Entrepreneurship development program launched under Skill India program

The National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) has launched an Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) under the Skill India Program to train people at the village level to provide them with livelihoods as many of them they have returned to their country of origin due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The objective of the program is to reduce the hardship of people living in rural and backward areas in their daily life by offering them new opportunities for job creation through the intervention of science and technology.

“The company had financed a sanitary napkin manufacturing unit in Nellore last year. Women members of a self-help group (SHG) proposed the proposal. Their plan was to sell the towels to the SHG women. We have provided the subsidy for the purchase of the machinery and the raw material,” said NRDC President and Managing Director, H. Purushottam.

“Another entrepreneur proposed to install a machine to separate coir fiber from the shell of a tender coconut, for the manufacture of doormats. This project proposal, along with a third project to manufacture reusable masks have also been received from Nellore Contractors will be trained for periods ranging from 15 days to 1 month.

“Entrepreneurs must be able to market their products, support their project and provide jobs to the local population. We receive most proposals from northern India. The response from South India, especially Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, is poor,” Mr Purushottam said.

Budget support for each EDP will be up to ₹4 lakh and only one proposal will be considered by each organization. The deadline for submitting the proposal to the NRDC is August 31, 2020.

Full details can be obtained from the website: http://www.nrdcindia.com/latestdetails/12#

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