New Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) A culinary institute set up to preserve, document, promote and disseminate Indian cuisine was inaugurated by Tourism Minister K J Alphons in Noida today. Also Read - Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Ishant Sharma Shines as Delhi Beat Andhra Pradesh to Register Second Straight Win of Season

The Indian Culinary Institute’s (ICI) Noida campus built in five-acre land with a total cost of Rs 98 crore would be a training ground to groom top-of-the-line chefs of international standards, a statement from the Ministry of Tourism said, adding that the other campus was being set up in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati. Also Read - Top News Headlines From Andhra Pradesh & Telangana: Chaos at KT Rama Rao's Rally; Free Water to 9 Lakh People; more

“Tourism has grown tremendously in the last year for which country’s best and varied dishes have played a great role. This institute which has been conceived with the guidance and suggestions of great chefs from across the world will come out as one among the best in the world,” Alphons said. Also Read - Top News Headlines From Andhra Pradesh & Telangana: CM Rao Suffers Chest Infection; NIT Warangal Distributes Over 100 Free Laptops; more

Congratulating the Tourism Ministry and other partners involved in this new initiative which was completed in two and a half years, Sharma said that the institute is first of its kind and will be a pride for the nation.

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma was also present at the event.

ICI offers various courses ranging from diploma, under graduation, post graduation to research in Culinary Arts. The graduate and post graduate courses will start from July this academic year.

The Noida campus will also have a state of the art Indian Culinary Museum where the rich historical and diversified culinary objects and other literature will be displayed.

The campus also has a culinary studio with facility to have smart class rooms, specialised kitchens and microbiology labs with modern and latest equipment, training restaurants for various cuisines, modern hostel facility for boys and girls with a capacity of about 400 students.

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