A district-level workshop on social entrepreneurship based vocational training was organised in CGC Landran by Mahatma Gandhi National Council for Rural Education (MGNCRE), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education.
The event was aimed at promoting student entrepreneurship with the larger objective of skilling youth in Higher Education Institutions for employability.The workshop was attended by 60-plus participants comprising faculty from ten-plus institutions from across Punjab.
The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Sh. Rajinder Singh (IPS) Retd. DGP Punjab in the presence of Mr Samarth Sharma, Consultant MGNCRE, Ministry of Education, Government of India, Mr Himanshu Jha, Director, Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation, Dr. P.N. Hrisheekesha Campus Director CGC Landran and other dignitaries.
Mr Samarth Sharma, Consultant MGNCRE, Ministry of Education, Government of India conducted the workshop. Interacting with the participants, he highlighted the importance of inculcating skills in students which would not just make them effective entrepreneurs but also valuable contributors in social development and upliftment.
Mr Sharma also enumerated the steps that HEIs could follow to engage with students and encourage them to become entrepreneurs thereby enhancing their employability skills. These steps include forming small teams of Student Self Help Groups under the guidance of select faculty members, selecting an interesting business activity promoting their product/business, selling their products in identified areas followed by documenting these efforts with pictures and analysis.
He reiterated the government’s support to these initiatives and urged all HEIs to actively engage with their students through institutional cells focused on promoting entrepreneurship.Appreciating this initiative by the Ministry of Education, Sh. Rajinder Singh underlined the importance of documentation and having an effective feedback mechanism in place, which could go a long way in making the on-ground implementation of programmes successful.
He gave examples from his tenure in service as an IPS officer to underline the significance of the same. The event concluded with a question answer session, poster release by the dignitaries and the formal vote of thanks by the organisers.