Government Projects / Initiatives

Hastkala Setu Yojana

The state project involves a direct or indirect sustainable development of all the activities related to the project alleviation of those. This is the first innovative project to transform rural entrepreneurship ecosystem which will help in reaching out to youths and artisans in the villages to get outcome based results. To achieve the results, each district will have Gujarat Cottage Industries Development Centre (GCIDC) to fulfil various need-based support required for the project.

The project has commenced in 2020 and has been planned to be conducted in phases. The second phase started from May 2021. The project plans to cover 33 districts in a span of 3 years. 

The project has commenced with 6 districts and in phase 2 it included 7 more district, in time to come the project will expand to cover 33 districts in a span of 3 years.

Phase 1:   Location- Kutch, Surendranagar, Banaskantha, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Ahmedabad. 

Phase 2:   Location- Patan, Mehsana, Junagadh, Baroda, Dahod, Narmada and Valsad.


  • Create new entrepreneurs at each district
  • Enhance potential of existing entrepreneurs
  • Create additional jobs and livelihood options through new enterprises created
  • Conduct District-wise Demand Study (covering clusters) to enable in-depth study of demand and growth potential in the district with respect to existing and futuristic sectors, etc.
  • Set up district-wise Gujarat Cottage Industries Development Centres (GCIDCs) to enable Incubation & Innovation and to develop, strengthen and sustain the entire rural entrepreneurship value-chain

Core Activities

Centre for Empowerment of Differently Abled (CEDA)

State and Societies have continually sought to institute plans and methods to evolve an inclusive approach to growth so that the struggles of the disadvantaged and the deprived could be reduced, and they could be integrated in the mainstream social structure. Several amiable policies and approaches have been put in place to ensure their wellbeing, including that of the differently abled whose daily struggles for living and livelihood are overwhelming.

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Start-Up Village Entrepreneurship Programme

EDII has been roped in as a National Resource Organisation (NRO) for implementing the largest PAN-India rural poverty eradication programme, the Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP). SVEP is the sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) with the objective of helping Self Help Groups (SHGs) and their family members to set-up small enterprises in the non-farm sector.

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Hastkala Setu Yojana

As knowledge partner to the Commissionerate of Cottage Industries, Government of Gujarat, EDII is working on conceptualizing, developing, implementing and evaluating an integrated model to strengthen the cottage & rural entrepreneurship ecosystem in the state.

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Srinagar Mega Carpet Cluster

EDII functions as Cluster Management and Technical Agency (CMTA) for Srinagar Mega Carpet Cluster Project under Comprehensive Handicraft Cluster Development Project of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The objective of the project is to facilitate development of mega carpet cluster, with necessary infrastructure support and modern production facilities to enable the industry to meet various legal and trade commitments.

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Food Processing Sector

In 2003-04, the Ministry of Food Processing, Govt. of India assigned to EDII the task of promoting and creating new enterprises across the country by conducting Entrepreneurship Development Programmes.

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Gujarat Women Economic Development Corporation Ltd. (GWEDC)

Under the sponsorship of Gujarat Women Economic Development Corporation Ltd. (GWEDC), Govt. of Gujarat, EDII initiated one-year programme in 2020 focussing on developing the entrepreneurial capacity of women and enabling them to build their business resources to ensure sustainable income through enterprise creation.

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Programmes undertaken with the support of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

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MP Tourism

Backed by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board, EDII is promoting entrepreneurship in the tourism sector in Madhya Pradesh with customised Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programmes.

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Bihar Skill Development

Inspiring Entrepreneurship in Bihar

To enhance communication skills, IT literacy skills and soft skills among Bihar’s Youth, EDII in collaboration with Bihar Skill Development Mission (BSDM) initiated Bihar Skill Development Programme under ‘Kushal Yuva Program’. The project aims at enhancing the employability Skills of all aspirants in the age group of 15-28 years, who have passed at least 10th class or 12th class, have dropped out of formal education and are looking for jobs.

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National Rural Economic Transformation Project [NRETP]

The Ministry of Rural Development (MORD) has launched NRETP with an aim to promote cluster development in the farm and nonfarm sector. The key focus of the project is to transform the economic participation of institutional groups by enabling them to engage in farm and non-farm activities with a strong footing.

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Promoting Science & Technology Entrepreneurship

Science and technology has come to acquire a unique place in the domain of entrepreneurship. Thinking out-of-the-box and being creative are some of the traits of a successful entrepreneur and have by far become the most distinguishing aspects of entrepreneurship. There is accent on instilling entrepreneurship with technology to create viable and futuristic enterprises.

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