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Atithi Vriksha Shiksha was conceived with a vision to empower the youth with technical knowledge of global standards and to be successfully employed in the fast growing tourism and hospitality industry. AVS also grooms its candidates to be sensitive to the environment and conserve the culture and ethos of the land. Value based life skills such as punctuality, honesty, work ethic, gender equality, and a positive attitude are taught with the help of role play. This is what makes our students stand out and get chosen by top hotels.

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According to a report by the National Skill Development Corporation, the projected human resource requirement in the tourism industry by 2022 is estimated to be 7.2 million people. Recent government reports have indicated a clear skill gap requirement in the hospitality sector, which we plan to bridge.
Sources: Skill Gap Analysis Report for Tourism, Travel, Hospitality and Trade Industry | NSDC & Study on Employment Level and Skill Gap Analysis in Hospitality and Allied Sectors | Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

Shalini Khanna Charles

Hospitality Professional, Educator, Mentor, Entrepreneur and Environmentalist

Founder Director of Atithi Vriksha Shiksha, with over 30 years of experience in Hospitality industry. Previously, The Principal of IIHM Bangalore, Hotel School for 7 years, capping a run of over 12 years in the field of formal hotel management education her calling is in mentoring students and empowering them for the future. A qualified hotelier having a strong foundation with the Taj group of hotels. An entrepreneur – running first a call center, then as a corporate trainer and lastly, a climate change educator in schools.

Founder member of SWMRT(Solid waste management round table) swmrt.com – working with NGOs in Kodagu towards setting up best practices in Waste Management.

Director Asia Region – Young Skal and Student exchange- with Skal Asia Executive Committee. Skal.org

Connect with her on linkedin – Shalini Khanna Charles

Karishma Kaveramma

Karishma, our Chef trainer from Kodagu, equipped with a Degree in Tourism and Hospitality, she has both Indian and International experience. During her work at Four Seasons, St Louis, Missouri, she worked with very high standards of HACCP, colour coding and hygiene. This rich experience helps in getting her students’ industry ready in a short time.

Shanthy Kuttappa

Shanthy, our head of Admin comes with a rich experience of having worked with Sodexo, she is our Pillar at AVS. She also handles student counselling.

Fleeta D’souza

Fleeta holds a Masters Degree in Commerce, her role at AVS is of communications and life-skills trainer, both extremely important for the hospitality Industry. Her experience of being part of the ground staff team at Mangalore airport makes her ideal for this job. She has also worked with Cognizant Technology solutions as senior process executive.

Priyamvada Gajaraj

Entrepreneur and Alumni of IHM-A,Taj Group of Hotels, with experience of 15 years or more in the Industry.
Specializing in both Indian and Continental Cuisines, presently operates a successful business in Kadagadal, Madikeri.


F&B Faculty – Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management, he joined the Royal Orchid group as Management Trainee and worked at the legendary Geoffrey’s pub. He is also an F&B consultant for new ventures in the region.

Relic Bopanna A N

Faculty-Front office – Degree in Hotel management, he is armed with both Indian and Overseas experience in Hospitality.

Sony K G

Sony has extensive customer handling experience both with the Taj group of Hotels and Apollo Hospitals,which makes her the perfect mentor to teach Customer Service and spoken English. Sony takes pride in seeing her students improve their confidence and communication; a part of her grows with them day by day. She is happy to see them getting chiseled as professionals.

Natasha Kabra .

Faculty- Life Skills and Communication.
Natasha comes with vast experience in Event Management; Marketing and Client Servicing. She comes with more than 12 years of work experience in the corporate domain, in her last assignment she worked as Asst Manager Sales with Yahoo India. She also runs a successful event management company. Her very practical approach towards teaching makes her popular with students, and makes learning fun.


Suresh Charles

34 years of hospitality, general management and marketing experience, with the Taj group of Hotels as also Hutchison Telecom. Currently, Director of Ossoor Estates Ltd, focused on coffee and eco tourism, operating and marketing homestays and resorts spread across the entire coffee belt – Chikmagalur, Sakleshpur and Coorg

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