It is one of the former scholastic/intellectual departments of ni-msme, continued with additional responsibilities in the globalised market environment. MSME development generally refers to facilitating progress in the economy and generation of employment by enhancing business development services, and establishing a conducive legal, regulatory and policy environment. In this context, the School of Enterprise Development [SED] acts as a catalyst for dynamic, integrated change in Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) sector, looking strategically and optimistically towards the future challenges. The activities of the SED include programme evaluation studies, research projects, feasibility studies, potential surveys, rural enterprise promotion, backward area development, infrastructure development programme and project implementation for central and state governments, that advances an innovative and enterprise growth in the global and national scenario. On the international front, the SED provides a bridge between theory and practice of small business and MSE development by guiding/training the executives of MSME in formulation, development, implementation and evaluation of various facets of enterprise policy, with a focus to make the MSE sector more competitive in the global economic scene.

Besides imparting training to the officials, the experienced and well-known faculty of the school focus on economic surveys in the nature of diagnosing the industrial potential, networking with national and international agencies, and other research studies pertaining to government programmes /schemes and impact studies. The School of Enterprise Development functions through Centre for Enterprise Planning and Development (C-EPD), Centre for Policy Research (C-PR), National Resource Centre for Cluster Development (NRCD), ni-msme NGO Network (N-Cube) and Economic Investigation and Statistical Cell (EISC) in the areas of Cluster development, Employment Generation, and establishing synergy with related departments, which of late became the centres of excellence through focused attention for holistic development.

C-IPD

Balance and spread are the two crucial aspects of industrialisation. Overlooking these aspects has led to regional imbalance and wide belts of rural and urban poverty. At the C-IPD, continuous effort is made to reduce the gravity of this situation.

The focus of the centre is to make the SME sector more competitive in the global economic scene through integrated planning. To achieve this, the centre functions with an accent on promoting enterprise development programmes specific to prioritised sector, including income generation, infrastructure and environmental management.

Apart from training, the activities of the centre include programme evaluation studies, research projects, feasibility studies, potential surveys, programme and project implementation for central and state governments, rural enterprise promotion and infrastructure development.

Centre for Policy Research (C- PR)

A sound policy base is what makes an economic venture thrive and flourish. The Centre primarily undertakes studies on the and ramifications of industrial policy and also other policy issues, which have a bearing on economic development.

The Center's focus is on networking with other countries and international agencies, monitoring changes and chalking out suggestions, to ensure the competitiveness of Indian industry through well directed planning to integrate with global economy. It also endeavours to help make technology application more pragmatic.

National Resource Centre for Cluster Development (NRCD)

To cater to the needs of the small enterprises in the country and to enable the SME sector to face the challenges of globalisation, the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) has launched Small Industry Cluster Development Programme. In this context, it was felt necessary to constitute a national level resource centre to promote cluster development in the country to pace the operations of small enterprises. The National Resource Centre for Cluster Development (NRCD) came into existence in January 2004, at ni-msme with the active support of the Development Commissioner (SSI), Government of India.

NRCD has executed three phases of training for 20 cluster development executives of SIDO and provided handholding and monitoring services during implementation. The centre also organised training programmes on cluster development for the officials of various state governments, support institutions, directors of SISIs, bank officials, NGOs, SFURTI officials. It had also organised training programme on cluster development for the officials sponsored by other countries. In addition, it is directly involved in implementation of cluster development initiatives in Crochet Lace cluster, Narsapur. At present, it is also implementing cluster development initiatives in two handloom clusters at Barabanki and Mubarakpur in UP.

The centre also has undertaken diagnostic study in 10 handicraft clusters sponsored by the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). NRCD has been selected as the Technical Agency for 21 clusters of KVIC under SFURTI, 7 clusters in handicrafts, as the implementing agency in 3 handicrafts clusters; and as the mentoring agency in the 2nd phase SIDO cluster development programme in 134 clusters.

The NRCD brings out a quarterly Newsletter (SSI Cluster News) and has published two volumes: viz.
1) SME Cluster Development A Training Manual,
2) Interventionary Instruments for Cluster Development A Handbook.

Economic Investigation and Statistical Cell (EISC)

Economic and statistical data play a crucial role in monitoring a nation s economy, even modeling enterprise promotion and development. The cell collects data at macro and micro levels in respect of SMEs and specific information pertaining to pilot (Production, imports, licensing, exports and technology) to support enterprise planning. The cell conducts economic surveys in the nature of industrial potential and diagnostic, and other research studies pertaining to government programmes/schemes and impart studies.

ni-msme NGO Network (N-Cube)

The SHG approach has received wide acceptance as effective strategy for empowerment of the vulnerable sections of society representing economically, physically and socially challenged groups such as unemployed youth, women, minorities and weaker sections. The logical extension of a well developed SHG network in a developing Economy is to link it to the Micro-finance for a sustainable enterprise development, Microfinance is considered to be an economic and social cohesive agent among members of SHGs for attaining better living standards through livelihoods. Recognizing the importance of the microfinance movement and its success, N-cube, ni-msme's NGO networking centre has taken up the theme as its Core activity. N-cube has been involved in conducting Training, undertaking research and consultancy assignments and organizing workshops at both national and international levels.