Conferences & Seminars 2016 -17
Overview of Seminar

The Department of Tourism and Travel Management, Jyoti Nivas College Autonomous delighted to organise its Two Day National Tourism Seminar on 09th& 10th August 2016 addressing the theme "Responsible Tourism and Rural Development: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges" with an objective to enhance and create the sense of responsibility, cooperation and coordination between governments organizations, private sector, and civil society actors, to tap the potentials of rural India through Rural Tourism development. The Seminar is aiming to bring out an outlook on managerial and entrepreneurial perspectives of sustainable rural development in India by employing rural tourism as an effective device. The National Tourism Seminar is a forum for the tourism researchers, intellectuals and budding entrepreneurs to formulate innovative strategies in order to foster holistic responsible tourism development in rural India. The seminar has provided stimulating experience to the delegates by providing the necessary foundation for an innovative and competitive entrepreneurial career in Tourism sector to be addressed on following subthemes:

- Contemporary issues and challenges in rural ethnicity
- Benchmarking innovations and new practices in responsible tourism development in India
- Public Private Partnership in Responsible Tourism growth
- Role of local community concerning Responsible Tourism at rural India
- Role of Entrepreneurship and innovation for quality Rural Tourism experiences

Inaugural Ceremony
In a mission to inculcate into its citizens, a sensitive and proactive response to the social issues of the country, the Social Sciences Forum of Jyoti Nivas College Autonomous, Bengaluru held a two day National seminar on the 9th and 10th of August under the theme Revitalizing India.

The event was inaugurated on the 9th at the JNC auditorium, graced by the presence of Sr. Elizabeth, Principal of JNC and Prof. Shivanand B Hosamani as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour, Prof. Sandeep Kulshreshtha.

The event advanced with the lighting of the lamp and a brief introduction of the guests by Prof. Sarah Samuel, Vice Principle of Arts. Mrs. Sarah Samuel welcomed the chief guests of the day and gave a brief introduction to their illustrious careers.

Dr. Sr. Elizabeth. C S, the Principal, has delivered her conceptual presentation on the theme for the 2-day Golden Jubilee commemorative National Seminar "Revitalizing India- Creating an Ecosystem for a Vibrant Nation".

She warmly welcomed the guests, staff and students and spoke about the rich history of India. She has emphasized the need to preserve our diversity, ensure the welfare of rural areas and above all, for equitable growth.

Ms. Leena Nair, from the Department of Economics, presented the overview of the seminar and the sessions which is followed by an excellent performance by the Indian Dance Team of the host college.

Prof. Hosamani, Vice Chancellor of Rani Channamma University, in his brief talk included a calculated view of the scenario of the economic growth of India and the prominent trickle-down effect that impacts the life of many.

Following this, Prof. Sandeep Kulshreshtha of the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Gwalior, gave an account on the diverse tradition and colourful culture of India and its influence on the economical impact on India's tourism.

Prof. Sandeep Kulshreshtha stated about how the ground or rural people needs to be benefited by the art and tradition of the community and the culture and heritage of the destination. The factors which are shifting the trend towards responsible tourism are increasing level of awareness, growing interest in heritage and culture, improving accessibility and environmental consciousness.

Inauguration ceremony came to a close with the release of the Book of abstracts by the Department of Travel and Tourism which constitute the forum.

The panel discussion marked as the beginning of The National Tourism Conference, 2016 held by the Department of Tourism and Travel Management. The theme of the seminar was "Responsible Tourism and Rural Development: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges". The moderator of the panel discussion was Prof. Sandeep Kulshreshtha, Post- Director, IITTM Gwalior.

The panel discussion is moderated by Dr. Sandeep Kulshreshtha, Director, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM), Gwalior, an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

He focused on the point of how we as an individual as a tourism student or a tourism professional can apply responsible or sustainable tourism in the field. He managed to differentiate responsible tourism to eco-tourism is by stating that Responsible Tourism is something which is concerned with the users (tourists) whereas eco-tourism or sustainable tourism are the things which need to be developed by the policy planners.

Next esteemed representative of tourism industry connoisseurs was Mr. Prakash Mandoth, Director, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) and Ex. Chairman, Tourism committee - FKCCI .

Dr. B Vijayakumar, Principal, Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies (KITTS), Thiruvananthapuram is the second panel member of the panel discussion session. He shared the initiatives taken in Kerala for show casing the responsible tourism. In this programme, four major tourist destinations were Kovalam, Kumarakom, Wayanad & Thekkady.

The Initial steps towards responsible tourism are sensitizing the stake holder, demand analysis, collection of basic information's on establishment, equipping local community, promoting local involvement, reduce / re use/ recycle waste.

The third panel member was Dr. K.S .Vijayalakshmi, Professor, Department of History, Bengaluru University. Dr. K. S. Vijayalakshmi started her point by quoting Mahatma Gandhi's statement "as human being is greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves and remaking ourselves in the realm of tourism is what responsible tourism is all about". According to her, tourism should be used as a tool for better place to live in for the tourist and primarily the local people.