Government Projects / Initiatives

Programmes For The Disadvantaged Sections Of Society


Under support of National SC-ST Hub (NSSH) Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Govt. Of India, EDII conducts 4-week Entrepreneurship Development Programmes for SC/ST youth. The programmes cover the states of  Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Assam.


These one-month programmes train the participants in all aspects of setting up and managing their enterprise including selection of business opportunity, information and mentoring on new technologies, market research, government schemes, skill development, project report preparation and preparing financial accounts. The participants are exposed to several networking opportunities and field experiences so that they can strengthen their skills by imbibing practical knowledge. The participants develop entrepreneurial competencies and gain in-depth understanding on business opportunity guidance, business plan preparation, and enterprise launching. Soft-skill development and achievement motivation training were also areas that they were strengthened in.

Under support from National SC-ST Hub (NSSH) Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Govt. Of India, thematic programmes have been launched with the objective of upscaling the SC/ST sections of society so that they become employable and impart sustainability to their chosen livelihood option.  Training is imparted in the areas


  • Financial Management
  • Developing Entrepreneurial Soft Skills
  • Entrepreneurship Development Programme
  • Marketing and Branding for Small Business
  • Digital Marketing

Cities and districts across the the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam and Kerala, are covered.

To build the entrepreneurial potential of the youth of Gujarat’s SC community, EDII under the aegis of Directorate of Scheduled Caste Welfare, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of Gujarat conducts Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) and Small Industries Management Assistants Programme (SIMAPs). While the objective of EDPs is to train youths to set up own enterprises, SIMAP readies them to perform their role as Management Assistant in MSMEs.

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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Aspirational Districts Embrace Entrepreneurship

Under the Government of India’s policy initiative for inclusive development and rapid transformation of 115 backward districts across the country, EDII has been entrusted by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India to conduct short-term Entrepreneurship Sensitization and Development Programmes (ESDP) in 40 districts across the country.

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NIMAT Project

As the National Implementing & Monitoring Agency for Training (NIMAT), sponsored by NSTEDB, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, the Institute has been conducting a series of programmes to promote and strengthen S&T entrepreneurship among youth, thus strengthening S&T entrepreneurship in educational institutions.

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Bihar Skill Development

Bihar Skill Development Programme

‘Kushal Yuva Program’ launched by Bihar Skill Development Mission (BSDM) aims at enhancing Soft Skills among youths in the age group of 15-25 years, who have cleared class 10th or class 12th or have dropped out of formal education and are looking for jobs.

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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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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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