourism will help in creating professionals guides in the field of tourism, heritage, museum, etc.,” Raveendran said.
Vinodkumar Kallolickal, Associate Professor, Department of History, said that students will also get essential knowledge and skills for embarking on independent studies and research in heritage and conservation projects at museums, heritage sites and tourism places.
There is no age bar regarding joining the course. Graduates from any university in the country and abroad approved by the University Grants Commission can apply.
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