PhD holder returns to Kashmir to teach hotel management

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PhD holder returns to Kashmir to teach hotel management


posted on August 20, 2022 | Author RK News



Srinagar, August 19: The youngest Ph.D. holder in Hotel Management hails from Jammu and Kashmir and is passing on his expertise and knowledge at IHM (Institute of Hotel Management) Srinagar to the next generation.

Mohamad Shafiq-ur-Rehman is the youngest holder of a degree (PhD) in hotel management at IHM. For the past few years, the Young Faces of the Valley have been performing well in hospitality management courses, including food processing, housekeeping, chef, food production and general hospitality courses aimed at making their coming. These talented and energetic youngsters from the valley have time and again shown their caliber in different currents and Shafiq-ur-Rehman is one of them. Shafiq belongs to Kulgam district in South Kashmir and has proven himself in hotel management by becoming the youngest Ph.D. holder in the Kashmir valley.

Shafiq, who hails from Kulgam village and comes from a middle-class family background, had his initial education at the local high school in his district.

After completing his BSc from Kurukshetra in 2016, Shafiq still feeling dissatisfied and wanting more, he left for Jaipur aiming to complete his Masters in Food Production and Hospitality.

Kashmir is a tourist destination and every year a large number of tourists from all over the world throng the valley and they always prefer to get something different apart from the traditional cuisine of the valley including the centuries old Wazwan.

His qualification for the engineering entrance test and his entrance into Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University testify to his academic genius, which he left after some time.

Shafiq has always had a knack for teaching, which could be due to his father being the director of technical education. His father always wanted his son to become a teacher and further his legacy.

This was the main reason for his decision to be admitted for a PhD in Food Production and Hospitality to fulfill his dream of being a teacher.

Currently, Shafiq is working as a professor at IHM Srinagar, one of the most prominent institutes in the country where many students take courses such as food production and hospitality.

However, all the recognition and appreciation he has gained has not come easy to him. He clung to straws when he spent several months at the Taj Hotel cleaning utensils and vegetables in an effort to gain all sorts of experience in hotel management. It was this turbulent period that motivated him to share his experience with young people so that they would not face the same difficulties. (ANI)

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