'Miss India Earth' Shriya Kishore's Manipal Connection
Divvy Kant Upadhyay
Daijiworld Media Network - Manipal
Manipal, Apr 7: Shriya Kishore who won the Miss India Earth title on Sunday at the Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009 beauty paegant in Mumbai had graduated with a Bachelor in Hotel Management (BHM) Degree from the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGHSA) at the Manipal University in Manipal last year.
The staff and students of the institute at the University town of Coastal Karnataka were visibly excited about the ‘glamour quotient’ displayed by their alumnus. Shriya joined WGSHA in 2004 as part of the 19th Course of the college.
Speaking exclusively to Daijiworld / Daijiworld Weekly, Vice Principal of WGSHA, Mr Kulmohan Singh expressed his pleasure and said he was hoping for Shriya to be Miss India Universe. “Shriya proved to be bright not only in academics but also in co-curricular activities and sports. She had constantly ranked amongst the 20 best students of the class” informs an elated Dr Singh. According to her records at the college, Shriya was born on the 12th of May in 1986 to Nirupama and Col. Sanjay Kishore. She did her schooling at the Lawrence School Lovadel, Ooty.
Shriya’s profile in the Institute’s Placement records show that she won the Miss Pune beauty pageant title in 2006 when she was still studying at the college in Manipal. While at college, Shriya obtained GPA scores of 8.46, 8.96 and 8.24 in her first, second and third years respectively. She scored the highest marks in the practical exams of the Hotel Housekeeping and Front Office Management departments. She is supposed to have bagged a placement in the Mumbai division of the Oberoi Group of Hotels during her final year at Manipal. She also underwent a 26 week long Industrial training in the second half of 2005 at The ITC, Grand Central and the Luxury Collection Hotels in Mumbai.
Shriya had gained a wild card entry into the popular beauty pageant and being the second runners-up, she will now represent India at the Miss Earth 2009 in October this year where young ladies from 90 different countries will compete to win the crown. The winner will then officially represent the Miss Earth foundation and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)