Trivandrum: Thousands of young aspiring entrepreneurs in Kerala received a major boost on the inaugural Entrepreneurship Day when Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy announced that his government would earmark an estimated Rs.500 crore as budgetary assistance for them to pursue their dream ventures.
In one of the biggest online connects Kerala had ever, the CM addressed more than two million school and college students via Google Plus Hangout. He said one per cent of the State’s total budget expenditure will be set aside for extending financial support to young entrepreneurs.
Terming this assistance as the ‘biggest ever by any State government for young entrepreneurs’, the Chief Minister said that his government will soon come up with a clear-cut policy document to help translate the dreams into reality.
Elaborating on his vision plan for stepping up entrepreneurial efforts by the youth, he said that the focus area of the new ventures, which was primarily IT and Telecom in the past year, will now also be extended to key areas such as agriculture, health, tourism, and culture. He added that the government will take the lead in forming Entrepreneurship Development Clubs in all colleges across the state.
The Kerala government already has a Student Entrepreneurship Policy in place under which 20 per cent grace on attendance and four per cent on marks is provided to youngsters coming up with innovative ventures while still in college. He said Kerala will mark September 12 as Entrepreneurship Day every year.
In his address, Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty pledged the wholehearted government support for the ideas and ventures mooted by young entrepreneurs, through funds and basic infrastructure.
Such initiatives have the power to address the problems faced by the common man, he said adding that a ‘reverse brain drain’ should happen in the state as young people explore the increasing opportunities here.
Earlier, he unveiled the 150 metre long ‘Startup Wall’ set up by the state Public Relations Department outside the Secretariat building, charting the journey of entrepreneurship in Kerala, in particular the achievements of Startup Village and the Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI). P H Kurien, Principal Secretary – IT, was present on the occasion.
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