From the Director's Desk
Entrepreneurship couldn't have been more Exciting and Inspiring...
India, with more than 4200 start-ups every year is the third highest start-up generating country in the world according to National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) report. Ministry of Corporate Affairs, GOI has registered around 1,00,000 new companies in the previous financial year. It is uncontested that tech start-ups are the future of Indian economy.
EDII Soon to Develop Technology Business Incubator
The institute will help potential entrepreneurs convert business ideas into business empires
Pioneer in Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP), EDII has now become synonymous with entrepreneurship as well as success. The driving force of entrepreneurship movement in the country, the institute has won accolades on education and training front. With over three decades of experience in training, EDII strives to improve performance of existing enterprising in India by guiding them in all spheres of entrepreneurship such as technology selection, introduction of innovation, promoting tie-ups by networking, suggesting new sources of funds, developing competencies and teaching them new methods of marketing. Now, EDII is developing Technology Business Incubator to provide one stop solution to all the budding entrepreneurs.
EDII to train Village Youth for Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme
First phase of SVEP initiated in 10 states
The institute has been selected as National Resource Organization (NRO) for Government of India's Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP).
EDII Appointed as Nodal Institute for Start-ups by Government of Gujarat
With a view to encourage potential start-ups in the state, Ministry of Industries, Government of Gujarat, has appointed EDII as Nodal Institute for Start-ups under the Start-ups/innovation scheme. As a nodal institute, EDII will provide counselling and guidance to potential start-ups. Budding start-ups with innovative ideas in the fields of agri-business, food processing, bio-technology, chemicals, plastics and manufacturing will benefit from this.
EDII Ranked 45th across India and 3rd in Gujarat by NIRF
As per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) evolved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Gandhinagar, ranked 45th (overall rank) among India's top 50 National Management Institutions. In all 3500 plus ranking applications were received by NIRF, of which 609 were from the Management domain.
Start-ups should always Confine to the Core Idea for Success
Empresario 2016 asserted that there is no looking back for start-ups now
Indian start-ups received funding of Rs. 50,000 crore last year and the number is growing with each passing day.
EDII Identifies Business Opportunities in Swachh Bharat Mission
Swachh Bharat Mission, a multi-fold initiative, which has emanated from the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of Clean India, holds plethora of business opportunities. On the advice of its esteemed Governing Board EDII has stepped forth to make a contribution to this noble project. The institute thus organized a seminar on Business Opportunities in Swachh Bharat Mission.
EDII Joins Hands with Gujarat Tourism to Spread
'Khushbu Gujarat Ki'
With a view to fill the gap of skilled manpower in rapidly growing tourism sector in Gujarat, EDII joined hands with Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) to spread 'Khushbu Gujarat Ki' across the nation.
Capacity Building Programme Conducted for
Even though most young women from coastal areas in Kerala are well educated, they need a certain sensitization on their rights to be able to find their forte. In this regards, Vocational Education and Soft Skill Training can certainly play a major role in giving a direction to their ambition.
An Effort to Make Gujarat Foodie's Heaven
It is said that the way to man's heart is through his stomach. The same applies to the tourists. The institute acknowledged that clean and quality conscious eating outlets have potential to attract more tourists. A tailor made training programme was conducted especially for entrepreneurs associated with food sector to make Gujarat foodie's heaven. The institute trained 119 entrepreneurs associated with eating outlets.
The training programme focused on opportunities in food business,
There is a Positive Sentiment Around the Entrepreneurial Eco-system
The Director of the Institute Dr. Sunil Shukla was one of the eminent speakers at The Economic Times India Entrepreneurship Summit.
Experts Give Thumbs Up to Start-up India
EDII in association with DIPP and CII conducted panel discussion on Start-up India
Start-up India campaign, launched by Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has created nationwide buzz. The youngsters are stimulated to come up with innovative business ideas and establish their own enterprises. With a view to analyse the scheme and spread awareness about it, the institute in association with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Govt. of India and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized a Panel Discussion and Live Streaming of the launch of Start-up India on 16th January.
TRAINING THE TRAINERS TO CULTIVATE ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE
Government of India has recently shifted its focus to entrepreneurship development by promoting campaigns like 'Start up India, Stand up India', 'Digital India', 'Make in India' and 'Smart City'. There is surge for start-ups in India but the youth still is directionless. The institute decided to train faculty members involved in teaching entrepreneurship so that they can effectively play crucial role of 'change agents' in cultivating entrepreneurial culture.
Strengthening Entrepreneurial Bonds across the GLOBE
With a view to strengthen entrepreneurial bonds across the globe, EDII has joined hands with University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Exploring Entrepreneurial Facets of Science and Technology
Scientists hardly think beyond research and technology. But the time has come when scientists adopt entrepreneurship as career so that their research and technology can reach larger masses.
Expert Committee Constituted by AICTE for Preparing Start-up Policy
Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII has been appointed as a member on the special committee constituted by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) for preparing start-up policy for students of technical institutions. National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015 has emphasized upon the need for entrepreneurship education in 3000 colleges. In line with it, AICTE has constituted a five-member committee of experts to prepare start-up policy for students of technical institutions in the country.
Institute Helps Comoros Get Vocational Training Centre
The institute has been entrusted with the work related to feasibility for establishing a Comoros-India Vocational Training Centre at Comoros. The task has been assigned by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. EDII worked in close association with the MEA and Embassy of India, Antananarivo, Madagascar to accomplish the goals of the assignment.
Women Scientists and Technologists Say Hello to Entrepreneurship
Technological brains garner skills to establish knowledge based enterprise
It is now widely accepted that women make promising managers. Slowly but steadily women are also emerging strong in the field of science and technology. Innovative business ideas need support from science and technology to survive and sustain in the global market. Thus the unprecedented need for entrepreneurs with sound technical knowledge has emerged in the recent times. EDII thought that women with sound technical knowledge can make the most of opportunity and that is why launched a five-day national programme on Entrepreneurship Development & Management for Women Scientists & Technologists working with the government sector.
Abundant Opportunities in Non-IT and Rural Areas
CII Ahmedabad celebrates Gujarat Annual Day & Gujarat Economic Conclave
The Director of the Institute Dr. Sunil Shukla was invited in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi as a distinguished panellist.
Effective Solutions to Global Economic Challenges
Economic slowdown has tightened its clutches over the period of last two years.
Giving Entrepreneurial Edge to African Countries
Government of India and leading financial institutions like HDFC, LIC, UTI, SBI promote Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) to implement projects related to clusters and education in African countries.
World Embraces Indian Approach to Capital Markets and Investment Banking
Public savings are the biggest strength of Indian economy. It would be no exaggeration to say that public savings have helped India ride through topsy-turvy global economic situation. This is the reason why Indian Capital Market has caught attention from world over in the times of economic turmoil. Countries across the globe are looking forward to set up capital markets similar to India in order to survive during hard times. The Institute sensed the need to share knowledge on Indian capital markets and investment banking and thus designed an international programme that can help the participants from foreign countries understand the nitty-gritty of Indian market.
Training the Trainers to Sharpen Entrepreneurial Culture
It is rightly said that change is the only constant.
Small Steps towards Big Change
Developing economies across the globe are struggling with similar kind of problems such as rapidly growing population and concentration in the rural and urban areas.
Handing Decision Making Tools to MSMEs
High rate of failure in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is a common phenomenon across the globe.
Facilitating Growth of Organizations
Entrepreneurial Management is not given much importance in MSME culture. This is why when small and medium enterprises grow; they find it difficult to cope up with the changing environment. Traditional management styles, pyramid structure and organizational hierarchy are not relevant to the present time. For developing nations it is essential that small and medium industries survive and grow well. Keeping this in mind, the institute organized an international programme on Entrepreneurial Management during 16th November to 22nd December.
Empowering Incubators to Embolden Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship must go hand in hand with innovations to survive in the modern times. Knowledge based ventures have optimum opportunities to flourish in the era of globalization and liberalization of economies. Thus business incubation has emerged as an important tool to encourage innovative businesses. The institute decided to train incubation managers in all the functional areas of business incubation process so that incubators can easily adapt internationally recognized best practices.
Stimulating MSMEs through Clusters
Lately, clusters have started gaining recognition as one of the chief tools of economic growth. Along with developed nations, developing nations too have started focusing on clusters as it provides an effective platform to enlarge production base and trigger growth of industries which ultimately help eradicating poverty. Clusters are equally essential for the survival of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
An Effort to Make Financial Assistance to SMEs Easier
Large corporates and MNCs may be ruling economies but their supply chain hugely depends upon Small and Medium Enterprises. SMEs are equally important for agrarian economies. They contribute greatly to the growth of economies as they are risk-taking and always willing to innovate and initiate. But due to lack of finance, SMEs find it difficult to sustain and survive.
EDII Takes a Step Forward towards Building Sustainable Livelihood
Out of 6 billion people in the world, 4 billion are at the 'bottom of the pyramid'. Most of the people living in the world are deprived of basic necessities of life that is food, clothing and shelter.
Rejuvenating Agri-Entrepreneurship in India and Abroad
It is ironical that though thriving agri-business is the backbone of agrarian economy like India, Agri-Entrepreneurship is yet not a popular concept.
Strengthening Emerging Economies by Encouraging Entrepreneurship
Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges developing countries are facing. Generating more jobs is the only viable solution to address the rising challenge of poverty and unemployment. To address the problem, the number of job creators must surpass the number of job seekers. That is why; promoting entrepreneurship in less developed nations is need of the hour. As entrepreneurship is not a popular career option in emerging economies, the institute launched an international programme on Entrepreneurship Education to Strengthen Emerging Economies on 22nd February, 2016.
The Valedictory Function of three ITEC programmes namely Sustainable Livelihoods & Mainstreaming with Market, Agri-Entrepreneurship & Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship Education to Strengthen Emerging Economies was held on 1st April. Mr. Pankaj Joshi, IAS, Principal Secretary (Higher & Technical Education), Education Department, Govt. of Gujarat graced the Valedictory Function as the Chief Guest. He emphasised on the importance of capacity building programmes by saying, "The world has become a source of competition. It is changing fast and becoming one. Capacity building programmes enable participants to deal with contemporary challenges."
Soft Intervention Activity for Artisans in Tripura
The North Eastern States are graced with abundance of bamboo. The state of Tripura is contributing 80 per cent of the total requirement of bamboo sticks for hand rolled agarbattis in the country. Shankhala, an area of West Tripura has a large number of artisans and local households working in manufacturing of bamboo handicrafts and furniture items. EDII thus identified an agarbatti cluster in Tripura. Dr. Sanjay Pal, Senior Faculty, EDII prepared a DSR (Diagnostic Study Report) and SWOT analysis of the cluster to revitalize it. On the basis of the report, soft intervention activity was conducted at Bamboo made Handicraft Products Cluster, Shankhala, Mohanpur. The activity was conducted under MSE-CDP scheme of the O/o DC MSME, Govt. of India. The seven days long programme focused on Advanced Training on Finishing Process of Bamboo Handicrafts including Furniture. The participants were introduced to the cutting edge techniques and tools to create more attractive products. The Project Director Dr. Sanjay Pal said that the institute is carrying out various activities to drive holistic growth of the cluster and to empower artisans with the latest technological tools and techniques.
EDII was delighted to welcome Prof. Ajit K. Mohanty, Former Professor, JNU & ICSSR National Fellow for his discourse on 'Some Reflections on Educational Leadership' on 6th January 2016. Emphasizing on the significance of Educational Leadership, Prof. Mohanty felt that the Indian education system must bring in more autonomy and independence. Focussing his discussion around bringing in meaningful changes in the system, Prof. Mohanty talked about educational reforms and meaningful changes that should be introduced in the system. Dr. Sasi Misra, Institute Professor, who monitored the proceedings echoed the concerns raised by Prof. Mohanty and reinforced the need to revamp the education system with forward looking changes.
"World's Youngest CEO" visits EDII
Students of EDII's PG Programmes and audience from across nations welcomed the World's youngest CEO, Mr Suhas Gopinath, Founder and CEO of Global INC. for his address. Also present on the occasion were Mr HK Mittal, Advisor and Member Secretary, NSTEDB, DST, Govt. of India and Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director-EDII. The welcome address by Dr Sunil Shukla shared many inspiring incidents of Mr. Gopinath's childhood. He taught himself to make websites with the help of books at the age of 14 and his first venture www.coolhindustan.com got incorporated into Global INC and he became known as the world's youngest CEO. Mr Gopinath has also been hailed as the "Young Global Leader" for 2008?2009 by the World Economic Forum, Davos.
Experience, Experiment and Excel Enterprising
EXILIO 2015 turned out to be a good kick-start for the gala start-up hunt Empresario 2016 for budding entrepreneurs. The event organized on 2nd and 3rd November in the year 2015 set just the right mood for the upcoming mega event. It provided the students opportunity to experience, experiment and excel enterprising through various engaging activities such as workshop, panel discussion and quiz and hunt.
Keeping the apprehensions of entrepreneurs in mind, EXILIO organized a workshop on "How to make an impressive elevator pitch?" on the first day of the event. It was conducted by Mr. Ashwin Joshi, an entrepreneurship pro having vast experience in Indian as well as US markets. He shared his experiences with the students and helped them learn the art of pitching business ideas. Towards the end of the workshop, students were asked to construct a business pitch and present it. Putting knowledge into practice proved to be an enriching experience for the students.
The workshop was followed by an interesting '3 Words' event. In this activity, the participants were asked to select three random words and sketch a business idea out of it within five minutes. The winners were selected on the basis of creativity and entrepreneurial alertness.
Hey Budding Entrepreneurs.....
We are there for you.....
Just go for It!!!
EDII has set up the New Enterprise Initiation Fund to reach out with financial support to students whose project ideas are innovative and viable. This fund is in addition to scholarship given to students on means-cum-merit basis. Students with promising business proposals can apply for this fund at EDII. A panel of experts, bankers and EDII faculty assess the viability and potential of the project before sanctioning the start up fund.
Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director-EDII explaining achievements of the project to Hon'ble Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley.
Entrepreneur must rise above highs and lows
Starting afresh is difficult when a person is backstabbed by the one whom he trusts the most. S P Joseph, owner of Mind Mirror Consultancy and EDII alumni is not the one to lose his heart when failure strikes. After smooth start his first venture in SME lending JP Trade and Financial Services failed as his partner-whom he trusted too much- was cheating him.
Building Platform for Rural Development through Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is not always about making money. Sometimes it can also become a medium to drive social change. Pritibhushan, President of Gramya Vikash Mancha (GVK) and EDII alumni has proved this right.
Euphoric Youth Enjoys 'Ecstasy' Event at EDII
Students from 21 leading colleges of Gujarat participated in the Cultural Event
EQUIPO Grows Grander with Each Passing Year
Frosty December chill evaporated for three whole days when large number of athletes from different colleges of Gujarat gathered at EDII campus to take part in inter-collegiate sports extravaganza, Equipo. The sports event was organized by the Students Welfare Committee of EDII during 17th to 19th December in the year 2015. The event saw overwhelming participation from colleges from leading cities of Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara and Bhuj.
The event included both indoor and outdoor games. Outdoor games like cricket, football, lawn tennis, basketball and volleyball received wholehearted participation from the athletes. Indoor games such as table tennis and chess too were received well by the contestants.
From the Director's Desk
Greener Pastures Beckon....
I took charge of EDI, as Director, on 1st July 2015. My predecessors have established a legacy of sound and result-oriented interventions, systems and standards ? all of which, I am sure, will go down as 'unparalleled' in the annals of entrepreneurship development. I take my cues from my experience of having worked with legendaries in the field for over two decades and the applied opportunities in entrepreneurship, which came my way over these years.
A Warm Welcome to Shri Kishor Kharat
EDI is happy to extend a warm welcome to Shri Kishor Kharat who took over as President?EDI and CEO & MD?IDBI Bank Ltd. w.e.f. 14 August 2015.
It gives me pleasure to be associated with the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, and experience from close quarters, the vision and the foresight that drives the entrepreneurship movement and related pursuits.
Hon'ble Chief Minister Launches the Website of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor ? India
Chief Minister of Gujarat, Hon'ble Smt. Anandiben Patel, launched the website of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) ?India on September 7th 2015.
AICTE Chairman visits EDI
EDI had the pleasure of welcoming Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE on its campus, on 2nd September, 2015.
Former President, Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam leaves his footprints on the pages of EDI
As we fold our hands in sincere reverence for Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, we also continue to draw inspiration from the marvels, in every aspect, that he left behind. A legendary, one?of-a-kind fountain of knowledge, Dr. Kalam's life is an encyclopaedia of learning. EDI was fortunate to receive this prodigy on campus.
Enterprising India, Progressive India....
On the Premise of SKILLS
Karnali, a small village in the Vadodara district in Gujarat has 'opportunity' and 'hope' writ large on its countenance. The Karnali village has been adopted by Hon'ble Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley under Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY) of Govt. of India.
Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship
"You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women"
This quote by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru aptly sums up the need to bring women into the mainstream and acknowledge their rights, contribution and priorities.
Uzbekistan Gives a Perspective to Entrepreneurial Aspirations through 'Opportunity Identification'
Entrepreneurial Dreams can be brought to fruition with a little aid, assistance and hand holding. EDI has been routing entrepreneurship creatively to modulate not just the Indian economy on several fronts but also the economies of several nations.
PGDM-BE and PGDM-DS 2015-17 batch began with new hopes and new dreams. 103 students comprising 33 with technical and 70 with non-technical degree walked into the auditorium for the first session of their term by none other than the pioneer of entrepreneurship movement in the country ? Dr. V. G. Patel, Founder & Former Director, EDI. The students opened their year with a panoramic view on Entrepreneurship.
They couldn't have had it more enlightening!!!
Himachal Pradesh Gets Entrepreneurial
As a part of an MoU signed between Confederation of Indian Industry, Himachal Pradesh and EDI, five workshops were conducted in the state of Himachal Pradesh at Baddi University of Emerging Science and Technology, Shoolini University, Bahra University, Central University-HP and Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi-Kamand during 14-20 September, 2015. Dr. Rajiv Joshi, EDI faculty member conducted these workshops; focusing on Essentials of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation, Idea Generation, Opportunity Scanning, Business Model Design, Pitching the Idea and Basics of Funding / Financing as well as Legal Aspects of launching a new venture.
Accenture and EDI to Impart Skills to Succeed
EDI Bangalore office takes the credit of bagging the prestigious one year Accenture project ? 'Skills to Succeed 2020 Goal'.
The Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme
The Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) was announced by the Honourable Finance Minister in the budget speech 2014-15.
Handloom Clusters of Sonepur, Chanderi and Varanasi Pep up to Strengthen their Grip on Markets...
Handloom Cluster Development Scheme of the Office of Development Commissioner ? Handlooms wherein EDI worked as an Implementation Agency for a period of 5 years, has now entered the consolidation phase. In this phase focus is primarily on providing critical support to individual weavers in the form of tools & equipment such as jacquard, dobby, punching machine, multiple booty slay, frame for tie & dye work, electric bobbin winding machine and CATD system.
Training Programme on 'Data Analysis with SPSS'
With an objective to create awareness among participants involved in conducting research about making use of a variety of statistical techniques for analysis of data so as to fulfill the needs of SMEs, a 5-day training programme on 'Data Analysis with SPSS' was conducted. Participants were equipped with skills in the areas of Data Analysis & Scalling, Data Organization and Processing in SPSS. Statistical Analysis using Parametric and Non-parametric Methods, Interpretation of Computer Outputs and Reporting Statistical Outcomes. Dr. Jignasu Yagnik, was the Programme Director.
The Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme
The Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) was announced by the Honourable Finance Minister in the budget speech 2014-15.
Kolkata Leather Memoire
Leather, for its varied hues, applicability and the ability to embrace different fabrics, remains an all time preferred choice of designers and customers.
Getting published in The Digital Age
'Getting Published in The Digital Age' was the topic of the Knowledge sharing session at the Institute on 24th September 2015 which was attended by faculty members, academics, researchers and fellow programme students.
International Programmes Enabling Women to Take Centre Stage
Evidences suggest that world over and especially in developing nations, in the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector, women constitute around one-quarter to one-third of the total business population, and in manufacturing they constitute about one-third of the global labour force.
An Effortless Step to Project Assessment and Appraisal
Developing countries, by and large, are endowed with natural resources as also certain competitive advantages that offer a variety of industrial as well as infrastructure opportunities.
Opportunities Buzz in the Solar Energy Sector
India is a country with tremendous energy potential, yet it is always grappling with a huge demand-supply gap. Lately, the solar sector, on account of the possibilities that it holds, is being strategically tapped to unwrap the advantages, much to the benefit of the country.
Hindi Strengthens the Indo-China Bond
Language will always remain the main tool of communication and effectiveness in the use of language will always be held important, irrespective of the numerous inventions of technologies or machines.
Learning is Fun
79 students (in two batches) of Jain University, Bengaluru undergoing Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, visited EDI during 27 September - 12 October, 2015. They were imparted inputs on corporate entrepreneurship, business plan preparation and business negotiation. EDI has designed tailor made courses to impart skills to Jain University students so that, one; entrepreneurial managers & family business successors can be groomed and second, potential entrepreneurs develop skills to set up their units.
The Magic Potion for Making Headway on the Road to Development
A State level student Seminar was organized jointly by EDI and St Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore on 'Social Entrepreneurship in India ? a Panacea for Social Change and Advancement' on 25th August, 2015 at Bangalore.
Off to Create Milestones!!!
The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) at the University of Oklahoma have partnered with EDI to host a five-week professional exchange programme (PFP) in the United States that includes a professional fellowship placement at an American small business organization.
EDI was presented with the 'Yuva Gratitude Award' by Hon'ble State Minister for Education, Ms. Vasuben Trivedi. EDI was adjudged as one of the top ranking educational institutes, alongwith IIM-A, NID and the like.
Seen here is Dr. Sunil Shukla with the Hon'ble Minister and Mr. Parthiv Patel, noted cricketer.
Hon'ble Shri Bhupendra Chudasama, Minister, Education (Primary, Secondary and Adult), Higher and Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat felicitating Mr. Satya Acharya, Faculty-EDI for floating a robust start-up ecosystem in Gujarat
A 12-member delegation from Kerala Youth Welfare Board, led by its Vice Chairman, Shri P.S. Prasanth, visited Gujarat during 1 to 4 August, 2015 to explore the possibilities of joining hands with various specialized organizations in undertaking developmental activities. The delegation also visited EDI to learn about EDI's initiatives and to brainstorm over the possible areas of collaboration.
Shri Sushil Muhnot, Chairman and Managing Director, Bank of Maharashtra and Former Governing Board Member-EDI visited the Institute on 10th September, 2015. In a meeting with Director and faculty members of the Institute, Shri Muhnot urged EDI to play a lead role in ensuring that students prepare a Bankable Project Report. He added that the Bank of Maharashtra would be most willing to fund such projects. Shri Muhnot also expressed interest in setting up incubation facility under Bank's CSR initiatives.