Department of Tourism Studies

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The Department of Tourism Studies (DTS) is one of the first university-based departments to introduce Master of Tourism Administration in 1991. This Department offers two-year full-time MBA (TTM) program and research program leading to the award of Ph.D. degree. The sole objective is to prepare young graduates and research scholars professionally equipped with specialized knowledge and skills to lead tourism and allied areas of businesses and carry out cutting-edge research studies. The Department maintains close rapport with its alumni for lucrative placements and collaboration in academic activities. The Department has been maintaining an impeccable and impressive track record of placements. DTS is the only Tourism Department in the country funded by the UGC with its Special Assistance Program (SAP) at DRS Level –II from the academic year 2015-16. Apart from the regular  curriculum, students are exposed to participate in the extracurricular and co-curricular activities. With the active support of alumni, industry and the University, the Department has been striving tirelessly to emerge as a Centre of Excellence in tourism management education, consultancy and research. The Department is a member of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and South Indian Hotels and Restaurants Association (SIHRA).

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Prof. Sampada Kumar Swain , working as Head, Department of Tourism Studies, has obtained all his degrees (Graduation, PG, Ph.D. & D.Litt.) from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. He served in RCM, Bhubaneswar prior to joining Pondicherry University in 2004 as a lecturer. He was on deputation to IGNTU, Amarkantak, MP as Professor from 2012 to 2018. He published three dozen research papers, two edited books, and one reference book. Prof. Swain has co-authored a book titled “Tourism Principles and Practices, published by OUP. His areas of research interest include: Sustainable Tourism, Ecotourism, Responsible Tourism, Community-based Tourism, Destination Image and Social Tourism.

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Head: +91-413-2654-729

Office: +91-413-2654-312

Mail: sampadswain@gmail.com

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The physical and academic infrastructure comprises well equipped air-conditioned class rooms with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enabled state-of-the-art technology devices, computer lab with travel related software, Wi-Fi facility across the campus, LCD projectors and other multimedia aids, access to online journals, subscription to national and international journals and magazines.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DTS conducts programs for soft-skills development and career guidance. Real life exposure to students is provided through field and property visits. Due emphasis is given to case study analysis, brain-storming exercises, role plays, assignments, and presentations. The MBA (TTM) students, as part of their curriculum undertake 6 to 8 weeks Internship Training after the second semester in various travel and tour companies, hotels, resorts, airlines destination management firms, etc. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DTS with its Literary Club, Events Club and the Cultural Club encourage the students to take part in extracurricular activities. The Department annually organizes its flagship programme-AKANKSHA- an Institute-Industry Interface event. The students organize several events to celebrate World Tourism Day and other important occasions such PUTSAL, Annual alumni meet.
Leading Tourism, Travel and Hospitality companies such as Thomas Cook, Cox & Kings, EaseMy Trip, Pickyourtrail, Infiniti Solutions, FCM Travel Solutions, International Travel House, Zenith Holidays, Easystay, Akshaya India, SOTC, etc. visit the campus for the placements with alluring pay.

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