June 19, 2007

Travel Career Options for People with Disabilities in India

If you are a young person in India who wants to pursue a career in tourism there are numerous courses available.

But what if you also have a disability and have a special interest in Inclusive Tourism?

The first question has a straightforward answer that involves a national Reservation (Affirmative Action) System. The availability of quality curriculum on inclusion in the travel & hospitality industry is less apparent -- which his probably not a hopeful sign.

If you have a disability and wish to prepare for a career in the tourism industry the following are the pertinent regulations:

Reservation for Physically Handicapped Candidates

Age Limit

For candidates from General and Physically Handicapped categories, only those whose date of birth falls on or after July 01,1984 are eligible. In the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates upper age limit is relaxable by 3 years. For these two categories (SC & ST) candidates, born on or after July 01, 1981 will be eligible. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/ Pre-University Certificate is the only authentic proof that will be accepted. At the time of counseling, this certificate must be produced in original as a proof of age, failing which the candidate will not be considered for provisional admission.


For Physically Handicapped (PH) candidates (including leprosy cured) as specified by the Government of India, 3% seats are reserved. Except for their admissible level of disability, such candidates should otherwise be fit to pursue the course.

(a) Orthopaedically Handicapped Candidates:

Only those Orthopaedically Handicapped candidates who have locomotion disability or cerebral palsy with locomotion impairment of minimum of 40% and maximum of 75% and fall in the following categories are eligible to apply.
B.L. – Both Legs affected but not arms.
O.A. – One Arm affected (R or L)
a. Impaired reach
b. Weakness of grip
c. Ataxia
O.L. – One Leg affected (R or L)
M.W. – Muscular Weakness and limited Physical endurance.

(b) Visually Handicapped Candidates:

Only those visually handicapped candidates who suffer from any one of the following conditions are eligible to apply.
i. Visual acuity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200 (Swollen) in the better eye with correcting lenses.
ii. Limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of 20 degree or worse.

(c) Hearing Impaired Candidates:

Only those Hearing impaired candidates having disability between 40% to 75% shall be eligible.
Medical Certificate issuing Authority for PH Candidates
At the time of submission of application, Physically Handicapped candidates will be required to necessarily attach the copy of Physically Handicapped Certificate issued by Chief Medical Officer(CMO) Central Govt./ State Govt./ Municipal Corporation run Hospitals. Such candidates are required to produce the original Medical Certificate both at the time of Counselling and at the time of Admission at the Institute.

Physical Fitness
All qualified candidates will have to submit a physical fitness certificate from a Registered Medical Practitioner in the prescribed format given in this Brochure at the time of admission.

Applications are invited for admission to the two-year intensive M.Sc. Hospitality Administration Program offered at the following Institutes of Hotel Management under the National Council in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University:

• Institute of Hotel Management, Library Avenue, Pusa Complex, New Delhi – 110012 Fax : 011-25843177 (e-mail: ihmpusa@rediffmail.com)

• Dr.Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42-D, Chandigarh – 160036 Fax: 0172-2611956 (e-mail: ihmchd@sify.com)
• * - 500007 Fax : 040-27427898 (e-mail: ihmhyderabad@rediffmail.com)

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Posted by rollingrains at June 19, 2007 01:45 PM