MSME striving to build entrepreneurial culture in J&K

Participants attending training session in Srinagar on Thursday.

Srinagar: Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)-Technology Development Centre, Extension Centre Srinagar has organized various training and awareness sessions under the scheme ‘Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programme (ESDP) to build entrepreneurial culture in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mir Altaf Ahmad, Senior Consultant and In-charge of the Extension Centre, Srinagar analyzed the potential in youths of various districts in collaboration with respective officers of Deputy Commissioners and various heads of the districts.
Awareness to become a service provider rather than seeker was well manifested among the youths and budding entrepreneurs.
In this regard, one training programme was conducted in collaboration with district administration Kulgam to empower a group of 25 ladies under food processing and packaging activity.
Similarly, another Skill development programme for 25 youths in collaboration with district administration Bandipora through ITI Bandipora was held under the activity of Repair and Maintenance of Electrical Equipment and Computer Applications.
Besides one-week ‘Management Development Programme (MDP)’ was organized at DIC Pulwama and Budgam wherein capacity building training was provided to 25 industrial unit holders.
The programme also aimed at improving the decision-making capabilities to result in higher productivity and profitability of their enterprises with latest industrial management practices.
A two-day ‘Industrial Motivation Campaign’ programme was conducted in different districts of Kashmir for motivating the youths and entrepreneurs about the roles and schemes of Ministry of MSME.
The Kashmir region was exposed to the activities of MSME – Technology Development Centre (PPDC) to avail utmost available benefits for the uplift of the people and society.
The MSME Srinagar intends to expand the Extension Centres at various districts to involve artisans and common people to get various benefits through skill-based training and support to utilize high-end machinery. The process of setting up Extension Centre at Srinagar having project cost of Rs 20 crore is under active consideration to put the facilities like Incubation Hub, Intellectual Patent Facilitation Centre (IPFC), Workshops with CNC machinery.
Regarding skill development, more than 700 youths and budding entrepreneurs were given awareness and motivation through ‘Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programmes during the current year, so far.
Moreover, few skill development programmes on AUTOCAD, TALLY, Ms-Office has been provided at MSME Extension Centre, Sanat Nagar at a very nominal Course/Registration fee where about 60 participants have been trained.