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Agri- Business Incubators (ABI) of ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana and ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad jointly organized a workshop under NAIF (ICAR) entitled “Sensitization Workshop on Entrepreneurship Development under startup India Campaign for Students of North Indian Universities” (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand) was concluded at ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana. Students teams (2-4 Students per team) with innovative ideas (shortlisted 20 ideas) and business plans on sound agri-technologies were invited to present their proposals. Student from different universities of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand took part in it. The workshop was a conglomeration of about 130 participants including students, entrepreneurs, faculty and some staff. Director Incharge Dr S K Nanda was the Chief Guest of the occasion. Workshop included preparation of an 11 student teams business plan for Innovative technology/ novel idea/ crazy business plan and also presentation of Expert on Sensitization Workshop on Entrepreneurship Development, Startup India etc by Dr Sandeep Kapoor, Dr K Srinivasan, Dr Ramandeep  and sharing the experience of entrepreneurs such as Mr. Bacchatar Singh, Mr. Rajvir Singh, Mr Jaswant Singh Tiwan etc.

Also there was panel discussion with students, entrepreneurs and scientist on the various issues like – skill development, Startup India, Business plan etc. Dr. S K Nanda, I/C director saying that Indian agriculture had biggest challenge of meeting for food requirements of the growing population touching figure of about 123 crore, he emphasized that gap could filled only by checking post-harvest losses. He said that future belongs to value addition technologies and farmers would have to look for secondary agriculture in order to increase their income. ICAR-CIPHET has developed numerous prototypes, processes, products and technologies in the area of processing, packaging, storage and by-products utilization, which has been licensed to many entrepreneurs, government agencies and private firms. Institute will extend all possible help to nurture the young and budding entrepreneurs in to successful business. Speaking on this occasion, Dr. D. M. Kadam, PI-ABI, explained the provisions in ABI Centre and its opportunity to farmers, entrepreneurs, scientists and industrialists to come together on a single platform to build nation in new direction and encourage Startup India and Make in India campaigns. Dr. Manoj Samuel, PI, ABI, ICAR-NAARM illuminated the goal of ABI to achieve enhancement in agro/food processing levels in the country keeping in pace with rapid advancements in the area of food processing sector. An ABI units of ICAR would serve the budding entrepreneurs so that they could get management and marketing support along with scientific inputs and incubation facilities. ICAR-Institutes has provision to provide its pilot plant facilities to the entrepreneurs as Incubatees which will help to protect newcomers for high investment risk at initial stages. Once incubate is confident then we insist him/her to start his/her own factory/industry and all possible help will be extended to them. “Sensitization Workshop on Entrepreneurship Development under startup India Campaign for Students of North Indian Universities” competition was won by the students of G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar (UK) GB Pant University. Runner-up of the event Team “E-Samagri” received runners trophy and a cash award of 5,000 INR and Winner of the event Team “E-Mahamandi” received winner’s trophy and cash award of 10,000 INR. All participants were got participation certificates. Dr. D M Kadam, PI and Programme Director proposed the vote of thanks.