The Entrepreneurship Cell of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), WB is going to take a bigger role in boosting the entrepreneurship spirit among its students and guide them, even in the Lockdown period.
This decision regarding widening the roles and responsibilities of the Entrepreneurship Cell was taken at an online meeting held on April 13, 2020. The meeting was chaired by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Saikat Maitra and attended by Prof. Sukhendu Samajdar, Prof. Subrata Kumar Ray, Dr, Indranil Mukherjee, Dr. Sushil Pareekh and Dr. Debashis Dutta.
The following aspects were stressed at the meeting:
An attempt will be made to search for entrepreneurship projects online, to explore start-up projects, and to study them critically to extract ideas from them.
The different Chambers of Commerce will be contacted to explore entrepreneurial activities, talk to industry captains, identify successful entrepreneurs, and organize webinars as well as motivational sessions catering to the needs of in-house students as well as budding entrepreneurs.
The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor suggested some important areas for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs like food processing, food packaging and packaged drinking water, cloud based activities, manufacturing of health care products, natural pharmaceutical products, bio resources and products like agarbatti, organic soap, floral candles, organic colours, skin care products etc.
It was also suggested to create a portal where the entrepreneurial activities being undertaken by the University would be showcased along with links to stories of entrepreneurs, links of start-up activities, upcoming webinars, posting of blogs etc. This portal will be linked to the University website.
Hon’ble VC suggested exploring tie-ups with banks and other financial institutions for procuring seed money for the start-up ventures.
It was reported that the University would start hosting webinars on different topics of current relevance shortly in collaboration with Calcutta Management Association and Calcutta Media Institute.