GUWAHATI, Jan 30 � A Business incubation Centre on Ready-made Garment and Handloom was formally inaugurated by Union Minister for MSME, Kalraj Mishra at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) today.
The centre is an initiative of IIE, sponsored by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, to provide opportunity for holistic development of youths of the North-east through practical training and making them realize their full potential by building their capacities.
The centre was inaugurated by the Mishra in the presence of Director IIE, Head CIE, and senior official of IIE, among others.
While inaugurating the Centre, Mishra said, �The centre will develop leadership qualities and instil entrepreneurial abilities in the youths of the North-east and facilitate socio-economic development and growth of the nation.�
Mishra also said that IIE had been playing a pivotal role in imparting and promoting as well as providing training to the youth of the North-east and thus empower through their various initiatives like training on entrepreneurship development, skill building and promotion of cluster.
While welcoming the minister, the Director of IIE, Manoj Kumar Das expressed the hope that the centre would go a long way in empowering the youths in the handloom and textile sectors.
Dr. Sriparna B. Baruah, Head, Centre for Industrial Extension, outlined the objectives of the centre at the inaugural function. She said through the centre, an effort would be made not only to promote enterprises but also group entrepreneurship by linking entrepreneurs to various handloom Clusters in the region.
Earlier, the minister attended as chief guest the inaugural session of the North Eastern Region of MSME conclave 2015 held at IIE. Speaking on the occasion, Mishra highlighted the initiatives undertaken by the Government of India for promotion of entrepreneurship and the MSME sector in the North-east.
He specially emphasized on �Make in India� initiatives and its potential to change the economic scenario of the north-eastern region.
He also stressed on revamping the village and cottage industries in the region and creating an entrepreneur-friendly environment.
Later, officials of the MSME Ministry reviewed the status and progress of the implementation of Prime Minister�s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) scheme in the North-east.