It’s recommended to join a regional college than BIHER
by Aniket Saini
I hail from Punjab and when I was searching for hotel management options, I saw an ad for Bharath University and decided to join it. The admission process is so simple as I went alone and did all the formalities. My parents were impressed that I travelled a state which is poles apart and have managed everything on my own. This was the first step as what followed was unimaginable. For 3 long years, I stayed far from my parents and gained zero knowledge still hurt me like hell. There was no special learning and all my hopes that I will learn the art of running and managing a catering business might help. The campus offers hardly anything to learn and the hotel management course which is a practical driven course was made all theory. That’s not all as the syllabus was never completed on time and there was always a race against time to get the syllabus completed. The practical’s which we were told would be regular there was hardly any regularity in it.
The course B.Sc in hotel management and catering is divided into 6 semesters and the 2nd year in which we will be visiting hotels was shifted to the 3rd year because of a syllabus change in between. The University website is all fake as they promise a lot but deliver not even little. The kinds of stuff written on their website impressed me a hell lot and came to Chennai. Finally, in the final year, we were taught few arts and some top chefs and hoteliers were called for guest lectures. The story that they shared was so inspiring and from a road-side restaurant, they have multiple branches abroad. These all stories and the experience of the experts that were invited regularly was the only thing I brought back with me as apart from that I learned nothing.
I joined this course as this was my passion and our faculty said what all you enjoy apart from studies you are free to do that. They said so because they wanted us to get free from the academic section and focus on different things. The worst would also be a small word for the kind of faculty at the University. Like me, many other students got fooled and all we knew was we will get a degree to flaunt that we have done hotel management from Chennai but nothing other than that.
None means none of the students from our course could get placement. First of all, no internship opportunity was provided due to some internal conflicts among the management and who suffered because of that, we students. I thought Chennai would be a great place to learn as Punjab hardly have authentic south Indian restaurant and I always had the same vision. All this was put to rest because neither did I learn anything at the college, nor did I have the opportunity to have a job and gain some experience.
In the large campus where students from small towns, villages, and states come they had to build a hostel which they did. However, the hostel was nice and there were 4 boys' hostels and 1 girls' hostel. I shared a room with a mate from Delhi and we took the whole wing as we were all North Indians and communicating with south Indian students was tough as their English was also hard to understand and you have to take a lamp in the forest to see who all speaks Hindi. The food at the hostel had variety mostly south Indian but since I love it; I enjoyed food to the core. My friends have other ideas but I will give thumbs up to the food.
Bharath University has many campuses and I was on the main campus. The University campus was half the size of LPU but probably had more facilities. The buildings are new and each building differs from each other. The hostel buildings were inside the campus and the basketball court was right next to it. The library is so huge as there over 1000 library shacks for sure and all are loaded with books. The reading area of the library is also huge. There is one fighter plane installed at the campus which is printed as Bharath University. It was a selfie point of the college as you can cross it anytime and you will see people clicking pictures. The University also took care of North Indian students by having a cafeteria that served North Indian food. There were many coffee machines on the campus and are open 24*7. The college also has many open areas that were used for playing football, hockey, or cricket. The campus is as green as anything and that helped us spend 3 years in Chennai without facing the humidity repercussion.
People from the North just can’t adjust in the South and I would consider myself lucky because in our time many North Indians were a part of the University. We were even reminded about it that Bharath University has maximum North Indians this time around. If they were not there I would have probably ran away back. Playing sports, watching movies in rooms as the campus was fully Wi-Fi is how I spent 3 years of my life at BIHER.
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