The Institute has the following infrastructure to support the activities conducted on its premises:
- Training Food Production areas:
a.The Basic Training Kitchen (BTK)
Here the First Year students of the B.Sc. programme and CCFP get their introduction to Food Production. They are instructed in the fundamentals of kitchen work with a reward of tasting their own creations!
b. The Quantity Food Kitchen (QFK)
Students of the Second Year B.Sc. Programme and CCFP acquire the knowledge and skills required to cater to the demand of regional cuisines of India.
c. The Advanced Training Kitchen (ATK)
The trained students of the Third Year of the B.Sc. programme, recently returned from a hectic period of hands- on industrial training in various departments of the hotel industry, get to unleash their combined skills and knowledge and whip up national and international delicacies. The CCFP also gets to sharpen their basic skills and apply them to more advanced preparations.
d.Bakery & Confectionery
The Bakery & Confectionery is equipped to train students of the B.Sc. programme and the CCFP in all aspects of Bakery-operations- a very popular choice of Food Production for many students, here and abroad.
- Training restaurants
The “Snow n’ Mist” and the newly built “The Gourmet” restaurants are used for the food and beverage service training /practice of the students of the B.Sc. programme and the Diploma Course in Food and Beverage Service and for food service for the faculty and staff.
Here they are trained to understand and perform the fundamentals of service of food and beverages, to pay attention to the needs of guests and learn to deal with various situations through face-to-face encounters during service practice. Both restaurants house a (mock) Bar for training students in the art of conjuring up delicious mocktails, and other concocted beverages.
- Housekeeping Learning Centre
Housekeeping, or Accommodation Operations as it is called today, is the unacknowledged backbone of any organisation, especially so in the hospitality industry. In this centre, the students of the B.Sc. programme are introduced to and instructed in the art of providing a clean, comfortable and beautiful atmosphere for the guests.
They are instructed in the skills of preparing rooms, keeping public areas in an aesthetic condition, providing clean, stain-free linen, arranging flowers and learning the management aspects that go into providing smooth, efficient and effective services to the recipients of these services.
- Front Office Learning Centre
The Front Office is the first and last point of contact between the guest and the hotel and so bears the responsibility of forming lasting impressions on them. Here the students learn the hard work and thought that goes into making this very attractive and glamorous job.
They are instructed in the art of handling a variety of situations through role play , mock reservation, registration and check-out procedures. In addition, in the Second Year and Third year Of the B.Sc. programmes, they are also given an opportunity to use demo software, as are used in the hotels, equipping them for their training and impending placements. The objective is to enable the students to work in the front office of any hospitality organisation with the modern systems or software for accounting, arrival, departure, etc.
- Computer Room
The hotel industry is as much a part of the IT revolution as are other industries. Most of the back office work was already being done with the assistance of computers. Now, with more points of sale being used by hotels, work has become more complex and management finds operations are managed more efficiently through computer networking. Nowadays user-friendly softwares, like Fidelio, are in use which carry out the day-to-day record keeping and transactions of the hotel and are needed for providing better in-room guest services as well.
To meet this requirement of computer-proficient professionals for the hotel industry we impart training in computers as a part of the prescribed curriculum. Our Institute has a well equipped two computer laboratories.We also provide the Internet facilities for research and project work.
The library is a source of knowledge and wisdom. At one time a library was regarded as a store house and books were meant for preservation but now the concept has changed. A modern library is regarded as a service institution and its main aim is to enable the user to make the most effective and efficient use of its resources and services.Our Institute has a well stocked library containing over 5000 books. The library stocks a sufficient volume of text books and excellent reference books of various disciplines which are frequently used by the students as well as the faculty. The library also subscribes to magazines, periodicals & journals related to the hotel industry and some others of general interest.
Besides books & magazines, we also have educational video cassettes, CD’s and floppy disks which are very informative and are frequently used as a teaching aid. An up-to date library is a top priority of the Institute.
- Centrally-heated Classrooms
The New Block has attractive, spacious classrooms with provision for central heating to cope with the chill of the winters!
- Audio-visual facility
The Institute has the following audio- visual aids for classroom, conference & presentation purposes:
:: LCD projector for multimedia presentations
:: Overhead Projector with screen
:: EDUSAT , a satellite training programme for distance learning, in collaboration with IGNOU
:: Slide projector
:: Flipchart Board
The Institute provides hostel facilities for both boys & girls with a 130- bed capacity for boys and 68 for girls. The hostel rooms have accommodation on sharing-basis i.e. 2 or 3 students per room. Each student will be provided with a bed and mattress, a chair & table and secure storage space. Mess facilities will be provided on campus.
Both the hostels have a common lounge with LCD TV, Carrom Board, Chess & other
An attractive building in keeping with the local architectural style, situated on the premises by the national highway, offers refreshments to students and visitors of the Institute and is also open for the general public. It offers various popular snacks and beverages and is also an outlet for the bakery products prepared at the Institute.
The auditorium is one of the finest you have seen. With a seating capacity of 600, this is one of the biggest spaces available in town! A lovely wooden stage is the centre of interest after you get over the sheer space in front! An all-wood panelling helps retain the sound and the warmth of the central heating system.
- Guestroom Block
An attractive building houses four guestrooms. These are well-furnished and tastefully appointed. They are used for training students in accommodation services – here they practice the cleaning of hotel guest rooms and interior decoration projects.
- Sports & Entertainment Facilities
For the sporty type of student, there is the Table Tennis (TT) room in the new block with four TT tables. For the cricket lover, cricket competitions are arranged. We also have various indoor games such as carrom, and chess. For the true nature lover there are a number of beautiful walks around the Institute and Shimla that are worth exploring, of course, after working hours!
- Miscellaneous add-ons
A branch of UCO Bank is located within 1 kilometer distance from the Institute beside, ICICI and SBI Banks in Shimla.
A Primary Health Centre is sited at a 3- minute walk from the Institute and is very useful for all medical emergencies. Also, chemist facilities are available in Kufri.
There is a Post Office at Kufri near the Insitute where all postal needs of the students can be catered to.
Also, STD and local telephone facilities and photocopy services are readily available in Kufri near the Insitute.