IHHR Hospitality PTV have announced that they
will open the Ananda Spa Institute in Hyderabad in March 2008.
of UK based international spa consultants, HCB Associates, has been advising IHHR
Hospitality on the project since its inception in July 2005.
Jane is a member of the HABIA working group responsible for the new UK vocational
standards for spa and a visiting lecturer at the University of Derby. She has
recently developed a foundation degree in Spa for Buckinghamshire and Chilterns
University Colleges (BCUC).
The Ananda Spa Institute has 2,100m? (22,000 sq. ft) of floor space over 3 floors
and plans to have three student intakes a year, with students enrolling in January,
May and September and is initially working towards CIBTAC and ITEC accreditation.
In full operation the institute will have 120 students on the campus at any one
The Institute has been set up with the purpose of providing well-trained high
quality staff to the hospitality industry both within the country and overseas. The
courses offered at the Institute will be - International Body Treatments, Ayurvedic
Therapies and Advanced Teacher Training programme in Yoga. The institute plans to
lead spa education in South East Asia and maintain high standards throughout the
region with international cooperation. Josephine Wackett has been appointed
Principal. She was earlier with the world famous Steiner School in London, where she
was Principal of the Steiner Beauty School for the last 30 years. Josephine is also
the CIDESCO International Board member for Education.
“I am very pleased to be associated with the Ananda Group, who are the leading spa
operators in the region of South East Asia, and to have the opportunity of accepting
this challenging position. I believe that India has a lot to offer international
health and wellbeing with its long history of natural holistic therapies, many of
which have already been adopted in the leading spas around the world” says Josephine
“The need for an Institute like this has been very keenly felt by the Hospitality
Industry, says Mrs. Neelam Khanna of IHHR Hospitality. It will go a long way in
meeting the ever growing demand for quality professionals in the wellness sector.”