KURLA, AUGUST 18, 2008: It was a grey Monday morning that 11th of August, with sheets of rain lashing Kurla. However come rain or high water, nothing seemed to dissuade the enthusiastic band of young students assembled at the Don Bosco Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (DBIHMCT) to inaugurate their institute and begin their professional training. In the pressure of Salesians, Mr. Andrew Alphonso the principal, other principals of the campus, staff members and a representation of students from other Institutes, the academic year was inaugurated with a prayer service invoking God’s blessings on this new venture. The Rector, Fr. Mario Vaz then blessed the premises and addressed the gathering. The Salesian community has been focusing on vocational and professional training with secure job placements at the end of training. The Hotel Management and Catering Institute is the fourth Institute on the Kurla campus. This full time 3 year degree programme earns a B.Sc in Hospitality Studies from Mumbai University. This new Institute will be a boon for many a youngster - graduate or not - who will be able to earn a livelihood in this fast growing service industry. The presence of eminent professionals and facilities on the campus provides a strong base for this fledgling institute to develop itself into an excellent one. Several Hotels and other allied service industries have evinced keen interest in the Hotel Management and Catering Technology training offered by Don Bosco’s Kurla and have promised support. The Salesians at Kurla with trust in God look ahead to creating further opportunities, offering livelihood skills and building lives, in a professional and caring way.