Food Craft Institute in Nagrota, a grave failure?

Food Craft Institute, Nagrota

Pallavi Sareen

Jammu, Oct 2: Food Craft Institute that is established in Jammu at Bamyal Morh, Nagrota, Jammu just 2 kms away from IIT Campus Jammu Jagti stands half-perished after mere 3 years of its existence.

Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India has opened various Institutes of Hotel Management (IHMs) or Food Craft Institutes (FCIs) and one such institute is the one located in Nagrota. It was inaugurated in November 2016 by the then Chief Minister of the State, Mehbooba Mufti in the presence of Dr Nirmal Singh, former Deputy CM; Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member Parliament; Devinder Rana, former MLA Nagrota; Priya Sethi, the then Minister of State for Tourism.

Inaugration stone

A look at the current position of the institute reveals that the officers of JKPCC (J&K Projects Construction Corporation Ltd) involved in the construction of the institute did not do their work efficiently. The entire building is washed up from the rains and within three years, the poles have developed cracks. The material used in building the institute is so sub-standard that water leaks from the roof and enters the upper block of the institute.

The dilapidated condition of institute walls

The purpose of establishing the institute was offering the students who were interested in the Hospitality sector relevant Diploma courses so they could future chefs or even entrepreneurs. The Institute offers various 1.5-year Diploma courses like Diploma in Food Production, Diploma in Food and Beverage Service, Diploma in Bakery and Confectionery, Diploma in House Keeping Operation and Diploma in Front Office Operation. But the fact remains that the institute is functional in name only.

Not more than 25-30 students are pursuing their diploma from Food Craft Institute in Nagrota despite it having the capacity for more than 300 students. Full-fledged labs for different diploma courses are available in the Institute. The infrastructure includes Basic Training Kitchen, Quantity Food Kitchen, Training Restaurant, Bakery and Confectionery, Beverage Lab, Housekeeping Labs, Computer Lab, Library, Amphitheatre, Separate Girls and Boys locker room, Canteen, Sports facility and Conference Hall are all encompassed in the wide campus of the institute that still lacks a boundary wall.

The dilapidated condition of the institute is one of the problems why students refrain from enrolling themselves in the institute. Another reason is that the institute is located in close proximity with a Naallah and somehow, does not have a boundary wall on the side where the Naallah is. Without a boundary wall, the water from the Nallah does enter the institute during heavy rains and along with it snakes do as well, revealed some of the workers of the institute.

Incomplete boundary wall of institute

Moreover, the planning of the institute before establishing it did not take in many other factors like ease of access and the slope at the entrance of the institute. The slope at the entrance wreaks havoc in the institute during rainy seasons since the water from nearby areas gets accumulated in the ground of the institute and it becomes quite difficult to enter the place.

Slope at the entrance

While talking to Straight Line, the locals of the area said, “Some city students do come here but not many. Children from our village do not go because there is no proper transport facility. Local matadors rarely come to our village and so it is quite difficult to go to and fro.”

The institute staff revealed that there is a bus service available but the lack of other means of transport like state-owned buses or private matadors also constitutes problems for the students. Despite the institute being of high importance since it aims at imparting skills among the youth of Jammu, the location chosen and other technical oversights has led to the Food Craft Institute becoming another redundant institute that could have made a difference if state govt had decided to be more serious in its efforts.

Story will be updated after getting a quote from Institute authorities.