SRINAGAR: The inaugural lecture session of International Skill and Upskilling Programme for startups was held at Srinagar on Thursday.
According to a statement issued here, the first lecture was delivered by Allison Holliwell, Chief Strategy Officer, AVPN on the theme “Social Enterprise: Tools of Success”.
The prominent local entrepreneurs like Tariq Ahmed, owner, Amigos Ltd, Adnan, proprietor, Fashion Fiesta Ltd, Adil Mir, owner, Pureweave Ltd & Adil Nisar, Assistant Vice President, HDFC Bank interacted with the participants and shared their experiences.
The programme aims to skill and upskill startups in different aspects of entrepreneurship development and is being organized by J&K Skill Development Mission (JKSDM) in partnership with BRIDGE International.
“It is the first of its kind, programme in J&K wherein budding startups will be directly interacting with global industry experts and gaining information on different vision and strategies which can be put into use by these startups for scaling up their venture,” the statement said.
Director, Technical Education Department, Anoo Malhotra, Mission Director, J&K Skill Development Mission Dr Peer GN Suhail, Financial Advisor, Technical Education Department Kulbhushan Kumar, Chief Accounts Officer, Education Department Irfan Ahmed and Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department, Shahnawaz Bukhari were also present on the occasion.
This fully sponsored 12-week long programme is being taught by 10 internationally acclaimed industry experts from various countries.
“Apart from regular hard skills training, the Mission Directorate is striving to inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship among the youth so that they can become employers instead of employees”, said a JKSDM official.
“This is for the first time senior management executives of (multinational companies) MNC’s will be providing end to end solutions to startups in J&K and equip them with vision and strategy to promote their business”, he said.
Tariq Ahmed, owner, Amigos Ltd, on the occasion said that he is hopeful that sharing of his individual journey and experience will help these upcoming entrepreneurs in scaling up their business.
“Knowledge sharing is important so that individuals who don’t have access to quality information and resources can benefit through these long distance programs”, said Allison Holliwell, Chief Strategy Officer, AVPN.
“It was a wonderful and learning experience of interacting with an international industry expert and I am looking forward for the following sessions of the program,” said Gazanfar, a budding entrepreneur.
In order to promote skill & entrepreneurship development in the state, JKSDM has been organizing various youth development programs in collaboration with various skilling, upskilling and meta-skilling programs in collaboration with national and multinational organizations.