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SKUAST Jammu launches 2 month Agri-entrepreneurship Training Program for 4th Batch of Start-ups

JAMMU: Two months Agri-Entrepreneurship Start up training program for 4th batch of incubates was inaugurated today here at Agri-Business Incubator, SKUAST Jammu through online mode.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. J.P Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion. In his inaugural message, Prof. Sharma briefed about the important role of innovation and entrepreneurship in the elevation of the agricultural sector.

He explained how entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship development is critical in the achievement of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

He also enlightened the audience about the various policies and financial allocations of the GoI which are directly aimed at boosting the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the country along-with the various features of New Education Policy-2020 targeted towards entrepreneurship development.

He congratulated P.I-ABI, SKUAST-J, Prof. Jyoti Kachroo & her team for taking the agri-entrepreneurship training programme to new heights.

He exhorted the young entrepreneurs to think outside the box and come up with unique creative ideas to tackle modern challenges and opportunities for establishment of their start ups.

He also advised the participants to have an informative and interactive two months training programme.

The training program is being organized by Agri-Business Incubator, SKUAST-J, a unit of Division of Agricultural Economics & ABM under under RKVY-RAFTAAR Project of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, Govt. of India.

The training programme will focus on Agribusiness start-ups and will be instrumental in providing them a unique platform that will act as a launch-pad to give wings to their creative and critical thinking abilities in providing innovative agri-business solutions for today's market needs.

Earlier, Prof. Jyoti Kachroo, Director Planning & Monitoring, Prof. & Head, AEABM and P.I, R-ABI Jammu welcomed all the present dignitaries and training participants.

She briefed about the RKVY-RAFTAAR Project highlighting Udgam (Agri-preneurship Orientation Programme/Pre seed stage funding) and Pragati (Seed stage funding programme) as Grant-in-aid opportunity to start-ups.

She informed the house that 32 start-ups have been previously incubated in 3 batches at ABI, SKUAST-J out of which 14 have been successful in securing a healthy grant-in-aid form the Ministry.

She informed that the 4th batch is the biggest batch yet in terms of number of incubates selected as 28 candidates have been selected for undergoing the training programme.

She also extended her gratitude towards Prof. J.P Sharma, Hon'ble V.C for his unwavering support and guidance at every step of the way.

Prof. Pradeep Wali, Director Research, SKUAST-J in his opening remarks gave a brief overview about the activities done under the RKVY-RAFTAAR project. Statutory officers of the University along with Heads of various divisions also attended the online session.

The programme was moderated by Dr. Anil Bhat, Asstt. Prof. and Co-P.I. At the end, Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Sudhakar Dwivedi, Assoc. Prof. & Co. P.I. Dr. S.P Singh, Asstt. Prof. & Co-P.I, Dr. Yamini Raut, Mr. Tarunjeet Singh and Ms. Janvi Gupta from Agri-Business Incubator, SKUAST-Jammu facilitated the arrangements for the event.

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