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IIM Jammu inaugurates fourth batch of CBP

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JAMMU: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Jammu, under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India, in collaboration with Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce (DICCI), commenced the fourth batch of the Capacity Building Program (CBP) on Small Business Development Units (SBDUs).
The inauguration took place at the picturesque IIM Jammu Jagti Campus, heralding a new chapter in entrepreneurial empowerment.
The event was inaugurated by Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, Administrative Secretary, Department of Skill Development, Govt of Jammu and Kashmir.
The fourth batch comprised 25 participants hailing from various parts of the country, including individuals from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Among the notable attendees were Prof. Jabir Ali, Dean Academics, IIM Jammu, Sudershan Kumar, Director Skill Development, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Mahesh Gadekar, Chairperson of the Centre for Small Business Development, IIM Jammu, Dr. Vivek Sharma, Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, IIM Jammu, and Naren Karunakaran, Consultant at the Centre for Diversity Cell and Inclusion, IIM Jammu.
Dr. Mahesh Gadekar, Chairperson of the Centre for Small Business Development, IIM Jammu in his welcome address, provided an overview of the program, setting the stage for an enriching journey of learning and growth.
Kumar Rajeev Ranjan presented a roadmap titled “Roadmap to Accelerate Employment Avenues through Entrepreneurship (Opportunity and Strategy).”
He shed light on various schemes by the Government of India aimed at this objective and discussed the four pillars for building a supportive ecosystem.
Additionally, he engaged with participants, gathering their suggestions and feedback regarding the creation of a suitable entrepreneurial ecosystem.
He assured all participants of his full support and mentioned plans for close collaboration with IIM Jammu in the future to further develop and scale up the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the U.T of Jammu and Kashmir
In his address, Prof. Jabir Ali, emphasized the institute’s commitment to fostering innovation and inclusivity while highlighting the necessity of establishing a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region.
Through this project, he mentioned that a handholding mechanism will be provided for local small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the vicinity of the Union Territories of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh, with 20 SBDUs slated for establishment in Jammu & Kashmir and 2 in Ladakh.
He urged participants to become ambassadors for the program and expressed confidence that the five-day module would not only sensitize them about management but also initiate a new lifelong relationship.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Mahesh Gadekar,. The event concluded with the rendition of the national anthem, symbolizing unity, and collective aspirations.

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