Though the State government had targeted 1,000 entrepreneurs to be trained under the New Entrepreneur-cum-Enterprise Development Scheme (NEEDS) for the year 2012-13, only 200 could be identified as many do not possess basic skills.
Hence a course on entrepreneurship should be included in the academic curriculum in colleges and universities so that potential entrepreneurs could be developed, K. Paneerselvam, Additional Director, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Chennai said here on Thursday.
Speaking at the inauguration of a two-day workshop on ‘Nurturing Entrepreneurship’ for Entrepreneurship Development Cell Coordinators of affiliated colleges of Periyar University, Salem, Mr. Paneerselvam said that under the scheme, educated youth will be given entrepreneur training and provided a loan between Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 1 crore with a capital subsidy of 25 per cent.
“But youths with certain basic skills are found lacking and the physical target could not be met,” he said.
He added that educational institutions have the responsibility to strengthen student’s capacity to make them employable and asked students to utilise various schemes offered by the State and Central government to become entrepreneurs.
Under the Tamil Nadu Skill Development Mission, 20,000 students from 64 Government Arts and Science Colleges were selected and they would be trained in entrepreneurial skills.
“The programme is in the implementation stage,” he said. “Another programme, district-wise focus on building entrepreneurs is in the planning stage,” he added.
Dr. K. Muthuchelian, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said that the Entrepreneurship-cum-Skill Development Centre (PU-EDSC) will link university with industry and society, which in turn will help students to be job-creators rather than job-seekers.
“The centre has invited proposal from the affiliated colleges of the university to submit proposals for conducting entrepreneurship awareness programmes for their students,” he added.
Dr. R. Jayaraman, Member Secretary, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (Tamil Nadu), Madurai, said that youth have the potential to discover opportunities and called upon more youths to become entrepreneurs.
N. Rajendhiran, Director of the centre, coordinators of the cell from various colleges participated.