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XLRI push for aspiring tycoons

The fifth batch of XLRIs postgraduate programme for certificate in entrepreneurship management, which will commence in September, will have more female and SC/ST candidates.

The full time six-month programme, designed by the cradles Entrepreneurship Development Centre in 2010, aims to provide competency-based education to eligible candidates in a bid to promote independent business ventures.

Chairperson of the cell Prabal K. Sen, who is also the man behind introduction of the unique course, told The Telegraph on Monday that there would be no changes in the curriculum of the course. Two new streams introduced last year advertising and service sector enterprise management are getting overwhelming response. We are trying to take in female and SC/ST candidates in large numbers. This course will help them set up their own businesses and become self reliant, he added.

The fourth batch of the course, which comprised 60 students, had 12 women and two candidates from the ST category. There was no candidate hailing from the SC category. Selection of candidates for the course is done through a screening test.

Sen said that the course was aimed at generating a breed of entrepreneurs equipped with conceptual and operational skills required to run a business venture successfully. We would like our graduates to be informed of the bottlenecks likely to be faced by an entrepreneur and equipped with the skills to get over them, he added.

In a bid to promote entrepreneurship in resource-rich, but economically poor Jharkhand, the institute has reserved 50 per cent of seats in the course for candidates hailing from the state.

This is also in conformity with an agreement between XLRI and the state government, which funded the setting up of Entrepreneurship Development Centre.

Last year, the course was shifted to the campus of Xavier Institute for Tribal Education at Gamharia in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district. A full-fledged residential facility is coming up on the campus of the tribal education centre.

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