The Indus Institute of Hospitality & Culinary Arts is managed by senior cruise line and hotel professionals who represent the expert cruise line courses faculty and impart their specialized job knowledge and skills.


S.T Vinodkumar

Vinodkumar, Principal of Indus Institute Chennai has 24 years of experience in academics, hotel & catering operations, event management and professional hotel consultancy. A Post graduate in Hotel Management from Annamalai University and a Post graduate Diploma in Personnel Managemen from Alagappa University.

He is a certified Lead Auditor of Internationally Certified Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and active member of South India Chefs Association (SICA), Indian Federation of Culinary Association (IFCA ),World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS).

With a rich hands-on experience wearing many hats , he has worked recently on cruise ships of Carnival as Asst. Food Operations Manager, at various other positions with brands like Taj Savoy, The Carlton Kodaikanal, Uncle Sam’s Kitchen Chennai, Canan school of catering &hotel management Chennai, Asan memorial college Chennai, Niraj College of Hotel Management, Hyderabad and as a Consultant with Four Quarters hospitality solutions, Chennai

Shaini Konjengbam

Chef Ramesh
Chef Instructor

Chef Ramesh brings with him 34 years of industry and academic experience.
A graduate of IHM-Chennai and a Certified Food Production trainer by AH&LA, he started his career with reputed brands such as Taj, Oberoi, Carnival cruise lines – USA.

Since 1999 he has been in academics at reputed institutes – Canan school of Hotel management, Oriental school of Hotel management, Kohinoor International management Institute in Khandala and EMPEE institute of Hotel management in Chennai. He also held Vice principal-ship of SRM IHM for NHMCT and served as a Principal/ Dean Operations at Annai Fathima Institute of Hotel & Catering Administration, Madurai.

Sangeetha Dinesh

Sangeetha Dinesh
Manager – Admin & Instructor

Sangeetha brings over 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry and academia. A graduate from Canan School of Catering and Hotel Management, she is a certified trainer for housekeeping and front office by American Hotel and Lodging Association. Apart from having worked as a facilities management professional at Hotel Residency Chennai & Sterling Info tech, she has been a lecturer and placement coordinator with Canan School of Catering and Hotel management.
Melroy Dougherty

Melroy Dougherty
Instructor – Food & Beverage Service

Melroy is a veteran in restaurant and bar management with over 20 years’ experience in hotels and cruise lines, having worked with the Krishna Oberoi-Hyderabad and with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, USA, before joining the Indus Institute as an F & B trainer.
Sulthan Ismail

Sulthan Ismail
Instructor – Galley Stewarding

Sulthan is a Bachelor of Science in hotel and catering management from University of Madras. He brings 14 years’ experience from having worked in cruise lines and the hotel industry. He worked with P&O Cruise Lines U.K., TUI Cruises USA, Quality Inn Sabari, Rendezvous Restaurant in Chennai before joining Indus.
Athiya Fathima

Athiya Fatima
Instructor – Communications

Athiya has 9 years of experience in the hospitality industry. With a Bachelor Degree from Madras Christian College and Post Graduate diploma in Air Ticketing and Travel Management, she has worked with GO Air, Air Arabia and also in the front office of Radha Regent Group of Hotels. She was also a Trainer & Placement Manager in various hospitality institutes like Frankfinn, Nest Aviation and Chennai Amrita Institute of Hotel Management.
Debbie Jane

Debbie Jane
Trainer – Spa & Beauty

Debbie is a wellness professional with 12 years of international experience. A graduate in English, she is certified in the internationally recognised CIDESCO Certificate in Spa and Beauty. She has worked in Dubai and India with various brands such as Cleopatra, Steiner, Dubai, Radisson Hotel Chennai and Le Kazme Dane, a Belgian company at Trichy.
Pushpa Mani

Pushpa Mani
Trainer – Hair styling

Ms. Pushpa Mani holds a diploma in hairstyling from Twinkle Institute (Chennai) recognized by Government of India. She brings in 12 plus years of industry experience from many big brands such as Lakme & Naturals Lounge. She has won accolades in events such as TIGI backstage heroes, Luna events from Singapore and Lakme Fashion Week.
Apart from being the National Winner for makeup & hair in Miss India Beauty Queen contest 2017, she has hands on experience in brands like Schwarzkopf, Loreal, Kerastase, TIGI and Cysteine treatment products.

Vijayasamundeswari S
Trainer – Communications & Soft Skills

A graduate in Hotel Management & MBA (Tourism and Hospitality) from Dr. Y.S.R. National Institute for Tourism and Hospitality, Hyderabad (A.P) Ms. Vijaya has over 10 years’ experience in the hotel industry, academics, recruitment, training, and learning & development. Based in Chennai, she has worked with brands like ITC Park Sheraton, Green Park Hotel, Chariot Beach Resorts, and Crowne Plaza.
Ruthi L

Ruthi Lalmuanawmi
Assistant Manager-North East

Ms. Ruthi has completed her craftsmanship course in Food Production and Patisserie from IHM Guwahati in 2011 and has over 7 years of experience in hotel industry. She has worked with brands like Hotel Ramada Ahmedabad, Hotel Novatel International Conventional Centre Hyderabad and Hotel Park Plaza Ahmedabad in guest service department. Her last employment was with Big Daddy Casino, Goa in VIP Services Department as Senior Concierge.