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Hindustan Times |  Neelam Pandey, New Delhi  |  Nov 13, 2016  |

The government is taking its ambitious ‘Start-up India’ campaign to campuses across the country, paving the way for students to launch business ventures and become job creators just like Mark Zuckerberg did with Facebook. A new policy by the All India Council of Technical Education’s (AICTE) will enable students pursuing their undergraduate and post-graduate degrees to take up a specialised course on start-ups. The policy is likely to be unveiled by President Pranab Mukherjee next week, officials said.  The council’s move is seen as an extension of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s string of incentives to support start-ups in the country which has the world’s third largest number of such ventures.  Earlier this year, Modi announced a three-year income tax holiday and a Rs 10,000-crore fund for its Start-Up India initiative, crucial for the country struggling to revive industry and create jobs needed to absorb about 10 million people joining the workforce every year.  Modi had visited the Silicon Valley-based headquarters of student start-ups such as Google and Facebook and is aiming to replicate their success stories in India.

“AICTE has come up with a policy…to promote student driven start-ups. The policy will serve as a guide to groom students to take up entrepreneurial careers. A committee was formed for this purpose and they have highlighted the need for re-orienting academic curriculum too,” an official in the council said.  To ensure that students who launch their own start-ups are able to complete their education, the institutes will allow them the flexibility to take a cooling off period for a year and join the course again. “The start-up policy also highlights the need for early exposure on entrepreneurship will introduce many skills to young students that are generally not delivered in regular classroom teaching-learning,” the official added.  The aim of the policy is to create 1,00,000 tech-based start-ups in the next 10 years and the provision of acquiring a degree with specialisation in start-ups will be ensured in every professional course such as BTech, BBA, BPharma and MTech, officials said.

Groundwork for next Zuckerberg

•As part of the course on start-ups, students will be able to learn the basics of entrepreneurial marketing and small business management among other skills

•To ensure that students who launch their own start-ups are able to complete their education, the institutes will allow them the flexibility to take a cooling off period for a year and rejoin the course

•The aim of the policy is to create 1,00,000 tech-based start-ups in the next 10 years

• Provision of acquiring a degree with specialisation in start-ups will be ensured in every professional course such as BTech, BBA, BPharma and MTech.  Courtesy


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