Entrepreneurship programme seeks to ignite startup spirit among arts students

Coimbatore: In order to nurture entrepreneurial talent of students in government arts and science colleges across Tamil Nadu, Entrepreneurship Development And Innovation Institute (EDII), , is conducting one-day entrepreneurship awareness programmes.
EDII, which was set up in 2001 to cater to industrial training needs primarily, has been reaching out to educational institutions for the past two years. The programme, titled ‘Academic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Programme’ was started this financial year, said RV Shajeevana, additional director of EDII. She was in the city to participate in the programme held at the Government Arts and Science College on Monday.

“We would cover 88 government colleges this year. In every college, we address about 120 final-year students, who wanted to be entrepreneurs. Of these, we expect at least seven or eight students to go to the next stage. We would gather such students from every region and would hold a three-day programme for them,” said Shajeevana.

The three-day programme would involve speakers such as entrepreneurs, industrialists and professionals from the banking sector. “Through that programme, we seek to educate students on preparing reports and pitching business ideas. We also aim to expose them to opportunities in industry and also the expectations of banks when they apply for loans,” she said.

While EDII had been working with technical institutions, the aim to reach out to arts colleges was to make students aware of their versatile potential. “Arts students can assist technical startups and also can start service startups,” Shajeevana added.

EDII has also been conducting programmes for technical institutions as startup action plans.

Several students, who attended the programme said that were interested in starting agri-based startups.

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