BYST looking to generate 'Grampreneurs'
Kolkata: The Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), an organisation devoted to helping scores of youngsters at the grassroots level across the country, is keen on working with the Bengal government to produce "grampreneurs".
This is according to BYST executive vice-president, Lakshmi Venkatesan, who was speaking at the National Leadership Conference for First-Generation Entrepreneurs organised by CII-Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for Leadership on Tuesday.
"Grampreneurs", a word coined by BYST, alludes to micro level entrepreneurs. "If we can help villagers to become entrepreneurs, much of the unemployment challenges could be resolved," she said.
"At BYST, we provide holistic support from training and mentoring to access and finance. This is part of our stated principle and policy to encourage self-employment in manufacturing and service sectors and to also create greater job opportunities. Mentoring is embedded in the system," she said, adding that BYST is working in almost all states and it will be happy to join the Bengal government's current drive that aims to create an enduring culture of self-employment.