The post liberalization industrial & economic scenario in India makes it imperative that a more dynamic and pragmatic approach is needed to create entrepreneurs on a large scale. This would help not only in tackling the problem of unemployment but also in the growth of new entrepreneurs. Using technology and quality as their strategic tools, those who can take on the increased competition in the domestic as well as global markets are innovators and entrepreneurs in true sense of the term. This can be achieved only if more and more people are motivated and convinced to choose entrepreneurship as a career and put their energies and resources to a productive use.
Various state level entrepreneurship development institutes, as well as EDII, the pioneer in entrepreneurship development, have, for decades, been conducting localised Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) for a limited number of people. These EDPs have limitations in terms of number and reach and cannot fulfill the need of a large number of potential entrepreneurs scattered in the vast geographical areas of the country. This calls for a novel approach.
To address this need of developing new, committed entrepreneurs on a large scale, the EDI, Ahmedabad has conceptualized and launched an innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme through distance learning and personal counseling titled “Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship”.
This course is sponsored by Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (FNSt), a foundation of International repute from Germany.
The main objective of the programme is ‘New Enterprise Creation and Management’. To achieve this objective, the study material is focussed on various aspects of starting and managing an enterprise.
The methodology of the course includes; self-instructional study material, assignments, personal counseling through experts, professional counselors and two contact sessions during the course.
Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship equips the learners with the ability to function dynamically and acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to plan and successfully launch their own dream ventures.