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Sonia throws open tourism institute

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HYDERABAD, MARCH 16. The Chairperson of the UPA Government's National Advisory Council, Sonia Gandhi, on Wednesday inaugurated the administrative block at the National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (NITHM).

A joint venture of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) and the Union Ministry of Tourism, the institute will offer graduate/post-graduate courses in tourism and hospitality management. NITHM and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University have signed an MoU for issue of certificates and diplomas.

Among those present with her at the sprawling 30-acre Rs. 35-crore campus were the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the Union Tourism Minister, Renuka Choudhury, State Ministers-- J. Geeta Reddy (Tourism) and A. Chandrasekhar (Minor Irrigation)-- S.P. Singh, incharge Secretary of the Tourism Department, C. Anjaneya Reddy, Chairman of the APTDC, T.V.N. Rao, Managing Director, and G.S. Rao, Director, NITHM.

The UPA Chairperson, who was at the campus for less than 15 minutes, unveiled a plaque to mark the inauguration of the administrative block, and went around an exhibition inside and posed for a group photograph.

The 47 students of the institute, including two each from Abu Dhabi and Syria and one from Singapore, who had all joined the two-year masters' programme in tourism and hospitality in October, 2004, cheered Ms. Sonia Gandhi.

Dhriti Chakravarthi of Kolkata and Pavani from Nellore wanted to speak to the VVIP but by the time Ms. Sonia Gandhi walked up for a group photograph, they were tongue-tied.

They said they wanted to ask their guest about their career prospects. But she could only spend a moment with them before walking away.

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