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Entrepreneurs are unique: TU VC

By Correspondent

TEZPUR, March 5 - Sampark, the annual industry-academia interface event of the Department of Business Administration, Tezpur University kicked off on March 3 with a presentation of Business-Idea Challenge, lectures by noted guests, varied sessions on startups and entrepreneurship.

It needs mention that this is the 17th edition of Sampark and jointly organised with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and North Eastern Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi) with the theme �Parivartan � Towards Entrepreneurial Mindset,� and to encourage students from NE region towards entrepreneurial mindset. A Pioneering Business Idea Challenge 2017 was organised as a part of the event.

Naveen Verma, Secretary, DoNER, Government of India, attending the event as chief guest said that to promote entrepreneurship, a healthy eco-system needs to be created where students may feel inspired to follow the path of entrepreneurship. �People who are risk takers, they can only succeed in the long run.� Verma said and stressed the importance on indigenous industries such as bamboo, handloom and betel nut as enterprises and said that the DoNER keeps a tab on various activities going on the region, both at the micro and macro level.

Speaking on the occasion, as guest of honour B Paul Muktieh, CMD, NEDFi informed that to encourage local small entrepreneurs of North East India, loan up to Rs 1 crore is given. �Besides financing, the corporation also offers mentoring services to promote entrepreneurship,� he mentioned.

Addressing the gathering, Prof Mihir K Chaudhuri, Vice Chacellor, Tezpur University put forward few success mantras for potential entrepreneurs. He said that entrepreneurs are unique and occupy respectable position in society because they not only produce wealth but also position themselves as role models for others.

The event has an interesting line-up of speakers giving lectures this year. The first day saw young entrepreneurs like Ravi Rajan, NASSCOM 10000 Startups, Samrat Deka, director, SRD group, Aurvind Lama, founder, amongst many others sharing their valuable inputs.

Various informative sessions ranging from Act East Policy to financing and credit were also held on the first day to motivate the students and potential entrepreneurs. These sessions were attended by established entrepreneurs and prominent start-ups. A session, chaired by CMD, NEDFi and other heads of noted funding agencies of north eastern region also clarified various queries of the prospective entrepreneurs and start-ups.

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