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Department of Entrepreneurship Education


Today, the millennial generation is looking beyond the confines of traditional jobs and venturing into newer avenues that are driven by innovation and entrepreneurship. However, such a mindset requires preparedness in terms of knowledge, skills and attitude to take the plunge into entrepreneurship.  Realizing this need, Institute's Department for Entrepreneurship Education focusses its interventions towards developing a natural responsiveness to entrepreneurship. The various short and long-term training interventions are interconnected to weave a society which reveres entrepreneurial intent. Education in entrepreneurship develops insights among youths to help them discover and create opportunities that make them entrepreneurially inclined. From pioneering the long term, full-time programme in entrepreneurship to distance education in the discipline, EDII is reaching out to entrepreneurship enthusiasts in every possible way. The long duration and the short duration programmes complement each other and together uphold the objective of creating a society which promotes entrepreneurship as a preferred career option.

Pro-active initiatives such as;  Startup India and Make in India are visibly bolstering economic growth of the country, and no wonder, there are opportunities galore for trained entrepreneurs.  And, it is in this space that EDII is playing the critical role of harnessing the entrepreneurial potential of students. With 78% success rate of its students undergoing the long term programme in entrepreneurship, it sure can be said that we, as a country, have come a long way.

In order to make its efforts sustainable, EDII has also been putting in place cadres of trained faculty who continue to train and mentor students on opting for an entrepreneurial career.
EDII envisions creating a knowledge infrastructure committed to improving the human capital and technical finesse that ultimately leads to a society which abounds in new-day entrepreneurs.

Major Highlights :

  • Pioneered the two-year, full- time course Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Business Entrepreneurship.
  • Acts as a 'Resource Hub' for curriculum design, delivery, development of teaching material and capacity building of human resource.
  • Faculty Development Programmes to impart skills and knowledge to teachers so that they orient students towards entrepreneurship as a career option.
  • National Summer Camps for Children and Youths to instill the 'spirit of enterprise' at a young age so as to inspire them to select an independent, innovative career option and excel in it.
  • National and regional workshops on entrepreneurship education to sensitize educationists / policymakers / education administrators in playing a proactive role in implementing entrepreneurship education as a core subject in educational institutions.
  • Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps (EACs) to orient youths towards entrepreneurship and thus strengthen the entrepreneurial movement.
  • Specially designed Skill Development Programmes (SDPs) to equip youths with appropriate skills in specific trades. Focussed efforts have promoted non-farm based enterprises among marginalized and disadvantaged sections.
  • AICTE-recognized 4-year full time Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) to create competent and innovative scholars/researchers in entrepreneurship.
  • As the Nodal Institute for startups under Startups/ Innovation Scheme of the Govt. of Gujarat, EDII mentors, motivates, and guides startups in Gujarat.
The Year 2020 -21:
  • Entail academic initiatives focused at enabling budding entrepreneurs/students to learn the theory and practice of entrepreneurship.
  • Capacity building programmes for teachers to cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship at the higher/undergraduate school levels.
  • Collaborative programmes to create a pool of entrepreneurs/trainers.
  • Initiation of online learning modules through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to extend the outreach of programmes promoting entrepreneurship.
  • New programmes for Start-ups and MSME executives to stimulate and strengthen the entrepreneurial and innovative capabilities of professionals and budding entrepreneurs.


  • Policy advocacy to develop impact-making entrepreneurship education
  • Creation of triple-helix model for entrepreneurship education by involving government departments, industry, management associations, educators and researchers
  • Development of faculty involved in training students for tech-based start-ups, transgenerational entrepreneurship and start-up incubation & acceleration
  • Accreditation and quality certification for entrepreneurship teachers and institutions
  • Development of short-term and capsule programmes to sensitise entrepreneurship at undergraduate and school levels
  • Enhancing survival rate in family businesses, the SME sector in particular, through educational programme and training
  • Joint educational programmes with technology, management and agricultural science institutions to create new-generation entrepreneurs
  • Revisiting of entrepreneurship course curriculum and architecture that yields results
  • Encourage policy-level research, collaborative and project-based research and its publications

Core Activities

  • On-campus long-duration programmes
  • Off-campus joint programmes
  • Summer camps: Youth, children, awareness
  • School-specific entrepreneurship programmes
  • Open-learning programmes
  • Capacity-building programmes in entrepreneurship education
  • Research and publication

Programmes and Activities 2020-21

Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target group Objectives & Outcome
Long Term Programmes and Start-up Activities
2.1 Fellow Programme in Management (1st to 4th Year) EDII Campus 4 years Academicians/ Professionals Encourage doctoral scholars to take up theoretical and empirical research work leading to policy papers and publications in journals of repute. The scholars will develop, write and submit their doctoral thesis for partial fulfillment of FPM.
2.2 Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE)- 2019-21 (2nd year) EDII Campus 1 year Family Business Successors and Startups Train students to set up their own business, become entrepreneurial managers, or join family business. Classroom teaching to be complemented with regular study visits and interaction with achievers. Batch size: 50 students
2.3 Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE)- 2020-22 (1st year) EDII Campus 1 year Family Business Successors and Startups Groom students as entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial managers and family business successors. Classroom teaching to be complemented with international tie-ups, students' research projects, seminars and publications. 
2.4 Post Graduate Diploma in Management-MSME EDII Campus 1.5 year For creating MSME Experts Create a cadre of MSME professionals who are equipped with experiential learning and hands-on applied tools to provide support for MSME growth. (Subject to approval from AICTE)
2.5 Post Graduate Diploma in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Venture Development EDII Campus 2 years Students Offered through EDII incubator, the programme will build the competencies of students in innovation, entrepreneurship & venture development, and thereby promote setting up of start-ups. Target batch: 20 (Subject to approval from AICTE) 
2.6 PGDM (BE) Accreditations by AMBA and FPM by AIU EDII Campus 1 year EDII By getting accreditations from AIU and AMBA, the PGDM-BE programme will enable students in more impactful ways. AIU approval for the FPM will enable it to get equivalance to PhD degree. 
2.7 Student Startup Innovation Policy (GOG)  EDII Campus 1 year  Students and Academicians  Under the scheme, EDII students/alumni who have an innovative idea/concept will stand eligible to receive grant support for prototype creation. They will also be provided support for mentorship. 
2.8 Nodal Institute Policy of Govt. of Gujarat  EDII Campus 1 year  Startup Under the scheme, EDII students/alumni/incubatee who possess an innovative idea/concept will stand eligible to receive grant support for product/market development. They will also be provided support for mentorship. 
2.9 Acceleration /Incubation/Startup Program EDII Campus 1 year  Startup  Accelerators are focused on early stage startups. The program will equip startups promoted by SC/ST community, with relevant perspectives and skills, to scale up and succeed. 
2.10 Student-Investor Interface (Event) EDII Campus 2 days PG students & entrepreneurs A forum wherein equity and term-lending investors will be invited to interact with students for funding their innovative business ideas. 
2.11 Entrepreneurship & Start Up based trainings for UG/PG students, Faculties of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Gwalior, & Agriculture colleges and KVKs 26 Districts of MP 1 year UG/PG students, Faculties of RVSKVV & Agriculture colleges and KVKs Trainings will focus on supporting the development of an Entrepreneurial ecosystem by promoting Agripreneurship & Start Ups among students and Faculties of RVSKVV & Agriculture colleges and KVKs.
Programmes for higher secondary students/teachers
2.12 Centre for School Entrepreneurship - Development of course material for class XI, XII EDII Campus and other locations 1 year School Students Orient and develop school students to take up entrepreneurship as a career, and to inculcate entrepreneurial values among children at a tender age.
2.13 Entrepreneurship Module for CBSE School Teachers >Training of  teachers > Workshop and Seminar for Principals of CBSE recognised Schools EDII Campus 6 days Academic community Make teachers experience entrepreneurial thinking and guide them on how to conduct the program and focus on mentorship in the long run. Target: 200 teachers
2.14 National Summer Camp on Entrepreneurial Stimulation for School Children  EDII Campus 6 days School Children  Inculcate entrepreneurial values among children at a tender age, and motivate them to grow, evolve, and experiment with their thoughts and ideas and get well acquainted with their personality. 
2.15 National Summer Camps on Entrepreneurial Adventures for College Going Youth EDII Campus 10 days College going Youth Provide a stimulating and immersive learning experience that motivates youth for an entrepreneurial career. 
2.16 Entrepreneurship Immersion program for students of different colleges and universities &  Orientation visit of students EDII Campus 1-3 days UG/PG College students  Train students on different aspects of entrepreneurship - from Business Opportunity Identification to Business Plan preparation.
Capacity building programmes for faculty and professionals
2.17 Faculty Development Programme & various interventions for quality improvement in higher education Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) 2 weeks       (3 Phase) Faculty members & students of PG colleges Develop skills in faculty of higher education for quality improvement at par with global standards, including training on global teaching standards, industry interaction with students, and orienting them to conduct research and consultancies.
2.18 Faculty Development Programmes - sponsored by Student Startup & Innovation Policy, GoG  EDII Campus 5 days  Faculty members Equip faculty members with requisite skills for conducting Entrepreneurship programme in academic institutions.
Collaborative, certificate and online programmes
2.19 Certificate programme on:
- How to do business with Govt.
- Artificial Intelligence for Manufacturing Sector
- Funding for startups/ MSMEs
- Entrepreneurship for 40+
- Women Entrepreneurship/ Medical Entrepreneurship 
EDII Campus 1 day - 1 week  Potential and existing entrepreneurs These certificate courses in entrepreneurship will provide students/participants with the skills they need to successfully start, manage, or improve their business. Apart from functional knowledge, critical-thinking and information on advanced communication will be provided. 
2.2 Building Online Resource for Entrepreneurs, Policymakers, Professionals, Students and Teachers National/ International III Quarter Entrepreneurs, Policymakers, Professionals, Students and Teachers   Create online resource and conduct online courses/trainings for Entrepreneurs, Policymakers, Professionals, Students and Teachers.  
2.21 Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship (OLPE) PAN India 1 year Degree/Diploma holders Equip learners with the ability to function dynamically and acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to plan and successfully launch their dream ventures.
2.22 Collaborative Programme for REVA University EDII Campus/REVA University 1 year Students Three level entrepreneurship education programmes to orient students towards entrepreneurship and strengthen their entrepreneurial behaviour and decision making.
2.23 Certificate course on Tourism Entrepreneurship Gujarat 3 months Degree/Diploma holders Orient stakeholders of the tourism sector towards entrepreneurship and strengthen their entrepreneurial behavior and competitive mind-set for decision making. 
2.24 Short-term course on Agri Entrepreneurship  EDII Campus 2 months Students and Startup Support entrepreneurial intervention in food processing & packaging, preservation of seasonal fruits and vegetables, seed processing, animal husbandry, crop farming etc.
2.25 Promoting E-Learning Programme with Kerala Startup Mission Kerala 1 year Students from IEDC and Colleges Promote 'Online Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship' among Student Startups of Kerala.


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  • 1486 students have graduated from EDII's long term programmes till date, with 78 percent success rate; out of the students who have set up their own enterprises or have contributed to diversification of family business, the estimated percentage of students with turnover upto Rs. 25 cr. is 69 %; 18 % are in the range of Rs. 25 to Rs. 50 cr.; 2% are between Rs. 50 to 100 cr. and around 1 % above Rs.100 cr.
  • Introduced the pioneering 'Fellow Programme in Management' to encourage research in entrepreneurship. 15 researchers have enrolled in  four batches.
  • Developed more than 3000 teachers of higher education across the country through 98 Faculty Development Progammes.
  • Sensitized/trained over 8 lakh students, together with about 500 higher learning institutions in the country (on behalf of DST, GoI, since 2008 – 09).
  • Commissioned by CBSE, revising curriculum on entrepreneurship for 11th & 12th standards for CBSE schools and is also developing the text books (19000 schools).
  • Got designated by the Govt. of Gujarat as the Nodal Institute for Promoting Start-ups and has been appointed as the Anchor Institute to strengthen entrepreneurship in the state.
  • Reached across the country through 87 batches of 'Open  Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship', thus training 13350 learners.
  • Institutionalized informal training models (national summer camps for children and youth) for instilling entrepreneurial spirit in 3602 children and youth.

Future Plans

Distance and Online Academic Courses

  • MOOCs on Start-up Entrepreneurship
  • Distance Learning Social Entrepreneurship

Collaborative Programmes

  • Joint certification programmes
  • Collaborative projects and research

Grooming of Existing and New Entrepreneurs

  • Full-time educational programmes
  • Short-term programmes for corporate executives and professionals
  • Sensitisation Programmes: Summer Camps, School Entrepreneurship Programmes

Creation of Educators’ Pool

  • Creation of thought leaders through research courses
  • Capacity building of existing faculty and trainers

Policy Advocacy

  • Development of policies for government to strengthen entrepreneurship education
  • Policy contribution for SME sector development and growth

Amit Kumar Dwivedi

Area Of Apecification : Accounting & Finance, Micro finance, Rural credit & Banking

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

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


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