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Petition to Shri Narendra Modiji, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishankji', Shri Prahlad Singh Patelji, Shri Mahendra Nath Pandeyji

Degree for Vegetarians in Hotel/Hospitality Management Courses

  DEGREE FOR VEGETARIAN’S IN HOTEL MANAGEMENT COURSES Around the globe and also in India there are various religions, races, communities, castes and human groups which prefer eating vegetarian food only. Some Religions and communities are Vegetarian only. In India, majority of people are Pure Vegetarians, some are Non-Vegetarians while others are occasional non-vegetarians. Learning to prepare non-vegetarian food was compulsory in Hotel Management Degree Course till recently. Due to that, there was no option available to the students other than to practically prepare and present the non-vegetarian food. Students coming from Vegetarian Families who were inclined towards this esteemed course were deprived admission by their parents. Recently, Ministry of Tourism has given option of “learning Vegetarian only” in all the  NCHMCT , Tourism Ministry, Central Government , Institutions it is running all over India. With this initiative the passionate students can take admission and pursue career in the field of Hotel Management. But the awareness on large scale is required to be undertaken for the Vegetarian passionate students about availability of option of "learning Vegetarian Only" It is strongly suggested that there should be an option of “learning Vegetarian only” in present degree course for Vegetarians in Hotel Management Studies in all the Institutions whether run by Government or Deemed Universities, by State Governments or by private Hotel Management Education Institutions. Such change is highly recommended as it is the need of society. Such a degree at all institutions will not only be a boost for the students but it will also benefit the Hotel and Tourism Industry, by getting qualified intelligent Vegetarian Chefs and staff in India and all over world. In this Course, students have to study in more than 40 different subjects like Accommodation, Laws, Travel & Tourism, HR Management, Accounting, etc. out of which Culinary Skills (Cooking) is one of the specialized areas. So, the Vegetarian students were not only losing the Opportunity to learn this skill but they even cannot learn other subjects and were deprived of having their career in those areas. Once this option is introduced at all places, then various people around the world can enjoy different and new delicacies of Vegetarian dishes. Many Renowned chains of Hotel, airline companies and passenger cruises operating internationally serve pure vegetarian food during stay and travel, can provide it with authenticity. Also , the Government initiatives like Skill Development, Swatch Bharat, Healthy India, etc will get big booster by bringing this option in Hotel / Hospitality Management Institutions. Also, we request the Hotel Industry to have designated only Vegetarian Restaurant with dedicated only Vegetarian Kitchen in all star hotels where more than one Restaurant is available. In this regards, I appeal you to use your good offices to support the cause and bring a “Degree for Vegetarians in Hotel Management Course” in reality by pursuing the need to Heads of Governments, Education, Tourism Ministers, AICTE, NCHMCT, Universities and other concerned authorities at all levels.  CA Chandrashekhar R Luniya,Pune. M : 098222 57474 Email:

CA Chandrashekhar Luniya
18,312 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Richard Lobo, Krish Shankar

.@Infosys: Stop placement drives at colleges with sexist rules #EmployEquality

About 50 students could be seen rushing around in the institute campus a little before 10:30 pm. Groups breaking up here and there - an odd person or two getting up, while hastily wrapping up the conversation. But not everyone seemed to be in a hurry to leave- only the girls, who were glancing nervously at their hostel. The girls at my institute were required to be back in their hostel by 10:30 pm, for reasons of 'safety'. The boys, from whom these girls were meant to be 'protected' had no curfew. I learned about this rule on the first day of college. I accepted it, like all the women before me. We enter an institute or college straight after school with our hearts full of hope. We take a leap of faith:- "We are starting a journey that will prepare us for the world beyond." Our 17-year-old selves don't realise that the system we trust has built-in gender-biased rules. In a cohort of 4 girls and 18 boys, I was usually the only girl in a group project. More often than not, I found myself making the presentation while the two boys worked in the design studio on the prototype late into the night. In bigger cohorts, girls made their own groups because boys did not want members who would be 'useless’ after 10:30 pm. The college administration had to resort to reserving seats for girls in organising teams for major college events because they were not being selected otherwise. Why should they be if they hadn’t spent nights planning and working the way boys had?  Students of these colleges will agree that the overall productivity of the college could be improved if the females had the opportunity to add it to it as well. They will also laugh at the irony of being asked to 'collaborate' with the 'other' sex when they were separated via biased rules and moral policing, all through their college lives. Colleges and hostels are not changing their ways despite the issues their women students are facing. So I’m asking Infosys, one of the most coveted places to work in India, to stop placement drives at colleges with sexist rules- like gender-discriminatory hostel curfews and gender-biased dress codes- by issuing a mandate in advance asking those colleges to stop authorising gender discriminatory rules. Infosys is one of the mass recruiters at engineering college and if Infosys stands with us today, equality will matter to our institutes and will do away with authorising discrimination. If this is what your college life looked like, please sign the petition. If this is not what you want college lives to look like, please sign the petition. If you understand the impact of discrimination on our young minds, please sign the petition. If you believe in gender equality, please sign the petition. Through this campaign, we can work together towards the larger picture of bringing gender equality to India. 

Meru Vashisht
16,880 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Chairman, University Grants Comission, Vice Chairman UGC, Additional Secretary UGC, Maneka Gandhi, Prakash Javadekar, Rahul Gandhi

@UGC: Make College Campuses Safer Now With Active & Compliant Anti-Harassment Cells

‘Let’s try to not make this a big deal.’ ‘What can we do? Ignore him.’That is what college authorities told my friend Mira* when she complained against a batchmate who was following her around the campus, and sending her unwanted and inappropriate text messages. Their 'don’t-care' attitude on such a serious matter made it worse. Their failure to act indirectly encouraged the harasser and he soon began stalking her outside college too.I saw up-close the trauma my friend suffered with such prolonged harassment, without getting the rightful institutional support. The injustice and apathy disturbs me. Because the Anti-Harassment Cell/ Internal Complaints Committee (ICCs) at Mira’s college - designed to tackle cases of sexual harassment - could have stopped this ordeal but it didn’t even try.I want to fix this broken system.The reason I have faith in ICCs is because I was a member of an active one at my college. I saw first-hand how an active, compliant ICC makes students feel safer.It can be daunting for a distressed student to approach the police. Students feel more comfortable approaching an active, compliant ICC as they are assured of many services: effective official redressals, curated emotional support, and structured assistance in approaching the police, if required.I believe that true learning can take place only in safe spaces. Mira was denied that. Her experience proves that the ICC exists only on paper in her college.And this is clearly happening across college campuses in India because the HRD Ministry reported that sexual harassment on campuses increased by 50% in 2017.Mira’s college like many others is openly violating the 2016 mandate of the University Grants Commission (UGC). It clearly states that all Indian higher educational institutes must constitute an autonomous Anti-Harassment Cell or the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) which has the responsibility of "creating its campus free from discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual assault at all levels".The system has failed students. It’s time to pull its socks up. UGC needs to implement a strong mechanism to ensure university ICCs are compliant and active.I have started this petition for every Mira out there.  I am asking UGC to make it mandatory for every university to release a detailed annual compliance report of their ICC. To assure this report isn’t another misinformed paperwork, we want it to be a comprehensive annual report, containing details of the ICC’s compliance, case statistics, and signed and affirmed by all members of the ICC, including the 3 elected ICC student members that UGC mandates.This will be similar to what the Corporate Affairs Ministry has compulsorily asked of companies to make workplaces sexual harassment-free.I want every college student to feel safe. Sign this petition to show the UGC that I am not alone in wanting this.Let’s break the toxic culture of silence around sexual harassment.Let’s stand in solidarity for those silently suffering and demand #SaferCampusesNOW #TimesUp   (* Name changed to protect identity)  

Samriddhi Simlai
6,217 supporters