On the Trajectory of Entrepreneurship
...Chhattisgarh Rings the Bell

In order to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Chhattisgarh, EDII signed an MoU with Guru Ghasidas Central University, Bilaspur (GGCU) on 8th November. MoUs were exchanged between Director General EDII, Dr. Sunil Shukla and Mr. Suraj Meher, Deputy Registrar of Guru Ghasidas Central University Bilaspur, in the presence of (L-R) Prof. Ashok Modak, Chancellor, GGCU & Prof. Alok kumar Chakrawal, Vice-Chancellor, GGCU

Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp at Guru Ghasidas Central University, Bilaspur

An Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp for budding entrepreneurs was held at Guru Ghasidas Central University, Bilaspur during the 13-15 December 2021 as part of the MoU between EDII and GGCU, Bilaspur. 65 people from all across the state attended the three day camp, where they learnt about entrepreneurial competencies, business opportunity identification and selection, enterprise creation, enterprise management, attracting funds, leveraging government schemes and support, and business plan preparation, among other critical areas of business.



“EDII aims to be a catalyst in improving the lives of tribals and rural population who rely on Chhattisgarh’s rich flora and fauna, traditional art, craft, textile, and culture, particularly in remote and disturbed areas. With years of experience and technical expertise in cluster development, EDII envisions working hand in hand with the State Government, industry, and other support institutions to help the people of Chhattisgarh harness resources and skills to create enterprises that promote exclusive handloom and handmade products, ecotourism, herbal & wellness products, traditional medicines, and more.”                           

– Dr. Sunil Shukla

Director General – EDII

Dr. Sunil Shukla in interaction with Shri Kawasi Lakhma, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister of Commerce & Industries, Chhattisgarh to explore EDII’s involvement in the development of the state’s MSME and startup environment. Dr. Shukla emphasized the importance of Chhattisgarh having an exclusive state-level entrepreneurship development institute.

Highlighting that Chhattisgarh is a resource-rich state with immense potential for creating high-value enterprises, the Hon’ble Minister, Shri Kawasi Lakhma advised Dr. Shukla to meet Shri Manoj Kumar Pingua, Principal Secretary, Dept. of Commerce and Industries, Chhattisgarh, for further discussions. Dr. Shukla’s interactions with Shri Pingua focused on drawing a road map for entrepreneurial growth in the state.

To raise awareness on entrepreneurship among stakeholders in the region of Chhattisgarh, EDII hosted a panel discussion on the topic ‘Promoting Entrepreneurship in Chhattisgarh.’ Vice-Chancellors of Universities, Directors of various educational institutions and representatives from corporations, incubation centers and Government Ministries, attended the event. It was highlighted that in order to promote entrepreneurship, it is required to create an environment for fostering interdependence among institutions for resource sharing and mentorship, resulting in increased exposure and opportunities for prospective start-ups and MSMEs to launch and grow their businesses. EDII is aligning its plans and mission with the discussions and ideas that emerged from the interactions.

Dr. Sunil Shukla at the panel discussion with Vice-Chancellors of Universities, Directors of various educational institutions and representatives from corporations, incubation centres and Government Ministries