The Ministry of Tourism extends financial assistance for the setting up and up-gradation of Institutes of Hotel Management & Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition (IHMs), Food Craft Institutes (FCIs) in the country. The Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM) and National Council of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (NCHMCT) are also eligible for this assistance. The purpose underlying these efforts is to create institutional infrastructure that could foster and facilitate professional education and training specific to tourism, travel and hospitality industry. The institutional infrastructure, however, not only needs to be expanded constantly in order to meet the ever increasing demand of skilled personnel/ professionals, but also needs to be strengthened and upgraded so that it retains/acquires internationally acceptable benchmark of quality. It is in the backdrop of this that the existing guidelines for regulating outflow of assistance have been reviewed, primarily with a view to eliminating the felt inadequacies in the scheme of things and to meet the new emerging realities, and it has been decided to adopt the following revised guidelines

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