KATHUA: Asserting that present day technology and resources coupled with a problem solving mindset provides entrepreneurs a wider scope than ever before to confront problems faced by people, JKEDI Director, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat on Friday stressed upon the need to give fillip to women entrepreneurship.
“Empowered and financially independent women can turn to be successful leaders who can drive the economy of the UT” he said.
Bhat was speaking at an one-day Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme (EAP), organised by Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI), in collaboration with Government Degree College, Kathua.
The Director also inaugurated an Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) for young women in Kathua.
“We live in challenging times. We have seen how the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way we conduct our day to day activities. While these problems seem to be overwhelming, entrepreneurs have consistently found solutions to some of the biggest problems and are fighting at the forefront, “said Bhat.
The Director stressed on the need to widen public outreach by the Institute and help the youth to identify business opportunities other than the traditional ones. Innovation and value addition is the way forward, he added.
He assured the youth attending the program that the Institute will create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship development in the Union territory and will handhold the aspiring entrepreneurs. “The Government under the leadership of Lt. Governor, Manoj Sinha is committed to provide youth of the UT an opportunity to earn a dignified livelihood and JKEDI will vehemently carry forward this mission,” he added.
The Director also visited the district office in Kathua and inaugurated a 10-Day EDP for aspiring female entrepreneurs under Tejaswini Scheme. This scheme is an endeavor of Mission Youth. The candidates will undergo a training course with a focus on self-development, basic business skills, business and marketing plan formulation, account management, sector-specific technical inputs and will be apprised of all the formalities involved in setting up an enterprise. The aim of the programme is to help the candidates to be self-reliant and facilitate their capacity building.
Dr. Seema Malpotra, Vice Principal, GDC Kathua, Prof. Rakesh Singh, Convener, Career Counseling and Placement Cell, Prof. Raj Kiran, Associate Professor, Prof. Jaswinder Singh, Convener, IQAC, Vishal Ray, Regional Coordinator Jammu, JKEDI, Naresh Kumar, Assistant Director, DECC Kathua, Amit Sharma, District Nodal Officer, JKEDI Kathua, faculty members and students of the Degree College were present on the occasion.