A two-day workshop on entrepreneurship development for Engineering and MBA students began at the Mancherial’s Aizza College of Engineering and Technology here on Monday. The college roped in local industrialist Venkateshwar Rao, APITCO Regional Officer Giri as resource persons.
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Youth should not only think of making a career as an employee but also follow their dreams and turn entrepreneurs, first generation young entrepreneurs from the city said.
At an interactive session, organised by Young Indians Vizag Chapter of the CII as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, college students were exposed to some experiences and insights into what makes an entrepreneur tick.
“We can get inspired by others’ lives, but have to experience it first hand. The ultimate purpose is to enjoy what you do,” practitioner of alternative medicine and therapy Salma Mehdi said. “Profession is for living and it is not your existence. Always commit less and deliver more,” she said urging everyone to give priority to customer satisfaction.
“Follow your dream and always aim for customer satisfaction,” proprietor Moksha Diamond & The Make-up Store Akash Tatiya said. The risk and the return on risk make entrepreneurship worth the effort, he added.
The event is part of an Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive (EAD) organised by the entrepreneurship cell of IIT Kharagpur, a non-profit student organisation, in association with the VIIT. The Entrepreneurship Cell was established with the aim of fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship among college students in India.
The EAD consists of a series of guest lectures and workshops in 20 cities spread over a period of 20 days in October. Each city plays host to an entrepreneurship awareness camp, where eminent entrepreneurs and industry leaders counsel students about the pros and cons of entrepreneurship as a career and how it differs from the usual run-of-the-mill job culture that has existed till now.
The awareness camp at VIIT will have guest lectures by Shakir Ali, founder and CEO of The eMerchant, Mohamed Abdullah, Director of Conduira Education and Training Services and Pavan Krishna, CEO of Vignan Group, Visakhapatnam, who would offer insights into starting a successful enterprise. The event will also have workshop by Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of AP (ALEAP).
IIT Kharagpur’s Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive has come a long way since its inception five years ago with the number of cities growing from 10 to 20 and the visiting students increasing from 7,550 in 2011 to 12,000 in 2012. Some of the distinguished guests who have participated in the EAD include Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Founder of Biocon, Phanindra Sama, CEO of Redbus.in and Arjun Malhotra, co-founder of HCL Technologies, among others.
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