“There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course as you believe you bob aimlessly in the current. Wouldn’t you know that your path was there all along, waiting for you to knock, waiting for you to become. “
As the Centre of Learning celebrated its 6th convocation on 1st September, it seemed that at least 465 students graduating that day, had found their ‘course’, their vocation, their purpose of work. It was a delight to see the excitement and sense of achievement as each student in a black cap and gown walked up to the stage to receive the Degree he or she had worked so hard for.
On this special occasion, Vinod Advani – Tourism Trade Ambassador (India), South Australia Touirsm Commission and Amithabh Khosla – Country Director IATA (India , Nepal & Bhutan ) were the Chief Guests , while Nishant Kashikar- Country Manager (India & Gulf ), Tourism Australia, and Mona Cheriyan –President & Group Head Human Resources , Thomas Cook India Ltd., were the Guests of Honour. Certificates were awarded to the successful students of the Travel Professional- A Post Graduate Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management.
These graduates had successfully completed various different courses, including:
Travel Professional Programme, a Post Graduate Course in Travel & Tourism Management: A 1 year course intended for those who have completed their graduation programme in any stream from a recognized university/institution. Through the effective use of knowledge and skills gained through both core and specialist modules, the course enables learners to make an immediate contribution in their job role.
Certificate Course in World Tour Management & Certificate course in Domestic Tour Management: With this course, the aspiring travel professionals gain in-depth knowledge on International & Domestic destinations and handling the nuances of tour management to develop a well rounded skill set.
Certificate Course in Travel & Tourism Management : This is a 6-month program for those students who are interested in pursuing a career in the tourism industry. It offers students an opportunity to build operational and selling skills. It equips the students with the knowledge required for a successful career in Travel & Tourism.
IATA Foundation & Consultant Courses certificates: This is a 4-month course which provides the students with a perfect base for a successful career in the air transport industry.
Special prizes were awarded to the top three performers of Centre of Learning’s Travel Professional Program – a Post Graduate course in Travel & Tourism Management!
Tasneem Rasiwala stood 1st
Rishad Ghiara stood 2nd
Ashwin Mhatre stood 3rd
The entire event was conducted by the students of the current Travel Professional Batch 20,21,22 under the keen supervision of the COL team headed by Sabroni Gupta. Thomas Cook’s Centre of Learning has played a pioneering role in the education and training field with a focus on building a highly skilled human resource pool for the Travel & Tourism industry.
Mona Cheriyan – President & Group Head – Human Resources, said, “The Thomas Cook Centre of Learning’s vision sees strong synergy with Prime Minister Modi’s Skill India Mission. Our focus has been on the urgent need of bridging the skill gap by training and equipping students and making them job ready, and thereby creating a strong talent pool for the Travel & Tourism sector.
I am delighted that our Centre of Learning has demonstrated a strong and sustained 18% YoY growth in graduating students, with 75% being employed by the travel and tourism sector. What is noteworthy is that this growth is powered by applicants not only from metros, but also students from Tier II centres like Chandigarh and Lucknow. We have also observed an interesting career switch to Travel & Tourism from South India markets like Bengaluru.”