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Sowing seeds of entrepreneurship at school-level will help create healthy startup ecosystem: Director JKEDI

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PULWAMA: Continuing its efforts towards creating a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem, Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) today organized an Entrepreneurship Orientation Programme (EOP) for the students of Girls Higher Secondary School (GGHSS) Pampore.

The programme was organized by JKEDI as part of its efforts to create mass awareness among the educated youth of J&K, especially the school-going students about the scope for entrepreneurship and self-employment across various sectors.

“JKEDI is committed to creating a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem and I believe that strategic interventions among the young students of the Union Territory will provide benefits in the future,” said Director, JKEDI, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat. “We will continue to organize such short-term training and orientation programs for the youth across the UT, including the remote and tribal area,” he added.

Senior faculty members of JKEDI coordinated the event and spoke about various activities and initiatives of the Institute. Dr. Nyla Khanday, In Charge Centre for Women Entrepreneurship, gave a detailed presentation about the Institute and its role. She enumerated different opportunities available to the youth and also spoke about the importance of entrepreneurship and its challenges.

Imtiyaz Ahad Malla, Associate Project Manager, JKEDI discussed opportunities available under the J&K Startup Policy. In an elaborate presentation, he spoke about the help provided by the Government for aspiring entrepreneurs. Faculty members of JKEDI, Dr. Sameer Jan and Agha Wahid also spoke on the occasion and apprised the students about the challenges and charms of entrepreneurship.

The program provided an insight into the world of entrepreneurship to the participating students and acknowledged the fact that there is a need to mold young minds towards entrepreneurship. Educational institutions including schools and colleges are the best places to induce positive mindset change toward choosing entrepreneurship as a viable career option.

Later, the students also visited various facilities available at the Institute including the incubation centre. They were also apprised of benefits to the startups registered under the J&K Startup Policy. The students were accompanied by the teachers of the school.

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