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Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship

(Through Correspondence & Personal Counselling)

(Registration is Open)


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The post liberalization industrial & economic scenario in India makes it imperative that a more dynamic and pragmatic approach is needed to create entrepreneurs on a large scale. This would help not only in tackling the problem of unemployment but also in the growth of new entrepreneurs. Using technology and quality as their strategic tools, those who can take on the increased competition in the domestic as well as global markets are innovators and entrepreneurs in true sense of the term. This can be achieved only if more and more people are motivated and convinced to choose entrepreneurship as a career and put their energies and resources to a productive use.

Various state level entrepreneurship development institutes, as well as EDI, the pioneer in entrepreneurship development, have, for decades, been conducting localised Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) for a limited number of people. These EDPs have limitations in terms of number and reach and cannot fulfill the need of a large number of potential entrepreneurs scattered in the vast geographical areas of the country. This calls for a novel approach.

To address this need of developing new, committed entrepreneurs on a large scale, the EDI, Ahmedabad has conceptualized and launched an innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme through distance learning and personal counseling titled "Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship".

This course is sponsored by Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (FNSt), a foundation of International repute from Germany.


The main objective of the programme is 'New Enterprise Creation and Management'. To achieve this objective, the study material is focussed on various aspects of starting and managing an enterprise.

The course :

  • Develops motivation, reinforces entrepreneurial traits and the spirit of enterprise;
  • Facilitates decision making process for setting-up of a new enterprise;
  • Facilitates successful and profitable operation of the enterprise.


The programme has the following salient features:

  • Flexibility in terms of enrolment
  • Skill & Knowledge Building Programmes through two Contact Sessions
  • One-to-one counseling throughout the course by "expert counselors" and EDI faculty members
  • Web-based software (MIS) for monitoring the progress, sharing resources, conducting quizzes and assessment
  • Access to library resources

The contact sessions focus on developing entrepreneurial motivation, business opportunity guidance, market research & survey, preparation of detailed project report, project appraisal system of banks & financial institutions and interactions with successful entrepreneurs.


The syllabus in the form of printed self-instructional study material covers all the aspects of launching, establishing and managing a small-scale enterprise, including taxation as applicable to small-scale industry.

To put it briefly, it prepares the learner with the knowledge, skills and motivation to set up an enterprise and manage it successfully.

Study Material

The study material designed to facilitate the learners, is divided into 11 units covering critical areas such as: Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Sources of Assistance, Business Opportunity Identification, Market Assessment, Entrepreneurial Motivation, various soft skills like Communication Skills, Negotiation Skills, Entrepreneurial Competencies, Small Business Management including Systematic Planning, Quality Control, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Production Management. Besides, various topics like Total Quality Management, Strategic Planning, Business Ethics, Franchising, Venture Capital Financing, Exports, etc. The material provides comprehensive understanding on what it takes to become an entrepreneur.


The methodology of the course includes; self-instructional study material, assignments, personal counseling through experts, professional counselors and two contact sessions during the course.

Duration and Medium of Instruction

The duration of the course is one year. The medium of instruction is English.


The Course begins in the months of January, April, July & October, every year. Learners have an opportunity to enroll in any one of the batches.

Learners can apply either online or can download application form from the web site and send along with the necessary documents and Demand Draft for Rs. 14,750/-, [ course fee is Rs. 12,500/-+2250/- (18% GST)] drawn in the name of EDI, Ahmedabad, towards fee.

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Degree/Diploma holders in any discipline and those who are in the final year of their degree, are eligible to join the course. As the basic objective of the course is to provide an indepth insight into the subject of entrepreneurship to those who have a strong desire to set-up his/her own enterprise.


Fee for this one year Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship is Rs. 12,500/-+2250/- (18% GST) for all categories to be paid at the time of registration.


The Award of the Certificate is based on assessment of the assignments, project report submitted by the learner and performance in the final examination. Those who fail to qualify may reappear for the examination within 2 years by paying an additional fee of Rs. 1500/- for each appearance (maximum three appearances).


Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship equips the learners with the ability to function dynamically and acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to plan and successfully launch their own dream ventures.

"I registered for DEBM course from Germany. DEBM course material was so encouraging that I returned back to India to start my own business. It provided me up-to-date information about incorporation, fund raising, business management and a lot more. My counselor Mr Sinkar encouraged me and provided essential support. I am really happy to tell that my company Techdext Engineering is making progress and DEBM course has significant contribution in it."
Kedar Naigaonkar
Osmanabad, Maharashtra

"After attending the diploma course at EDII, I started as a dealer or engineering products. I am also planning to launch my own product. the course has helped me in being more confident and has enabled me to have a different point of view which is helping me to work and focus on my entrepreneurship and leadership. The course material is excellent and i will always keep it as a referring note for future. My counsellor was very helpful and helped me in finding opportunities and expanding the business network. the course is a ground changing experience for the first generation entrepreneurs"
Milind Ghanekar

"OLPE helped me to nurture my entrepreneurial competencies and cleared my view points regarding entrepreneurship.This programme has provided full insight necessary to start the business."
Abhijit Dave
J Raven Pharma Laboratories,

Success Stories of OLPE Learners

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