The first Faculty Development Programme (FDP) under an MoU between Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad and Savitribai Phule Pune University’s – Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Enterprise (SPPU’s-CIIE), was launched today. The five-day programme is focused on “Building Start-ups & Innovation Centres” and aims at strengthening the fundamentals about creating an enterprise and fostering innovation among the teaching community. In August 2020, both the entities had joined hands to ensure that youths get trained and oriented towards and entrepreneurial career. As a part of this collaboration, Faculty Development Programmes will be conducted on a regular basis to deep root entrepreneurship and to ensure that there is a trained cadre of mentors and resource persons who can design and implement entrepreneurship-related interventions. This is the first programme in the series.
Addressing during the online inauguration of the event, Dr Milind Kamble, Founder Chairman- Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) and esteemed Board Member of EDII, said, “Creating a new enterprise in itself is quite overwhelming. And in the given situation, there are many apprehensions in an entrepreneurs’ mind. Hence, it is important to create a mechanism wherein potential and existing businesses can be guided through. For example, under the aegis of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat,’ there are several incentives and schemes for the revivification of MSME sector that need to be propagated among these stakeholders. In the last decade, India has shown that it can build a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem. Together our mandate should be to orient as many students as possible students towards choosing entrepreneurship as a career.”
With an aim to create a strong cadre of faculty who can mentor/train students on entrepreneurship, the programme will especially focus on driving in learning about the creative process of entrepreneurs and innovators, establishing and managing an enterprise, running startup engine in college, Ideation and so on.
Dr Nitin R. Karmalkar, Vice-Chancellor, SPPU, said, “With several government efforts and reforms in place, we can see how India is consistently progressing pace in the domains of start-ups and innovation, but alongside these initiatives, there is an unprecedented need for educating, skilling and orienting to take up leadership roles as owners of their business. I am sure this programme will go a long way in preparing our youths to become entrepreneurs by effectively harnessing all resources.”
Dr Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII, said, “In the present scenario, it is really important to strengthen the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Studies show that entrepreneurs who have been mentored or trained by professionals tend to have a higher success rate. Measured and timely guidance to enterprises at the early stage has proven benefits in the long run. Hence, we need to create an eco-system where enterprise creation is knowledge-driven and methodical.”
The five-day Faculty Development Programme for faculty members of institutions under will impart the teaching community an understanding of the critical aspects related to organizing Entrepreneurship Development programmes and mentoring students to adopt Entrepreneurship as a career.
In a bid to propagate entrepreneurship in society, and especially among students, over the last five months, EDII has struck partnerships with several reputed academic organisations in the country.