JAMMU: The bootcamp campaign of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) under Start-up Policy-J&K on Thursday concluded with its last programme in Poonch.
The last bootcamp for Jammu division was held at Government Degree College, Poonch in which 250 students besides the faculty participated. District officers of different line departments were also present on the occasion, a handout read.
The bootcamp was conducted by JKEDI start-up team. The programme started with an overview of the activities of JKEDI by the district team, Poonch. Sheikh Fayaz, Innovation Consultant, JKEDI delivered a presentation on the need and history of innovation. He discussed the need for innovation since times immemorial. Syeed Firdous, Project Manager discussed various aspects of JKEDI Startup Policy- 2018.District Nodal Officer, Poonch, Faheem Mir and Iqbal Ali, Assistant Faculty coordinated the programme.
The programme was followed by an idea pitching session wherein the students were briefed with some of the existing problems by the innovation consultant and the solutions were sought from the students.
The bootcamp campaign began earlier on January 31, 2019 from ITI Samba followed Kathua, Udhampur, Kishtwar, Doda, Reasi, Jammu, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch. 10 boot camps were organised in which more than 2000 youth from ITIs, polytechnic colleges and degree colleges participated. During these programmes JKEDI received over 500 business ideas from the participants, read thehandout.
In the next phase, JKEDI will screen the ideas received. The potential as well as innovative ideas will be considered for upscaling at JKEDI Incubation Centre, Jammu. JKEDI and the innovative idea givers will work jointly to refine them further.
The main objective of organising the bootcamps was to bring mass awareness about the start-up policy and to inculcate the spirit of innovation among the youth and give a flip to the conversion of innovative ideas into profitable business ventures. The campaign also aimed at creating an ecosystem wherein the creative thought process will be appreciated.
During these programmes, JKEDI also attempted to identify the problems vis-a-vis traditional industrial sector, agriculture and horticulture, etc. in all 10 districts of Jammu division. The institute is now going to launch the bootcamp campaign in Kashmir division.
“JKEDI shall collaborate with all educational and research institutes for collective nurturing of start-up ecosystem in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” it read.