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Trade tips for former militants

Guwahati, Feb. 15: Surrendered militants of Assam are taking lessons to become entrepreneurs.

Altogether 28 surrendered militants are attending a programme conducted by the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship.

The one-week course —Motivating youth for self-employment — will help them prepare a business plan and also get tips from successful entrepreneurs.

“We will help you to become role models for society but then you will have to have the will and determination to do it,” the director Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, K. Ahmed, said here today.

Addressing the surrendered rebels, Ahmed said, “There are rules in society which you will have to obey and we can only give you hope.”

“We understand your pain and you are our friends.”

The militants from Ulfa and the NDFB appreciated the programme, which includes behavioural lessons, identifying opportunities and preparation of business plans.

Apart from experts from the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, there will be experts from District Industries Centre, State Institute of Rural Development, Khadi and Village Industries Commission and bank officials.

“We will tell them how to get a bank loan and help them identify business opportunities,” said the chief programme co-ordinator and associate faculty member at the institute, Achintya Kumar Baruah.

The participants will be provided an insight into the opportunities in micro enterprises.

Apart from helping them with entrepreneurial inputs, the programme will also include self-analysis, which will help them understand their personality.

“The past is gone and it is time to look at the future with hope,” Baruah told the participants.

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