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The Chhattisgarh Government will establish an Incubator for promotion of Livelihood activities In Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), agriculture and allied sectors with market linkage in Rajnandgaon district, officials informed.
Notably, Chhattisgarh has started adapting the best policy practices from the fastest growing entrepreneurial eco-systems, like in Singapore and the Silicon Valley, to accelerate entrepreneurial growth to provide a major push to the ‘Startup Chhattisgarh’ programme, officials informed.
It is now aggressively inviting new entrepreneurs, investors and startup leaders from across the globe to become part of the startup ecosystem.
The Government also has plans to establish state-of-the-art innovation/research infrastructure at the universities and colleges in emerging fields such as biotechnology and Internet of Things (IoT), Agriculture and Food Processing so that innovators can build new products.
It also has plans to establish district specific knowledge banks to bring all the entrepreneurial opportunities in food processing, manufacturing and value addition etc under one roof.
Notably, Chhattisgarh launched its first ever ‘Mission’ to aggressively promote Start-ups in the State with the launch of ‘Start-up Chhattisgarh’ at Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Professional Management & Technology in Raipur in November last year.
Chief Minister Raman Singh launched “Start-up Chhattisgarh” along with Industry Minister Amar Agrawal in the presence of Chhagan Lal Mundra, Chairman, of Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC) and Chief Secretary VIvek Dhand.
The Chief Minister in his address explained how he had to resort to innovations to attain the aspirations of citizens of the State.
Singh said that his Government is committed to make ‘Start-up Chhattisgarh’ a grand success in the State and would extend full support to develop the enabling eco-system for Start-ups in the State.
He said that innovation would be promoted in schools and colleges under ‘Atal Innovation Mission’.
After launch of Start-Up India by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January, 2016, States were to prepare their action plan and were asked to start implementing the same.
In line with the Startup India Action plan, the State Government launched ‘Start-up Chhattisgarh Action Plan 2016’ for promoting Start-ups in Chhattisgarh and announced that ‘boot camps’ would cover all 27 districts of the State.
A total of 3858 persons have shared their start-up ideas under ‘Start Up Chhattisgarh’ programme out of which 36 ideas were selected for setting up units which will be provided refund of all taxes deposited by them.
The State Government has provisioned Rs 3 crore in the budget of fiscal year 2017-18 for Start-up Chhattisgarh programme.
The ‘Start-up Chhattisgarh’ programme has been initiated to spread awareness regarding entrepreneurship and to educate and empower the aspiring entrepreneurs in setting up enterprise.
Under this programme, selected ideas will be provided conceptual financial, and technical support for entrepreneurial welfare.
Youngsters are showing keen interest in Start-up Chhattisgarh scheme by actively participating in the seminars cum boot camps being organized in 18 districts.
In Raipur Durg and Bilaspur districts, 20 boot camps have been organized in colleges, wherein more than 20 thousand youth, entrepreneurs and students participated.
The Chhattisgarh Government is also setting up a ‘Centre of Excellence on Innovation and Technology in Education’ to manage the execution of Virtual Education Scheme with funding support from MEITY, Government of India.
Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society (CHiPS) has initiated the Virtual Education Scheme with funding support from MEITY, Government of India, officials informed.
The project envisages leveraging technology to improve student-learning outcomes, assisting teachers through ICT enabled classrooms, building teachers capacity using online and offline platforms for teacher training, creating and providing digital content for the entire education system and support the District-State administration with relevant, accurate and timely data to inform policy decisions.
The project will look at School Education, Higher Education, Technical Education and Vocational Education.
The Scheme offers to set up a learning management system which will provide content mapped with the state syllabus to be used by teachers and students. The project is coupled with ICT at schools scheme which has a focus on secondary and higher secondary schools.The Learning Management System will further be extended to colleges, vocational institutes and ITIs.
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