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Jan 28, 2009

Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme

The National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) has tied up with the Department of Science and Technology to motivate women students who are in their final year to become entrepreneurs, Ramarani Tripathi, Deputy Manager, NRDC, New Delhi, said here recently. She was inaugurating a Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme – Challenges and Opportunities organised by Centre for Women’s Studies at the Avinashilingam University for Women.

“We have more than 7,000 technologies that can be put to use by budding entrepreneurs. They are in varied fields such as herbal, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, electrical and electronics, etc. Any one of the areas can be selected to start an industry that has commercial potential. Identification of a product is very important for production of that product,” Ms. Tripathi said. She also said the NRDC would assist in technology transfer and preparation of feasibility reports before choosing a viable product for production and marketing.


K. Venkatesan, Consultant, NRDC, New Delhi, said the Central Government had implemented various schemes for the benefit of women. “This has not reached the target group because there is no awareness about these schemes. There is much scope to promote entrepreneurship along with scientific temperament. Women empowerment will lead to family’s empowerment and that in turn will lead to society’s empowerment,” he said.


He elaborated on the subsidies the Government had earmarked for women entrepreneurs. He assured the students who were interested in pursuing entrepreneurial work of advice and financial assistance from NRDC. Saroja Prabhakaran, Vice-Chancellor, and K.C. Leelavathy, Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, of the university, spoke.

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