Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Archive News

Institute Conducts Training Programme at Ahmedabad and Ambaji

The Institute recently conducted two 15-days training programmes at Ahmedabad and Ambaji. The programmes conducted during 30th September to 14th October received 50 participants each. Tourism sector in Gujarat is growing by leaps and bounds. It has opened up avenues for new enterprises in this sector. The training programmes were designed with an objective to help participants identify business opportunities in rapidly growing tourism sector of Gujarat. Right from opportunity identification to registration process and acquiring various licenses, participants received all the vital information for setting up business in tourism sector in the training programme.

The institute is also planning to conduct such EDPs at popular tourist places such as Saputara, Chotila, Junagadh, Tithal and Kutch etc.

The new batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Management courses for the year 2017-19 inducted at the campus; 95 students, including four international participants, all set to embark on an entrepreneurial journey.

Ninety-five (95) students were inducted into the Post Graduate Diploma Programme - Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE) and Post Graduate Diploma Programme - Development Studies (PGDM-DS) on July 3 at the Institute – an acknowledged National Resource Institute for entrepreneurship education, research, training and institution-building. Budding entrepreneurs from Gujarat, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Odisha, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have enrolled for both these PG courses. While 79 students have joined the PGDM-BE programme, 12 have joined the PGDM-DS programme. Apart from this, four international participants have also joined the PG programmes. 
The induction week for the new batch commenced on July 3. During the week, the students will get a peek into the nuances of entrepreneurship and various aspects of the two-year course, which would become the basis of their entrepreneurial journey. Dr Manoj Mishra, Acting Chairperson, PG Programmes welcomed the students and briefed them about the institute’s activities in the field of entrepreneurship and its role in leading effective implementation of entrepreneurial training and capacity-building in various target groups, across several organisations, institutes, sectors and clusters.
Throughout the week, the students of the PGDM-BE programme will be prepared for the basics of the business, catering to the following objectives of the programme: Developing skills in successfully initiating, expanding and diversifying a business; enterprise in new and upcoming areas; developing family business successors as enterprising and knowledgeable owners of the business of their predecessors; and creating entrepreneurial managers for corporate sector. The initial components on basics of business venturing will be prerequisites for upcoming trimesters. Some of the modules are Trends of Industries and Emerging Opportunities, Commercial Acumen, GST Impact on MSMEs, Marketing Basics, Business Communication, Introduction to Excel and Policy Measures by the Government for Industrial Growth and Sustainability. Business games and workshops on Ideation, Design Thinking and Blu Ocean Strategy & Dream Team will ably aid the learning modules and make the sessions interactive and enriching for the students.
The students of PGDM-DS programme, on the other hand, will lean about the development sector and the role of entrepreneurship in the same. The various modules of the course are  Art and its Role in Development, Contemporary Issues in Development Sector, Social Responsibility of Corporates, Goal-setting, Role of Media in Propaganda-setting, Mainstreaming the Poor through Financial Inclusion, Peace Research and Gandhian Philosophy, Soft Skills, problem-solving exercises, ideation workshop, edutainment movies, field visits, rural markets, etc. Apart from this, the students of both the PG courses will be interacting with entrepreneurs and experts who will share their entrepreneurial journeys and stories of both failure and success.
Shared the idea behind the origin of the PGDM-DS course, Dr Mishra said, “The institute felt a need to create resource persons in the development sector, who can lead to effective implementation and planning of projects.” He added, “The PGDM-DS course is designed as a broad and multi-disciplinary programme to equip students with knowledge, analytical and conceptual skills of societal and economic development. During the two years of course, the students are given opportunities through field work and internships to get a better insight into the practical application of classroom teaching. This course prepares students with the ability to provide entrepreneurial solutions to social problems, livelihoods for rural and urban poor, corporate social responsibility initiatives and creating social enterprises.”
Dr Mishra also said that the PGDM-DS course offers an opportunity to professionals to become social change leaders as the students of this course delve into the nuances of microenterprise development, microfinance, livelihood promotion and CSR interventions.
While briefing about the PGDM-BE, Dr Satyaranjan Acharya, Programme Coordinator for the course, said, “The BE course comprises two segments: new enterprise creation and family business management. With major portion of students hailing from business families, family business management remains a popular choice of course. Also, the PG course is reviewed and revised every year to accommodate changes in view of new policies and schemes of the Government and the business world.” He also informed the students about EDII’s association with various start-up initiatives of the Governments at the Centre and the State.
The new batch was apprised that in addition to the course delving into all aspects of setting up and managing enterprises, the institute also provides them an additional option of pitching their start-up models here for getting incubated through the Centre for Advancing and Launching Enterprises (CrAdLE). Considering the fast-growing start-up movement in India, the institute hosts a Department of Science (DST)-promoted incubation centre, the CrAdLE, which extends thorough mentoring support to help students start, progress and sustain a venture.
Marking the formal start of lectures and sessions for the newly-inducted students, a panel discussion on New Age Entrepreneurship, initiated by Dr Chandan Chatterjee, Senior Visiting Faculty, EDII was conducted at the institute in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on July 4. Panellists for the three-hour session were Dr Param Shah, Head, FICCI Gujarat State Council; Mr Abhishek Desai, Co-founder, Digicorp and Founder, CricHeoes; and Mr Anshuman Mohapatra, Partner, Vector Legal.
Dr Param Shah mentored the discussion. He also apprised the students of various roles and responsibilities of FICCI and how it has become so resourceful for the upcoming entrepreneurs. Mr Abhishek Desai and Mr Anshuman Mohapatra shared their experiences on founding start-ups, legal complications and being mentored by FICCI. They discussed how decision-making is a dynamic process in the business world, which requires each decision to be time- , need- and sector-specific. It was shared that businesses need to contribute to capacity-building so that they can withstand challenges faced in future. That network-building remains another critical area, was reiterated by all the panellists.
Several sessions, simulations games, exercises, discussions, ideation workshops, etc. are scheduled till July 14 for the inductees to strengthen their perspective.



Dr Chandan Chatterjee (standing), Senior Visiting Faculty, EDII conducting the panel discussion on New Age Entrepreneurship, conducted in association with FICCI on July 4 at the institute's campus. Also seen are panellists (L-R) Dr Param Shah, Head, FICCI Gujarat State Council; Mr Anshuman Mohapatra, Partner, Vector Legal; and Mr Abhishek Desai, Co-founder, Digicorp and Founder, CricHeoes.


The inductees at the panel discussion on New Age Entrepreneurship, conducted in association with FICCI on July 4 at the Institute.


Students during their induction to PG courses on July 3 at the Institute


Students during their induction to PG courses on July 3 at the Institute 

Dr Manoj Mishra, Acting Chairperson, PG Programmes welcoming the students to the Institute

EDII, in partnership with the University of East London (UEL), is addressing the agenda of Social Entrepreneurship Education Programme (SEEP) of the British Council.


EDII, in partnership with the University of East London (UEL), is addressing the agenda of Social Entrepreneurship Education Programme (SEEP) of the British Council. With the aim of consolidating the work done so far and catalysing an enduring network to promote social entrepreneurship education in India, a two-day national conclave on Mainstreaming of Social Entrepreneurship Education in India has been inaugurated at EDII campus on January 31, 2017 and 1st Feb 2017. The chief guest for the occasion was Prof Preeti Shroff, Dean, MICA. Also present were Mr Simon Mather of UEL and Mr Sameer Chaturvedi, Head of Social Enterprise (India), British Council. Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII welcomed all the guests. The participants at the conclave involved different stakeholders from academicians to entrepreneurs and practitioners.

As Mr. Chaturvedi mentioned, "There is a need of mainstreaming social entrepreneurship across courses in all sectors, including engineers, lawyers and doctors among others. We need to lay dedicated mechanisms by the virtue of which social enterprises could become a part of public service delivery." To this Prof. Preeti Shroff added, in her keynote address, "Entrepreneurship cannot be taught. It is a way that would have to be instilled in our institutions so that they continue to instil it in the children. The educational institutions will have to become social entrepreneurs in order to create ideapreneurs among their students."

While talking about the practical implementation of the project, Prof. Sanjay Pal, Senior Faculty, EDII talked about various activities carried out in the past one year under the project. He said that a lot of foundation work has been carried out for introducing social entrepreneurship in universities and institutions of higher learning. A pilot was run across nine states and based on the learning and observations, seven modules have been prepared to train young minds for social entrepreneurship. He mentioned that a distance learning programme on social entrepreneurship will be launched soon.

The conclave agenda moved forward with formation of thematic groups. Each group was assigned with the following themes.

  1. Promoting demand for Social Entrepreneurship Education
  2. Knowledge Resource Development
  3. Policy for Social Entrepreneurship
  4. Networking for social Entrepreneurship Education

The national conclave came out with a blueprint based on discussions of the above mentioned thematic areas for promoting Social Entrepreneurship education in India.

In association with the National Conclave, Student competitions were organised on the theme of Social Entrepreneurship. Kassandra M.R. from MICA won the first prize in Poetry and Aslam Palani from EDII in Poster making.


Institute equips 84 participants with essential skills to address global economic challenges

"ITEC Programme is a good step taken in the right direction and it will help resolve developmental challenges faced by developing countries." said Mr. Ashish Shah, Chairman of Shree Balaji Group who remained present as Chief Guest at the valediction function of three ITEC programmes that commenced in the month of September. Total 84 participants from 23 different countries participated in the programmes.

The valediction function of three ITEC programmes namely Entrepreneurship & Small Business Promotion, Capital Markets & Investment Banking and Local Economic Development was conducted on 4th November, Friday. Chief Guest for the event Mr. Ashish Shah awarded certificates to the participants. Sharing his success secrets with the participants he said, "An entrepreneur must have guts and courage to pursue his dream. For entrepreneurs, failure is a learning lesson. Make mistakes but never repeat them, this is a simple key to success."

The six-week ITEC programmes were commenced on 26th September, 2016. During this, the participants received effective training to provide sustainable solutions to the problems their countries are facing. To help them understand Indian economy and culture, field visits too were conducted. The participants also visited famous tourist places in India.

EDII ties up with Human Resource Development Fund under the Ministry of HRD, Malaysia for Skill Development. The Institute will assist the Malaysian Government in achieving its target of ensuring 35-per cent skilled Malaysian workforce by 2020.

EDII and Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB), an arm of Human Resource Development Fund under the Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India and Dato Sri Mohammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Hon'ble Prime Minister of Malaysia.

PSMB has a mandate by the Government of Malaysia to implement strategic initiatives to empower the quality and employability of the Malaysian human capital to support the aspirations of a 35-per cent skilled Malaysian workforce by the year 2020, while creating job opportunities for the locals. Through the collaboration, EDII will share its expertise with PSMB in the field of education, training, research and institution building to enhance PSMB's trainers in delivering comprehensive and high-quality training under PSMB's programmes for upskilling and reskilling Malaysian women, low household-income community and youth. PSMB and EDII will work together in the areas of skill development, reskilling, entrepreneurship development, capacity building, training and methodology, content development, consulting and research. The first activity post signing of the MoU would be to train close to 100 youths in entrepreneurship through classroom training, simulation exercises and field exposure.

EDII will hold hands with the Malaysian Government to equip, develop and assist unemployed graduates and school drop-outs with high-end skills and competencies, required by the industries, and will thus enhance their future employability. It will be open to all Malaysian graduates who have successfully acquired their diploma, degree or possess equivalent education.

Dato C M Vignaesvaran Jeyandran, Chief Executive of Human Resource Development Fund, said, "PSMB and EDII share the objective of enriching the knowledge of the national human capital, and to elevate the business capabilities of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to increase national economic growth. With EDII's experience and expertise at national and international levels in education, training, research and institution building, it makes for a good partnership. PSMB is always on the lookout for opportunities to further enhance Malaysia's human capital development module through collaborations and benchmarking. EDII will work closely with PSMB's initiative of Skill Development as a facilitator for boosting the economic power of Malaysia."

Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII said, "We are immensely delighted and proud to join hands with PSMB. The partnership is an example of how countries can work together to create job opportunities for the youth and participate in global sustainable development goals. EDII will help Malaysia harness its inherent strengths and capabilities."

Fifty (50) international participants from 28 developing countries successfully graduated from two, six-week capacity-building programmes, which concluded on August 23 at the Institute. The courses are conducted every year, with assistance from Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII set the tone of the event by welcoming the guest and the participants, and briefing about various objectives of the ITEC-sponsored programmes. Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS), Principal Secretary (Labour and Employment), Government of Gujarat and Managing Director, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Co Limited (GNFC) graced the valediction of the programmes as the Chief Guest and gave away certificates to the participants.
Dr Gupta shared the journey of the Neem Project of GNFC and the kind of ripples the Neem products have been making in the market. Through the story, Dr Gupta shared his entrepreneurial odyssey and various ways of overcoming challenges faced during project execution.
The programme Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship Development received 26 participants from 20 countries viz. Botswana, Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mongolia, Niger, Poland, Seychelles, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Trinidad & Tobago, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Directed by Mr P Ganesh, Associate Senior Faculty, EDII the programme focused on providing knowledge of tools and techniques that may facilitate increase and growth of women entrepreneurs. The participants also learnt about preparing viable business plans and enhancing leadership & managerial capabilities. The participants included consultants, academicians, corporate trainers, business counsellors, business promotion officers, bankers and employees of government organisations and financial institutions, extension workers of NGOs and existing & potential entrepreneurs.
The programme Industrial, Infrastructure and Sustainable Project Preparation & Appraisal, directed by Dr Saji Kumar, Faculty, EDII received 24 participants from 14 countries viz. Argentina, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe. The objective of the programme was to help participants identify lucrative investment opportunities that can lead to improved viability and returns. It honed decision-making skills of participants by improving and updating their knowledge in various areas of project. The participants comprised officials from industry and economic ministries, investment promotional agencies, chambers of commerce & industry, development bodies, development financial institutions, commercial banks, business and management development organisation and academicians, among others.
Both the programmes had commenced on July 17. The six-week programmes comprised four weeks of classroom training and two weeks of study tour. The field visits were conducted for the participants in order to help them understand various facets of Indian economy and culture. These visits included tours to famous tourist places – Mount Abu, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra.

Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS), Principal Secretary (Labour and Employment), Government of Gujarat & Managing Director, GNFC - Chief Guest at the valediction ceremony - while giving away certificate to a participant

Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS), Principal Secretary (Labour and Employment), Government of Gujarat & Managing Director, GNFC - Chief Guest at the valediction ceremony -  while addressing the participants  

Fourteen (14) participants of the third batch of the Biotechnopreneur (BTP) Programme successfully graduated from the course on August 23 at the Institute. The first-of-its-kind, 10-month weekend programme, sponsored by Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM), Government of Gujarat had commenced in September 2016.


The Chief Guest for the valediction, Dr Subhash Soni, Joint Secretary, Government of Gujarat and Mission Director, Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM) gave away certificates to the participants. Accompanying him on the occasion were Dr Jayashankar Das, Sector Specialist, GSBTM; Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII; Mr P Ganesh, Programme Director, BTP and Associate Senior Faculty, EDII; and Mr Bipin Shah, Visiting Associate, EDII.


Briefing the house about the rationale behind the programme, Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII said, “The BTP Programme is an effort to promote biotechnology and life-science enterprises. I am happy to state that the success rate of the previous two batches of the programme has been remarkable. Going by statistics, I believe the graduating batch will continue the legacy.”


He added that the country needs knowledge-driven enterprises and Gujarat has become a hub for biotechnology entrepreneurship. There could not be a better time for biotech entrepreneurs, he remarked.


Mr P Ganesh, while briefing on the programme, said, “This programme is likely to see more enterprises in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other technology and innovation-driven areas. Biotechnology is fast emerging as the most promising sector and hence, there is a need to build capabilities of people in this field. It was heartening to see that the participants of the third batch included professional from varied backgrounds viz. biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharma, healthcare management, microbiology, human genetics, medical biotechnology and biomedical engineering. The programme included four months of classroom training and six months of detailed project report (DPR) preparation.”


While Chief Guest for the occasion, Dr Soni, addressed the participants on the challenges faced in an entrepreneurial career and ways to overcome them, Dr Das applauded the curriculum of the BTP programme. He remarked, “There is no other dedicated programme for biotech professionals in the world.”


The first BTP programme was completed in May 2012 and the second batch graduated in October 2014. Post completion of two batches of the programme, 15 have started their own biotech ventures, reflecting over 60-per cent success rate and indicating excellent results in creation of biotechnopreneurs. These start-ups have turnover in the range of ?20 lakh to ?2 crore, and have been able to generate employment for around 190 people. During the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS) 2017, a total of 10 MoUs, worth ?83.9 crore, were signed by current and/or ex-participants of the programme with the Government of Gujarat.


The unique programme integrates practical as well as academic knowledge with hands-on industrial exposure to ensure holistic growth of participants to support and fund the biotech venture plan. It includes various modules viz. Identification of Biotech Business Ideas, Business Analysis of the Biotech Start-Up, Financial Management of the Project, Grounding of Technology with Business Plan and Implementation of Biotech Business Plan.

Chief Guest for the valediction, Dr Subhash Soni, Joint Secretary, Government of Gujarat and Mission Director, GSBTM while giving away certificate to a participant

Chief Guest for the valediction, Dr Subhash Soni, Joint Secretary, Government of Gujarat and Mission Director, GSBTM while interacting with the participants 

The 17th AGM of EDII-Kolkata was held on 27th October, 2016 at Peerless Inn in Kolkata. Director-EDII Dr. Sunil Shukla addressed the members on this occasion. Dr. Shukla was welcomed by Padma Shri and Managing Director of Peerless Group of Companies Shri S.K Roy. Shri Sadhan Pande, Minister of Self Help Group and Self-Employment, Government of West Bengal also marked his presence at the event. President-BNCCI (Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry)Shree Sourajit Palchoudhury presented a memento as a token of gratitude to Dr. Shukla.

Padma Sri S.K.Roy, Managing Director, Peerless Group of Companies welcomes Dr Shukla. Shri Samir Kr Ghosh, Chairman, EDI is also seen.
Shri Sourajit Palchoudhury, Presudent, BNCCI presenting a memento to Dr. Shukla
Shri Sandip Sen, Vice Chairman, EDI presenting flower bouquet to Dr Sunil Shukla, director, EDII- Ahmedabad
Dr Shukla greets Shri Sadhan Pande, Minister for Self Help Group and Self-Employment, Govt Of West Bengal
Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII addressing at the 17th AGM of EDI-Kolkata
A part of gathering at the AGM

The institute commenced three six-week ITEC programmes on 26th September, 2016. The programmes on Entrepreneurship & Small Business Promotion, Capital Markets & Investment Banking and Local Economic Development have received 83 participants in total from various countries across the globe. The courses aim to provide effective training and sustainable solutions to the participants with a view to contribute to the growth of economies of small and developing nations.

Informal Sector Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Local Economic Development, the programme directed by Senior Faculty-EDII Dr. Manoj Mishra has received 30 participants from 22 countries like Tajikistan, Sudan, Lesotho, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Mongolia etc. This programme concentrates on strategies for Local Economic Development. The participants will learn to identify strong elements, opportunities, weaknesses and threats of different localities and territories as a part of this programme. The programme will enable participants to create environment for new enterprise development in their countries.

The programme on Capital Markets & Investment Banking directed by Associate Sr. Faculty-EDII Dr. Satya Acharya has received 20 participants from 12 different countries such as Afghanistan, Ghana, Iraq, Malawi, Nepal etc. This programme will focus on imparting comprehensive knowledge on various instruments of capital market, different products of commodity market, key players and basic features of international markets. The programme is a blend of conventional finance subjects like asset valuation, treasury, investment banking and contemporary subjects like equity research through economic, industry and company analysis. The programme also includes field visits and study tours.

Another ITEC programme Entrepreneurship & Small Business Promotion specially designed for Entrepreneur Trainer- Motivators (ETMs) has received 33 participants from 18 countries. The programme directed by EDII Faculty Mr. Prakash Solanki will focus on equipping the participants with skills to analyse and assess competency of potential entrepreneurs. It will also help participants in identifying business opportunities and enable them to help budding entrepreneurs prepare business plan. The course will also touch upon social facets such as women and entrepreneurship and the nature of enterprise and entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Social Entrepreneurship in India, notwithstanding its visible growth, remains on the fringe of entrepreneurial landscape. The "Mainstreaming of Social Entrepreneurship Education in India" programme managed by EDII, in collaboration with the University of East London (UEL), seeks to inject enthusiasm and competency for social entrepreneurship education. This is supported by the British Council, New Delhi under their aegis of Social Enterprise Education Programme (SEEP), a significant initiative by the Council in facilitating social entrepreneurship education in India.

The primary purpose of SEEP is to build a social enterprise ecosystem in education domain and to strengthen it both in policy making and its practice. It intends to do so by introducing it into formal education system, blending Indian knowledge/practice with global one. This would lay ground for social entrepreneurship education through development of curriculum and learning material resource. It promotes innovation on social entrepreneurship education through tie-ups with incubation centres and a higher education oriented network. Given the size of the country and complexity, the programme focuses on eight low income states and Gujarat in the context of programme work.

Dr Sanjay Pal and Mr S.S. Modi, Faculty Members of EDII attended the Round Table on 31st March 2016 at University of East London, U.K. to make a presentation on EDII's approach, rationale and also share their experience in Social Entrepreneurship Education.

The British Council convened a Review-cum Sharing Meeting of the 10 SEEP project partners at IIT Madras, India on 14th April 2016.
Mr Richard Everitt, Director - Education and Society, British Council India while welcoming the participants highlighted the importance of SEEP for furthering UK-India partnership endeavours, especially in social enterprise education system.
Dr Guru Gujral, Head ? Society (India), British Council and Mr. Sameer Chaturvedi, Head ? Social Enterprise (India), British Council addressing the project partners at IIT Chennai.

Five Regional Advisory Group (RAG) meetings were held at Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Lucknow, Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata. More than eighty participants across eight states helped generate ideas for effective introduction of social entrepreneurship in the formal education system. This group was a rich blend of academia, policy makers, social entrepreneurs and business membership organisations (BMOs). The critical discussion helped us develop keen insights on the pedagogy, curriculum and evaluation of the subject.

Prof Andre and Prof Tim of University of East London visited EDII and interacted with the students of EDII. The learnings from the RAGs and due discussions with our partners at University of East London (UEL) helped in planning and developing viable knowledge, skill networks and curricula besides the course content for social entrepreneurship for the MOOC platform. Plans for Training of teachers and accreditation were also discussed. The Indian audience and its need are being kept in mind while developing the course content. The curriculum being developed under the SEEP project should soon be up on the website. UEL also encouraged social entrepreneurship ventures at EDII. A Network on Social Entrepreneurship Education (NSSEE) is also being strengthened.

The sensitization workshops are scheduled for during late September and early September. The schedule will soon be uploaded on the website.

EDII wins International Mercury Award 2016-17

  • The premier Institute's Annual Report for the year 2015-16 won the prestigious  Mercury 2016-2017 Award for its overall presentation
  • The International MERCURY Awards every year honour outstanding achievement in professional communications in around 80 countries.

Ahmedabad, February 20, 2017: Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), an acknowledged national resource Institute for Entrepreneurship has received the prestigious International Mercury Awards for the year 2016/2017. The premier Institute received an award for the best overall presentation of its 2015-2016 Annual Report.
Instituted every year by MerComm, Inc. is the world's only independent awards organization, the International Mercury Awards honour outstanding achievement in professional communications in around 80 countries.

Speaking about the accomplishment, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII said, "It is heartening to see EDII being felicitated with the prestigious Mercury Awards for its knowledge creation and presentation. It is indeed a proud moment for us. EDII has not only spearheaded entrepreneurship movement throughout the nation, but over the years has been instrumental in generating industry specific content and knowledge through original research. And such recognitions encourage us.

Founded in 1987, the Mercury Awards is in its 30th year and promotes excellence, quality and performance in the various fields of public relations. The competition is the world's only independent awards organization. The award entertains participation from agencies, associations, corporations, government agencies, non-profit groups, and organizations from around 80 countries worldwide every year. Judges from the International Academy of Communications Arts and Sciences (IACAS0 evaluate entries on the basis of objectivity, audience connection, use of imagination and original solutions, use of illustration and overall expression of the message.

The valediction of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme on Business Research Methodology & Data Analysis was held on March 2 at EDII campus. The eight-week international programme, sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, commenced on January 9 and concluded on March 3.


Twenty-eight participants from 17 developing countries namely Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Uzbekistan attended the programme. Participants comprising economists, statisticians, middle and senior-level executives of MSMEs, lecturers, research officers, analysts and representatives of development institutions, directly or indirectly involved in MSME promotion, and functionaries of non-government organisations engaged in MSME promotion were part of the same.

A two-week study tour to Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh was also organised for the participants as part of the programme. Sarah, a participant from Egypt, while sharing her feedback said, "We are happy that we got a chance to experience and explore India. The programme has not only enhanced our skills but will also help us progress in our respective careers."

Programme Director, Dr Jignasu Yagnik, said, "The tour helped participants get a feel of Incredible India. The overall feedback has also been excellent. Our interactions will, of course, continue through virtual mode."

Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII urged he participants to continue their quest for knowledge and cultivate inquisitiveness. On the programme, he said, "This programme helps one see beyond problems in a scientific manner and build hypotheses. The feedback has been one of the rarest and we believe the participants will apply the knowledge gained here in their life and professions."

The valedictory function was concluded with a vote of thanks from Ms Bindu Prashanth, the ITEC Programmes Coordinator.


EMPRESARIO, the annual flagship event at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) kicked off on March 9 at EDII Ahmedabad campus. The event is organised by the students of EDII every year, and is an exclusive, one-stop platform for start-ups, new-age entrepreneurs, industry mentors, investors and students to dish out their entrepreneurial endeavours and experiences, gain new insights and pledge to become an invaluable part of the ever-flourishing start-up ecosystem in India. The two-day event was inaugurated amid fervour and enthusiasm by Shri Dinesh Yadav, CEO, Arvind Accel.

EMPRESARIO was first launched in 2012 and has since then went on to emerge as one of the largest entrepreneurship fests celebrated in India. Held over two days every February, the fest witnesses thousands of participants from every part of the country. The focus this year is on fostering the start-up ecosystem of Gujarat as well as India. This will be brought into action by supporting and collaborating with ideas and start-ups of high-performing businesses, foundations, investors and individuals who are delivering solutions with market-oriented approaches for global development. The event will help start-ups turn their ideas into viable businesses.

The theme of this year is Escalating Growth of Start-up Ecosystem while the sectors in focus are healthcare, artificial intelligence, IoT, augmented reality, virtual reality, food & water, education, MSMEs, fintech, manufacturing, e-commerce, travel & tourism, on-demand services, agribusiness, waste-tech & renewable energy, analytics & big data, SAAS, security and marketplace.

Mr Bipin Shah, Senior Faculty, EDII welcomed the guests and gave a brief introduction of the fest. He said, "EMPRASARIO is in its sixth edition this year. Akin to previous editions, this year too, the line-up of events is well suited to lay more emphasis on start-ups. The interactions with various speakers and mentoring sessions will give the necessary fillip to the start-up environment."

Shri Dinesh Yadav, chief guest for the occasion, remarked, "In this age of new technologies, youth entrepreneurship can lead to global progress. With start-up ecosystem in focus, young entrepreneurs are dominating the landscape everywhere. Youths must reach their full potential and that is where being in Gujarat, the land of entrepreneurship, and EDII, a place where start-ups mushroom, helps."

Shri Yadav added that more start-ups should focus on healthcare, food, solid waste management and environment. Encouraging more youngsters to take up entrepreneurship, he added that an entrepreneur has access to a vast set of resources, has network and can be a job creator. All of this helps one to not only achieve own objectives but also meet the needs of the society.

Mr Mayank Patel, Faculty, EDII while proposing a vote of thanks said, "Youths are well versed with technologies. And, a start-up is a place which brings together the technology and youths. Hence, the sector rightly deserves attention and EMPRASARIO attempts the same."

EMPRESARIO will create value among all those who are associated with the start-up ecosystem directly or indirectly. This time the focus will be to provide 'Prototype Funding' to 25+ start-ups through EDII's partnership and to make funds available to these early and growth-stage start-ups through the institute's network of venture capitalists.


Shri Dinesh Yadav, CEO, Arvind Accel lighting the lamp at the inauguration of EMPRESARIO 2017, the annual fest at EDII Ahmedabad. Also seen in the picture is Mr Bipin Shah, Senior Faculty, EDII.


Shri Dinesh Yadav, CEO, Arvind Accel with Mr Bipin Shah (R), Senior Faculty, EDII and Mr Mayank Patel (L), Faculty, EDII lighting the lamp at the inauguration of EMPRESARIO 2017, the annual fest at EDII Ahmedabad


Participants of the fest during the inaguration

Ahmedabad, April 6, 2017
The valediction of two international capacity-building programmes, sponsored by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) division of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India - Entrepreneurship Education to Strengthen Emerging Economies and Sustainable Livelihoods & Mainstreaming with Market - was held on April 6 at EDII Ahmedabad. Shri Hemendra Kumar Sharma, Director (DPA-II), MEA graced the occasion and gave away certificates to the participants. Also present were Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII and Programme Directors Dr Pankaj Bharti, Faculty, EDII and Dr Manoj Mishra, Senior Faculty, EDII.

The six-week programmes commenced on February 27 and comprised four weeks of classroom training and two weeks of study tour to the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Professionals from diverse domains attended the programmes and gained insight in the fields of education for strengthening emerging economies and sustainable livelihood options.

The programme on Entrepreneurship Education to Strengthen Emerging Economies received 28 participants from 20 countries, namely Bhutan, Cambodia, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Ethiopia, Hungary, Jordan, Kenya, Mongolia, Nigeria, Oman, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda and Uzbekistan. Participants comprising government/private-sector officials engaged in promotion or execution of entrepreneurship/business/trade or education programs and policies, heads of business incubators, educators, researchers, professionals, management trainers, small business consultants and media representatives working in areas of education and development were part of the same.

Milagro Del Rosario of Cuba, a participant of the Entrepreneurship Education to Strengthen Emerging Economies programme, said, "The course curriculum is very comprehensive and well thought. The lecturers are very well trained, not only in their specific subjects but also in dealing with different cultures."

The other programme on Sustainable Livelihoods & Mainstreaming with Market received 31 participants from 18 countries, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mongolia, Mozambique, Russia, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, are attending the same. Participants comprising senior and middle-level professionals associated with government and NGOs involved in programme design, implementation, strategy and policy planning, professionals in funding agencies and research organisations, educators and consultants were part of the same.

Talking about the origin of starting such programmes for developing countries, Shri Hemendra Kumar Sharma said, "Human resource is a critical element of development and with this idea, ITEC-sponsored programmes were institutionalised in 1964. We wanted to share our expertise with the developing world. Now, ITEC is a promise to traverse the long path of development together."

The valedictory function was concluded with a vote of thanks from Ms Bindu Prashanth, the ITEC Programmes Coordinator.

Last date for receiving online applications is February 28, 2018. Click here for detail.

In the fast-paced era of development, it has become imperative for developing countries to hold hands and march towards progress. It is for this reason that EDII under the patronage of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India has been conducting capacity-building programmes for officials from selected developing countries, since 2001.

Two such programmes are in progress presently. These include Entrepreneurship Education to Strengthen Emerging Economies and Sustainable Livelihoods & Mainstreaming with Market.

Entrepreneurship Education to Strengthen Emerging Economies commenced on February 27. A total of 28 participants from 20 countries, namely Bhutan, Cambodia, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Ethiopia, Hungary, Jordan, Kenya, Mongolia, Nigeria, Oman, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda and Uzbekistan, are attending the programme at EDII campus. The programme is being directed by Dr Pankaj Bharti, Faculty, EDII.

The other programme, Sustainable Livelihoods & Mainstreaming with Market commenced on February 27. A total of 31 participants from 18 countries, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mongolia, Mozambique, Russia, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, are attending the same. The programme is being directed by Dr Manoj Mishra, Senior Faculty, EDII.

Both the programmes will conclude on April 7. The six-week programmes comprise four weeks of classroom training and two weeks of study tour to the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to help them get a feel of Incredible India. Professionals from diverse domains are gaining insights in the fields of education for strengthening emerging economies and sustainable livelihood.

In keeping with the changing times, EDII has taken steps to ensure that it not only retains its relevance as the only institute of its kind in the country, but also morphs into a trailblazer for several new initiatives that would catapult entrepreneurship training to the next level.

Never in its 34 years of existence has the Gandhinagar-based Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) found its rightful place in the sun quite so fittingly as it has over the past couple of years, with the Narendra Modi government's clarion call of Start-up India and Make-in-India underlining the inherent importance of grooming entrepreneurship to create long-term assets and employment.

Little wonder, then, that there's a palpable air of new-found energy and excitement at EDII's sprawling brick-lined campus milling with students keen to contribute to India's new growth story.

EDII Director Dr Sunil Shukla, "Certainly, the start-up buzz has helped us enormously and students from across the country as well as abroad are showing significantly more interest in us than a decade ago. Moreover, the recent government initiatives support this concept."

In keeping with the changing times, EDII has taken steps to ensure that it not only retains its relevance as the only institute of its kind in the country, but also morphs into a trailblazer for several new initiatives that would catapult entrepreneurship training to the next level. "The objective," Shukla says, "is to arrive at a tactical approach where our core competencies could be harnessed to keep pace with the external environment."

For starters, EDII has recently launched the technology business incubator—the Centre for Advancing and Launching Enterprises (CrAdLE)—supported by the government's Department of Science and Technology to give a push to the start-up drive in the fields of food processing, healthcare, renewable energy and manufacturing. The move, according to Shukla, will boost the phenomenon of new enterprise creation especially among young entrepreneurs.

He elaborates that CrAdLE is aimed at assisting companies in the early stages of development and, to the extent possible, lighten the burden of running a business, thus developing technology and network. "Towards this end, it will provide support in the context of business planning and milestone tracking, legal advice, deal structuring, finance and accounting support, and seed funds for milestone-specific projects."

Apart from this, the institute has commenced EDII Launchpad—a novel and successful initiative that provides young student entrepreneurs opportunities to acquire entrepreneurial experience, replete with the pressures and demands that are associated with an early-stage start-up. "This programme," Shukla says, "is pragmatic, concrete and experiential, as it provides the just-in-time knowledge student entrepreneurs need to access and develop their ideas and plans for a new enterprise."

Over the years, EDII has helped create thousands of entrepreneurs. A study conducted almost two decades ago under the guidance of Prof David C McClelland—a reputed American behavioural scientist—in the three countries of India, Malawi and Ecuador concluded that an entrepreneur may possess certain competencies, and at the same time it is possible to develop these through training, experience and guidance. Following it in letter and spirit, EDII is today sought out by governments across the globe to help replicate the model it has developed. "The concept of a start-up is not a new one," Shukla maintains. "What we have to understand is that starting-up is not about executing a plan. A start-up is a temporary organisation that exists to search for a scalable and repeatable business model."

A major draw for EDII over the recent past is its hugely popular and unique two-year PGDM in Business Entrepreneurship, which offers a milestone-based learning model that enables a student to build a new enterprise step-by-step even as she pursues the programme.

"Milestone-based learning enables students to get practical exposure of every minute step, right from ideating and preparing a business plan, to forming and registering a new company and then running the enterprise," Shukla elucidates.

Of the 427 students who have passed the programme since its inception in 2008-10, 337 have either started their own enterprises or have added value to their family businesses. Yet another programme launched in 2011 that is creating a buzz is the Biotechnopreneur Programme, supported by the Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission. It has created 14 biotechnopreneurs since inception. This 10-month, custom-tailored course exclusively for students and professionals in the field of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and biomedicine integrates practical as well as academic knowledge with hands-on industrial exposure. Says Prof Bipin Shah who is spearheading the initiative, "The programme, through a combination of multidisciplinary curricula and unique pedagogy, aims to contribute to sustainable development by providing support to biotechnology businesses."

At EDII, training modules have been routinely upgraded in tune with the changing times. Not only that, the institute has, over the years, helped set up 12 state-level exclusive entrepreneurship development centres and institutes. What is noteworthy is that EDII has, in the past six years, imparted training to over 16,500 women entrepreneurs across India. Shukla says that EDII offers effective market-driven solutions to women entrepreneurs to help them build their capabilities and compete better. "Participation of women is close to 23% at EDII, which is significant."

EDII has also earned accolades for its efforts to develop entrepreneurship by sharing resources and organising training programmes in several countries. It has set up entrepreneurship development centres in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, and is in the process of setting up similar centres in Uzbekistan and five African countries. A feather in its already festooned cap is a tie-up announced a month ago with the Human Resource Development Fund of Malaysia, through which EDII will assist Malaysia in its target of ensuring 35% skilled Malaysian workforce by 2020.

Exults a visibly elated Shukla, "Our biggest contribution is the fact that our alumni are mostly in the manufacturing sector and are therefore creating tangible assets and employment generation. Our vision is to create at least 50-60 world-class entrepreneurs over the next five years in our incubation centre CrAdLE. Even if each provides employment to 100 people, we would have generated 5,000 jobs."

Also on the cards are plans to introduce more courses. "The government announces setting up of several IIMs in a financial year. But establishment of management institutions alone is not sufficient. Unless we have entrepreneurs, employment opportunities won't be created. Who will absorb all these management graduates? That is why we feel there is an urgent need for more entrepreneurship-oriented courses or campuses of entrepreneurship development," he says.

(As reported in Financial Express on April 24, 2017)

  • The colloquium aimed at spurring thinking on 'Creativity and Innovation' among women and youth.
  • Main focus of the session was on applying innovation and creativity in skill development for women and sustainable architecture.

On the occasion of the World Creativity and Innovation Week, a one-day colloquium, themed on World Innovation and Creativity Week, was organised in association with Tatvam Consultancy Services on April 19, 2017 at EDII Ahmedabad with an objective of increasing awareness of EDII's activities centred on small business enterprises and student community. About 70 participants, specifically women entrepreneurs who have registered a plot in Sanand Women Industrial Park, and architectural engineering students from Ahmedabad attended the colloquium.

A pre-lunch technical session involving discussion related to creative and innovative methods of skill enhancement for uplifting women in the society was addressed by Smt Ruzan Khambatta, ‎Founder at Wajra O' Force Empowerment Foundation and Smt Nita Shah, Former Chairperson of Women's Wing at Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).

Calling for the need to mainstream innovation among entrepreneurs, Ms Nita Shah said, "Any innovation's acceptance rate is low initially, but entrepreneurs should not be bothered about it. India lacks creative and innovative ideas that can take our economy towards a higher growth trajectory and so, we require more such platforms that can inspire entrepreneurs and businessmen to apply innovation to their products and services."

Speaking on the need to adopt an innovative approach in dealing with customers, Ms Ruzan Khambatta said, "Entrepreneurs have to know ground realities and understand customer needs. To be successful, they will have to like what they do and have innovative thinking, which is possible only if first three thoughts are not relied upon for decision-making. Though entrepreneurs do look for customer satisfaction, innovation and creativity will lead to customer delight, which is important for customer retention."

A post-lunch technical session involving discussion related to creativity and innovation through sustainable architecture was addressed by Ar Abhijeet Chandel (Architecture with Difference), Shri P S Thakkar (Former Scientist at SAC-ISRO) and Dr Nagrani (Former Scientist at ISRO).

Mr Tejas Mojidra, Founding Partner of Tatvam Consultancy, helped for the arrangement of participation of women and students at the colloquium.

Apart from emphasising adopting a creative and innovative approach in entrepreneurship, the colloquium also highlighted the role of EDII in creating an 'innovation ecosystem' for leaders of tomorrow. At the end of the workshop, women entrepreneurs made enquiries related to support that EDII can extend related to their registered units at Sanand Women Entrepreneurial Park. The participants were also keen to know more about the PGP courses offered by the institute.

Dr Nirali Pandit, Associate Faculty, EDII and Workshop Coordinator, said, "The purpose of this workshop was to ensure engagement of budding entrepreneurs and students with established entrepreneurs who are successful due to their creativity at work place and innovative mindset. We wanted them to share their entrepreneurial journey and get inspired to change their thought process."

The World Creativity and Innovation Week is celebrated every year to encourage and engage people to use new ideas, make new decisions and take new steps that make the world a better place. The week begins on Leonardo da Vinci's birthday on April 15 and ends on April 21. This year, efforts are on to mark this week as one of the UN Days of Observance. The aim is to highlight the significance of using creativity to meet the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

India, with more than 4200 start-ups every year is the third highest start-up generating country in the world according to National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) report. Ministry of Corporate Affairs, GOI has registered around 1,00,000 new companies in the previous financial year. It is uncontested that tech start-ups are the future of Indian economy. Quick and striking success of tech start-ups like Flipkart, Zomato, Make My Trip, Ola has induced youngsters to embrace entrepreneurship as career. The start-up ecosystem in India is maturing and it is certain that the number of start-ups in the country is going to increase by leaps and bounds each year from now onwards. Start-up friendly policy changes suggested in the latest Union Budget assure that the Government, too, is keen to promote and groom start-up ecosystem. For the budding entrepreneurs, the culture of entrepreneurship has never been this exciting and inspiring before.

Start-ups are likely to get great opportunity to pump in their profits into business as the government has announced 100% deduction of profits for three out of first five years for start-ups within the duration of April, 2016 to March 2019. India needs start-ups that can provide innovative technology solutions to deal with crucial social problems. Innovation therefore is essential part of start-up movement. To promote innovations, the government has proposed a special patent regime with 10% rate of tax on income generated by the use of patents developed and registered in India. The government has thus made income generation easier for the start-ups coming up with innovative ideas.

Also, till now, only new plant or machinery fell under the umbrella of new assets and investment in computers or technology upgradation did not garner benefits of "business investment". But as per the changes suggested in the Union Budget, the start-ups will be able to invest funds received under section 54GB in computer software or hardware. Technopreneurs should receive this as a positive signal from the government to come up with innovative tech start-ups.

Cumbersome process of company registration is one of the major reasons behind reluctance to initiate start-up in India. To address the issue, in a landmark move, the Indian Government is developing a system which would enable start-up registration via mobile app. As per Government's Start-up India action plan, registration of an enterprise would be possible in a single day compared to 15 to 30 days as of now. With Insolvency and Bankruptcy Bill 2015, the process of dissolving businesses is also made simpler. This will reduce hassles of budding entrepreneurs and will encourage them to register company even if the business idea is vaguely sketched.

Also, under several creative and innovative strategies of the government, it will be easier for potential entrepreneurs to receive training and guidance from experts for creating and managing new enterprises. On the other hand, skill India movement will also provide skilled manpower to the start-ups, which will perk up quality of start-up products.

One more reason to cheer for aspiring entrepreneurs is funding options have multiplied over the last couple of years. Today, thousands of Angel Investors are willing to invest in viable business model and attractive products without digging too much into entrepreneur's personal profile. Apart from that, Government too is making fund availability easier for start-ups by introducing schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna in which micro units can avail loan without collateral security.

Start-up culture is booming and blooming in India. Innovative entrepreneurial brains must learn to make the most of this opportunity. India is all set to take the centre stage at global level by introducing several pro-business reforms. With three decades of experience in teaching entrepreneurship, EDII too is contributing to the start-up movement by breeding a generation of successful entrepreneurs.

Acknowledging the Institute's contribution towards creating and sharpening entrepreneurial culture, Government of Gujarat has appointed EDII as nodal institute for start-ups under the Start-ups and Innovation Scheme. As a nodal agency, the institute will provide guidance and infrastructure support to potential start-ups. The institute has also developed Technology Business Incubator Centre to provide comprehensive guidance to potential entrepreneurs brimming with innovative ideas for setting up business. Identifying plethora of entrepreneurial opportunities in the fields of science and technology, the institute has joined hands with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to train scientists and technologists under National Training Programme on Entrepreneurship Development and Management.

The institute has always chosen to walk on the roads less travelled. Thus, identifying business opportunities in lesser known sectors has been a top most priority for the institute. Acknowledging abundant business opportunities in rapidly growing tourism sector of Gujarat, the institute has signed an MOU with Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd. under the skill and entrepreneurship development initiative, the institute has trained 500 tour operators, artisans and entrepreneurs associated with eating outlets to give their business an entrepreneurial edge. Similarly, EDII is working towards creating sustainable self-employment opportunities for youth residing in villages of ten different states under Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP).

This is just the beginning. Encouragingly, youth from all sections and strata of society is embracing entrepreneurship as a career. Government's support to start-up initiatives is icing on the cake. Launchpad is ready for budding entrepreneurs. All they need is the fuel of confidence. Sky is the limit.

- Sunil Shukla

Last date for receiving proposals is January 31, 2018. Click here for detail.
Last date for receiving proposals (hard & soft copy) is February 28, 2018. Refer para 17.0 of project document. Click here for detail.

Applicants have an option to submit proposal online by clicking here

I took charge of EDI, as Director, on 1st July 2015. My predecessors have established a legacy of sound and result-oriented interventions, systems and standards ? all of which, I am sure, will go down as 'unparalleled' in the annals of entrepreneurship development. I take my cues from my experience of having worked with legendaries in the field for over two decades and the applied opportunities in entrepreneurship, which came my way over these years.

A series of interactions with faculty and other colleagues has generated many inventive ideas, critical scrutiny of plausible development measures, organized resources; all we are now geared up for, is hands-on action. Our strategy would continue to focus on interventions targeted at local economic development, economies in transition, emerging economies and economic as well as inclusive growth through social innovation.

However, simultaneously we are transitioning from entrepreneurship training institute to an academic Institution for entrepreneurship education, training and research. We are envisioning to manifest entrepreneurship yet more robustly in our academic pursuits as the Institute possesses certain cutting edge competencies for this and also because there is a rising global demand for structured education in entrepreneurship. The Institute has been dealing with the factors, mindset and the parameters that govern entrepreneurship by way of its association with students and participants. By adopting a sharper academic bent, it would be further playing the role of an accelerator and motivator of entrepreneurship. And this entrepreneurial mindset domain would be infused with even bigger confidence once EDI supports potential ventures with a start-up incubator; plans for which are underway. EDI's strategies emanate from a sound research back-up which render a sound footing to all its decisions.

I am also glad to mention that EDI's regional centres have always bolstered Institute's mandate, leading to implementation of all round, all win development interventions and result ? oriented linkages with the Government and institutions at regional levels. I look forward to strengthening their role. Internationally too, the Institute has routed many a country on an entrepreneurial path; we'll continue aiding countries explore entrepreneurship.

Across the entrepreneurship landscape, if competencies have to be cultivated, it is important to bring institutes working in the area, under one umbrella. I look forward to awakening the Federation of Entrepreneurship Development Institutions wherein Institutes of Entrepreneurship Development (IEDs), Centres for Entrepreneurship Development (CEDs) and other key institutes will join hands to permeate a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem, thus spurring the National mottos of 'Swachha Bharat'; 'Start up India, Stand up India'; 'Make in India' and ' Digital India'. For any innovative idea to take lead, entrepreneurship plays a major role, and EDI will pitch in with its strategies to play the role of a catalyst.

There are several states in the country where there is no dedicated center to anchor entrepreneurship development efforts. The Institute has been instrumental in establishing entrepreneurship centres in about a dozen states earlier. There is need, therefore, to continue with similar efforts to ensure that every state has an Institute or Centre for Entrepreneurship Development in the country.

Immediate efforts would be focused on getting EDI the status of a 'deemed university' so that academic credibility of entrepreneurship is enhanced. It will also give new impetus to research activities leading to new collaborations and thus, strengthening of our Post Graduate Programmes. Other direct benefit that will accrue will be in terms of increase of our outreach among Institutions of higher learning in India and abroad. Also, this will give EDI a stronger platform to nurture and promote the essence of entrepreneurship and knowledge base through focused emphasis on Research and Publications.

We will also have an eye on setting up businesses with focus on social and environmental issues ? the discipline of Corporate Social Responsibility has opened up new vistas. While EDI intends to spur enterprises in this area, it also looks forward to actively partnering with corporates that are integrating CSR with their business model. By linking socially innovative concepts with CSR funds and PSUs, we look forward to testifying that business success and social welfare can go hand-in-hand.

The tasks ahead in entrepreneurship promotion were never lenient and they continue to acquire new complexities with each feat that we achieve; leaving us brainstorming for new plans and aspirations to look further beyond. The Governing Body has reposed confidence in me and entrusted me with the challenge of carrying forward the movement which I am confident about maneuvering towards generating bigger, tangible and credible outcomes. In an encouraging development, our President and IDBI- Managing Director & CEO, Mr. Kishor Kharat has pledged rewarding credit linkage to all viable projects of EDI students, participants and incubatees. I can't thank him enough for facilitating the process.

The Institute is considered as a 'Centre of Excellence' that is knowledge and result driven. And, in order to continue with our vision and mandate, we will probe deeper into the 'how', 'when' and 'why' of our conceptual approaches, thus delving into more rewarding attributes of entrepreneurship to introduce newer distinctions. Our strategy will also prominently assimilate capacity building and HRD initiatives for faculty and staff of the Institute. This will certainly result in multiple effect on results.

The task is big and calls for innovative strategies, solicit approach and entrepreneurial behavior. While I am supported by an erudite group of faculty and staff, I request support from all quarters to strengthen the foundation of entrepreneurship.

- Sunil Shukla

The 3rd International Yoga Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad. Yoga Trainer, Ms Hetalba Jadeja, conducted an hour-long Yoga session for the employees, students and international participants of the institute, and shared insights on the importance and effects of Yoga in daily life. The top three performers were also awarded. 

Click here for NGO Empanelment For SVEP Implementation
The institute has bagged the prestigious IFC – Times Network Strategy Award for its role in shaping the industry, creating unique positioning and altering the basis of competition for Education, Training & Educational Services during Porter Prize event at Mumbai.


Instituted by the Institute for Competitiveness (IFC) in conjunction with the Times Network, the award was presented to Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII on May 25 in presence of Prof Michael E Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School. Professor Porter is recognised worldover as the father of the modern strategy field.


The award recognises the strategic acumen of corporates in India. The institute was bestowed upon with the laurel after it cleared a comprehensive three-stage evaluation process and emerged as a winner in the category of education and training. Various government officials, policymakers, business leaders, social influencers and thinkers marked their presence at the event.



Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII (right) with Mr Michael E Porter, renowned economist in Mumbai


Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII being awarded the IFC – Times Network Strategy Award 2017 in Mumbai

A unique, first-of-its-kind initiative for children that aims at orienting young minds towards achieving excellence in life, the 30th National Summer Camp on Entrepreneurial Stimulation for Children was concluded at EDII Ahmedabad on May 5.

img Every year, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) - an acknowledged National Resource Institute for Entrepreneurship Education, Research, and Training & Institution Building – conducts the residential camp for children in the age group of 12-16 years. This year, 68 children participated in the camp which imparted entrepreneurial training to the participants though a mix of simulation exercises viz. classroom sessions, presentations, case study analyses, puzzles and games, industry visits and interaction with achievers. It aimed at inculcating a 'spirit of enterprise and achievement' in children so that they target higher-order achievements.

Over the past 23 years, the Institute has been giving a powerful platform to children across the nation to evolve, by getting them to know their own personality, factors that affect their development and by imparting them a perspective that shapes their behavior and responses to different situations. Through these, EDII has groomed over 2,080 children till date. The 30th Summer Camp commenced on April 30 this year at the Institute's campus.

Mr Kailash Goenka, Chairman and Managing Director, Sankalp Group, graced the valediction of the camp as the Chief Guest and gave away certificates to the children. Sharing his journey with the children, Mr Goenka said, "I started working at a very young age of around 15-16 years. In all these years of work, I have learnt some important lessons that make a huge difference to one's success. One, always be truthful to your business. Stick to it even in times of turbulence and try to turn around things in your favour. Two, think of long-term benefits and building a loyal customer base instead of reaping short-term benefits."

Another critical success measure, added Mr Goenka, is retaining manpower. He shared that most of the staff at Sankalp has been with him for several decades. Learning from his journey and guidance, the children were enlightened and introduced to multitude of new concepts in sustainable businesses.

On the other hand, while formally marking the start of the ceremony, Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII remarked, "We started way back in 1994 with many apprehensions at the onset, but we have come this far. With the successful conclusion of the 30th Summer Camp, we have won 30 battles. With parents' support and confidence in the Institute, we have been able to inculcate in children not only an entrepreneurial mindset but also a well-groomed personality for entrepreneurship."

Camp Leader Dr Pankaj Bharti, Faculty, EDII said, "The 30th Summer Camp has been another fulfilling journey. With the enthusiasm of children and their eager participation in various modules of the programme, we have successfully achieved our aim of grooming entrepreneurs for the future. We received a good mix of children from 20 cities across eight states and divided them in to eight sub groups so that every child's unique abilities could be identified."

Ahmedabad, May 12, 2017  

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad - an acknowledged National Resource Institute for entrepreneurship education, research, training and institution building - released two research studies on May 11 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Both research studies, carried out by the Centre for Policy Research in Science & Technology Entrepreneurship at the institute, were conducted under the aegis of Policy Research Cell, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The studies were released at the hands of the Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon''ble Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences. Also present were Shri Y S Chowdary, Hon''ble Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences; Dr Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology; and Prof K VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology.

The study - Effectiveness, Efficacy and Sustainability of Incubators in India and Benchmarking Them with Global Best Practices in the Incubation Space – authored by B P Murali, Former Senior Faculty and S B Sareen, Associate Senior Trainer, EDII examines major issues confronted by incubators in India and evolves a comprehensive strategy for growth of incubation movement in the country. The study includes major parameters like entry criteria, selection process, pre- and post-incubation services, infrastructure, human resources, performance, financials and exit strategy. The study has also compiled best practices followed across the world for incubators.

The second study - Inclusion of Technically Qualified Women with Mid-Career Break into Technopreneurial Activities: Potential & Constraints – authored by Dr Lalit Sharma, Faculty, EDII examines the potential and constraints towards participation of technically-qualified women with mid-career break into technopreneurial activities and suggests suitable measures to develop new policies or improve upon the existing ones in this area. The objective of this study is to facilitate increase in the female technopreneurial activity in the country and develop the know-how about the professional challenges faced by the women to re-enter the workforce after taking a gap due to family liabilities. An important finding of this study was that a significant number of respondents, nearly 75 per cent of the entire sample, were willing to become entrepreneurs and only 6.28 per cent of the respondents actually showed their inclination towards job, thereby indicating high possibility of women technopreneurship in the country.

Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal addressed the students, as the 18th batch of Post Graduate students successfully graduated. The Institute successfully conducted its 18th Annual Convocation of Post Graduate Diploma Programmes on May 20, 2017. A total of 98 students were awarded their diplomas. In Post Graduate Diploma Programme - Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE), 75 students received diploma whereas in Post Graduate Diploma Programme - Development Studies (PGDM-DS), 23 students were conferred the same. The Chief Guest for the event, Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, graced the occasion and shared his insights on the scenario of entrepreneurship and the institute’s role in building the same in India. Congratulating students on their graduation and remarking that the graduating students are a breed of redeemers for the Indian economy, he said that being happy is just as important as being successful in career. The Chief Guest spoke about the significance of happiness index. Adding that the 21st belongs to Asia wherein India would have an advantageous position, the Hon’ble Minister said, “There has not been a better time in India to reach out and touch the horizon. If one compares the present-day scenario with what it was a decade back, one can certainly see a paradigm shift in terms of the society’s perception of entrepreneurship. Till a few years ago, entrepreneurship was considered a prerogative of only the rich and the wealthy, or of those who were from a family business background. But, it is nice to see how this discipline has broken all myths and barriers and has caught the fancy of people from all sections of the society.” He added that the most valuable resource and treasure of the 21st century is a breed of dynamic and proactive entrepreneurs. Government policies and the environment are in sync with this aspiration. Campaigns like the Startup India, Stand Up India and Make in India are all indicative of the structural reforms and the new vision of the country. Citing the importance of positive attitude in life, especially when it comes to failures, Shri Meghwal shared five secrets to success with the young minds. These included: Never stopping innovating, keep exploring the uncharted domains, always valuing one’s workforce, taking calculated risks and never letting complacency set in. Shri M K Jain, MD & CEO, IDBI Bank Ltd was also present during the ceremony. Stressing on the institute’s role in boosting entrepreneurship in the nation, Shri Jain said, “Today it is important that the knowledge imparted to students matches with the demands of the markets. More than a technical degree, what is significant is the expertise and skill sets that the students command. In that sense, EDII’s PG courses are application-oriented to ensure a society bustling with enterprising and creative youth.” On the occasion, Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII said, “Overall development, youth empowerment, employability and entrepreneurship promotion are mandates which the Institute has sought to achieve in order to ensure nation-building. Our goal has been to achieve inclusive growth and thus we have sought to create space for everybody, even amid the challenges of the market economy.” Dr Shukla congratulated the graduating students and expressed his happiness over the results that the milestone-based learning module helped reap. He also shared the institute’s major successes, over the year, with the participants at the ceremony. The event registered a huge footfall comprising students, EDII staff and faculty members, parents, professionals, academicians, officials and entrepreneurs. ______________________________________________________________ Photo Caption: Photo 4 and 6: (From L - R) Dr Manoj Mishra, Acting Chairperson PGP,EDII; Shri Milind Kamble, Founder Chairman, Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII; Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon’ble Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs and Chief Guest for the occasion; Shri M K Jain, MD & CEO, IDBI Bank Ltd; Dr Y K Alagh, Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat at the 18th Convocation of PG Programmes at EDII Ahmedabad

Twenty-two youths from 12 cities across five states participated in the camp with great enthusiasm and fervour; another camp to kick off from May 29

A unique, first-of-its-kind initiative for youths that aims at cultivating an entrepreneurial personality and thus boosting confidence in children, the 31st National Summer Camp on Entrepreneurial Adventures for Youth was concluded at the Institute on May 17.


Every year, EDII conducts the residential camp for youths in the age group of 12-16 years. This year, 22 youths participated in the camp which imparted entrepreneurial training to the participants though a mix of simulation exercises viz. classroom sessions, presentations, case study analyses, puzzles and games, industry visits and interaction with achievers. It aimed at helping the youths realise their hidden potential and develop capabilities to meet challenges ahead by acquiring entrepreneurial traits of risk-taking, creative thinking, conflict management, effective communication, teamwork and managing one's emotions.

Over the past 25 years, the camp has shaped around 1,286 youths from across the country through the camp. Through these camps, the Institute has been giving a powerful platform to youths across the nation to evolve, by getting them to know their own personality, factors that affect their development and by imparting them a perspective that shapes their behavior and responses to different situations. The 31st Summer Camp commenced on May 8 this year at the Institute's campus.
Mr Vijay R Gupta, Managing Partner, The Honest Reveira, graced the valediction of the camp as the Chief Guest and gave away certificates to the children. Sharing his journey with the children, Mr Gupta said, "I started working at a very young age. Looking at you all today, I can see a huge difference in the kind of skillsets we possessed when we were this young. Over the years, I have learnt two important lessons that make a huge difference to one's success. One, God has given you two hands; use them and believe in God. It will take you as far as you wish to go. Two, the most important thing in a business is customers' feedback and learning from mistakes. If you consider both while making decisions, you are sure to succeed."

On the other hand, while formally marking the start of the ceremony, Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII remarked, "We started way back in 1992. This is the silver jubilee batch. The journey has been long but a fulfilling one."

Camp Leader Dr Pankaj Bharti, Faculty, EDII said, "The 31st Summer Camp for Youth has been a wonderful journey of 10 days, not only in terms of participation but also in sharing of ideas and thoughts. We received a good mix of youths from 12 cities across five states. With this, we have completed a silver jubilee. The feedback is extremely encouraging and we already look forward to the next camp, scheduled to start from May 29 this year."

The Institute was recognised for excellence in the field of entrepreneurship during the coveted 11th National Education Summit & Award 2017 at Vigyan Bhavan on June 30. The institute was conferred with the prestigious award - Excellent Institute for Entrepreneurship Development in India.
The National Education Summit is organised by CMAI Association of India. Past and present supporters of the Summit include All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization (CTO-UK), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT), National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and Department of Telecommunications (DOT), ITU-APT Foundation, Geneva/India and Telecom Export Promotion Council (TEPC). The Award Jury included global leaders in the education and ICT sectors.
Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII received the Award at the hands of Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE and Shri Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi IAS, Chairman, CBSE – chief guests for the occasion. Also present on the occasion were Prof (Dr) P B Sharma, President, AIU; Prof N K Goyal, President, CMAI Association of India & Chairman Emeritus, Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA); Dr Satya Acharya, Associate Senior Faculty, EDII and several other representatives from the industry.

Photo Caption

Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII receiving the Award during the 11th National Education Summit 2017 on June 30 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi


Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

(Via Ahmedabad Airport & Indira Bridge), P.O. Bhat 382 428, Dist. Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.


Whom To Contact?