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Tech fest stage for business concepts

Budding entrepreneurs with great ideas but no money to invest in their venture can submit their business plan at Kshitij, the annual tech fest of IIT-Kharagpur.

The premier tech cradle has invited students from even non-technical institutes for the fest, scheduled to be held from January 31 to February 3. If the business plan is appreciated, the student would receive Rs 30 lakh to set up firms.

Kshitij 2014 general secretary Himanshu Hitesh told The Telegraph over phone from Kharagpur : “We have decided to invite students from non-technical institutes.”

The B-plan idea could range from agriculture to online shopping.

Priyanka Jayaswal, an IIT-Kharagpur student, said: “Case study on general election, state economy or future energy resources can be sent to Kshitij 2014. The students can send their applications at www.ktj.in. The last date to submit applications is December 25.

Neha Srivastva, a student of Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, said: “This is a good idea as entrepreneurship is the need of the hour.”

The chief guest at the event would likely be Jacob Cohen, chief scientist at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).