The home page in the website maintained by the Coimbatore District Industries Centre. The District Industries Centre (DIC) in Coimbatore, which launched its website in August this year, helps aspiring entrepreneurs and those already operating units to register online for entrepreneurial memorandum. Tamil Nadu had 31 DICs and Coimbatore is the first one to have launched its website, according to its general manager S. Asokan.
Mr. Asokan told The Hindu that the entrepreneur could log on from any system that had internet connectivity and register. After the online registration, the proposed units should submit a self-certified copy of the entrepreneur memorandum, a copy of the acknowledgement slip and other documents required to the centre within a month. Otherwise, the online registration would be cancelled. He said though registration was not mandatory for micro and small units, it was compulsory for medium-scale industries that had plant and machinery of value of Rs. 5 crore to Rs. 10 crore.
About 25,000 products were covered under the online registration and even those that were not included in this list could come to the centre and register. The centre has sent information about the online facilities to all industrial associations in a bid to create awareness. The website of the centre has also information about various Government schemes and the application for these schemes can be downloaded. “The website has all information and guidelines that an entrepreneur wants,” Mr. Asokan said.
The website is informative. Apart from the details about the schemes, it has links to websites of related organisations. For instance, the centre has an export guidance cell and a micro, small enterprises facilitation council. The export guidance cell provides market and production information to exporting units apart from details about export and import procedures. The website has links to the online version of these cells. Details about changes in government programmes will be updated regularly.