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National Entrepreneurship Day 2018

Sri Atanu Saha at NED2018 at IASST- Guwahati
Sri Atanu Saha, Director(S&T), North East Council, as the chief guest of National Entrepreneurship Day2018 at IASST Guwahati

On 9th November 2018, ISVEC- IASST initiated celebration of National Entrepreneurship Day in collaboration with Assam institute of Management (AIM), at the auditorium of IASST, Guwahati.
The event was attended by around 100 people including entrepreneurs, students, faculty members, scientists, researchers and senior officials of MSME tool room. The students of Assam Institute of Management, under Guidance of Dr. Karabi Goswami, Asst.Prof, AIM and Dr. Mreeshi Agarwala, Asst. Prof., AIM also played very active role in organising and conducting this event. The event was inaugurated with lighting of the lamp by the Drirector, IASST, Director, Assam Institute of Management and the chief guest of the event Sri Atanu Saha, Director (S&T), North Eastern Council, Shillong.

The Chief guest, Sri Atanu Saha, Director (S&T), North Eastern Council, Shillong, delivered the inaugural talk with a presentation on various opportunities for entrepreneurs in the NER and the supports given by NEC for entrepreneurship Development.

Dr. Sinmoy Goswami Asst. Prof., AIM introduced to the audience the details of national entrepreneurship award, being given by the Govt. of India.Dr. Devasish Chowdhury, Associate Professor, IASST, Detailed the audience about the various activities being conducted by ISVEC.

Experience sharing by the entrepreneurs A session was coordinated by Dr. Sriparna B. Baruah, Sr. Faculty, IIE, and Dr. Sanjib Raj, Assistant Professor,AIM. Ms Lakhimi Bhuyan, founder, Zangfai Traditional Jwellery; Mr. Arindom Hazarika, co-founder, Arohan Foods; and Mr. Pranjal Barua, founder, Mushroom Development Foundation shared experience gained during their journeys as entrepreneurs.

Poster Presentation on Entrepreneurial Ecosystem The following Posters on the Entrepreneurial ecosystem were presented by the members of the Advanced Level Institutional Biotech Hub, Dakshin Kamrup College,Mirza, Assam-

  1. Eri Rearing and Its Potential among Rural Women Entrepreneurs in South-Kamrup Area, – by Meghasree Baishya, Rashmita Das and Dr.Durlav Narayan Singha
  2. Small scale women entrepreneurship-from waste to wealth – By Nilakshi Gohain, Manabendra Kalita, Dr. Durlav Narayan Singha
  3. Scope and opportunity for small scale women entrepreneurship-from waste to wealth- By Nilakshi Gohain, Manabendra Kalita, Durlav Narayan Singha

Group Discussion on Incubation Centers was arranged with the CTO, KIIT incubation center, Dr. Aseem Mishra, and incubatee of TIC, IIT-G, and Mr. Rajiv Saikia, founder, RD grow green India pvt. Ltd. The session, coordinated jointly by Dr. Bula Chowdhury, Scientist, Guwahati Biotech Park, and Mr. A.K. Chakraborty, Secretary ISVEC, brought forward some valuable insights about the working of incubation centers.

Panel discussion on “Developing Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in NER India” In the last session of the National Entrepreneurship Day, coordinated by the Secretary, ISVEC, the panelists Sri Atanu Saha, the chief guest of the event, Dr. Abhijeet Sharma, Director, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati and Sri S.K. Das, Asst. Director, MSME-Development Institute (MSME-DI)- Guwahati enlightened the audience on the multiple schemes for supporting the entrepreneurs. As the coordinator, Secretary, ISVEC put forward 3 specific proposals before the panelists and the audiences for their consideration, viz.

  1. Inclusion of “economics” as an essential part of education at the school level for the coming generations to have better understanding about entrepreneurship
  2. Creating appropriate policies for promotion of mid-career entrepreneurship
  3. Creation of start-up research parks, as facility for R&D to MSME sector and career avenue for technically competent youth.

The Chief Guest promised to take-up the matter of education in basic economics at the appropriate forum, and the panelists agreed that there was a need-gap of policies for supporting mid-career entrepreneurship.

The event ended with the vote of thanks, given by Dr. Sinmoy Goswami, Assistant Professor, Assam Institute of Management.