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Rural entrepreneurship and Vocational training

Rural enterprise promotion

With limited access to employment opportunities in rural India, large scale migration pushes migrant labour into the urban informal sector with inadequate social safety nets and poor living conditions in urban slums. A sustainable solution lies in enhancing their access to livelihoods back home. Local entrepreneurship in rural or semi-rural regions could enable growth locally and build local talent and capacity. This requires relevant and adequate training as well as building capacities to help create micro and small enterprises.

Under the aegis of the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), ISAP is running an Entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) for unemployed agriculture and allied sector graduates in 12 states of India. The initiative is part of the Agri Clinic and Agri Business Centres (ACABC) scheme of the Union Ministry of Agriculture. After training, ISAP provides active hand-holding support to these trained agripreneurs for setting up their own business ventures. ISAP has trained more than 4000 students so far, and incubated around 1500 successful ventures. (See http://www.manage.gov.in/publications/compendium.pdf)

ISAP-EDP locations include J&K, Punjab, HP, Haryana, UK, Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP, Jharkhand, WB, Chattisgarh. The programme is 60-days training and one year of hand-holding support. The training covers modules for soft skills, business skills, preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for access to credit, and the support phases includes mentoring and guidance.

The ACABC concept is easily extended to EDP initiatives for school dropouts and graduates in other streams for programmes funded by other sources.

Vocational skills training

ISAP conducts vocational skills training in below poverty line (BPL) districts. Rural youth from poor households are trained in various trades for a period of 90 days. We have developed a customised curriculum for a range of trades, and impart job-oriented knowledge including theoretical and practical training, certified by domain experts. Under the Swrnajayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna (SGSY) programme of the Ministry of Rural Development, we have trained 2500 rural BPL youth and placed 1875 of them in companies, banks, schools, cooperatives, dairy and retails stores. Some examples of companies that have recruited our trainees include Cipla, Airtel, ITC, LIC, Apoorti Bazar, Virgo Softech, Basix, Crystal and Bayer Crop Science. The trades include agriculture management, rural sales and marketing, warehouse management, computer operations, hospitality and house-keeping, rural banking & insurance and agri-machinery operations and mechanics. SGSY has now migrated into the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) under the Aajeevika Skills Development Programme. Our work is focused across multiple districts in the state of Orissa.

Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals
  • Farmer Households
  • Agri-Preneurs
  • BPL youth
  • Women
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