The change in the entrepreneurial scenario in the 21st century, along with structural reforms in the Indian economy, has necessitated specific efforts to make the transition from a highly regulated policy regime to an internationally competitive Indian industry. The future entrepreneurs in the 21st century, therefore, will have to prepare themselves for global level entrepreneurship and “innovation” will play a key role in wealth creation and making the country technologically superior, in turn, leading to economic and political supremacy.
In this era of start-ups, it is necessary to train the faculty for inculcating entrepreneurial spirit in students, so as to lead them towards self employment/entrepreneurship which will cultivate a student group to be “job creators” rather than “job seekers”, once they come out of the education system. For which, one of the constraints is the lack of adequate and professionally trained faculty members who can carry out this task effectively in S&T institutions. The earlier experience suggests that faculty members/teachers themselves have not been adequately entrepreneurial in their efforts.
It is in this context that our centre, ICECD, offers a program to develop the skills and capabilities of S&T faculty/other teachers for effective promotion and teaching of entrepreneurship in our country amongst S&T institutions and other educational institutes/colleges/universities.
Based on successful research and practical experiences in developing entrepreneurs, our institute has developed an effective approach and efficient training modules to enable teachers to initiate the process of developing successful entrepreneurs. The institute aims to share this expertise and skill through training of trainer’s program on both national and international levels which has yielded very encouraging results.
ICECD has already conducted such Teachers/Faculty training programs at national level and has trained 59 faculties at national level and 210 school teachers at state level, especially those dealing with vocational courses.
With the overall objective of providing a new career opportunity in entrepreneurship to students, the program has the following specific sub-objectives:
- To support and strengthen capability of Faculty/Teachers of S&T and other educational institutes/ colleges/ universities and agencies for initiating and implementing entrepreneurship teaching, especially for women
- To provide knowledge, skills and tools to the faculty regarding effective curriculum, approach, methodology and strategies for effective teaching of entrepreneurship to students
- To assist and help faculty/institutions in organizing seminars, workshops and promotional programs for spreading awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities effectively to wider areas
The program will synthesize practical experience with conceptual and theoretical inputs essential for developing successful entrepreneurship.
- Entrepreneurship Development: Historical evolutions. The Conceptual framework and Indian/international experiences/global challenges
- Effective promotion of Entrepreneurship as career through sensitization workshop as well as different promotional modules
- Socio-cultural and gender issues in developing entrepreneurship
- Identification of viable project opportunity and feasibility study
- Curriculum development for entrepreneurship courses and programs
- Entrepreneurship Development: effective teaching skills and knowledge to develop entrepreneurial and motivational competencies, business planning and management skills amongst students
- Participatory training methodologies, skills to use teaching aids and how to develop materials like case studies, video films and field assignments
- Support available to entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurship Development Program and creating effective linkages with institutions
- Institutional and organizational prerequisites, coordination, evaluation and monitoring
The training program is participatory and practical. The formal training sessions will include case studies, audio-visuals, field work and assignments, simulation exercises, lectures, discussions and counseling. Interactions and visits to successful entrepreneurs and other support institutions will be organized. It will also provide opportunities to participants to test their acquired skills. Participants will be given guidelines to formulate their ideas to be implemented in their institutions through future action plans.
Faculty members of S&T and other educational institutes/colleges/universities from any part of India may be nominated for the program. A list of probable institutions is as follows:
- Entrepreneurship Development Cells/ departments in institutes
- Women’s Polytechnic Institutes or Science Colleges for women
- Non-Govt. or Govt. polytechnics and technical vocational institutions
- Technical Teachers Training Institutes (TTTIs)
- Other S&T and educational institutes/colleges/universities planning for entrepreneurship courses
- Technology and Research institutes
Duration: 2 Weeks