Not just job-seekers, Acharya Narendra Dev College in south Delhi is also churning out job creators. Students and others trained by the college’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (IEDC) have started at least six commercial enterprises in the past two years in fields as diverse as herbal cosmetics, food processing and electronics.
Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, IEDC aims to create a culture of entrepreneurship. “The idea is to empower students to convert their ideas into a product and create jobs,” said Savitri Singh, principal of the college.
The centre conducts two programmes: Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps (EACs) and Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs). “EACs motivate students to consider entrepreneurship as a career. These three-day camps include talks by successful entrepreneurs and factory visits,” said Vibha Gaur, co-coordinator, IEDC. The IEDC funds five innovative student projects every year.
The EDPs, on the other hand, are four- to six-week training programs for graduate outsiders and ex-students to develop entrepreneurship skills and convert their ideas into reality. “Through lectures, factory visits and talking to entrepreneurs, the participants learn the nitty gritty of entrepreneurship,” said Sanjay Vohra, co-coordinator, IEDC. It also helps participants find financial help.
These efforts have borne fruit as college students have started thinking seriously about starting their own enterprises. Rahul Verma, a 19-year-old second year student of B.Sc started an affiliate marketing venture one and a half months ago.
Graduates of the college’s B.Sc Computer Science programme Vishal Bhushan, Mohit Baluni and Prem Prasad are developing online education software on the lines of advanced classroom technology.