A Critical Peep into Tourism Education in India: An Ex-Insider's Reflections

9 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2013

Date Written: March 1, 2013


The present paper provides some intensely personal reflections about the past, present, and future of tourism higher education in India. In addition to more trivial issues such as curriculum design, instruction, and campus placements, deeper currents that manipulate the system such as authority and dogma are touched upon. Special mention is accorded to the historical factors that resulted in the current state of institution development and the future outlook. The author worked as a faculty member in one of the Central Universities of India teaching tourism before he migrated to the United States five years back, which gives him the unique vantage point of an ex-insider. While no grand design is offered as a panacea, it is hoped that the discussion contained here will help clarify the issues better, which is the first major step in identifying meaningful solutions.

Keywords: Tourism education, faculty development issues, student placements, industryinstitution interface, educational quality, India

JEL Classification: I21, I00, L83

Suggested Citation

George, Babu, A Critical Peep into Tourism Education in India: An Ex-Insider's Reflections (March 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2227986 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2227986

Babu George (Contact Author)

Alaska Pacific University ( email )

United States

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