Entrepreneurial visions for India

Entrepreneurial visions for India

Extracurricular, co-curricular and curricular — that is how you define the trajectory of any new area of education. At Nurture Talent Academy, I am seeing this vision, which will define the journey of entrepreneurship in education. More and more students are taking up entrepreneurship as a serious career option, and will continue to do so as India progresses. Our colleges, teachers and students are defining, building and living the future — all at the same time. Let us understand this vision and how it will grow in my view.

Extracurricular

Twenty years back, software was seen as a fashionable course. IITs were (and are!) the big brands in education, and then slowly NIIT emerged in the area of software training. Students started joining part-time or vacation courses on software development, hoping to add something extra to their resumes.

Co-curricular

The success of NIITs and Aptechs of the world gave way to several others, including Jetking and St Angelo. Every corner suddenly saw the mushrooming of software training centres. Software skills started getting counted as essential and colleges began to offer ‘elective’ courses on software-related subjects. Y2K happened at the same time, which brought software skills into the limelight.

Curricular

Today, software has become a part of compulsory subjects, whether it is an engineering or science student. It is like English, maths and science. Companies do not see it as something extra that a student has learnt but as a filter criteria to reject those who are not computer-proficient.

This transition of 0 to 100 per cent mind-share for a certain area in education has happened within our lifetime and it is impossible to reverse or decline. Entrepreneurship is seen today as a fashion, buzz or an exciting new subject and my vision is to create 1,000 ventures that will generate 20,000 jobs in three-five years.

this article published in : http://newindianexpress.com/education/edex/article554093.ece


About the Author

Amit Grover, founder of AHAtaxis.com, is an IIT Delhi and IIM Indore alumnus, having more than 12 years of industry experience. He started Nurture Talent Academy, and earlier worked with Infosys, Asian Paints, Onida and Mumbai Angels. He regularly blogs on www.amitgrover.co.in. AHA Taxis, his recent venture, offers one way outstation travel across India.

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