GUWAHATI, Sept 21 - The Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), in collaboration with the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Regional Centre Chandigarh, organised a four-day capacity-building programme on entrepreneurship development for the National Youth Volunteers of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) at IIE, Guwahati here from September 17 to 20.
A total of 28 youths from five districts of Assam � Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Darrang, Nagaon and Morigaon � participated in the programme.
The objective of the programme was to identify and enhance the potential and hone the entrepreneurial skills of the participants and to provide them with a comprehensive understanding of entrepreneurship and its potential in generating employment and poverty elevation. The programme also emphasised providing the participants information about available government policies and schemes to support start-ups and to enable them to implement the activities and strategies learnt from the workshop in their own groups/communities.
During the inauguration of the programme on the IIE campus, Dr. Abhijit Sharma, Director, IIE, focused on the need of entrepreneurial initiatives and suggested that change comes with disruption of an old idea, ideology or technology. He motivated the participants to come up with new and innovative ideas and take up entrepreneurship as a career option.
Sheela Sharma, training associate, RGNIYD RC, Chandigarh, gave a brief introduction of RGNIYD and also discussed how the problems of unemployment and underemployment hamper the growth of the young generation. She described the need for entrepreneurship development in the present-day context and also highlighted the role of RGNIYD in that regard.
Achintya Kumar Baruah, course director, gave a brief note on the distinctive role of IIE on entrepreneurship development. He emphasised that the programme would equip the participants with skills and tools required for starting their own enterprises and would help the participants disseminate knowledge to their neighbourhood and community.