STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Prof Parikshat Singh Manhas, presently working as Director, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, The Business School, University of Jammu and also as Coordinator, Global Understanding Course & President, Institution Innovation Council has been appointed as Regional Director for Asia and Eastern Europe by the World Centre of Excellence for Destinations (WCED), a UNWTO affiliate. The World Centre of Excellence for Destinations (WCED) was created in 2007 with support of the World Tourism Organization (WTO). The WCED’s mission is to guide destinations worldwide towards excellence by supporting them in their endeavours to foster sustainable development besides increase their abilities to generate economic, social and cultural benefits. The WCED and UNWTO work collaboratively on creating strategies and disseminating know-how and good practices which help tourist destinations reach excellence by Reinforcing (strengthening) their competitiveness. The WCED has 2 powerful tools ‘System of Measures for Excellence in Destinations’ (SMED) and ‘GEOTEX’ an innovative platform for strengthening capacity of stakeholders within a destination. GEOTEX is a joint initiative of the World Centre of Excellence for Destinations (WCED) and the Multilateral Development Fund (MIF) of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a member of World Bank Group. It is pertinent to mention that Prof Parikshat was also Member of the Tourism Advisory Board of the State, led by the former Chief Minister and fellow of the Australia India Institute, New Delhi. Presently, he is a Visiting Professor to Taylor’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, Taylors University, Malaysia and also remained a Visiting Professor to Zyuganov State University of Akotbe, Akotbe, Republic of Kazakhstan, Bashkir State University, Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia and Graduate School of Business, ESAN University, Lima, Peru. Prof Parikshat was runners-up at the Institute of Hospitality-Education Research Award, 2016 at Budapest. He was awarded major projects as the Project leader under the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) Thematic Partnerships Scheme during years 2015 and 2017. He was a ‘Commonwealth Fellow’ for year 2014, Hungarian Faculty Research Fellow in 2013 under Indo Hungarian Educational Exchange programme for year 2012-13, Shastri Indo-Canadian fellow in 2009 and won Career Award for Best Young Teacher (CAYT) awarded by All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) – Government of India, 2009. He has also been awarded Major Research Projects by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
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