Wednesday, June 2, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Training programme for Dalit entrepreneurs

Training programme for Dalit entrepreneurs

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 02 Jun 2010 04:45:08 AM ISTLast
Updated : 02 Jun 2010 10:28:31 AM IST

CHENNAI: A monthlong residential entrepreneur development programme
was launched on Tuesday to nurture 25 Dalit entrepreneurs and help
them take part in the economic growth of the country.

Chief Secretary K S Sripathy, who inaugurated the programme, said
about 50 entrepreneurs have enrolled for the pilot programme, which
included 25 Dalits and the rest from other communities.

Hailing the initiative taken by the Indian Institute of Technology in
organising such programmes, he said this would develop
entrepreneurship skills among youngsters.

P K Mohapatra, chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry - Southern
Region, said the CII would provide specialised training to those who
had enrolled themselves in the training programme and wish to become
an entrepreneur. It would also facilitate their internship to provide
them with muchneeded exposure about the industry, he added.

He said with per capita income of India touching $1,000, the nation
had graduated from a lowincome country to a middleincome country.

Hailing the role of the State government in empowering Dalits, he said
two months ago, the CII conducted a detailed research in south India
and found out that about 16.5 per cent of Dalits were employed in
private firms. "This is due to wide exposure to formal education,"
Mohapatra said.

Mohapatra said there were plans to cover 1,000 students annually.
Fifty applicants out of 300 were selected from 50 colleges.

Ma Foi Management Consultants founder and MD K Pandia Rajan
highlighted how Dalits were emerging as successful entrepreneurs. He
stressed on the five mantras to become a successful entrepreneur -
ideas and marketing, operations management, identity for the firm,
tenacity and cocreation.

Vishwanath Shegaonkar, principal secretary of Adi Dravida and Tribal
Welfare Department, said 19 per cent of the population in State were
Scheduled Castes and one per cent Scheduled Tribes. "Currently, the
State government is spending Rs 25 crore for conducting various
training programme for 20,000 Dalits and Rs 10 crore for BCs and MBCs.
This training will help students understand the intricacies of
business," he said.

A team comprising successful businesspersons, managementtrained
facilitators and mentors will groom the participants. Thirty
entreprenuers have confirmed to take sessions and coach the budding

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