‘We believe in education for employment’
What was the need for starting NCEM?
NCEM was the result of a strong need identified among students in Dombivali and nearby areas for an institution that would not only provide the best of education with modern techniques, but will also give them the right form of education that offers career oriented opportunities to earn a decent livelihood and sustain themselves independently. Catering provides ample opportunities in India and abroad in the hospitality industry and hence the need to provide specialised training matching international standards and with modern techniques. Moreover a practical approach to the education in the form of in-plant training at leading properties in the hospitality industry further gave them insight into the various departments of the industry.
How do you see NCEM five years down the line?
I would like NCEM to be the most preferred institution not only in Dombivali and surrounding areas, but also within the district in terms of the quality of education offered and the set of values instilled in students which will remain with them forever. Education for employment being the rationale of the institution, will appeal to both students and their parents.
What are your views on Right to Education Act?
The Right to Education Act is a welcome step by the government and has been a step in the right direction. But much needs to be done on the implementation front as the benefits of the law have to reach the people deprived of education. Morever, there should no misappropriation of funds allocated. Infrastructure should be developed in remote areas to give access to students who are deprived of education and sufficient funds be alloted to achieve the goal. Corporates need to be roped in to fulfil the objective. Support and appreciation should be given to corporates for their participation.