A batch of 49 aspiring entrepreneurs Friday passed out from Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) after completing three-week training programme at Ratnipora, Pulwama.

“The candidates were trained under self-employment component of Himayat scheme implemented by JKEDI, a path breaking initiative of Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, aimed at providing entrepreneurial skills for sustainable livelihood to youth of J&K and facilitate access to finance and support services,” an institute statement said this evening.

The three-week Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) was conducted at Block Employment Resource Centre for Youth (BERCY), Ratnipora, Pulwama.

“The training program was modelled for manufacturing and services sector, wherein the aspiring entrepreneurs had chosen various innovative and modern activities to start their entrepreneurial journey. Activities like bee-keeping, poultry rearing, Sheep and dairy farming, manufacturing, retail shops, departmental stores and boutiques are worth to mention,” the statement said.

Naseer Ahmad, the statement said, who aspires to own a readymade garments shop said, “the EDP has been a wonderful learning process and the designed curriculum has practical approach towards business.”

As part of training programme the participants hailing from Pulwama district were deputed for field visit and market survey as well. “The educational qualification of most of the candidates varied from 8th to 11th standard within the age group of 18 to 35 years,” the statement added.

Another aspiring entrepreneur Aijaz Ahmad also hailed the trainers of the EDP and said the training has become an eye opener, where he learnt new traits of business. “I want to thank the staff for being helpful and generous,” he Said.

The EDP is part of institute’s on-going process to reach every nook and corner of the state and equip unemployed youth with life sustainable business skills.

The EDP was aimed at providing lessons on skill development, performance improvement as well as business cum sector specific and self-development training to the participating youth.


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