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Department of Entrepreneurship Education


Entrepreneurship as a discipline brings several benefits with it and, therefore, many prestigious institutes have adopted it as part of their curriculum. The youth, in particular, endorse the need to adopt new ways of thinking and implementation. Realizing this need, Institute's Department for Entrepreneurship Education gives a definite direction to such youths by developing an entrepreneurial mindset and behavior in them through education, training, incubation support and mentoring. EDII pioneered full-time entrepreneurship programme in India in 1998. The other institutions followed suit and have contributed to the gradual growth in demand for such education. With over three and a half decades of experience, EDII has enhanced and innovated the context, pedagogy and other aspects of entrepreneurship education for youths across sections and for faculty group across India. Emphasis on start-ups and ‘Make in India’ initiative is creating demand for trained entrepreneurial individuals and in that space, EDII looks forward to making a conspicuous difference. Through multiple learning platforms, EDII ensures out-reach of education opportunities to new and existing entrepreneurs, family business successors and working professionals, thereby enabling them to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. 

Major Highlights :

  • Pioneered the two-year, full- time course Post Graduate Programme 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 deisgned 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.
  • Promotion of micro enterprises in urban areas has channelized unemployed youths towards self-employment and has also led to creation of gainful employment opportunities.
  • 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 2019 -20:
  • New programmes will be evolved in view of government's focus on start-ups, policies and initiatives promoting start-ups.
  • Training material will be developed on entrepreneurship education for school level teaching.
  • Collaborations will be struck with global entrepreneurship institutions to offer joint programmes.
  • Innovative technology-based ideas will be nurtured to ensure that these crystallize into sustainable entities. E-commerce would be particularly underlined to enhance prospects for Startups, especially that of EDII alumni, in the fast emerging digital world of business.
  • The task of instituting ‘Chairs’ in entrepreneurship will be initiated to impact the entrepreneurship landscape.


  • 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 2019-20

Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
Long-term Programmes/Projects
2.1 Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) 2016-20 (4th year) EDII Campus 1 year Academicians/ Professionals To 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 the partial fulfillment of FPM as well. 
2.2 Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) 2017-21 (3rd year) EDII Campus 1 year Academicians/ Professionals To guide doctoral students in conceptualizing research and data collection from the field for doctoral dissertation. In the 3rd year, students develop research proposals through data from the field for developing doctoral thesis. 
2.3 Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) 2018-22 (2nd year) EDII Campus 1 year Academicians/ Professionals To motivate doctoral scholars to take up compulsory theoretical papers and develop term papers based on classroom inputs. Classroom inputs and interactions would lead to policy papers and publications in journals of repute. 
2.4 Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) 2019-23 (1st year) EDII Campus 1 year Academicians/ Professionals To orient doctoral students to investigate synergy between theory and practice of entrepreneurship as relevant to the Indian context, and accordingly strengthen the entrepreneurship education and research ecosystem in the country. 
2.5 Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE)- 2018-20 batch (2nd year) EDII Campus 1 year Family Business Successors and Startups To train students to set up their own business, become entrepreneurial managers or join their family business. Classroom teaching to be complemented with regular study visits and interaction with achievers. 
2.6 Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE)- 2019-21 batch (1st year) EDII Campus 1 year Family Business Successors and Startups To 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. 
2.7 Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Development Studies (PGDM-DS) - 2018-20 batch (2nd year) EDII Campus 1 year Graduates, Employees, NGO Nominees  Prepare students as effective social entrepreneurs and change-agents in a focused sector. After completetion of the course, they can either take up entrepreneurial career in social entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur or as developmental executives. Batch size: 6 students
2.8 Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship (OLPE) National 1 year Graduate, Diploma holders, Professionals, Employees To develop entrepreneurial skills through open learning, project counselling, and mentoring support, so that time and distance do not become hindering factors for those willing to become entrepreneurs. 
2.9 Advanced Business Hindi Certificate (ABHC) (International - 7th Batch) EDII Campus 9 months Students A programme designed specially for Chinese students to train them in Business Hindi course, and thereby promote and extend the national language, along with entrepreneurship education, internationally.
2.10 Advanced Business English Certificate (ABEC) (International)  EDII Campus 9 months Students To train students in advanced level vocational English, and promote entrepreneurship education internationally.
2.11 Offering Entrepreneurship Module in Management Programme of Chinese Universities EDII Campus 1 month Students of Management programme of Chinese Universities To explore the possibility of offering Module on Entrepreneurship to management students of Chinese Universities, so as to enhance the quality of business management skills in them. 
2.12 Centre for School Entrepreneurship EDII Campus and other locations 1 year School Students To 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  EDII Campus 6 days Academic community To make teachers experience entrepreneurial thinking, guide them on how to conduct the program and plan to focus on mentorship at scale in the long run. Target: 200  teachers
2.14 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 the PhD degree. 
2.15 Student Startup and Innovation Policy (SSIP) EDII Campus 1 year Potential Startups To build Startups and develop ''innovation culture'' across universities. The programme is part of the Startup India Action Plan.
2.16 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 on funding for their innovative business ideas. 
Sensitisation and Capacity Building Programmes
2.17 Faculty Development Programmes in Entrepreneurship  (DST-NIMAT project)  National 12 days Teachers of Universities, Engg. Colleges, B-Schools etc. To develop skills in teachers of higher education towards teaching courses on ''Entrepreneurship'' effectively as well as orienting them to research in the field. 
2.18 Faculty Development Programme on Startup Kerala 15 days Faculty Members of academic institutions To orient faculty members on entrepreneurship and start ups, and thereby capacitate them to promote entrepreneurship. 
2.19 Faculty Development Programmes under Student Startup and Innovation Policy (SSIP)  EDII Campus  5 days Faculty Members of academic institutions To orient faculty members on entrepreneurship and start ups.
2.20 Faculty Development Programme & Interventions for quality improvement in Higher Education Bhopal (MP) 2 weeks         (3 phases) Faculty members of PG colleges To develop skills among faculty of higher education to enable them to introduce overall quality improvement in the field. The training would focus on global teaching standards, launching of need-based courses, industry interaction, and orienting them to conduct research and consultancies.
2.21 National Summer Camps on Entrepreneurial Stimulation for School Children EDII Campus  6 days School students To inculcate entrepreneurial values among children at a tender age. A forum to interact with parents as well.
2.22 National Summer Camps on Entrepreneurial Adventures for College-going youth EDII Campus 10 days HSC and college students To help youth identify innovative and challenging career options and plan it entrepreneurially. A good opportunity for youth to tap their latent potential for achievement.
2.23 Summer Camp on Entrepreneurship for Children and Youth  Bhopal (MP) 3-5 days School/College Students Personality development, career counselling and achievement motivation of school students and youth with special orientation towards yoga & martial arts.
2.24 Virtual Training Programmes on Entrepreneurship & Vocational Education Madhya Pradesh 3-10 days Students, youth (unemployed and working) Short-term virtual training on Entrepreneurship to promote entrepreneurship awareness among youth.
2.25 Collaborative Programme for REVA University/ Rajkot University/Finplan HB International Education Pvt. Ltd/ IHM Gandhinagar  EDII Campus/REVA University/Rajkot University/FIN-PLAN (Mumbai)/ IHM Gandhinagar  6 months Students Three level entrepreneurship education programmes for students to orient them towards entrepreneurship and strengthen their entrepreneurial behaviour and decision making.
2.26 Fee-based Programme on Data Analysis  EDII Campus 2 weeks Ph D students To enable participants to carry out research and improve their proficiency in selection of analytical tools and interpretation of statistical data to solve business problems. 
2.27 Entrepreneurship Immersion program for students of different colleges and universities EDII Campus 3 days UG/PG College students  To train students on different aspects of entrepreneurship right from Business Opportunity Identification to Business plan preparation.
2.28 Entrepreneurship Development and Management Training Programme for Scientists and Technologists working with Govt. Sector (EDMT) EDII Campus 2 weeks Scientists and Technologists working with Govt. Sector To arouse interest among scientists & technologists about entrepreneurship, sensitize them towards the discipline, and establish the importance of owning knowledge-based innovative business ventures.
2.29 Orientation visit of students to the Institute EDII Campus 1 day visit School and college students To orient students towards the ''Charms of Becoming an Entrepreneur'' and motivate them to think of entrepreneurship as a career choice. 


Content under Development

Policy Advocacy

Content under Development


  • 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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