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The Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Uttarakhand has 122 Higher Educational Institutions (Universities, University campuses and Degree Colleges) that are practicing in the fields of Humanities, Arts, Commerce, Science, Management, Technology, and Engineering, besides creating awareness about entrepreneurship. However, creating awareness about entrepreneurship is limited to workshops or seminars, which is not sufficient to create entrepreneurial mindset in students. Researchers have found that entrepreneurship cannot be taught in a seminar or colloquium, it has to be transplanted in the aspirant with a strategic set of rubrics seeing the need.

With more than four decades of experience, the EDII has prepared a Six Days programme for the faculties. This Faculty Mentor Development Programme (FMDP) at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) is an immersive and comprehensive initiative designed to empower educators and mentors in fostering entrepreneurship development, under the Devbhoomi Udyamita Yojana. This program is tailored to equip faculty members with the necessary skills, knowledge and tools to guide and nurture aspiring entrepreneurs effectively.

Throughout the six days, participants engage in a dynamic curriculum to enhance their understanding of entrepreneurial concepts, methodologies and best practices. The program covers many topics including entrepreneurial mindset, business ideation and value proposition, business model development, mentorship techniques, networking, ecosystem building, technology and innovation etc. The program utilizes a combination of workshops, case studies, interactive sessions, and practical exercises to facilitate an engaging learning experience. Participants can collaborate, share experiences, and develop actionable strategies to enhance their mentoring capabilities.

Devbhoomi Udyamita Yojana, aim of the Faculty Mentor Development Programme is to create a network of proficient mentors across the state who can guide and inspire Uttarakhand's next generation of entrepreneurs. By empowering faculty members with the necessary tools and knowledge, the program is pivotal in catalyzing entrepreneurial growth and innovation within higher education institutions and the broader community. For the purpose, we are facilitating a cadre of 90 faculty members Every year from universities and degree colleges to mentor emerging entrepreneurs.

Sn. Name of District No. of Faculty
1 Almora 11
2 Bageshwar 03
3 Chamoli 06
4 Champawat 05
5 Dehradun 05
6 Haridwar 02
7 Nainital 12
Sn. Name of District No. of Faculty
8 Pauri Garhwal 14
9 Pithoragarh 05
10 Rudraprayag 04
11 Tehri Garhwal 10
12 U.S. Nagar 10
13 Uttarkashi 05

A separate profile of each mentor has been prepared to indicate his/her qualification, specialisation, expertise, and contact details and published on the Devbhoomi Udyamita Yojana Website . The Complete list of Faculty Mentors is attached to the report. Over the next five years, about 350 faculty mentors will be trained and groomed from across various institutions of the state.

Every year, a cadre of 90 faculty members from universities and degree colleges will undergo training to mentor emerging entrepreneurs through various programmes, on topics including; Teaching Pedagogies and models, Business Ideation, Opportunity Sensing, Support System and Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, Funding Support, Start-up Management, Incubation process, to name a few. The intervention will focus on training faculty mentors will be provided teaching-learning tools; creation of theme-based, region-specific cohort of 350 mentors over 5 years and documentation of location-specific business opportunities will be identified and documented.

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