A three-day International Conference(Online) on “Enterprise and Entrepreneurialism in Tourism and Hospitality” between 28th – 30th, January, 2022 is being organised by the Department of Tourism and Hodpitality, Jamia Millia Islamia. The conference is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. The 3-day Conference commenced with the welcome address by the conference patron, Prof. Mohd. Asaduddin, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Languages.
He felt, that the woes of the beleaguered industry in the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic, much serious deliberations by the practitioners and the academia are required for a concrete and long-lasting resilient solutions for the recovery and revival of the industry. Therefore, this conference is conceived to initiate dialogues and consolidate the works of the entrepreneurs of the Industry.Addressing the delegates, the Conference Chair and Head of Department, Dr. Sarah Hussain stated that tourism has been one of the fastest growing sectors in India and the world. The university owing to its close association with tourism companies and NGOs has been alive to the present conditions. Thus, it is necessary for a highly interactive engagements with the stakeholders.
The recently awarded Padma Shri Honourable Vice Chancellor, Prof. Najma Akhtar stressed the need for the active collaboration of the industry and the academia. She emphasised that the University has always striven to bring out the best research and collaborative projects with the practitioners making it an institution aspiring to deliver solutions even at the International level.The Chief Guest, honourable Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Prof. SP Bansal, highlighted the paradigm shift that has taken place in the new normal with the new trends of staycations and other practices and he also stressed the need to promote local tourism in the country side to create job opportunities for the local villages.
The Guest of Honour Shri Vinod Zutshi, the former Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, while addressing the gathering, spoke about the draft National Tourism Policy and the great work done by the Government in supporting the entrepreneurs financially and the ease of doing businesses through the opening of registrations of the Tourism entrepreneurs under the MSME portals. Also he highlighted the Govt’s role in making a conducive atmosphere for the support of the new start-ups.
A Book of Abstracts by Conference Organizing Secretary, Dr. Nusrat Yasmeen, Assistant Professor, DTHM, Jamia Millia Islamia was released during the inaugural session. Conference Patron Prof. Nazim Husain Al-Jafri, Registrar, Jamia Millia Islamia addressed the gathering and talked about the social entrepreneurship. He said that the university understands the importance of harnessing the innovative capabilities and entrepreneurial possibilities.