‘Govt Committed To Encourage Entrepreneurship In Far Flung Areas’

KUPWARA- A one-day Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme (EAP) was Saturday organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) in collaboration with the Government Degree College at Kupwara.

Director, JKEDI, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat presided over the event.

The awareness programme was organized by JKEDI as part of its efforts to create mass awareness among the educated youth in the border and far flung areas of J&K about the realities of the labour market in the Union Territory and the scope for entrepreneurship and self-employment across various sectors.

This programme is intended to identify and network eligible candidates so that they can take advantage of different government schemes for entrepreneurship development after proper registration and screening.

In his address, Director JKEDI discussed the current economic situation of the UT and how entrepreneurship can revolutionize J&K’s development. Innovation and value addition are essential to traditional businesses.

He said the Institute will reach every area of the UT, regardless of how far flung and Government is committed to developing remote, border and far flung areas of the UT.

“In order to be a successful individual, one must be his or her own boss and simultaneously create employment opportunities for others. The government may not be able to provide job opportunities to all, but one should view this as a positive and search for other options and there is nothing better than entrepreneurship,” said Ajaz Ahmad Bhat.

Senior faculty members of JKEDI also participated in the event and spoke about various activities and initiatives of the Institute.

District Nodal Officer, Aijaz Ali, gave a detailed presentation about the achievements of the Institute. Dr. Meiraj Ud Din Bhat, In Charge Training, enumerated different opportunities available to the youth. Dr. Naila Khanday, In Charge CWE, spoke about the importance of women entrepreneurship and its challenges.

Various other initiatives were also discussed like the J&K Startup Policy and different employment-related Government schemes available to the youth of the UT.

Later, Director, JKEDI distributed certificates to female entrepreneurs from district Kupwara who had recently completed a 10-Day Entrepreneurship Development Programme.

Mohammad Shafi Lone, Principal GDC Kupwara, Prof. G.R. Ganaie, Mudasir Sikandar, Functional Manager, DIC, Dr. Altaf Peerzada from Sheep Husbandry Department, Iftikhar Ahmad, Horticulture Development Officer, Arif Ahmad Khan, Communication Officer, JKEDI, Mohsin Abrar, Assistant Faculty, JKEDI, staff members of GDC and hundreds of students were present on the occasion.

16 Tejaswini Scheme Aspirants Trained At JKEDI Budgam

As many as 16 self-employment aspirants completed their training on Saturday under Tejaswini scheme of Mission Youth at JKEDI, Budgam.

The Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) was held at Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) District Centre, Budgam with effect from October 25 to November 05 in which 16 women aspirants within the age group of 18-35 years were trained for self-employment and entrepreneurship development.

The candidates were trained for services and agri-allied activities under the Tejaswini-the Radiant scheme of the Mission Youth J&K. The training program based on simulations lasted for 10 days and the trainees were provided basic business training to help them establish small business ventures like retail outlets, shawl embroidery, pharma, readymade garments, boutiques, salons, electrical good, provisional stores, pashmina weaving in different areas of Budgam district.

The trained youth hailed from Beerwah, Chadoora, Soibugh, Sebdan, Magam etc, areas of the district.

A field-visit of the trainees to the successful business ventures in Budgam district was also part of the training program.

Officials from the J&K Bank and District Employment and Counseling Centre, Budgam and Labour Department were invited as guest faculty to brief the trainees about different facets of the livelihood generation scheme.

An interaction and experience sharing of a successful entrepreneur was also part of the program to motivate these young aspirants towards self-employment.

The program was coordinated by JKEDI District Centre, Budgam while the training was imparted by a team of trainers including Waseem Raja, Assistant Faculty and Fahim-Ud-Din Malik, APM.

Tejaswini scheme is a customized livelihood generation scheme for women within the age group of 18-35 years with a minimum qualification of 10th pass and above.

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