Entrepreneurship Development Programmes at Vijaywada

ni-msme had organised three Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) at Andhra Loyala Institute of Engineering and Technology, Vijayawada, sponsored by the DST: one general EDP, one women's EDP (WEDP), and one EDP for science and technology graduates (TEDP). A total of 90 candidates participated in these programmes, 30 in each of the programme. All the programmes were of 4 weeks duration except the TEDP in food processing, in which 2 weeks of additional industry experience will be provided to the participants to make them conversant with food processing industry. The objective of the programmes was to promote entrepreneurship among science and technology graduates.

During the inauguration Dr. N. Srinivasa Rao, Programme Coordinator outlined the input coverage and explained themethods of training like Micro Lab, Thematic Appreciation Test, Ring Toss, Achievement Planning and Tower Building, ZED scheme of DC-MSME and Motivation.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Shreekant Sharma, Programme Director for TEDP said that such programmes are best suited to fostering self-employment skills as they are more practical in nature. Food processing enterprises link agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors and retailers so as to ensure maximised value addition, minimised wastage, increase in farmers’ income and creation of employment opportunities particularly in rural sector. Interaction with successful entrepreneurs, bankers, CAs, Government officials, along with project work are intended to give the prospective entrepreneurs enough confidence to start their business in the days to come.

Rev. Fr. Dr. A. Francis Xavier, S.J., Secretary & Director, ALIET, who attended the inauguration, emphasised the need for entrepreneurship. Dr. O. Mahesh, Principal, ALIET; Rev. Fr. M.L. Thomas, S.J., Assistant Director, ALIET; Dr. Venkateswara Rao Podile, Professor, Department of Business Administration, ALIET; and Mr. N. Janardhana Rao, HoD, Department of Business Administration, ALIET also participated in the inauguration. The event was widely covered by the local media.

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