By SK.Vyas :
Chandigarh, June 14, 2019: Haryana Education Minister, Ram Bilas Sharma said that the State Government is committed to developing a conducive environment for the Startup ecosystem and promotion of Entrepreneurial Education in Colleges and Universities in the State. In this direction, the Higher Education Department would launch an Annual Startup Competition – Startup Pratiyogita (SUPRATI) in colleges and universities across the state. The shortlisted students or teams will be awarded Rs five lakh of seed money in state-level function.
Sharma said that under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the Central Government has taken several steps to encourage the Entrepreneurial-Ecosystem in the country so that there is economic growth in India and new opportunities for employment can be created. He said that the State Government is also preparing the environment for the startup-ecosystem in the state to take forward the vision of the Prime Minister. In order to encourage and cooperate with the entrepreneurs, the State Government has started the Haryana Entrepreneur and Startup Policy-2017.
He said that the department has come up with a policy of setting up incubators in Colleges and Universities across the state to ignite the passion for Entrepreneurship amongst Higher Education students and helped them in identifying and developing their entrepreneurial skills and making them self-reliant.
Sharma said that the Department has proposed to launch the Startup Pratiyogita (SUPRATI) from July 2019 in 31 Centers of Excellence Government Colleges in the first phase. The implementation will be done in four phases. In the first phase, the official announcement will be made in the third week of June 2019 followed by awareness workshops. Similarly, in the second phase, the deadline for idea submission will be last week of July and selection will be done in the first week of August. He said that in the third phase, the submission for final evaluation will be done in the second week of August and finalists will be selected in the third week of August. The State Level Award Ceremony will be held in the last week of August, he added.
The Education Minister said that to motivate startup culture in the state, ‘Start-Up Pratiyogita Haryana-2019’ is the first step in this direction and will be first of its kind initiative in the region. He informed that the shortlisted students or teams will be awarded Rs. 5 lakh seed money in the state level function.