The hospitality industry is all about the experience that is retained by the visitors. Intangibles matter more than tangibles in this industry because hospitality involves showing love and care. Therefore, when stepping into the Service industry, especially that of Hotel Management, it is compulsory that you be on your most excellent front. Although several educational institutions across the length and breadth of our country are aiming towards excelling as quality hubs of Hotel Management teaching and learning, there are only a handful that have proven their mettle. And, one among the top players that is striving through its Qualitative and innovative teaching methodologies is T. John College.
Founded in the year 1993 in Austin Town, Bengaluru, T. John College has slowly become synonymous to synchronized teaching-learning processes, which are always in sync with the changing education paradigm, integrating value-added courses to its curriculum in addition to the ones prescribed by the Bangalore University. Also, by displaying an unwavering commitment towards excellence and quality education, T. John College has been training graduates who aspire to land the most sought-after positions in the highly competitive hospitality industry, guaranteeing international standards in every endeavor carried out on the college campus.
Not only are the students at T. John motivated towards enhancing their skills and techniques on all the fronts with special emphasis on operation and management, strong industrial competitiveness is integrated accordingly across all the courses offered at the college. Having started with just a 3-year BHM (Hotel Management) degree course, now after two and a half decades, the college premises have been expanded to include new departments and blocks spread over an area of 20 acres of land, with courses ranging from 4-year Bachelor in Hotel Management Degree, 3-year B.Sc in Hotel Management to diploma and certificate courses in Food Preservation and Food and Beverage Service, Institutional Housekeeping and many more. So far, T. John College has produced 31 University Rank Holders who are fulfilling humanitarian needs in every possible way, where some of them are holding managerial positions and some have become business leaders and entrepreneurs.
A Perfect Blend of Theoretical and Practical Learning
At T. John College, learning activities are characterized by active engagement, inquiry, problem-solving and collaboration with others, where the onboard teachers act as guides, facilitators and also co-explorers. “Our teachers encourage learners to question, challenge and formulate their ideas, opinions and conclusions”, shares Sr. Rose Mary, the Principal of T. John College, helping us and our readers get a better gist of what T. John is all about and how the college excels when compared to its competitors. Continuing on her above point she added – “We use technology-based learning platforms, social media, internet and interactive Learning Management Systems to deliver our programs, where our impressive infrastructural facilities help us continue on this journey effectively and effortlessly”.
While the students of T. John College are exposed to every related field of hotel management in the early and mid-semester duration; they become eligible to take specialization when they enter the 8th semester. The specialization contains major and minor courses, and if a student opts for taking food and beverage production as the major specialization, it can include Food and Beverage Service as a minor specialization and vice versa. The same remains with Front Office and Housekeeping too. Making the course period imbibed with enthralling activity hours, T. John College organizes inter-college events and festivals like international food fest every year.
Emphasizing on Making Students Industry Ready, industrial visits have become a norm at T. John College aims towards helping students get accustomed to the working norms of accommodation management, food and beverage management, marketing, HR, Finance, operation, customer service and logistics segments in the hotel management division. Another segment in which students are exclusively trained is Outdoor Catering (ODC). They get the opportunity to experience real-time catering duties on event days and thereby learn professional skills under the respective hotel managers/supervisors.
Furthermore, when the topic of how the whole pandemic situation was handled at T. John arose, Sr. Mary Rose stated – “We had entirely gone digital and conducted multiple Faculty Development Webinars to bolster the technical development and enrichment of the faculty members, ensuring that the faculty is capable enough to conduct uninterrupted online lectures for our students”. We also learnt through the conversation with the principal that at T. John almost 80% of the syllabus for the post graduate courses had been covered online using softwares like Zoom, Skype, Cisco, Webex, where the lectures have not only included theoretical aspects but also incorporated other methods like working on assignments, conducting online examinations, which has led to achieving a new milestone with the advanced teaching learning mode that the college has adopted for the betterment of the students.
Committed towards the industry
Working vigorously to steadily maintain a strong interaction with the industry, T. John has developed a deep insight which helps and guides their students in a thorough manner. With the help of a wide range of programs in the fields of Hotel Management delivered through a highly accomplished and experienced faculty, the college ensures that their students are ready at the conclusion of the course for the respective industry. Moreover, this is further enhanced through many special initiatives such as Institute-Industry Interface, Pre-placement Training, Conferences, Seminars & lectures by experts from industry.
The students at T. John are fortunate to have a dedicated team of qualified professionals from People Pro Training Academy to work on the overall personality development throughout the year for the hospitality students to make them ready and employable in the best brands of hospitality industry. The pre placement training of the final year students which contribute to their confidence in them helps students to crack job interviews, where the college guarantees 100% International & Domestic placement to all their students.
All in all, always staying true to its vision of becoming a prestigious multicultural hub of higher learning in the Service Industry, offering state of the art programs and cutting-edge research in partnership with the industries for sustainable growth of the region, T. John College is armed to supply the Industry with professional graduates. Lastly, with further diversifications incoming in the near future, T. John College looks forward to not only catering to the hospitality industry but to all service-related market segments.
Sr. Rose Mary – Principal
A personality with many quality traits and attributes credited to her name, Sr. Rose Mary completed her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Camden County College, New Jersey, BA in Elementary Education and Humanities, New Jersey; and MS in Administration and Supervision (Education) from Fordham University in New York. She has been in the USA for 28 years and 3 years in Italy. Sr. Mary has 13 wonderful years of teaching experience in New Jersey, Florida, and New York, USA. She has served as a Principal for over 9 years in the USA, where she carries forward her talent and expertise with her dynamic experience of academics, to currently cater to and head the parade of teaching/learning at T. John College.