Engineering colleges are mushrooming all over India and those who take up engineering, consider taking up a job as the most obvious option after their course. Even colleges remain complacent about the issue and don’t give students an environment to nurture their entrepreneurial aptitude.
The story was not the same for Sir Padampat Singhania University (SPSU), Udaipur established only three years ago under section 52 of UGC act. Besides many clubs conducting different activities all the year round, recently it came up with its first students initiated organization: The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC).
The cell aims at creating a culture to propagate the spirit of Entrepreneurship and facilitating budding entrepreneurs within and even outside the college by creating an intellectual resource pool of mentors, entrepreneurs, accountants, lawyers, investors and various other experts.
Recently, it conducted its first event to acquaint the students of SPSU with the concept of Entrepreneurship and the working of EDC. Being only the first event, it can be termed as huge in many ways from participation, coordination to guests.
Among a large crowd of 145 students, the President of SPSU Mr. Ashok Ghosh inaugurated the event, who told that SPSU is glad to help those with an entrepreneurial spark. He introduced the guests present from various parts of the world to the crowd. First one to come up was Mr. Vikram Upadhyay who is a member of board of directors, Tokyo chapter, TiE and a successful entrepreneur and investor from Japan who stressed that to become an entrepreneur one needs to be extremely dedicated to the vision of creating a better world. He also stressed with a pinch of humour that an entrepreneur is NOT necessarily a good listener, one has to be more expressive with his ideas. In the very first event, he offered to mentor three best Business Ideas from the University which instantly got a thunderous applause and can be easily termed as the USP of the event. Mr. Luigi Tramontana, founder, Craft Animations, Sweden, told about his own journey of turning his love for physics channelized into animation. He told that how one can follow an interdisciplinary approach to create a whole new field and then build business over it; He shared with the students his own experience of simulating aero-physics through animation.
Mr. B.K. Goswami, member, Board of Governors, SPSU and Mrs. Rinu Ghosh, the Vice President, SPSU wished team EDC and everyone success for future endeavors.
Finally, Mr. Prasoon Gupta, founder, Techbuddy Consulting Pvt. Ltd. an IIT Roorkee alumnus started an interactive session with the crowd. He asked the crowd about entrepreneurship and got to know some interesting perspectives from the student fraternity. He shared his journey of becoming an entrepreneur and highlighted the importance of convincing. According to him, if the idea is convincing to yourself, convince your friends and then the whole world. “No one can create an entrepreneur, one can only build an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur has a mind of his own”, said Prasoon. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed his session because of his completely informal approach.
What sets apart this E-cell from others is that the college administration is taking a special interest in this initiative. “An incubation centre has always been in the scheme of things planned for SPSU, but due to our students taking this initiative, we may have it 5 or 10 years before it was expected”, says the President. The cell was started by two students, Aviral Mittal(II year) and Nahush Garg(III year) after a careful research of 10 months under the mentorship of two faculty members Dr. Ghanshyam Purohit and Mrs. Sumangla Rathore. And since now it has took off with such a successful event, Udaipur has got a place to nurture budding entrepreneurs and we can expect some very good results and various initiatives show up in the coming years.