Thursday, July 2, 2020
The Policy Times in association with USINPACP, PCombinator, Auto Nebula, Wellison Nutraceuticals and Passion Framework had organised an hour long webinar on Outreach Impact using Relevant Stakeholders for Micro Entrepreneurship Initiatives on Thursday, July 2 from New Delhi. The main purpose of the show was to discuss how micro enterprises contributes and provides massive amount of support to the national growth model, to the entrepreneurship model, to the employment generation model as well as the revenue generation model is also enormous. The other aspect is that most of the community development or outreach impact initiatives have also been well connected with the micro enterprise ecosystem.
The show is moderated by Mr. Akram Hoque, the Founder- Editor of The Policy Times, with some eminent speakers including Dr. Prakash Sharma, Ambassador of Global Start-up, Christina L. Glancy, the community manager for GSE, USA, Dr. Yogita Kasture, Co- Founder of Ready2innovate Worldwide, India, Mr. Pradeep Lokhande, Vu Thoai, the CEO of Vietnam Sandalwood Groups and Nguyen Quang Thach CEO & Founder of Sach Hoa Nong Thon Vietnam.
Dr. Prakash Sharma chaired the session, he initiated the Passion Framework with a view to improve the research ecosystem for the entrepreneurs, which helps to connect seniors to one another and to create collaborative business opportunity and it mainly focuses on the entrepreneurship, then research and then the employment generation. It’s a two decade old framework and have received very good responses from many seniors all over the world including India with 350+seniors already impanelled in the company and working and over 1500+ seniors who have shown interest, and in this Covid, nearly 10 start- up spin offs have been done by the seniors itself. Dr. Sharma provides low cost education to the students in Rs.500 in advanced IT training programs which are affordable to the students who cannot invest in high-cost education.
Ms. Christina L. Glancy, helps in running the accelerators, the digital ambassadors program, and now moving on to virtual recruitment and she does a lot of outreach locally and internationally and passionate about changing policy and the way they view their environments. Ms. Glancy said, “For real community development impact in the US one have to segment your approach, and in Washington they have split into 8 wards, the difference of outreach demography is always different in different wards and the same approach goes same regionally and internationally”.
Dr. Yogita Kasture, have been into skill development and now designing some new programs for youth and women for their empowerment. Dr. Kasture works with a lot of women entrepreneur groups to help them understand how the growth and development of the business can be done.Women entrepreneur’s amounts to only 14% in India which means only 8 million entrepreneurs are women as against 15 million men entrepreneurs, which should be increased.
Dr. Kasture stated, “The women in the household doesn’t take the risk of coming out and take up some kind of entrepreneurial activity whereas in the household the women are doing the entire entrepreneurial activity when she is promoting some concepts with her husband or her in- laws, so she can be a wonderful and successful entrepreneur given the kind of support.”
Mr. Pradeep Lokhande, has been working on three main areas, the first is opening of libraries in rural secondary schools in rural India, second is creating the Encyclopaedia of rural India, which will benefit practically everyone and third is creating of entrepreneurs ibn rural India. One of the social initiatives taken up Mr. Lokhande in 2001 was the Non- Resident villager movement, in which they have asked people not to throw the old computers and rather give it to them which they will install in the schools where there is a subject on computer and the teaching process goes on in blackboard. Mr. Lokhande said,“If one’s program is perfect, try to make it as transparent as possible and try connecting the two dots and throw in the concept. And similarly we are building a secondary library in the rural India.”
Mr. Vu Thoai, the CEO of Vietnam Sandalwood Groups and helping in developing Indian Sandalwood in Vietnam and now collaborating with some Indian companies and Indian scientists to plant Indian Sandalwood plants in Vietnam. He said, “We have some program to help the poor people by providing woods and also provide the children with money to buy books. For a low cost education we should have online studying, online earnings in Vietnam. We should provide online courses with no cost education for Vietnamese”.
Mr. Nguyen Quang Thach, is called as the man of books or rather the man of library, helps in developing receiver system in Vietnam and their initiative is that they provide books for about 2 million children in rural areas and in the coming years it will rise up to 15 million children, and they work in India also.
Mr. Thach said, “For affordable education in Vietnam I have developed a Civil library system, and myself being a devoted person, I mobilised the loss of fund from lots of books and invested more many from my funds to go to rural area and provide them with books and built them class rooms and in these initiative the local people come in the front and raise fund together and has come up with a library for themselves.” When the local government found these useful and effective they made a district level policy, they relegated 1000 classroom library by the local people fund about 90% of the library is from local people funding.
At the end of the interactive session Mr. Akram Hoque, saying that the discussion emphasised on 3 different angles, first, innovative fundraising, second was technology and globalisation, and third was education infrastructure. The speakers conveyed their perspectives on two different aspects, one is policymaking perspective and the second is to provide a master advice to all the micro enterprises and what help can be provided.
Mr. Kasture emphasised on two key points, one is the awareness program, which means if the government can provide especially the women entrepreneurs some separate links explaining the subsidies, the schemes, and the online portals available for them.
Ms. Glancy advised, “Know your target audience, have an open mind throughout the process, when one begin to know what resources that person has and leverage those to get to the next step and continue to do so as one grow”.
Mr. Lokhande concluded mentioning, “I believe in Feedback and I believe in follow up and anybody who wants to go to rural India or on above commercial interest, I will be more than happy to be a part of it.”
Mr. Vu said, “As the global pandemic is affecting every corner of the world, it is time to collaborate with each other and should apply information technology in education and other fields.” Mr. Thach said, “For me to devotee to the community is the best so that’s why I and some officials from Vietnam to work on India and international community, so I want to use my footstep to do more work in India, so as to create awareness for millions & billions of Indian people so that they to do something for their country to make India powerful”
Dr. Prakash Sharma concluded the session with his concluding remarks and conveyed thanks to all the panellists. He said, “There is always a continuous need for policy making and so there is a need for more policies for collaborations which government also needs to take”.
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