Paper Title: Status of Tourism Education in West Bengal: A study of Undergraduate Curriculum.
Authors: Poddar Moumita
The world is witnessing a sea change in its social, political and economic environment. With political barriers ripping on & off, economic crisis coming in and environmental issues getting a global attention, planet earth is facing lot of challenges. Our future generations have to make a lot of adjustments in future to sustain in this earth. The socio-cultural, political and ecological environment plays a big role to shape tourism industry of a particular destination. Tourism not only gets affected by a small change in the environment but also has a lot of impact on them as well. Tourism study involves study of all these three aspects from different perspective. Education in India is a very early phenomenon. Its reference can be obtained from the early Vedas and epics. The Indian education system in general have never imparted training on the application of theory. Though trends are changing now, the system remains the same in West Bengal. The syllabuses are still made to test the knowledge of the teachers than the acceptability and learning ability of the students. Thanks to the late recognition of the industry, tourism study is more like a left over course taken up by the students as an alternative to the preferred courses. Most of the curricula are found to be more theory imparting. This paper throws light on the course curricula of tourism study in the undergraduate level. The paper undertakes a detail study of the syllabuses offered by different boards and universities in the state tries to find the gap and recommend the remedial measures to upgrade the studentsí level of understanding of crisis situations and means to handle the changing global issues in the field of tourism.