Andhra Pradesh Current Affairs

Indian Culinary Institute inaugurated in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. It is promoted by Union Ministry of Tourism. The ICI building was designed by National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC).

Indian Culinary Institute (ICI)

The main objective of ICI  is to institutionalize mechanism to support efforts intended to preserve, document, promote and disseminate Indian Cuisine. It also seeks to meet sectoral requirement of specialists specific to Indian Cuisine and promote cuisine as niche tourism product.

It will be centre of excellence that will offer structured regular programmes of study specific to culinary arts and culinary management. It will also promote research and innovation, organize demand driven certificate and diploma courses. It will also document and create data base specific to Indian cuisine and commission studies and survey on cuisine. It will also provide appropriate training platform at par with elite “Chef Schools” functioning in different parts of developed world.

Background

At present In India, there is no formal education specific to Indian cuisine, culinary art. Besides, there was no regular credible institutional source at apex level for supply of cuisine specialists to sector. There was also no institutional mechanism to document and disseminate knowedge related to cuisine and gastronomy. There is also dearth of state-of-the-art training ground to groom top-of-the-line chefs of international standards.  ICI will help to remove all these bottlenecks.

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Swadesh Darshan Scheme: Two coastal tourism circuit projects inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated two coastal tourism circuit projects in Andhra Pradesh taken up under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. These projects are aimed at boosting beach and coastal tourism by leveraging bountiful coastlines along the state.

Two coastal tourism projects are

First coastal circuit: It includes beautification of Nellore tank and Pulicat Lake, facelift to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, construction of restaurant and development of Kotha Koduru, Ubbala Madugu, Mypadu, Rama Theertham, and Isukapalli project.

Second coastal circuit:  It is aimed at developing Kakinada port, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Island, construction of cottages and wooden huts at Aduru, Passarlapudi and S Yanam and development of Kotipalli project.

Swadesh Darshan scheme

It was launched by Union Tourism Ministry with objective to develop theme-based tourist circuits in the country. These tourist circuits will be developed on principles of high tourist value, competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner.

Under this scheme, 13 thematic circuits have been identified for development. They are Buddhist Circuit, North-East India Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit.

It is 100% centrally funded scheme for project components undertaken for public funding. It also has provision for leveraging voluntary funding under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and corporate sector.

The funding of projects under this scheme varies from state to state. It is finalised on basis of detailed project reports prepared by Programme Management Consultant (PMC) which is national level consultant for implementing the scheme. So far, Tourism Ministry has sanctioned 74 projects worth Rs. 5997.47 crore to 31 states and Union Territories under this scheme.

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