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Be an entrepreneur: Dy CM Sisodia to students

Be an entrepreneur: Dy CM Sisodia to students

NEW DELHI: Stating that entrepreneurship is not dependent on capital but on the right mindset, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday exhorted the student community to come up with innovative ideas, present them before their class, allow their peers to grill them and then start with their venture and earn a profit. Sisodia stated this while visiting a Delhi government run Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Gazipur, to join an interaction of children with a successful entrepreneur.

This was part of Delhi government's flagship Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum.

Talking about the present condition of the Indian economy, Sisodia said, "We have always been taught that there are three types of countries in the world — underdeveloped, developing and developed countries. India has remained a developing country since the past few decades. The problem lies in the mindset of the people and the education system that is focused on delivering job seekers". "Everyone starting from a lawyer to a doctor to a PhD holder is looking for a job. This needs to change, there is a need to also instill job creating mindsets in our students. They should be exploring both the options," said Sisodia.

The interactive session was conducted by Shashank Srivastava, a self-made entrepreneur who started his career with a monthly salary of Rs 800 and rose to become a successful entrepreneur taking home a whopping Rs 1.5 lakh every month.

He has employed around 200 people directly. "The best brains of our country are going abroad to work for foreign companies and develop highly advanced software for them. The mind behind these successful programs is an Indian, but the profit goes into the pockets of the foreign companies. Their GDP increases and their economy strengthens, as these countries are producing job-providers with an entrepreneurial mindset instilled in them," said Education Minister Sisodia.

The Deputy CM expressed his views that "students are finally learning the importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset, and they now have both the options to choose from, either seek a salaried profession or take on the path of starting a business venture of their own.

I am also happy to see that the EMC classes have restored the confidence of students and helped them come up with interesting ideas related to the seed money of Rs 1,000 that the Delhi government is providing to every student of Class 11th and 12th."

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