Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management (AIH&TM), a certified hospitality training institute under India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has introduced a tailor-made programme in ‘Entrepreneurship Development’ exclusively designed for graduates in the tourism & hospitality industry.The programme was formally inaugurated by tourism secretary Arvind Singh at a webinar hosted by ITDC. Speaking at the introductory webinar Singh said:“ITDC’s initiative to create entrepreneurs under its Entrepreneurship Development Programme is a very timely and welcome initiative with the support of Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) under their organizations namely National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) & National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD). All interested graduates, diploma holders, and professionals who have lost their jobs will be approached for enrolment under the programme. These are very tough times for the industry and we are working towards the revival of the sector”.The webinar was convened by G. Kamala Vardhana Rao, chairman and managing director India Tourism Development Council (ITDC) and included other officials including Atul Kumar Tiwari, additional aecretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Neelam Shami Rao, DG, National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) and Gyan Bhushan, CEO ,National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT). Other speakers included Ritesh Aggarwal CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes and. Abhinav Balyan, MD and CEO, Educator Extraordinaire Ltd.ITDC said under the ‘Entrepreneurship Development Programme’, graduates from hotel management institutes as well as recently unemployed and other experienced hospitality professionals would be provided with the non-financial support for running catering or hospitality-related establishments such as canteen/cafés, and banquet services in government and private offices/institutions and other commercial buildings in various locations.The pilot project of the Entrepreneurship Development Programme will be based in Delhi/NCR and will be implemented across the country in coordination with state tourism departments subsequently.