DST inculcates entrepreneurship spirit in MCKVIE
Citing the 'Upanishad', the chief guests at the inaugural ceremony of the 3 day Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp (EAC) held from Feb 6-8, sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), West Bengal, held at the MCKV Institute Of Engineering (MCKVIE) on Thursday, urged the budding students of engineering to 'wake up and rise' to the emerging prominence of entrepreneurship. The dignitaries present on the occasion included R Chattopadhyay, West Bengal Minister-in-charge, DST; Amiya Kumar Kalidaha, Senior Scientist Officer, DST; R.P. Banerjee, Director (EIILM); Parashar Bandopadhyay, Principal, (MCKVIE) and K. K. Kejriwal, Managing Trustee, (MCKVIE). In his inaugural speech, K K Kejriwal said that entrepreneurship is built with motivation, passion with technological pillar providing the strength to shape innovations in the current industrial scenario.
He said that in the 3 days camp starting from of Feb 6, the students will get to understand business plans, preparation, presentation and experience live industry visit.
Parashar Bandopadhyay said that the Medium and Small Scale Industries (MSME) contributes 8 percent of India's GDP, 45 percent of manufactured output and 36 percent of export, indicating MSME to be the nursery for entrepreneurship and engine of growth.
Amiya Kumar Kalidaha mentioned that DST has organized 30 such camps with the core purpose of providing students of engineering with positive input from resource partners and faculty members along with the government policies in case of subsidies, licensing etc.
He added that the 3 days program will comprise of an interactive session after the inaugural session on the first day, interactive session with bankers, venture capitalists and factory visit on the second day and a success story regarding building of an enterprise by a former MCKVIE student, followed by presentation submission by students.
R. P. Banerjee, citing the example of Satya Nadilla, a glorifying manager entrepreneur, said that entrepreneurship requires strength of mind and confidence to accept risk.
R. Chattopadhyay discussed the pivoting role of science and technology in the socio-economic development of rural mass through focus on E.D.P programme.
After the inaugural session, an interactive session followed, presided by R.P. Banerjee who introduced the participants to the concept of business plan, pros and cons of being an entrepreneur, motivation through innovation, idea and creativity and the Intellectual Property Rights.
(Posted on 06-02-2014)