A three-week long Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) was launched yesterday at Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir, to promote self-employment in the area. The event is being conducted at the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute and the Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE), with 182 aspiring entrepreneurs enrolled for the programme.
Under the programme, candidates will receive entrepreneurial training and guidance from the Seed Capital Fund Scheme (SCFS) and the Youth Startup Loan Scheme (YSLS) of the J&K Government. This will include everything from lessons on basic business techniques to guidance from sector-specific specialists, along with industrial visits and interaction with celebrated and successful entrepreneurs from all over the country.
The participants have been selected from several different areas spanning the length and breadth of Kashmir. While 147 candidates are taking part in the EDP at the main campus of the Institute, 35 women candidates are receiving training at the CWE.
The programme will cover a varied range of business activities selected by the participants, including the likes of commercial floriculture, fashion designing, adventure tourism, play way schools, beauty salons, and trading, to name a few. Additionally, many participants have also signed up for training on business activities under agro-allied sectors.
In order to further encourage self-employment ventures, the institute will also train them in a diverse range of business development services, and handhold them through the many steps of their entrepreneurial journey, until their business ventures are launched successfully.