A total of 169962 persons have been trained in the “Hunar Se Rozgar Tak” (HSRT) programme since its inception in the year 2009-10 till 31/1/2015. The programme is fully funded by the Union Ministry of Tourism.
In December, 2014, the scope of Hunar Se Rozgar Tak (HSRT) programme was expanded to allow the AICTE / NSDA / government approved private hospitality Institutes as also the industrial units, industry associations and skill imparting bodies with proven credentials for its implementation.
Hunar Se Rozgar Tak (HSRT), imparts tourism and hospitality specific skills to young persons aspiring to join the tourism sector. Presently training courses are also in place to bring up tourist escorts, tourist facilitators, event facilitators, security guards, tour assistants, transfer assistants and office assistants.
Under another programme, the Ministry tests and certifies the skills of the existing service providers in the sector.
Under the skill testing and certification programme, the existing service providers are oriented for 5 days and on the 6th day their skills are tested and certified. The programme is delivered by the MoT sponsored Institutes of Hotel Management and Food Craft Institutes. A total of 67878 service providers have been skill certified since the inception of the programme in 2009-10 till 31/1/2015.
Besides, the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) also conducts training programmes to groom guides.
This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a reply to an Unstarred question in the Lok Sabha recently.