As a part of its effort to encourage micro entrepreneurship and contribute to the economy, Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST) launched a High - Flyers Club featuring the top performing dynamic micro-entrepreneurs supported by it, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. The club, which was launched at the International Mentoring Summit ‘Mentoring Grassroots Entrepreneurs in Smart Grams for Inclusive Growth’, will facilitate unique sourcing and networking opportunities.
Entrepreneurs today have a range of facilities to help them set up their business - ranging from financial aid to advisory assistance. At BYST, the mentors share the experience in an advisory capacity and suggest potential areas of market. Mentoring in a way opens wider vistas to the budding businessman.
Those who present on the occasion included Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, Government of India, Shri Subodh Bhargava, Member Board of Trustees BYST, Baroness Usha Prashar, Deputy Chair, British Council, Shri Amarjeet Sinha, Secretary Ministry of Rural Development, Ms. Shanmuga Devi and Shri Shyam Sekar, BYST’s Entrepreneur and Mentor.
While highlighting the need to promote spirit of rural entrepreneurship, Shri Amarajeet Sinha, Secretary Ministry of Rural Development said that along with transformational change and capacity building, the enterprise must be filled with skills and be multi-dimensional. “We take up identified geographical regions and saturate them with programmes, with support from public and private sector to ensure that every household is able to develop its fullest potential. The 2015 socio-economic census tell us we have 53 million people who have unskilled work and that challenge has to be addressed,” Shri Sinha added.
“No nation can survive without learning. Mentoring is important in the current scenario and through this we need to enhance the ability of the people to learn, build confidence and encourage their talent,” said Baroness Usha Prashar.
“We have to build a culture of entrepreneurship in the country. This can only be achieved if all the stakeholders—private sector, government and others work together,” said Shri Subodh Bhargava, Member Board of Trustees BYST. “The rural focus has to be on local resources, mentors and minimize migration. Here, BYST has made significant progress wherein we train mentors on current levels of technology,” he added.
Ms Shanmuga Devi and Shri Shyam Sekar, BYST Entrepreneur and Mentor pair also shared their experiences and insights with the audience.