Development of Entrepreneurship Facilitation – Guidance Centre Platform
Smart India Hackathon 2018
With 1 million youth entering the job market every month, vocational pathways as an alternative to academic stream is imperative. While several thousand skill canters have opening across the county. Informed decision making on which trade a candidate undertakes training is lacking. This is because there is information asymmetry. If youth had access to relevant information (online) – they can make an informed decision on choice of trade and opt for appropriate training. Information such as 1) Options available (sectors and job roles) 2) Access where such training is available 3) Cost – free or paid 4) Academic requirements 5) Job prospects 6) Estimated wages 7) Career progression etch would greatly assist in making appropriate choices. There could also be provision of psychometric tests which could provide suggestions on trades which would be most suitable. This would be empowering for candidates and potentially improve outcome metrics as also reduce dropout rates which are currently high.
By using publicly available data through IMO and MEA, we can see the migration trends and forecast our requirements based on the same. This would include international and national migration trends (Natural Calamity or any Disaster). If some indicators are included like preferred location to migrate, reasons to migrate, stands of living- before migrating and post migration, etc. We can get granular information regarding the trend. This will be very useful for IISC, in planning future programs.
Mapping of Typical Zones (List below) in India through publically available data and directly linking them to our skill development courses. Example 7.1 Through publicly available data, we can map the crime rate/unemployment rate and the type of crime rate in different regions of India. Let’s say a district in UP ‘Saharanpur’’ has the highest rate of crime in Uttar Pradesh, we should focus more over there through our skill development initiatives Or Chandigarh Reports highest number of ATM theft cases, our security sector skill council can upskill security guards or train more of them particularly for Chandigarh. 7.2 Mapping MNREGA scheme and look alike schemes & linking it through PMKVY or different initiatives. 7.3 SMART/Skilled Region (either a district or a panchayat): if we can get information regarding the skill capacity of the person in that region (district/panchayat), we can categorize that region into a SMART/Skilled region. (it’s mapping a region with skills of persons).
Creating a platform which can crawl information over the internet through websites where Tenders and Proposals are being listed out in India. Through AlI, the system can track the force requirement in each proposal and can submit an entry on the website. Additionally, we can take future requirements from the corporate for their upcoming projects and allocate PMKVY numbers based on their commitment. The system can record the future demand of the corporates and through the dashboard can know the details where his workforce is getting trained.
To know skilling needs (distributed through geographies and sectors) through Big Data analytics –on a continuous ongoing basis. Integrating skill/competence based indicators and outputs/outcomes based indicators with the available data base will enable pooling of data from other sources, like Census/NSSO/Labour Bureau etc.
This e – application will provide back office support to entrepreneurs for any and all compliance requirements, capacity building. As of today Govt has taken several initiatives in minimizing, simplifying, consolidating number of compliance requirements and at the same time conducting capacity building workshops like for GST rollout. Today for their compliance requirements entrepreneur has to access open market for professional consultancy, back office support. Through this intervention Govt will have e-platform accessible in both Online and Offline mode through existing Govt infrastructure like CSC/DIC and will provide end to end compliance solutions at a socially priced rate card.
Hon’ble Prime Minister has taken a pioneering set up by having Joint Start Up Platforms like India – Portugal, Israel. This e-platform will provide under one micro website all Start Up viz Central and State Govt, Partner Start Up Initiatives with Countries abroad and International Start Up ecosystem so that entrepreneurs can replicate start up success stores by customizing the products/ services to India specific environment. This will provide huge impetus to employment as under Start Up Policy unveiled on 16.01.2015, entrepreneurs will be able to bring innovative products and services adapted to Indian context and remediate various social sector, infrastructure and other B2B, B2C businesses.
Taking cue from the Start Up Portugal, there is a dedicated robust Business Accelerator system. Through this e-application entrepreneurs can access Business Accelerator services today spread across the country in a decoupled manner, resulting in lack of access to business support services, co-working entrepreneurial ecosystem as business accelerators are set up in a fragmented manner, lack of Information access to Products/ Funding, facilities available under a particular business accelerator. There will also be provision for developing Certified Business Accelerator Professionals.
Taking cue from the Start Up Portugal, there is a dedicated robust Business Incubator system. Through this e-application entrepreneurs can access Business Incubator services today spread across the country in a decoupled manner, resulting in lack of access to business support services, co-working entrepreneurial ecosystem as business incubators are set up in a fragmented manner, lack of Information access to Products/ Funding, facilities available under a particular business incubator. There will also be provision for developing Certified Business Incubator Professionals.
One of the key issues faced by both existing and potential entrepreneurs is Access to Single Window – Centralized Logistics Solutions providing Economies viz Air, Road, Water, Multimodal, and Space. Today a Micro Entrepreneur, Cluster, SHG, Social Enterprise and even small and medium enterprises face a significant gap in “How to Sell Direct to end Customers viz B2C , B2B , Exports , Import of Machinery, Raw Materials, Goods for Trading.
One of the Key Issues – Challenges faced by both existing and potential entrepreneurs and also one of the key disablers for entrepreneurship ‘picking up’ as a self employment career option is “Uncertainty of Marketing of Products/Services”. Though there is lot of schemes from the Central Government for e.g. NSIC, Procurement Policy but there either No Awareness or Filling Up Forms, Applying under the said schemes is a big hurdle faced by the entrepreneurs and resultant inspite of Policy been there, entrepreneurs are not able to “Sell their Products / Services”. This leads to working capital issues, cash flows uncertainty vis a vis fixed income employment. In view of aforestated issues in brief, there is requirement for an E-Marketing Platform that can interlink with Central Public Sector Undertakings covered under Procurement Policy, GEM, Relief Supplies made to National – State Disaster Relief Authority for rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations, interlink with United Nation procurement, International Missions – NGO’s – Charities like US Aid for procurement of supplies / consumables from this e-marketing platform.
In view of various Initiatives taken by the Hon’ble Prime Minister like Swatch Bharat, Make In India, Promotion of Organic Farming, Common Service Centers, Companies Act – CSR Guidelines, CSIR Rural Technologies, Green Business, Solar Alliance, National Innovation Foundation, Exemption for Section 8 Companies etc- there is a surge in entrepreneurial interest in social start ups addressing development needs and at the same time promoting employment generation, livelihood and social profits for the entrepreneur. Presently there is “None” platform that caters exclusively to the Social Sector. This Social Entrepreneurship Platform accessible in Online and Offline mode , vernacular will list all CSIR , NIF Ideas, Opportunities – – Projects – RFP floated by Govt or Not for Profit or Private Sector. This platform will list all CSR Opportunities available at State , Central, Regional and International level, E – forms for applying for CSR Funds – that can be filled both Online and Offline mode, Rating of CSR Funded Projects both Grantor and Grantee evaluation, Provision for Impact Assessment both Qualitative and Monetary, Linking to Rewards and Recognition, Awards in the Development sector domain. There will be listing of Social Sector Policy Interventions, Budget Incentives.
For Starting Up, Scaling Up, Diversifying, Expanding any Existing and or Potential Enterprise a robust Mentor platform is required. Mentors and Mentee can register on this platform. Technology tools like Skype, Go To Meeting, Team viewer, Smart Phone, Mentoring booths set up at Common Service Centers, DIC, Incubator, Accelerator, PM Yuva Centers, e – learning studio at NSIC ( aforesaid may require signing of inter departmental – Institutional – ministerial MOU ‘s – provision of digital filling up and signing of MOUs), Atal Innovation Mission – Tinkering labs etc will be leveraged For mentor registration there will be a provision of First Assessment – viz experience in entrepreneurship education, guidance, technical – professional – skills, aptitude, time – days, duration when available, mode of availability viz online or offline mode or a blend of both. There will be a provision of Mentor tutorials, Non disclosure agreement, and Ethics statement. There will be Mentor Evaluation – Grading and Recognition, Badge – Star Rating viz benchmarks aligned to ILO SIYB Trainers – viz Increase in Revenues, Turnover, Productivity Gains, Start Up Registration, Start Up Registration for 6 Months, Profits, Business Process efficiency, Access to funds, Access to Resources viz Material, Machine, Equipment, Business Premises, Factory, Co-working space. International best practices in development of Mentor platform accessible in both Offline and Online mode adapted and customized to local requirements.
This will be a mammoth task to perform but if we are able to do it, we would be able to work effectively .Integrating everything into one single app i.e. Skill India App. It should include all the details like 1. Enroll yourself for PMKVY 2. Become an NSDC training partner 3. Partner with Skill India 4. Contribute your CSR Funds to Skill India Mission 5. Participate in World Skills Competition 6. Find a training Center Nearby 7. Setup a call or attend our weekly webinar 8. Tenders or RFPs 9. Skill GAP Study 10. Report issues regarding a training institute Etc. If we can integrate and create a product which becomes our ‘ONE STOP SOLUTION’, it would be an effective way of dissemination knowledge.
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