IIM-Shillong concludes second course for local entrepreneurs

SHILLONG: The Indian Institute of Management, Shillong successfully concluded another management course for local entrepreneurs.

"Developing managerial skills for entrepreneurship (DMSE), funded by the ministry of Doner, is a programme organized by the Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER) for budding entrepreneurs in the northeast. It enhances the capabilities of the youth of the region, encouraging them to stop depending on government jobs," an official of IIM-Shillong said.

"The CEDNER was constituted with the objective to respond to the local needs and make the facilities of the institute available for the training of the local talented youths of the region. Right from its inception, IIM-Shillong has been actively involved in organizing both short-term and long-term programmes for the uplift of the local community and the northeast as a whole," the official added.

A colourful ceremony marked the successful completion of the second edition of the DMSE programme in the presence of Padma Shri recipient and legislator Manas Chowdhury and professor Keya Sengupta, director of IIM-Shillong.

Toni, a student of the institute from Manipur, thanked the institute on behalf of all the participants for giving them the confidence to create jobs in the northeast itself rather than seeking employment outside and contribute to the development of the region.

Another student, Mitali Agarwal said the programme had brought about a "complete transformation" in them and had inspired them to be a part of the system that concentrates not only on making profit but also in sustainable growth. Students were of the opinion that the course has equipped them with better knowledge and widened their base on which they could now develop their existing or new ventures.

Addressing the participants, director Sengupta said, "The northeast cannot develop without the contribution of people like you and you should not rely solely on government initiatives." She expressed her wish to continue the association with the participants and extended support from the institute in all their endeavours.

Chowdhury, who himself is a great inspiration for many, expressed his profound happiness to be amidst the "young, bright and bubbling spirit" of the northeast. He stressed on the fact that in order to prosper the people of the region need to aspire for more and take care of their own destinies.