SRINAGAR: A fresh batch of 56 aspiring entrepreneurs, including six girls, on Thursday completed the three-week Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) at Pampore campus of the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI).
“The batch comprising of young educated boys and girls were trained under self-employment component of Himayat scheme…an initiative of Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, implemented by JKEDI,” the Institute said in a release issued here.
It said the EDP, which started on August 6, was “modeled for manufacturing and services sector”. The aspiring entrepreneurs, it said, have chosen “innovative activities” to start their entrepreneurial journey.
“I have previous experience of business but with this type of proactive and practical participatory method of training, I have developed self belief and a vision,” Mushtaq Ahmad Ahanger, an aspiring entrepreneur from the batch, was quoted as saying in the statement.
Another entrepreneur Rumaisa was quoted as saying: “I am indebted to JKEDI for giving me an opportunity to be part of the training programme. Today I am feeling confident that I would be financially independent in future.”
As part of training programme, the participants, hailing from different districts of the Valley, were sent on field visits and market survey, JKEDI said.
The programme was aimed at providing lessons on skill development and performance improvement, it said, adding the aspiring entrepreneurs were trained in business cum sector-specific and self-development.
The trained youth will now be provided financial assistance to help them start their business ventures, it said.