Lexicon Institute of Hotel Management, an institute that strives for academic excellence, has always acknowledged its responsibility to society and its students and delivered on its commitment to be inclusive and embrace diversity in every way. Among its many initiatives promoting inclusivity, Lexicon Institute of Hotel Management recently signed an MOU with the Pahal Foundation, a renowned NGO, which strives to create awareness and bring about a much-needed change in society’s view of individuals with diverse abilities.
Through this collaboration, the institute seeks to sensitize its students towards differently-abled individuals and enable them to become responsible future citizens of an inclusive society, the hospitality students will learn more about what it means to be truly inclusive, how they can contribute towards creating a safe and welcoming environment for differently abled guests and how to approach disabilities with a positive perspective.
“We are delighted to team up with the Pahal Foundation, which strives to bring an immediate and lasting change in the lives of people with disabilities (PwDs) in India. Our students could not have greater teachers to teach them not only the art of sign language but also compassion”, says Pankaj Sharma, President- The Lexicon Group of Institutes, Chairman & MD- Pune Times Mirror, Civic Mirror & MultiFit, elaborating on the significance of their collaboration with Pahal Foundation.
Sign language is a vital mode of communication for many differently-abled individuals, enabling them to connect with the world around them. And it is essential to spread awareness about it as we work towards a more inclusive society. “Our goal at the Lexicon Institute of Hotel Management is to ensure our students step out into the corporate world as future-forward professionals and responsible global citizens. Being a people-driven industry that relies on human interaction our students must be equipped with all the necessary skills to ensure they can deliver consistent and quality hospitality experiences to all their guests. And, with our collaboration with Pahal Foundation, we seek to achieve just that. These classes will ensure that our students not just learn about inclusivity but are also empowered with the knowledge to practice it” says Nasir Shaikh, Group CEO, The Lexicon Group of Institutes, EduCrack and MultiFit.
The institute has already started the first set of classes during which the students were introduced to the basics of Indian Sign Language and its vocabulary. Through the upcoming sessions, the students will be equipped with relevant communication skills and gain an in-depth understanding of grammar. The students will also undergo evaluations at school to gauge their competence and receive certificates post-successfully completing the program. This partnership between Lexicon Institute of Hotel Management and the Pahal Foundation has not only paved the path for an inclusive community but also opened additional professional opportunities for the students.