Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration
In view the ever-growing need for professionally trained resources with requisite experience by the fast-growing hospitality industry, the Manipal Academy of Higher Education established its college for Hotel Management studies in October 1986 as a unit for Dr. TMA Pai foundation. In August 1986, the Foundation joined hands with the hotels division of ITC Limited, operating under the brand name of WELCOMGROUP, a progressive hotel chain having linkages with the Starwood Company of USA. The institution thereby got to be known as the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, (in Short – WGSHA) In July 2003, WGSHA became a constituent college of Manipal University.
ITC HOTELS with over 100 properties in 80 destinations and 4 brands, namely, the Luxury Collection, WelcomHotel - Sheraton, Fortune Hotels and WelcomHeritage stands out to be the most progressive of all hotel chains in the sub-continent.
A pioneer in Hospitality education, WGSHA, Manipal is the first college in the country to offer a Bachelors Degree in Hotel Management. The institute celebrated its Silver anniversary on 28th October 2011.