Kerala Institute of Travel and Tourism Studies to Add New Blocks

Published on: 29 Aug, 2013
Published under: Education News Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram District News

28 August 2013

In its silver jubilee year, Kerala Institute of Travel and Tourism Studies has added new infrastructure, an academic block and a girls’ hostel, and is well on its way to becoming a premier institute for travel and tourism studies.

KITTS established by the ministry of tourism, government of Kerala on World Tourism Day in 1988 was recently declared as the nodal agency for rolling out responsible tourism initiatives in the state. Until last week, KITTS functioned in a 200-year-old heritage building which is badly in need of renovation. The institution had sought Rs 5 crore from the Union government last year to renovate the structure, but was not allotted any. The director of KITTS Dr Rajashree Ajith said the institution will request for funds again and hope they will be granted the money.

KITTS has already won the confidence of the Centre by successfully implementing the Hunar Se Rozgar Tak scheme – a skill development training programme aimed at employing youth from the economically weaker section – with 1380 students successfully completing the programme. The institution received a central grant of rupees 1crore 60 lakhs for conducting the programme last year and has allotted Rs 7 cr to train 7560 students this year.

KITTS was accredited by United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism in October.


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