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Student Entrepreneurship Policy for Kerala schools

Curriculum Development, Secondary Education

20-Aug-2013 :

Business Line

The State government has announced the rollout of its flagship Student Entrepreneurship Policy for schools.
This was mentioned by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in his Independence Day speech by citing the example of Startup Village, India’s first telecom technology business incubator, as a testament to the success of the policy.
The State Government, during the Emerging Kerala Global Connect in September last year, had offered a number of incentives for college students wanting to set up business start-ups.
In its second phase, the Student Entrepreneurship Policy, which is designed to encourage innovations by youngsters, will be offered to school-going children.
Around 10,000 bright school students from classes VIII to XII will be chosen through an online examination and provided computers and other learning material to improve their technology skills as part of the new project.
“Young people are going to provide the strength for Kerala’s forward march, and our duty is to provide them the opportunities here at home,” the Chief Minister said.
It is very clear that employment and growth opportunities around the world in the next 50 years are going to be based on technology, he added.
The State government will also be launching a new project that offers 100 teams of five college students each a Startup Tool Box, which will have high-end computers, smartphones and other technology items required to create a startup company.
By extending the Student Entrepreneurship Policy to school level, Kerala will seamlessly have a programme where young minds from 8th standard have opportunity to explore original thinking and learn computer programming languages in depth which will give them a great foundation to begin a startup from first year in college and have a successful company by their fourth year in college, said Sanjay Vijayakumar, Chairman, Board of Governors, Startup Village.
Sijo Kuruvilla George, CEO, Startup Village, said, “Kerala is fast achieving the critical mass for startups. The State is at the cusp of a startup revolution as evidenced by the excitement in college campuses.”

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