Entrepreneurship education gets going

The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Wadhwani Operating Foundation (WOF) signed two agreements recently for jointly developing and implementing entrepreneurship and skill development initiatives in the country, with the Pradhan Mantri Yuva scheme being the first joint effort in this regard.

The agreements were signed by Ms. Jyotsna Sitling, Joint Secretary in the Ministry, and Dr. Ajay Kela, Executive Director of the Bengaluru-based WOF.

The Pradhan Mantri Yuva scheme aims at providing online entrepreneurship education to about 15 lakh students across the country through 3,050 project institutes, consisting of institutions of higher learning, Industrial Training Institutes, and entrepreneurship development centres, both government and private.

The on-line entrepreneurship modules will be duly supplemented by the class-room-based experiential learning activities and practical exercises which will be facilitated by specially trained faculty of the educational institutions. The MSDE would also provide financial assistance to these institutions for different activities under the scheme, whose total outlay is Rs. 450 crore.

WOF, in its capacity of knowledge partner, is contributing software, content, faculty and field staff training and programme consulting services, free of cost to the government.

The primary objective of this scheme is to formally teach how to be an entrepreneur, and how to run a business. The courses are available in English and Hindi.

For details, connect with the Wadhwani Foundation, Subramanya Tech Park, EOIZ Industrial Area, Whitefield, Bengaluru-560066. (www.wfglobal.org). For more on effective eLearning courses for job-readiness, visit www.wfgsn.org.




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