Shri. (Dr) S Chinnam Reddy, Director, NITHM and Shri Adhar Sinha, IAS, DG, EPTRI & Special Chief Secretary to Govt., the government of Telangana signed a memorandum of understanding between NITHM and EPTRI on 26 May 2021 at EPTRI campus, Hyderabad. Recognizing the mutual importance of training, consultancy, research and technological cooperation in the area of environmental management in the context of tourism and hospitality and its allied sectors, both the institutes have imitated the MoU.
Shri Adhar Sinha said that EPTRI works in the area of environmental conservation and protection, climate change, biodiversity. It endeavours to create awareness among communities, civil societies, Government Organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders. Tourism, as one of the fastest-growing industry, provides various benefits while leading to several negative impacts if it is not managed properly. In this regard, NITHM and EPTRI can make a joint effort to make tourism more sustainable by reducing the negative impacts of training, awareness, and environmental impact assessment studies. Further, Shri Sinha said that NITHM could also be a role model for several sustainable initiatives at the campus, including lake conservation, miyawaki forest, herbal garden and sewage treatment plant. The same can be implemented in EPTRI, and it can be a demo project for the state.
Dr Reddy introduced the college to the gathering and explained the aim and objective of the institutes. Dr Reddy elucidated on the recent projects that he has initiated in the recent past. He stressed the importance of environmental management in general and in the context of tourism and hospitality in particular. Tourism being a resourcehungry industry, depends on the natural and environmental resources, including biodiversity and other natural features of the destination. In this connection, it is important to minimize the negative impacts while maximizing the positive ones with a better understanding of the problems and issues; multidisciplinary research from tourism and environmental studies is an important aspect for the achievement of the broader goal of sustainable development.
In view of the above, the MoU is signed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and resources through joint training, constancy, research, teaching, internship, conferences and workshops for the mutual benefit of the institute in general and for the sustainable future of the planet in particular.