Young Tourism Educator Award 2023' at the 3rd Tourism Student Conclave India
Receiving the Young Faculty Tourism Education Award
The Young Faculty Tourism Education Award, presented by the DTORR in collaboration
with the UNWTO Tourism Online Academy, is a distinguished honour known as the
Dronacharya Award for Lifetime Achievement in Tourism Education and Industry Support.
This recognition is a testament to the dedication, commitment, and significant contributions
within the field of tourism education. In the backdrop of fierce competition, the submission of
hundreds of CVs from across the country marked the beginning of a journey that culminated
in receiving this prestigious accolade. The meticulous selection process ensured that only the
most deserving faculty members were awarded, making this achievement all the more
Application and CV Submission:
The journey towards the Young Faculty Tourism Education Award commences with the
application process. Prospective candidates, who are educators and mentors in the field of
tourism, apply for this honor by submitting their Curriculum Vitae (CV). The CV serves as a
comprehensive portfolio, detailing the candidates educational background, research
endeavors, and contributions to the field.
With an overwhelming response, the first step was an exhaustive screening of the submitted
CVs. This stage aimed to identify and shortlist candidates based on their experience,
qualifications, and substantial engagement within the realm of tourism education. The initial
screening process sought to recognize those educators whose work had left a substantial
impact on the field and had the potential for enduring influence.
Subject Knowledge Quiz:
To further refine the selection, the shortlisted candidates were put to the test with a subject
knowledge quiz. This quiz delved into intricate aspects of tourism, assessing the depth of knowledge possessed by the candidates. Questions spanned topics from the latest industry
trends and innovations to the historical and theoretical underpinnings of tourism. This phase helped identify educators with an in-depth understanding of the subject matter.
Interviews by Industry Experts:
Recognizing the significance of bridging theory with practical industry insights, the
candidates faced interviews with a panel of industry experts. This phase aimed to evaluate
their ability to connect academic knowledge with real-world applications. Industry
professionals assessed the practical relevance of the candidates' work and how their
contributions were poised to positively impact the tourism industry.
As an integral part of the selection process, candidates underwent assessments by esteemed
professors specializing in the field of tourism. These assessments evaluated the candidates’
contributions to academia, their research work, and their innovations in teaching and learning within the field. This phase sought to gauge the candidates’ ; role in shaping the future of tourism education.
On-the-Spot Question Round:
The pinnacle of the selection process was the challenging phase of on-the-spot questioning.
Candidates were presented with questions related to contemporary challenges and issues in
tourism education and industry support. They were required to provide impromptu responses,
showcasing their ability to think critically and respond effectively to complex problems.
Emerging as the Award Recipient:
Receiving the Young Faculty Tourism Education Award, also known as the Dronacharya
Award for Lifetime Achievement in Tourism Education and Industry Support, was the
ultimate recognition of exceptional dedication, knowledge, and passion within the field. This
multifaceted selection process, encompassing CV submissions, subject knowledge quizzes,
interviews by industry experts, assessments by esteemed professors, and on-the-spot
questioning, ensured that only the most deserving candidates were honoured for their
contributions to the vital tourism industry. Winning this award is a testament to the recipient's
exceptional work and their pivotal role in shaping the future of tourism education and
The culmination of this arduous selection process resulted in four distinguished faculty
members being awarded for their exceptional contributions to tourism education and industry
support. The winners of the Young Faculty Tourism Education Award are as follows:
Dr. Iadonlang Tynsong – Awarded the first prize for top Young Faculty in Tourism
- Mr. Prashant P – Received the second prize, top Young Faculty in Tourism Education.
- Dr. K. Vijaya Lakshmi – Received the Third prize, top Young Faculty in Tourism Education
- Dr. Sujood – Presented with a special award, recognizing his exceptional achievements and commitment.
The Young Faculty Tourism Education Award, presented by DTORR in collaboration with
the UNWTO Tourism Online Academy, stands as a symbol of excellence and innovation in
the field of tourism education. This award acknowledges educators' remarkable dedication
and exceptional contributions, and the rigorous selection process guarantees that only the
most deserving individuals are recognized for their profound impact on the industry.
Receiving this award is not just a personal achievement but a validation of the recipient’s
pivotal role in shaping the future of tourism education and industry support