By: Rukmini Barua
The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of Government of India has provided opportunities for the growth of organisations that aim to work for skill development of youth. Empowering youth by developing their capacities and providing enhanced opportunities seem to be the primary objectives of most of them. Networks have been formed with regional, national and international organisations to harness resources, developing the creativity and innovative capacities of the youth. Providing ample scope for skill development, organisations have helped in the personal and professional growth of the youth. They help to ameliorate the youth by empowering them with skills to face the future with confidence.
The Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Lalmati, Guwahati is an autonomous organisation under the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, working to provide training, research and consultancy in Micro Small and Medium Enterprises with focus on entrepreneurship development. IIE was established in the year 1993 by the erstwhile Ministry of Industry, Government of India. It began operating from the year 1994 with North Eastern Council (NEC), Government of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and SIDBI as its other stakeholders. IIE was transferred to Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in May 2015.
Basically IIE has been making initiatives to promote and develop entrepreneurship among youth and other sections of the society by developing skills. To that end it conducts research and provides consultancy for entrepreneurship development. Its prime motive is to coordinate and collaborate with other organisations in undertaking training, research and other activities to increase outreach of the institute. It has been providing consultancy and monitoring service to MSMEs/ potential entrepreneurs and enhancing employability of the participants. It aims to promote greater use of information technology in the activities/functions of the IIE. It seeks to comply with statutory responsibility. These are the major objectives of IIE.
IIE has been designing and organising training activities for different target groups undertaking research relevant to entrepreneurship. It has been functioning to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of the change agents and development practitioners i.e. trainers, support organisations engaged in enterprise building etc. It has been providing consultancy service to the prospective and existing entrepreneurs. One of the basic functions is increasing the outreach of activities of the institute through collaborative activities and increasing their effectiveness through use of different tools of information technology. To be a leading provider of quality professional development, programmes, research and information is its mission statement.
The upcoming training programmes of IIE are as follows: Amazon trained E:Commerce specialist, Faculty Development programme on Entrepreneurship, Skill Development training on Jewellery designing and Block Printing, Business incubation training on Adventure Tourism, Training programme on garment construction, Training programme on weaving, Training programme on Family business, Two weeks Faculty development program, Interactive workshop on potential of jackfruit for livelihood and enterprise promotion, Training workshop on Warli art and Buffalo horn carving, Business incubation training on readymade garments and handloom and training course in Dress designing.
IIE has been a pioneer in providing the most cutting-edge skills development courses in the north eastern region since its inception. Skill development is a means to harness the human resource potential of a region by equipping the members of the workforce with marketable skills through vocational or technical training to meet industry requirements. Jobs have progressively become more skill intensive due to the increasing complexity of economic activities. This has led to a major demand for skilled manpower in the region. In the context of skill India Campaign the government of India is strongly emphasizing on upgrading the skills of the young population. Under the National Policy on Skill Development, 500 million people including youth would be skilled by 2022.