The whole country is in throes of entrepreneurial dreams. We have more and more incubation cells in colleges and schools than ever before. Credit courses are being offered on the topic of “entrepreneurship” in educational institutions in India. Alumni who are successful entrepreneurs are invited for inspirational talks, more than ever before.
The question to be asked now is this – “Is this all increasing the entrepreneurial ventures in the country which is resulting in rise in employment creation?” OR is this some fad which too shall bite the dust in another year?
I personally feel there is a huge disconnect in what is needed and what is being delivered.
Can entrepreneurship be taught?
I doubt anyone can teach you to be an entrepreneur. It’s something that encoded in your DNA. It needs one or more of the following :
Know any course that teaches you these? I didn’t think so.
How schools & colleges can still help in building an entrepreneurial culture in India
Given that I have just proclaimed that you cannot teach the core values that make or break an entrepreneur, what am I driving t?
5 point agenda in driving the entrepreneurial spirit:
After all this, you will still not legions of entrepreneurs. Because for that the earlier mentioned DNA plays a big part. But here’s what you will definitely have achieved.
Schools: Your students would have a far better idea of their talents and inclinations. Do I have an inclination to take up managerial track, or finance or literature or join the flock and be an engineer? You would definitely have enabled them to make a better choice.
Colleges: You are empowering your student with incredible amount of confidence to venture out and get things done. Do they ever pursue entrepreneurial dreams? May be not – but in that case, you have made them excellent resources that any corporate organization will be lucky to have them!
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