Hyderabad: The Telangana State Planning Board has recommended to the government to upgrade National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (NITHM), Hyderabad into Tourism and Hospitality University.

In a letter to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Planning Board vice-chairman S Niranjan Reddy said tourism in Telangana State has significant potential considering the rich cultural and historical heritage, variety in ecology, terrains and places of natural beauty spread across the State. 
 
Tourism is also a potentially large employment generator besides being a significant source of foreign exchange for the country, he added.
 
Niranjan stated that NITHM trained more than 1,500 professionals in various departments such as front office, food production, food and beverage and housekeeping services. Even though the entire courses were handled by NITHM, JNTU awards degrees to the students of NITHM. 
 
He said at a recently held national conference on tourism and hospitality, at NITHM, professionals from industry and academia opined that NITHM should be upgraded to a university level so that it would provide more professionals to the meet the ever growing demand in Tourism Sector.
 
Niranjan mentioned that Traveller, an international magazine of National Geographic Channel, rated Hyderabad has the second best place in the world that one should see in 2015.
 
“In view of the above, there is every need to upgrade NITHM into a tourism and hospitality university on the lines of Petroleum universities, Marine University at Chennai etc.” Niranjan said.