Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), an autonomous and non- profit institute, always takes initiatives to promote & strengthen Science & Technology entrepreneurship, under the aegis of National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

The Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp funded by National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India was conducted at Al-Ameen College, Edathala; for the first year students of B.Sc. Physics, B.Sc. Petrochemicals, B.Sc. Biotechnology and B.Sc. Computer Science on 3rd, 4th and 5th of March, 2021.

The Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp presided by Dr.Cini Kurian, Principal, Al Ameen College, Edathala, was inaugurated by Dr.Junaid Rahman M.I, Manager of the institution. The programme co-ordinator of Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp, Prof. Nisha Joseph, Assistant Professor of Commerce, welcomed the gathering.

The first technical session on 3rd March, 2021 began with an urge – Becoming your own boss and an entrepreneur is the new coveted career choice of the 21st century. People are fed up with jobs that leave them underpaid and unfulfilled. Hence the students need to be oriented with the concept of Motivation. Here Dr. Tia Mathews, HOD of Commerce. St. Albert’s College (Autonomous) Ernakulam stated that the biggest motivation is having a genuine interest in what we do. One should be passionate within career and should find a job that can match this along with a company that shares one’s values that helps to perform to the best of one’s ability.”

The second session was ‘A Talk on Student Entrepreneurship’. The Resource Person was Mrs. Shaima Beevi, Industries Extension Officer, Taluk Industries Office, Kunnathunad. She gave an awareness in student entrepreneurship which is the process involving the innovative use and combination of resources to explore and pursue opportunities through the creation of a for-profit business organization by a student.

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to learn how to communicate your goals, passion and dream in a way that people would find it engaging. Enhance your offline communication skills through meeting people, speaking publicly, offering to speak at the workplace, organizing an activity at the office or a friend’s birthday party. To develop your online communication skills, you should participate actively on social media, draft newsletters and write blogs. The more you speak to others, the better your communication skills will be. With a pool of knowledge, online resources and advice from successful entrepreneurs, it is not so difficult to develop your entrepreneurial know-how and build a successful business. These ideas were assorted by Mrs. Ninu Rose, Assistant Professor of Commerce, St. Xavier’s College for Women, Aluva in her last session of the first day on ‘Bud Your Entrepreneurial Skills’.

The second day of the Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp on 4th of March, 2021 began with the technical session on the topic ‘Emerging Trends in Tyre Manufacturing Industry.’ This technical session was headed by Mr. Sabari Nadha Prasad, General Manager, Manufacturing and Technology in Eastern Treads Ltd, Cochin. He was able to disclose the secrets that satisfy the basic needs of the market. He also commended on the ways which can be confronted upon to meet the customer’s requirement by maintaining high quality products.

On the same day, the next technical session was handled by Mr. Eldo Paulose, NLP Practitioner, Training Gurus on ‘A Start to your Entrepreneurship Dream.’ The briefing of this class can be rephrased as having success in a dream indicating that one might be too sure of oneself, and this could lead to becoming careless about important aspects in one’s life.

The next session was on ‘Unexplored Treasure’ led by Mr. Rafeeq C.M., Assistant Professor, Department of Bioscience, MES College, Marampally. The resource person gave a list of ample opportunities to explore many noble trends in startups. He mentioned that a startup doesn’t necessarily mean that one should always come up with some new inventions; one can present some old ideas or traditional businesses in a unique and novel way. He concluded by underlining that startup is all about solving problems, giving ease to the common people or to various sectors with a good business strategy and with ‘investment control and return plan’.

All the technical sessions brought about behavioral changes in the 115 students who participated in the programme.

On the last day of the Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp which falls on 5th of March, 2021, an industrial visit was organized to Mithradham, Renewable Energy Centre, Chunangamveli, Aluva. Mithradham functions as a concrete model for sustainable living and development by providing an institutional structure for demonstration, education and training in environment and renewable energy. Prior permission was obtained from the concerned authorities and 50 students with 2 teachers had a wonderful experience over there.