We are gearing up to match pace with the changing entrepreneurship landscape
I took over as Director of EDI from 1st July 2015 and this was my first annual plan meeting with my faculty colleagues. Well, we critically reviewed the entrepreneurship landscape as it existed in the past vis-a-vis its evolution to emerge as a more robust one, demanding further strategic interventions. What we feel is that the entrepreneurial fervour is experiencing an upsurge, more so; with certain new initiatives in place, such as those of; Make in India, Start Up India, Start Up Village, Smart Cities, Swachh Bharat and Digital India. In the forthcoming year we intend to give a boost to the start-up wave by intermediating creatively among stakeholders such as; new age potential entrepreneurs, existing entrepreneurs, incubation centres, and venture capitalists. A sound action plan is under process.
This will help us extend an array of business support services and resources and thus accelerate the process of New Enterprise Creation. Such support would entail skill transfer, resource availability, network & market creation and expansion, thus ensuring that the new enterprise is fast assimilated in the mainstream economy. Alongside manufacturing, our focus will remain equally resilient on promoting the services sector. While for large corporates, Executive Education Programmes will receive emphasis; our efforts will also be suitably aligned to cater to the requirements of the MSME sector. We expect to witness heartening results in the areas of Agri Entrepreneurship and New Enterprise Creation in rural and urban locales, leading to skill based enterprises. Social Entrepreneurship, as an area is also witnessing rapid rise, and with its experience and expertise in the field, EDI will venture into it in a big way.
The forthcoming year will, therefore, emphasize on many new entrepreneurship models involving training, development and education. Several meaningful collaborations with universities, institutions and organizations within and outside India will help us expand our outreach. I am glad we are receiving support from the Government and all important sections.
Dr. Sunil Shukla