Shri Kishor Kharat, the President of EDII; Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII; Distinguished Members on the institute's Governing Board, EDII fraternity, students, parents, eminent citizens of Ahmedabad,
It is my pleasure to be here at EDII and get associated with the exciting task of entrepreneurship development. Also, personally for me, nothing is more energising and exhilarating than spending time with students. I am happy to share my thoughts with the young brigade on the subject which is so dynamic in itself – entrepreneurship.
It is indeed a pleasure to note that an institute based in the state, acclaimed for its entrepreneurial foresight, is bringing new perspectives to education in the domain of entrepreneurship. I am sure, for the students, being in Gujarat has been as much a learning platform as being at this institute. Also, let me quickly add how fortunate you all are to be in India, pursuing entrepreneurship at a time that is so appropriate and opportune.
The knowledge of entrepreneurship that EDII is visibly cultivating among the youth of our country, will certainly create a highly competitive and winning society, which is necessary for a nation like ours, that is moving fast on the growth track.
I congratulate all of you dear students for equipping yourself with the vision and knowledge of strategic business tools and techniques, ready to embark on an illustrious entrepreneurial career. Trust that your success will be phenomenal because your foundation is so sound. Also, the students of development studies deserve my compliments for chosing the discipline. I wish you all luck. Go ahead and create a history of your growth and the growth of society.
I urge all of you who have acquired this distinction today to never be hesitant about trying new things. Put your neck on the line and experience risk. Either you will fly or you will gain experience to fly in future. In any case, you will be a winner. So, go ahead with the desire to experience something new everyday. Do not ever let complacency creep in.
During my career as an academician, I have dealt very closely with students and have always been impressed by their desire to touch the sky. While I have personally seen what right direction and mentoring can do to the ambition of these students, I have also, several times, lamented the lack of proper guidance for many bright students. So let me tell you all that each one of you is fortunate to have got trained in your interest areas. All you have to do is to make use of your skills and competencies.
Your generation of entrepreneurs is in many ways fortunate. You have favourable policies, liberalised environment, access to global technology and markets, and a growing world economy. The Start-up India, Stand Up India policy is not just a great facilitator but will also bring out cutting-edge competitiveness in you if you keenly pursue your passion.
Your brigade of entrepreneurs will not have to undergo any antiquated laws or the plethora of taxes, as was the scenario earlier. Rules are very supportive and simpler now. So take the plunge and take advantage of your training and the booming start-up environment in India.
However, on hindsight, always remember that life is tough, especially for the one who has decided to be an achiever. Life will not be fair to you always. But in such times of crises, never forget the saying: 'When the going gets tough, the tough gets going'. Keep inspiring yourself and continue thinking out-of-the-box. Thinking different and innovative is just as important as remaining focused. Tech start-ups are the buzzword and it is uncontested that these are the future of Indian economy. And, this holds true not just for business entrepreneurship but for social entrepreneurship as well. India needs innovative technology solutions to deal with crucial social problems. I trust the students of development studies with this responsibility.
Today, as I look at your determined faces, I get a strong feeling that we have finally arrived on the global map. Also, the diversity that you represent amazes me. I was glad to notice the diverse specialisation options of new enterprise creation, family business management, micro enterprises and livelihoods, women entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, in the two courses. So today, the way entrepreneurs come into being has got reoriented. It is no more by default; instead, they learn to become entrepreneurs. Without doubt, entrepreneurs stand tall today and the future will be even brighter.
Let me congratulate EDII for the remarkable work that it is doing. I am happy to associate myself in some way with its endeavour. I urge everybody, the authorities and functionaries at various levels to come forward to create a society on the pillars of entrepreneurship. We all need to ensure that entrepreneurship germinates and grows.
Dream big and make it big.
Congratulations to all.
Thank you and Jai Hind!