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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

Institute invites nominations from alumnus to participate in the event.

Form submission link: https://forms.gle/dq2dxeVyYwCbc6xv9

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.

In a Facebook post on November 22,2017,Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad, as one of its key partners in providing digital training in India.  

Speaking about partnerships with key institutes, including EDII, to implement the digital training program in the country, Ms. Sandberg wrote: 
We're proud to partner with Digital VidyaStartup IndiaDharma Life, and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad to make these online programs come to life. By working together, we can give more people access to great jobs that help them support their families and communities.”

In July 2017, Facebook and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India(EDII) had come together for the implementation of Facebook’s  ‘Boost Your Business’ program in 22 states and 1000 cities of India. The program aims to train 20,000 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs of which 7500 will be from Gujarat.

Speaking about the importance of digital marketing for small entrepreneurs, Ms. Sandberg reiterated the Social Networking Giant’s commitment to skilling small businesses in India digitally by 2020.

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.

The Empresario Startup Summit 2018 organized by EDII saw huge participation from start-up community including start-ups, investors, students, industry experts and entrepreneurs. Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, who was recently given additional charge of Civil Aviation Ministry, was the Chief Guest at the event. Also present on the occasion were Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan (Padma Bhushan), Co-founder, Infosys and Chairman, Axilor Ventures; Shri Milind Kamble, Founder Chairman, Dalit Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) and Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII.

Emphasizing on the need for successful start-ups, Shri Suresh Prabhu said, “Our government has fired the imagination of youth to unleash the spirit of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs must focus on the possibility of doing extraordinary things. In order to become successful, start-ups must try to identify the gap in the ecosystem, build a business model around the same and bridge the gap.”

“Entrepreneurship is about succeeding against all odds and taking advantages of opportunities. The pace of technology transition happening today will force the existing businesses to change; while it will also offer lots of opportunities for new businesses to be created. The current wave of technology that includes Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Internet of Things is as fundamental as the introduction of digital computers in 1940s and 1950s and it will disrupt the way existing businesses work. Disruptions created by transition to current technology will create new businesses and hence an opportunity for start-ups to find solutions for problems”, said Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan (Padma Bhushan), Co-founder, Infosys and Chairman, Axilor Ventures.

“Since last few years, people have started focusing on self-employment rather than getting employed. Due to positive environment created by pro-government policies like early-stage funding, start-ups are finding it easier to create their own enterprise, which is heartening,” said Shri Milind Kamble, Founder Chairman, Dalit Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI).
In his address, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII said, “India is striding rapidly and steadily on the path of start-ups, incubation and innovations. The presence of start-ups in such huge number today is a heartening indication of the rising awareness and supporting ecosystem in the domain. I am happy that today the trends are changing and entrepreneurship that is evolving has a sharper inclination towards innovation and knowledge with research as a strong base.”

Chief Guest releasing the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) India Report 2016-17 and the Coffee Table Book on some successful EDII alumni. The Foundation Stone of the MSME Research Block was also unveiled by Hon’ble Shri Suresh Prabhu.

Empresario, the annual entrepreneurship festival, organized by EDII alumni, is an exclusive platform for Start-ups, New age Entrepreneurs, Industry Mentors, Investors and the Student Community to come up at one place, dish out their entrepreneurial endeavours and experiences, gain amazingly new insights, and pledge to become an invaluable part of the ever-flourishing start-up ecosystem in India.

BoostYourBusiness is an initiative from Facebook Corporation for helping the MSMEs to use the multifaceted platform of Facebook to promote their business. It is going to benefit the wide network of MSMEs in India through training to use different services of Facebook for business. Ranging from Facebook page to Facebook ads. Facebook is collaborating with EDII to implement this promising project in India.

Potential of Facebook
Mass Audience: With 1.49 billion members worldwide, and 22 billion ad clicks per year
Facebook ads are cheap when compared to other medias of advertisements and its reach.
The targeting capabilities of Facebook are exceptional
Facebook helps to find new qualified leads easily
Digital Marketing through Facebook, would also contribute to promote the micro enterprises for their export business

“Boost Your Business”
The programme is designed by Facebook to train 20,000 micro and small enterprises across 21 states in India in the current financial year and will further extend to reach out 100000 enterprises in the coming year.

The project is implemented pan India basis covering 21 states in the current year and spreading to all states in the coming year. The stats in which the programme cover in the current year are:

Target States in India in the current year
Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Uttar Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh
Bihar & Jharkhand
West Bengal

The participants include- MSMEs, retailers, wholesalers, dealers, traders, industry associations, women entrepreneurs, social enterprises, SHG/JLG enterprises.

It is conducted as flash workshops, wherein the micro/small enterprises /shop keepers/ traders would learn about various aspects of using Facebook to “Boost Your Business”. It is designed as three hour intensive and interactive workshop conducted by specially trained resource persons in all the locations. 

Under this project the MSMEs will be equipped to use the multifaceted platform of Facebook to reach out a vast mass of their potential customer with a comparatively less cost. This will become a turning point to many of the enterprises in graduating their business into next level.

EDII’s Role
EDII has taken the responsibility of implementing this promising project for Indian MSMEs as a pan India bases. EDII will reach out various the enterprises across cities through its wide network of 6 regional offices and in association with different implementing agencies like NGOs and educational institutions.
EDII will manage all the aspects of the project including promotion of the project, creating the pool of trainers, conducting the training programmefollow up support to MSMEs to implement the ideas which are delivered in the training period etc.

Target Beneficiaries:
The target beneficiaries are Micro and Small Entrepreneurs, who have not yet untapped the power of Facebook. Preference would be given for Young Entrepreneurs, Women Entrepreneurs, and Rural Entrepreneurs

Facebook account: How to open Facebook account for the enterprises and how to get more visibility to your enterprise,
Facebook page: Creating Facebook page and reaching more people and promote the business through Facebook page like content writing, showcasing customer experience, customer relationship management through Facebook page etc.
Campaigns: How to successfully initiate and manage promotional campaigns by using Facebook platform. Getting leads through Facebook campaigns
Paid ads: The relevance of Facebook ads and its features. The process of placing ads in Facebook.
Networking: How to use Facebook platform to create network with potential and existing customers, suppliers, distributors, dealers, international stake holders etc.

Programme Schedule
    Around 20,000 small and medium entrepreneurs will be provided support nationally to grow their business online

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani, on July 18, launched Facebook’s National Project ‘Boost Your Business’ at the Institute. At the launch function of the project, Shri Rohit Patel, Hon’ble Minister of State for Industries, Mines & Minerals and Finance, Government of Gujarat was also present. The programme is designed to equip 20,000 small and medium businesses with knowledge, skills and technology to facilitate growth of their business online.
With a fast growing economy, boosted by private sector participation, Gujarat is known for its exceptional entrepreneurial skills and its singular focus on economic progress and development. In recognition of the state’s entrepreneurial spirit, Facebook, in collaboration with the institute, launched project, that will equip state’s entrepreneurs with skills to use Facebook effectively for digital marketing and monetisation their businesses online.  The aim is to train 20,000 entrepreneurs nationally, of which 7,500 are being anticipated from Gujarat. The programmes will be conducted in 22 states.  
The launch function was attended by existing and potential entrepreneurs, government officials, industry and financial institutions’ officials and academicians. An Orientation Workshop was conducted for 400 entrepreneurs during the event. Similar workshops will be organised in Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot. 
“Our government stands for the overall development of Gujarat. Every region of the state is known for a special business and we want the industry to grow in places where they have traditionally flourished. To take forward our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s and our vision for the state, it is important for every Gujarati to participate in the state’s progress. It is here that programmes like Facebook’s ‘Boost Your Business’ will contribute by encouraging entrepreneurship and employability, and by providing global visibility which will help in the growth of business. I also applaud the role of EDII in implementing this project and adding another laurel to their excellent track record of stewarding and mentoring entrepreneurs in the country”, said Shri Vijay Rupani, the Chief Guest for the event.
“For over three decades, the EDII has been training and mentoring budding entrepreneurs. In alignment with the Government’s goals, we are participating in the training and skilling of our country’s entrepreneurs. It is here that we look forward to collaborating with Facebook to train entrepreneurs in Gujarat, and across the country, to assess the global markets through Facebook’s tools and technologies’, said Dr Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII.
Mr Ritesh Mehta, Head of Programmes, Facebook, South Asia said “ Much of the state’s progress is due to the sheer industry dedication and talent of people of the state. As a Gujarati who grew up in Surat, I can confidently say that this passion for enterprise, when coupled with new world skills, will enable the entire country’s entrepreneurs to accelerate their businesses through online exposure and integration with global markets. Our partnership with the EDII and the launch of ‘Boost Your Business’ in Gujarat are steady steps towards the next phase of economic growth in the state. We remain thankful to the Government of Gujarat for its support to business and industry”.
India is a priority country for Facebook and the ‘Boost Your Business’ project is part of Facebook’s continued investment in Indian small businesses, developers and the over 180 million Indians who use Facebook monthly. Facebook has an array of options to support small and medium business owners to create and leverage their presence online. Features such as the Call to Action button via which prospective customers can directly get in touch with sellers on Facebook. Similarly, the shop or services page sections allows local retailers or service providers to showcase their products/services via Facebook; and the professional services feature lists local service providers and includes reviews and ratings from other users.

Shri Vijay Rupani, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, inaugurating Facebook's Boost Your Business programme at the institute

The particpants during the programme, attentively imbibing the skills

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  
Walmart announces the commencement of the Third Batch of Women Entrepreneurship Development Program (WEDP 3.0) in partnership with WEConnect International and EDII. Click here for more detail.

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

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 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

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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

Padma Shri Prof. Anil Gupta , Founder – Honey Bee; SRISTI and GIAN addressed the students, at the 19th convocation of EDII academic programmes

EDII successfully conducted its 19th Annual Convocation of Academic Programmes on June 30, 2018. A total of 87 students were awarded diplomas. In Post Graduate Diploma Programme - Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE), 70 students received diploma; in Post Graduate Diploma Programme - Development Studies (PGDM-DS), 16 students were conferred diplomas and in Fellow Programme in Management, 1 student was awarded diploma.

The Chief Guest for the event, Padma Shri Prof. Anil Gupta , Founder – Honey Bee; SRISTI and GIAN, graced the occasion and shared his insights on the new Eco-preneurial approaches for transforming social imagination. The Chief Guest opined, “Indian society is becoming aspirational, entrepreneurial, and also more accommodative of new social and economic experiments for changing everyday life experience of the masses. When socio-economic transition takes place, lot of values come in conflict, some for good but some for bad. The social inclusion is one such issue which is receiving heightened attention of many entrepreneurs. The disadvantaged people are not willing to remain neglected any further. Their restiveness is a challenge to all those who want to design inclusive business models.” Expressing his thoughts over the future frontiers for achieving zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero pollution, as articulated by Prof Yunus, The Chief Guest suggested a six-point strategy as follows: 

  • Decide that change is possible, it cannot wait, it has to begin now, and with me
  • There is a choice between two roads of inertia and innovations, first is safe, will take u somewhere, second, is risky, difficult but will take u where nobody might have gone
  • Innovations don’t have legs and  hands; they need to be coupled with investment and enterprise
  • Access, Assurance, Ability-skill and Attitude (endogenous and exogenous) are important. Cynicism is infectious, optimism is not, the company one keeps determines ones attitudes
  • Creativity, compassion, collaboration/co-creation, circular and convergence are the five significant virtues.
  • Overcome six exclusions: Spatial, Sectoral, Seasonal/temporal, Skill, Social, Structural/governance
The Chief Guest also highlighted the need for social inclusion through cross subsidization, innovative business models and  public policy institutions who can afford to pay for those who cannot. He said, ‘We need special enterprises for elderly care, similarly for specially abled people, and for taking care of children of single parents. Sristi, GIAN and NIF have tried to tackle  the needs  of such knowledge rich-economically poor people, but need gap is so big, we need hundreds if not thousands of flowers to bloom.”
The Chief Guest concluded with congratulations to the graduating students and inspiring them to pursue excellence. 
Mr. Milind Kamble, Founder Chairman, Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry & esteemed EDII Governing Body Member, officiated as the President of the 19th Convocation. Mr. Kamble held that India is at a crucial time with the country’s entrepreneurial interactions on a rise on account of the favourable environmental, governmental and institutional set up. He added that with entrepreneurship gaining grounds, the entrepreneurial processes are going to become more important than ever; and, therefore, exploring new opportunities and markets, networking, sourcing funding options and amalgamating factors of production, will have to be mastered to excel. Mr Kamble advised the graduating students to keep working hard and not fret over results. He inspired them to enter this new path of life with new hopes and determination.
On the occasion, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII explained how EDII had adopted the new business strategy in keeping with the changing requirements. He added that the overall thrust would, however, remain on promoting start-ups, identifying and stimulating unexploited entrepreneurial fervor, instilling entrepreneurial orientation in executives, students, women, disadvantaged groups & other sections, addressing the vulnerability of rural and urban micro enterprises, emphasizing on innovations, incubation and research. Dr Shukla congratulated the graduating students and expressed his happiness over the way they were evolving as entrepreneurs and contributing to the nation’s growth. He also shared the institute’s major successes, over the years, with the audience.
The event registered a huge footfall comprising students, parents, professionals, academicians, officials, entrepreneurs and EDII staff and faculty members.
On this occasion, medals were also awarded to meritorious students:

  • Dahyabhai Chhotalal Charity Foundation (Remik) sponsored Gold Medal for Scholastic Performance in New Enterprise Creation –  Deepesh Gandhi
  • Dahyabhai Chhotalal Charity Foundation (Remik) sponsored Silver Medal for Scholastic Performance in New Enterprise Creation –  Vishwa Patel
  • Dahyabhai Chhotalal Charity Foundation (Remik) sponsored Gold Medal for Scholastic Performance in Family Business Management –  Siddharth Bhat
  • Dahyabhai Chhotalal Charity Foundation (Remik) sponsored Silver Medal for Scholastic Performance in Family Business Management –  Shitiza Jain
  • EDII sponsored Gold Medal for Scholastic Performance in Development Studies –  Shruthi Surendran
  • EDII sponsored Silver Medal for Scholastic Performance in Development Studies –  Nikita Patel
"EDII continuously tries to strengthen its research base. In a bid to achieve this, in 2014, the Institute launched the ‘Fellow Programme in Management’ to ensure emergence of innovative researchers and educators in various facets of entrepreneurship.  As the first batch rolled out, one student was conferred with the Diploma at the Convocation on 30th June 2018."
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Four International Capacity Building Programmes of six-week each, being conducted with the support of Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, concluded on December 1, 2017. The Chief Guest for the Valediction was Dr. Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University. The Chief Guest congratulated the participants and urged them to use their learning for the benefit of others, back in their respective countries. Emphasizing that learning should be a continuous process, Dr. Anup Singh threw light on the 4-P model, listing the 4-Ps as Passion (passion to achieve), Plan (plan the path ahead with a futuristic vision), Problem Solving (develop the art of foreseeing problems and addressing those that come unexpectedly)  and People (the art of managing people).
The four programmes which were concluded had commenced on October 23, 2017. In all, there were 60 participants from 27 developing countries. The programmes included:
Agri-Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Management
The Programme has been specially designed to introduce the participants to the emerging opportunities in agri-business and cultivate an entrepreneurial attitude in them to that they become adept in developing innovative solutions to economic issues in food and fibre system.
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
The Programme is centered on driving an understanding of challenges and opportunities associated with organizational management and business strategies in emerging markets. 
Entrepreneurial Management
The Programme aims at developing the spirit of entrepreneurial management or intrapreneurship among participants so that they create a conducive organizational environment where entrepreneurship germinates and grows.
SME Banking & Financial Services
The aim is to facilitate an in-depth understanding and develop skills in assessing financial needs of SMEs and designing appropriate financial intermediation. 
Dr. Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University was the Chief Guest at the Valediction Function
Dr. Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University was the Chief Guest at the Valediction Function

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. 

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.

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

A report on Gujarat Startup Ecosystem, developed by EDII faculty members – Dr. Kavita Saxena and Mr. Mayank Patel was released at the hands of Shri Vijay Rupani, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat. The report is an attempt to highlight various initiatives of the state and different stakeholders to create a progressive startup ecosystem in Gujarat. Prepared in association with the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industies (GCCI), the report offers a glimpse into Gujarat’s strengths as an industrial state. The report is a compilation of growing startups of Gujarat, investor ecosystem in the state, role of universities and autonomous academic institutions to support startups in Gujarat. 

(2nd from L) Shri Vijay Rupani, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Gujarat releasing the Report. Also seen are (from R-L) Shri S. J. Haider, Principal Secretary, GoG, Tourism Dept.; Dr. Kavita Saxena, Faculty-EDII; Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director-EDII; Shri Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Hon’ble Minister of State and Shri Jaimin Vasa, President, GCCI.
EDII won the ‘Sustainability Leadership Award 2018’ at the India Sustainability Leadership Summit & Awards scheduled on 26th November, 2018 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai. The institute was awarded for its commendable efforts toward control of greenhouse gas emission, technology upgradation, promotion of alternative energy use and occupational health & safety of workers in the MSME sector. All this was under the CSR support of Yes Bank and cooperation of local industry associations in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, and Telangana. Through various preventive and diagnostic activities conducted as part of this initiative, a total of 8756 MSMEs were catered in these eight states.
EDII Ahmedabad hosted the first ever SSIP Annual Conference on Student Innovation, Start-ups and Ecosystem
Government of Gujarat, under Student Start-up and Innovation Policy (SSIP) Cell and Gujarat Knowledge Society (GKS) organized an SSIP ‘Annual Conference’ on ‘Student Innovation, Start-ups and Ecosystem’. This conference was first of its kind in India to promote students startup initiative and the first conference was conducted at EDII during 6-7 June, 2019. This will go on to become a flagship program under the SSIP every year. The core idea of this endeavor is to provide a platform to academic researchers, practicing professionals and others to present their research ideas around the theme of startup and innovation.

The SSIP Annual Conference on Student Innovations, Start-ups and Ecosystem was inaugurated in the presence of (5th from L) the Chief Guest Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Hon’ble Minister of State, Education; (from L to R) Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII; Smt. Avantika Singh Aulakh, CEO, GKS, Commissioner, Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat; Ms. Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary to Education Dept., GoG; Dr. J. N Singh, Chief Secretary, GoG; Ms. Vibhavariben Dave, Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare Education (Primary and Higher) and Pilgrimage Dept.; Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE; Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder, Infosys and Chairman, Axilor Ventures and Dr. H Purushotham, Chairman, NRDC

Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Hon’ble Education Minister, Gujarat State was the Chief Guest at the Conference; while Smt Vibhavariben Dave, Hon’ble Minister of State, Education and Dr J. N. Singh, Chief Secretary, GoG were Guest of Honours. Smt. Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary, Education Department, Government of Gujarat and Smt. Avantika Singh Aulakh, CEO, GKS Commissioner, Technical Education, Government of Gujarat were the key people behind organizing this conference. Other prominent speakers present at the inaugural session were Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder, Infosys and Chairman, Axilor Ventures; Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE; Dr. H. Purshotham, CMD, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) and Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII.
Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Hon’ble Education Minister, Government of Gujarat, addressed the audience with his own definition of SSIP as ‘solution of any problem is Startup.’
Be it any sector like agriculture, servicing or industry, innovative ideas stand as bread and butter for people. Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has worked hard to increase employment in all these three sectors since the time when he was the Chief Minister of the Gujarat state. Today, we can witness innumerable innovative ideas and start-ups in many fields. We hope to fulfill the vision that Indian youth is not a job seeker, but a job giver. Education Department in Gujarat has conducted series of interventions to create end-to-end ecosystem for student innovation and start-ups. These interventions have received attention from academia, industry and public policy makers at national and international level, “said Shri Chudasama. The Hon’ble Minister also shared a few examples of unique start-up ideas which are very helpful to society at large during his inauguration address.
Dr J N Singh, Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat said “Under Chairmanship of Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and other senior cabinet ministers, Union Cabinet took an important decision to form a subcommittee primarily focusing on employment and skill development. Perhaps for the very first time, a high powered body has been made. The motive behind the formation of the body is majorly for employment generation among the youth. We are proud to have a solid democratic dividend which any country rarely has. We are fortunate to be in Gujarat, a state which has tremendous entrepreneurial culture where everyone helps each other to develop their business.”
Smt. Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary, Education Department, Government of Gujarat, during her address said, “Education department aims to benchmark the best performing ecosystem to instill a culture of excellence and drive collaborative competition in the ecosystem. We will also be offering monetary and non-monetary awards/citations to attract more student led innovations.” She also mentioned that there are more than 100 colleges registered so far under SSIP in India; wherein 74 institutes are placed in phase 4. Under these, 400 innovative projects and more than 500 patents have been registered under the same. Various start-up eco-channels such as, Start-up Programmes (for students in their first phase), Start-up SATHI (where the entrepreneurs can leverage best mentors for their start-ups), Start-up BLOOM (where more than 45 patents have been registered), Start-up MART (an ecommerce platform cum marketing space for star-ups), Start-up PROMOTION and Start-up MANAK (for facilitating certification related formalities) and many more channels are introduced by the Government of Gujarat with an aim to achieve best for the budding entrepreneurs. She concluded her speech by mentioning that the Government of Gujarat is bringing a paradigm shift in higher education system which will help in job creation by the younger generation.
Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder, Infosys and Chairman, Axilor Ventures in his address said, “Entrepreneurship is a cultural behavior. In Indian economy, 70% of the Start-ups are referred to as Small and Medium enterprises with an average of 20 employees. We also need significant start-ups in rural areas of the country for the rural upliftment.”

Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE highlighted that in last 5 years there has been extra ordinary growth in terms of innovation and startup culture. He said, “After introducing Smart India Hackathon, we have received immense support of young entrepreneurs with their creativity and innovative ideas and few of them have been implemented by the Government of India. More than 5 crore jobs could be created through start-ups alone and the winning Gujarat model should be exported across the country.”
Under SSIP, Government of Gujarat has a goal of harnessing and up-scaling 500 students’ startups in the next 5 years. “During the last decade, new entrepreneurs who do not belong to traditional business communities have begun to emerge in large numbers. It has been observed that academic institutions are increasingly becoming a medium for such entrepreneurs. This has led to a spur in youth creativity and innovation” said Smt. Avantika Singh Aulakh, CEO, GKS, Commissioner, Technical Education, Government of Gujarat in her vote of thanks.
The Conference included launch of Mobile-based Attendance System and i-Hub film, along with unveiling of i-Hub brochure. 11 student start-ups, 5 young innovators along with 3 institutions, 3 universities and 10 mentors were presented with ‘SSIP Prashansha Award’. A start-up exhibition was also conducted during the conference at the EDII campus wherein the start-ups showcased their innovative products.
The two day conference also witnessed a series of panel discussions on various topics pertaining to start-ups, innovation and technology and around 7 paper presented on ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ and ‘Best practices in promoting student innovation’ . A demo day was also conducted on the second day of the conference wherein 12 start-ups pitched their ideas for 3 minutes each in front of the investors present at the event. The two day conference concluded with a great success.
The first batch of Faculty Development Programme on Entrepreneurship Course Curriculum Design, Development and Teaching, under sponsorship support of Student Startup & Innovation Policy (SSIP), Gujarat Knowledge Society, Directorate of Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat, was inaugurated on 17th December 2018.  The duration of the programme is December 17 – 21, 2018. The inauguration took place in the presence of esteemed guests Ms. Anju Sharma, IAS, Principal Secretary, Education Department, Govt. of Gujarat and Chairperson, SSIP; Ms. Avantika Singh Aulakh, IAS, Director of Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat and Shri L P Padaliya, IAS, Director, Higher Education, Govt. of Gujarat.  Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director,EDII-Ahmedabad who was also present on the occasion opened the event with his welcome address.  
This Faculty Development Programme has been especially designed for members of the Faculty Group, from various colleges, involved in implementing the SSIP scheme. The programme is aimed at orienting the faculty group on the various aspects on entrepreneurship so that they could guide and mentor their students to adopt entrepreneurship, and draw benefits of the SSIP scheme. 42 participants from technical and higher education background are attending the programme empanelled under SSIP (Under this scheme, any individual/ group of individuals with innovative idea/ concept will be eligible and/ or Universities/ education institutions, Incubation Centre/ PSUs/ R&D Institutions/ Private and other establishments will be eligible as an institution to support and mentor innovators as approved by Committee).
Speaking at the inaugural function, Ms. Avantika Singh Aulakh, IAS, Director of Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat threw light on the significance of this 5-day Faculty Development Programme.  Addressing the participating faculty members, she said, “You are going to be the catalyst, change drivers and mentors for the students. This training programme is not just a 5-day programme but a continuous process and EDII would be available for hand-holding, guidance and support so as to ensure tangible benefits.” She said that this programme will encourage the faculty members to think of start up ideas and be innovative so that once into the process, they will be able to understand the ideas of students better alongside being able to guide them effectively.
Explaining the significance of innovative thinking, Ms. Anju Sharma, IAS, Principal Secretary, Education Department. Govt. of Gujarat emphasised on creative implementation. She said, “You should learn to look past the basics and come up with ideas that aren’t stereotypical. Don’t focus on what’s already available but focus on the void spaces that can be implemented with innovative, out-of-the-box ideas.” Ms. Sharma encouraged the Faculty members to motivate students to let go of fear and become risk-takers. She advised the participants to come up with start-up ideas at the end of the 5-day programme and encouraged them to draw maximum learning both within and outside classroom settings so that they could better guide their students.”
Speaking about the current trends in start-up ecosystem, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director-EDII said, “Keeping in mind the high mortality rate of start-ups wherein around 90% of start-ups don’t make it past the growth phase, we have introduced a curriculum which will orient the faculty members to guide better so that the aspiring entrepreneurs not only strengthen their ideas but also get exposed to the various facets of entrepreneurship for sustainable growth.”
The session concluded with a vote of thanks to the guests by Dr. Mihir Shah, Jt. CEO, SSIP.
The 5-day programme kick-started soon after the inaugural function. Class-room lectures, field visits, simulation exercises and interaction with experts will form a part of the pedagogy. 

Ms. Anju Sharma, IAS, Principal Secretary, Education Department, Govt. of Gujarat and Chairperson, SSIP addressing the participating faculty members. Also seen are (L-R): Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director; Ms. Avantika Singh Aulakh, IAS, Director of Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat and Shri L P Padaliya, IAS, Director, Higher Education, Govt. of Gujarat. 
The Fourth batch of the Biotechnopreneur Programme got inaugurated at EDII on December 27, 2018. This is an initiative by Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM) to promote, support and guide the aspiring biotechnopreneurs in the making. The programme was inaugurated at the EDII campus in the presence of esteemed guests – Mrs. Anasuya Bhadalkar and Mr. Anand Bhadalkar, Joint Directors, GSBTM, Dr. Subhash Soni, Mission Director, GSBTM and Mr. Vipul Vasava, Under Secretary, Dept of Science & Technology, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director EDII and  Mr. P. Ganesh, Programme Director.

The Biotechnopreneur (BTP) programme is especially designed for people who aspire to establish a career in Life Sciences and Biotechnology background. The programme is aimed at providing hand holding support to aspiring biotechnopreneurs on techno-commercial aspects and implementation of their entrepreneurial venture. BTP witnessed an interesting participant mix from varied backgrounds and age groups. The youngest participant is just 22 year old fresher while the oldest one is a 69 year old biotech professional with more than 20 years of experience. BTP is a 10 month programme out of which 4 months cover classroom sessions and remaining 6 months include industrial visits, field work and other on-site activities including meeting the mentors and preparing business plans.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Dr. Subhash Soni, Mission Director, GSBTM discussed the role of entrepreneurship in the country. He said, “Entrepreneurship plays the part of a key element in the Indian economy which needs to be encouraged at every cost. It has been a real pleasure for me to launch this programme in such a robust and dynamic institute that encourages aspiring entrepreneurs in making.”

Mr. Anand Bhadalkar, Joint Director, GSBTM gave a brief introduction about his association with GSBTM and his 16 years of teaching experience. “I have been co-ordinating Biotechnopreneur programme with GSBTM since the inception in 2012. Our main motive was to create an ecosystem for people from science and technology background where like minds can come together and discover new ideas while we provide them with everything like ideation and research support and funding options,” he said. He also talked about how earlier programmes helped him reshape the current Biotechnopreneur Programme and come up with changes that would benefit the current batch of participants.

Explaining the significance of Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM) in the Biotechnopreneur Programme, Mrs. Anasuya Bhadalkar, Joint Director, GSBTM emphasised on various changes made in the programme curriculum. She said, “Depending on the feedbacks from the participants of the earlier batches, we have made three major changes in the curriculum i.e., we will incorporate more industrial visits to ensure real time experience of the participants, include individual mentors for each participant and conduct multiple rounds of project presentations so that the participants can come up with a presentable business plan for their venture.”  Mrs. Bhadalkar also mentioned about EDII’s involvement with GSBTM since 2007 and spoke about how EDII has always lent a supporting hand for each Biotechnopreneur Programmes since the inception. “Apart from training biotechnopreneurs, GSBTM along with EDII aims towards bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and researchers of the state to provide them with a common landing ground to promote entrepreneurship in the field of science and technology.”

Speaking about the programme and EDII’s involvement, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII said, “As an institute we have always been happy to work with GSBTM. Gujarat has been ranked no. 1 in terms of total number of start-ups coming up and it gives me immense pleasure to share with you that the last 3 batches of the Biotechnopreneur programme were fortunate enough to give birth to 20 new start-ups in the biotech background. When we have so much resource available with us in terms of the faculty and mentors, the programme will surely succeed.”

The session concluded with a vote of thanks to the guests by Ms. Harsha Thawani, Programme Officer, BTP.

The 10 month programme will commence from 29th December, 2018. Class-room lectures, field visits, simulation exercises and interaction with experts will form a part of the pedagogy.
Hon’ble Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises inaugurated the MSME Research Block at EDII on January 19, 2019. Also present on the occasion were Dr. Arun Kumar Panda, Secretary, MSME, Govt. of India and EDII Governing Board Member, Shri Milind Kamble, Chairman – Dalit Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Officiating President –EDII and Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director – EDII.
EDII has been working closely with the Ministry of MSME across targets with a view to contributing towards fostering and expanding economic and employment potential of MSME sector. Within the purview of the MSME sector, EDII has contributed in the areas of sustainable development, entrepreneurship, policy advocacy, governance and MSME promotion and facilitation. EDII has also undertaken significant research work and studies to promote the MSME sector.
Given the gamut of various verticals and an increasing number of activities being pursued by the Institute, an MSME Research Block has been constructed with support of Ministry of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises under Scheme of Assistance to Training Institutions. The MSME Research Block is a great backing to the Institute’s work and its efforts will get a new impetus with this.

The MSME Research Block was inaugurated by Hon’ble Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Medium, Small and Micro at EDII. Addressing the gathering, the Hon’ble Minister termed conviction, emotion and devotion as the main ingredients of entrepreneurship. He termed capital as secondary. The Minister highlighted several stories of successful entrepreneurs who have achieved success purely on the basis of their passion and will to make it big.  Speaking on the use of technology in business, the Chief Guest said, “Technology must be employed judiciously in a manner that we do not become slaves to it. Technology must facilitate our dreams.” To elaborate this, the Minister quoted the example of a village where the locals had been provided with spindles which was powered by solar energy and technology built into it to enable people to enhance their earnings.  Speaking on bringing women into mainstream, the Minister quoted Mckinsey’s report and said that the Report highlighted that with 42% women’s involvement in the economy, China recorded an increase of 41%  in their GDP. Juxtaposing it with Indian Reports, he said that we need to wake up as in 2004, 35 percent of the women were contributing to GDP, while the percentage fell to 24 percent in 2011.   The Minister concluded by beckoning all to take advantage of learning and set up own enterprises.
On the occasion, Dr. Arun Panda, Secretary, MSME said, ““Entrepreneurship requires inner passion to pursue a dream. Institutes like EDII are providing an eco-system to business enthusiasts. MSMEs are the flavour of the season especially after GST was introduced in the country. Out of 1.17 Cr registration in the GST, more than 1 Crore registrations in GST are MSMEs. That means people have started dreaming big.” Dr. Panda  suggested that EDII must train the key officials of all the 18 tool rooms and technology centres all across this country which are working exceptionally well in skilling people, making them job ready. This training, he said, will enable these officials to impart training in entrepreneurship too, thus ensuring a good success rate in New Enterprise Creation.  Adding to this, he said, “Our honourable Prime Minister also announced on November 2, 2018 that 120 more centres – of which 100 small and 20 big centres will be established in the coming 3 years. This will be a huge game changer for the country and for people.”
Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII said, “India is going through a revolutionary phase in which entrepreneurship is receiving tremendous acceptance as a career. With the government promoting MSMEs directly under Start-up India Mission, Make in India and Digital India policies, this sector has flourished like never before during the last couple of years. Increasing number of start-ups, even student start-ups suggests that the country is all set to make a mark on the global front with innovative and path-breaking ideas.”

The function concluded with Vote of thanks by Shri Milind Kamble, Officiating President – EDII and Chairperson – DICCI. Shri Kamble also endorsed the need of technology and innovation as facilitating factors in MSMEs and urged youths to think out-of-the-box. Shri Kamble stressed on the significance of MSMEs for economic growth and encouraged youths to make use of the training to become entrepreneurs. Shri Kamble profusely thanked the  dignitaries for extending much-needed  support to encourage MSMEs.

The 13th International Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship organised by the Institute during February 20-22, 2019 was inaugurated by Padma Shri Dr. V. G. Patel, Noted Expert on Entrepreneurship and Founder & Former Director – EDII. This three-day Conference is being attended by over 235 academicians, practitioners, thinkers and researchers engaged in the field of Entrepreneurship from prestigious national and international institutions. Over 300 papers were received, out of which 147 papers have been accepted including 16 papers from academicians from Bangladesh, France, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Switzerland and Russia. 
In his welcome address Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director – EDII introduced Dr. V. G. Patel to the august gathering as a renowned Economist, entrepreneurship expert and institution builder who has played a key role in the growth of micro and small scale industries, as an academician and a policy maker. Dr. Shukla reviewed the changing scenario of entrepreneurship and the need, therefore, to research the emerging trends and patterns.  He hoped that this Conference would serve as a platform to researchers and academicians from across the world to generate a productive, enlightening and exciting synergy, and will provide an opportunity to professors, practitioners and thinkers in India and abroad to assimilate, communicate and disperse their experiences and experiments.
In his inaugural speech, Chief Guest Dr. V. G. Patel traced the genesis of entrepreneurship in India which was first launched in 1970. He reflected on how some of the basic questions were pondered over in order to increase the incidence of entrepreneurship in the state in the 70s. The factors that came out towards inhibiting entrepreneurship in the state included
  • lack of credit,
  • lack of confidence and motivation,
  • lack of understanding on business opportunity,
  • lack of knowledge on making a business plan, and
  • lack of management skills.
Dr. Patel informed that as the issue of credit had been successfully addressed by giving loans without collaterals and generating 60 percent success rate; it became worthwhile to design a strategy whereby the other issues could be addressed in order to generate an even better impact. Hence, informed the Chief Guest, that a developmental model was evolved known as the Entrepreneurship Development Prpgramme Model to address the gaps. The success of the model led to several institutions coming up with similar programmes which started failing and thus was felt the need to create a national level institute with a cadre of competent trainers, and so EDII came into being, informed the Chief Guest.
Dr. Patel concluded with a request to researchers to continue upgrading themselves on research methodology and taking up some pertinent research topics including
  • Why close to 40 % of the startups fail in the first three years?
  • What are the behavioural qualities needed in potential entrepreneurs to succeed; need to review the existing selection tests.
  • What creates a great institution in the wake of the fact that out of 11 Entrepreneurship Development institutes in the country, close to 9 have failed.
  • Why do family businesses fail by the second or the third generation.
Dr. Patel then elaborated on the concept of entrepreneurship, the growth and entry level barriers and how the changes must be effected to achieve better in the existing scenario.
Dr. Sasi Misra, Conference Chair, EDII gave a briefing on the conference informing all that the themes to be covered include; Entrepreneurship Perspectives & Practices, Entrepreneurship Education, Women Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Agripreneurship, Sectoral Entrepreneurship, Startups, Incubators & Accelerators etc.
Dr. Misra said that the Conference would promote and advance the understanding of entrepreneurship theory and research in these areas.
The Conference is expected to generate positive and meaningful responses, leading to intellectually stimulating discussions and strategies.

Padma Shri Dr. V. G. Patel, Founder & Former Director, EDII, Ahmedabad, addressing the audience during the inauguration.


Seen in the picture is the Chief Guest (in the center) Dr. V. G. Patel with (on the L) Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII-Ahmedabad and (on the R) Dr. Sasi Misra, Institute Professor & Conference Chair releasing the proceedings of the 13th Biennial Conference.
  • EDII imparted training under its association with the ITEC division of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India during 2018-19
  • Three Capacity Building programmes, viz: International Training Programmes on  Cluster Development Executives; Industrial, Infrastructure and Sustainable Project Preparation & Appraisal and Informal Sector Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Local Economic Development, were conducted during 4 – 12 April 2019. 
60 foreign professionals from 20 developing countries were trained under three programmes sponsored by the ITEC division of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
The valedictory function of three programmes was held on Thursday, April 11 at the Institute. Mrs. Devyani Khobragade, Joint Secretary and Head, ITEC Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India was the Chief Guest; while Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, one of the world’s leading environmental educators was the Guest of Honour at the valedictory function. These programmes, designed for six weeks, were held from February to April 2019.
Emphasizing on objective of such programmes, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII said, “The prime objective is to develop a cadre of hardcore professionals who will work for the promotion of economic activities in developing countries. They were equipped with new tools and techniques to lead potential entrepreneurs for new enterprise creation as also to facilitate growth of existing small enterprises, thereby intensifying and strengthening the efforts of policy makers and planners towards economic development of their respective countries”.
“The purpose of these programmes is to share developmental works among partner countries. We can all learn from each other, various aspects of entrepreneurship, SME development, cluster competitiveness and growth of informal sector enterprises,” said Mrs. Devyani Khobragade, Joint Secretary and Head, ITEC Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environment Education said, “Such programmes are critical as they encourage new thinking and questions for enterprising minds. Circular economy has as many job opportunities as traditional economy. Some traditions in each one of our countries can be transformed into business, if done differently.”
During the year, the Institute held six capacity building programmes for international participants from countries such as Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, Turkey, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Malaysia and Chile among others. The participants were imparted training on cluster development, entrepreneurial management, small business promotion and informal sector enterprises.

Seen during the Valediction is (in the center) the Chief Guest, Dr. Devyani Khobragade, IFS, Joint Secretary, DPA-II, Ministry of External Affairs; the Guest of Honor, Shri Kartikeya Sarabhai, Founder & Director, Centre of Environment Education with (from L-R) Dr. Kavita Saxena, Programme Director of Informal Sector Enterprise, Entrepreneurship & Local Economic Development; Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director-EDII; Dr. Sanjay Pal, Programme Director of Cluster Development Executives' Programme and Dr. Saji Kumar, Programme Director of Industrial, Infrastructure and Sustainable Project Preparation and Appraisal Programme.

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The Institute organized the 1st Lecture of Dr. V. G. Patel Memorial Lecture Series to commemorate its Founder Director. The inaugural lecture of this series was held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at EDII Campus, on the eightieth birth anniversary of Padma Shri Dr. Viharidas Gopaldas Patel (Dr. VG Patel). Shri Prabhat Kumar, Former Cabinet Secretary & Former First Governor of Jharkhand was the Speaker at the inaugural edition of this lecture series who delivered his speech on “Entrepreneurship with an Ethical Twist”.
Dr. Patel, an economist and ‘Father of Entrepreneurship Movement’ in the country, was the pioneer who instituted the concept of ‘developing entrepreneurs’ in January 1970. He successfully designed the first entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) in 70s to mitigate the constraints faced during setting up of new business through training and counseling. He passed away on April 4, 2019.
Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII in his address expressed his gratitude towards late Padma Shri Dr. Viharidas Gopaldas Patel and highlighted his contribution in sphere of entrepreneurship, small industry policies and growth management.
"In carving out a path for themselves our entrepreneurship aspirants must learn never to compromise with ethics that govern business and the nation. India aims to become one of the most sought after start-up destinations in the country through amalgamation of proactive policies, strong institutional setup and dynamic participation of private sector," added Dr. Shukla.
Shri Prabhat Kumar, Former Cabinet Secretary & Former First Governor of Jharkhand in his address talked about the initiatives and theory of entrepreneurship by Dr. V. G Patel, who nurtured entrepreneurship with passion and perseverance. Focusing on ethical Entrepreneurship, Mr. Kumar said, "My hypothesis is that the ethical movement in our country has to start from Indian entrepreneurs. We cannot expect it from the multinational companies. We have seen Enron, Volkswagen, Johnsons’ and Johnsons’, and many others failing the test of ethics and social accountability. Therefore it is imperative for celebrated institutions like EDII to come forward and be in vanguard of ethical movement.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations (UN) specialized agency and Intellectual Property Office, India (IPO), dedicated to the promotion and use of IP, organized a one-day National Roving Seminar on Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) at EDII campus on 25 November, 2019.

The key objective of the seminar was to sensitize the participants on the basics of IPR and its role in enhancing the quality of education, innovation and research output including the commercialization and impact on societal growth. It also provided basic information and awareness on IPR spectrum from innovation to commercialization. Participants from diverse backgrounds including students, academicians, stakeholders, government officials, corporate professionals etc. participated in the seminar.  

Eminent speakers in the seminar included Mr. Naresh Prasad, Assistant Director-General and Chief of Staff, Office of the Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Prof Pradyamna Vyas, senior Advisor, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Rajesh Dixit, Deputy Controller of Patents & Designs, IPO Delhi, Dr. Vishal Rajgarhia, Director, Finecure Pharmaceuticals Limited and Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII.

The seminar commenced with the opening remarks of Prof Pradyumna Vyas, senior Advisor, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). In his inaugural address, he emphasised on the importance of Intellectual Property Rights and highlighted the need to spread their awareness and promotion. He also explained the importance of IPR protection and how inventions and intellectual creations could help boost economic and technological developments in the country. He spoke at length about the need of skill, academics and implications of the IPR law.

Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII, set the tone of the event by welcoming the Guests and briefing about various objectives of the seminar. He shared his insight on the current scenario of IPR and the status of India in terms of innovation and filing of IPR. He said, “In today’s globally competitive environment, intellectual property has placed itself on a pedestal in the context of economic growth .Intellectual Property (IP) is the fuel that powers the engine of prosperity, fostering invention and innovation. Such seminars help to create IPR awareness among professionals, academicians, students, researchers and stakeholders about the beneficial aspects of patenting their creative and novel idea and innovation etc. Such awareness in turn becomes highly essential for the promotion of creativity, research and technical advancements and their industrial applications.” He further urged and motivated the participants to be innovative and vigilant.

Rajesh Dixit, Deputy Controller of Patents & Designs, IPO Delhi, highlighted the patenting system in India. He elaborated upon different IP laws in India, throwing light on the various amendments undertaken under Patents Act. He further stressed upon the need of IPR protection. In addition to this, he also gave an overview of the mechanism for filing of the patent application. He also informed about online Copyright Registration i.e. E-filing and the working of the same.

Mr. Naresh Prasad, Assistant Director-General and Chief of Staff, Office of the Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), gave a brilliant, lucid and insightful discourse on the fundamentals of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and best practices in the integration of IPR in the innovation cycle. He said, “Due to the growing importance of Intellectual Property laws in today's business and legal environment and the interest the subject has generated, it is imperative to understand the fundamental concepts as well as the practical aspects of this area. He further added that to harness India’s potential as an innovation ecosystem there needs to be more focus on Intellectual Property Creation.”

The session concluded with Vote of Thanks by Dr. Vishal Rajgarhia, Director, Finecure Pharmaceuticals Limited. He thanked the dignitaries for extending much-needed support and exhorted the participants to become familiar with the intricacies of IPR and make the most of this event.

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