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Encouraging entrepreneurship among youth

“Take up a job that takes you to a career you want to be in. Sooner or later you will get to what your life’s mission is”, opined director of Goa Institute of Management, P F X D’Lima. He was chairing the session on education for entrepreneurship development at the conference on education and community held at Kala Academy, Panaji.
The two-day conference under which sessions were planned to cover essential elements of education and its interface with the community was organised by Shree Shantadurga Shikshan Samiti, Kavale, Ponda, Goa. Now in its golden jubilee year, the Samiti and its first high school, Lokmanya Tilak Vidhyalaya organised the conference with the aim to discuss aspects of school education that have direct bearing on nature and content of educational process as a whole.
“To become an entrepreneur, it is not job placement that is important, it is the education. The Goa Institute of Management (GIM) encourages entrepreneurship in a big way”, he added.
The session titled ‘Education for Entrepreneurship Development’ was designed to inculcate fundamentals of entrepreneurship development through school programmes. Resource persons for the session were chairman, Dempo Group, Shrinivas Dempo, and volunteer, Jnana Prabhodini organisation, Pune, Aditya Shinde.
Speaking at the session, Shrinivas Dempo shared stories of successful entrepreneurs Dhirubhai Ambani, the business tycoon who founded Reliance Industries, and vice-chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Uday Kotak. He further cited examples of first generation of entrepreneurs in Goa, Panduronga Timblo, V M Salgaocar, Dattajirao Nathaji Chowgule and Voicantrao Dempo who were on virgin Goan territory when they set out to start their businesses and emerged as entrepreneurs.
Aditya Shinde shared anecdotes from his childhood wherein he made outstanding amounts of money through school projects which involved selling rakhis, fire crackers, soft drinks, dry fruits, sweaters, etc. Through these experiences, besides learning how to tap the local customer, he learnt soft skills, communication and marketing skills. This experience inculcated entrepreneurial skills in him. Sharing his thoughts on this initiative D’Lima said, “A session like this is an excellent idea. The Samiti and its school have brought very normal and forward thinking ideas through their conference. It’s good if people have the quality of entrepreneurship built in them right from the school stage. Once they have this seed sown, they can develop it with business education to reach the highest level.”

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