To develop its outreach entrepreneurship programme, the institute signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with I Create India, a non-profit organization that has been offering entrepreneurship programmes to disadvantaged youth and women since 1999. The MoU was signed by Prof Sudhir K Jain, director of IIT-Gn, and Ulhas Kamat, CEO of I Create India.
Following the MoU, I Create India and IIT-Gn conducted an Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme (EAP) for the faculty and staff of IIT-Gn as well as Vishwakarma Government Engineering College and Saffrony Institute of Technology.
“IIT-Gn believes in being an involved member of the community and a good neighbour. We are constantly looking for ways to engage with and contribute to the local community. We are excited about our partnership with I Create India, which will help us in expanding our outreach efforts in the neighbourhood by empowering street vendors and cleaning staff and other small providers of goods and services with basic business and entrepreneurship skills,” said Prof Jain.
“I Create’s mission is economic empowerment of the disadvantaged through entrepreneurship training. For this, it has partnered with many like-minded organizations in the country. IIT Gandhinagar is the latest one,” said Kamath.