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Startup India gets a students’ touch!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

India’s First Platform to celebrate Student Business Ideas inaugurated by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri. Jayendra Saraswati Swamiji where 2,000 students take advantage of the 2nd edition of NES. 50 budding college start-up ideas conjured at the festival.

The Entrepreneurial Cell of NES Ratnam College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Bhandup (W) organized the 2nd edition of the pioneering mega event NES- 'National Student Start-ups Festival' on Jan 18 in the presence of H.H Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri. Jayendra Saraswati Swamiji. While speaking on the ocassion he said, "Education is the key to the success of the nation. The need of the hour is to promote the new surge of entrepreneurship". This year, they have collaborated with the E-Cell of IIT Bombay, Powai.

'Harvesting through Highways' made by  students of S M Shetty College, Powai, intends to collect waste water in containers from the Highways and utilize it for rural areas, housing, sanitation and industrial uses. 'Red Sandalwood Juice' was another project, which aims to provide required nourishment, help in lose weight and increase blood circulation. 'Home Gardening' are models which are made by using specialized plants. And the last is Mehendi Tattoo, which they aim to replace chemical tattos. More  ideas were on display at the festival.

Today start-ups are together weaving a new wave of revolution across the world and India is not far behind in the buzz. Entrepreneurial mind sets havecaptured the youth of today, which is a bright sign for our country. The government and corporates are encouraging students to become job-creators, instead of ending up as job seeker.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of transforming India from a nation of job seekers to job creators is materializing through ‘Startup India’ initiative. The college, enthusiastically responded to this initiative with the first edition of NES National Student Startup Fest on February 5th and 6th 2016 in association with its parent body, National Education Society under the dynamic and inspiring leadership of Founder and President Dr. R.Varadarajan. Over 90 student start-ups including novel ventures from cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Nagpur and Nasik and the goods and services of women entrepreneurs were on display. The Startup Fest was inaugurated by Shri. Ravindra Wairkar, Hon’ble Minister for Higher and Technical Education and Housing, Government of Maharashtra.

Dr.  R Varadarajan, Founder Principal, NES Group spoke at the event. He said, “India is fast emerging as the golden valley of start-up companies, which are mostly incubated by young entrepreneurs. India will soon be a vibrant nation with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group by 2020. All that we need is to guide the start-ups to scale up, inspire more students to aspire and become job creators, instead of becoming job-seekers. This event is to boost young minds towards an enterprising spirit and mentor them. The best start-up ideas will be awarded."

In addition to workshops, Idea lab and Mentor room  enabled student entrepreneurs to put forward their innovative ideas for feedback and guidance from experts in the industry. The Workshop topics included, ‘Social Entrepreneurship’, ‘Learning from family business’, ‘Android’, ‘Good and bad business ideas’.  

The collaborating agencies include, Indian Merchant Chamber, Mumbai Tamil Chamber of Commerce and Industries, IITBombay, Advisers India, Supervasi, Ibtions, Aptech Ltd, Asian Institute of Family Managed Business, Bank of Maharashtra, Indian Bank.

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