In an effort to generate employment opportunities and develop a sense of entrepreneurship among African students, a two-day workshop-cum-seminar was organised by Sharda University in association with All India Management Association and the ministry of external affairs on Thursday.
The workshop, called ‘Don’t hunt for the Job - Be your own Boss’, was focussed on teaching management skills to African students living in Greater Noida. Of the 1,500 African students enrolled in Sharda University in Knowledge Park, 200 students took part in the seminar.
“Africa’s development has been impressive in the past few years. Despite going through a long period of turmoil, the continent is now progressing in the fields of education, innovation and women empowerment. There is no dearth of resources in African nations and it is evident by the fact that Indian companies have invested $36 million over there,” said Dr Raj Agarwal, director, All India Management Association.
The African students were trained through the day by various entrepreneurs, management gurus and professors. On the second day of the workshop, they will be taken for a trip to incubation centres of the National Small Industries Corporation. The participating students will also share their ideas for entrepreneurship.
The seminar comes in the wake of the racial attacks against Africans living in Greater Noida in the last week of February. Multiple incidents of attacks against Africans were reported after the death of a 17-year- old student Manish Khari, allegedly due to drug overdose.
The ongoing seminar is one of the several initiatives taken by administration and educational institutes to create goodwill among local residents and African students.
“With this seminar, we have tried (for) a new beginning in the friendship between India and Africa. A total of 1,500 students study in our university and we are committed to help them shape a future,” said Dr Ashok Pathak, dean, school of business studies, Sharda University.