“Where people see problems Entrepreneurs see possibilities”. Our country is very keen in promoting its economic development. To achieve the goal of economic development, it is necessary to increase entrepreneurship both qualitatively and quantitatively in the country. It is only active and enthusiastic entrepreneurs who fully explore the potentials of the country’s available resources, labour technology and capital and use them properly for the betterment of the society. Entrepreneurs have a crucial role to play in the present scenario.
It promotes capital formation by mobilizing the idle saving of the public. It promotes balanced regional development. It helps to reduce the concentration of economic power.
Entrepreneurs exercise influence well beyond economics helping to shape political, social, environmental and cultural arenas.
In our nation approximately two-fifth of the total population are living below poverty line. In spite of various measures taken by the Government to eradicate poverty it still exists. Poverty can be eradicated only by creating more employment opportunities. This is possible only by starting more and more number of industries. So the government is insisting the importance of Entrepreneurship. Keeping these in view, Entrepreneur Development cell has been functioning in our college since 2003.
According to the instructions of Higher officials of Alagappa University start-up cell was formed in each and every department Executive council of start-up cells was formed on 10.08.2018. The council meets in the first week of every month and discuss about the activities to be done during the month. Various Activities are carried out by the start-up cells of all departments regularly during every month.
To Create an awareness among the students about Entrepreneurship an awareness campaign was organized for the benefit of all students of III Year UG, PG I and II Year and M.Phil on 29.08.2018. Mrs.AlagammaiPalaniappan M.A., M.Phil., SIKSHA CREATIVES , Sriramnagar addressed the gathering on the topic “Opportunities to become successful Entrepreneurs”. She enlightened the audience through her mind blowing and thought provoking speech. She inspired and motivated the students to start own business venture. Students gained knowledge about the new avenues of emerging trends in Entrepreneurship.
The activities carried out by start-up cells of various Departments during the Academic year 2018-19 are given below.
Department of Commerce:
The start-up cell of Department of Commerce organized an industrial visit for the benefit of Students of III B.Com.
51 students of III B.Com., and 2 members of the Teaching staff of Department of Commerce visited Susi Foods, Unit II ,Kalanivasal road, Karaikudi. (Manufacturer of BharathiIdiyappam Flour) on 20.09.2018. Students had an interview with the proprietor and learnt the procedure to be followed to start a small scale industry. They saw the various processes in producing Idiyappam flour.
Entrepreneur development cell of our college has organized a field visit for the benefit of III year UG students to Rural Training centre at Amaravathypudhur on 24.8.17. 40 students of III year UG from various discipline with 3 members of teaching staff visited Rural Training centre at Amaravathypudhur. It offers training in various courses such as tailoring, cell phone repair, handicrafts etc and it is sponsored by Indian overseas bank. Students gained much by visiting the institute.
Mrs. R.S. Shanthi , Asst Prof of history and Dr. Mrs .V. pradeepa, Asst Prof in zoology participated in the faculty development programme organized by the PMO-IEDP from 13th september2017 to 15th September 2017 at Alagappa university, karaikudi.
Four Students participated in the PMO-IEDP programme conducted by Alagappa university karaikudi from 5.10.17 to 6.10.17 .
An awareness campaign on entrepreneurship was conducted to the students of III year UG on 6.10.17.Mrs.G.Alamelu M.sc physics senior manager, IOB who is acting as Director, Rural Training centre, Amaravathipudhur addressed the gathering. She explained how one can become a successful entrepreneur.
Entrepreneur development cell organized SAC students Bazaar on 30.12.17 .Students from various discipline sold food products and handicrafts through stalls and they exposed their skills and talents.
ED cell of our college and women welfare development organization, Tamilnadu Jointly organized college Bazaar in our college on 22.02.18 and 23.02.18. Women self help groups from various districts participated in the Bazaar and sold their products in the college Bazaar.
To create awareness among the students Entrepreneur development cell organised SAC students Bazaar on 06.01.2017 and 07.01.2017.
Mrs.VisalakshiAnanthapadmanaban, member, college committee Seethalakshmi Achi college for Women, Pallathur, inaugurated SAC students Bazaar. Students sold food products and handicrafts through stalls and they exposed their skills and talents.
Eighty two students from various disciplines participated in the career planning competition 2016-2017(UG final year) which was conducted by Achi institute of management & Entrepreneurial development (AIMED). From those 82 students who participated in the competition. 11 students were selected for final competition. Final competition was conducted in Madurai. In the final competition, they explained what they want to become in future. The members of the teaching staff Mrs. L.N. Usha, Associate professor of commerce and Dr. Mrs.V.Pradeepa Assistant professor of zoology accompanied the students who participated in the final competition
Entrepreneurial development cell of our college conducted a one day motivation-cum- training program on 06.01.2016 in our college. Dr P.G Thenmozhi, Assistant professor, krishivigyan Kendra , kundrakudi presided over the function and delivered a lecture on the topic “Role of entrepreneur in the economic development of our Nation” and she explained the opportunities available under self employment schemes and how they can avail the opportunities , during morning session. In the afternoon session training was given to the students to prepare eatables by using millet, ragi etc.
The Inaugural function of EDP was held on 22.09.14.Dr.K.Chandrasekar, Co-ordinator of EDP centre, Algappa university , Karaikudi was the Chief guest. He delivered a lecture on the Topic “Challenges and opportunities of women Entrepreneur. It is highly informative and useful.
The Inaugural function of EDP cell of our college was held on 29.01.2013.Dr.R.DHARMALINGAM, Director, Skill Development centre, Karaikudi & Mr.R.Rajkumar, Marketing Co-ordinator, IL&FS Institute, Alagappa University, Karaikudi were the chief guests. They motivated the students to learn skill oriented courses like Animation, Fashion designing & Retail shop Management.
To improve the economic status of self help groups and to market the products manufactured by these groups, the Government of Tamilnadu has launched a new venture namely “College Bazaar”. Under the able guidance of Thiru V.Rajaraman I.A.S.,District Collector, Sivagangai. The Tamilnadu corporation for Development of women(Ltd),conducted college Bazaar for the first time in Sivagangai (D.t)in our college from 25.9.12 to 28.9.12.Our secretary Thiru O.A.A.Anantha Padmanabhan Chettiar was kind enough to offer the maximum support to the Government officials in helping them to conduct the College Bazaar successfully more than 15 stalls were set up for marketing the products manufactured by self help groups.
It is a matter of pride that the student members of the Entrepreneur Development cell of our college were also provided with an opportunity to sell their products like washing powder, cleaning powder, toilet cleaner ,Phenol etc.
The college Bazaar was formally declared open by our esteemed secretary Thiru O.A.A.Ananthapadmanabhan lighted the ‘Kuthuvilakku’ before the actual sales commenced. The Bazzar was conducted exclusively for the staff and students of our college and was not open the public .During their leisure time, the students were permitted to purchase the product displaced. Fancy ornaments, sarees, dress materials, gift items, fashion jewellery , herbal products, cosmetics, household articles, handicrafts, chettinadu sweets, snacks and steaming hot food items attracted the attention of the buyers. The highlight of the programme was the District Collector Thiru V.Rajaraman I.A.S insisted the college Bazaar twice. During his first visit , he interacted with the members of the self groups as well as our students and elicited a lot of information about the various goods kept for sales and also enquired the students what type of items they were interested in buying most. He also spent quite some time in pointing out to the members of the self help groups how they can effectively market their goods and also offered valuable suggestion. During his second visit ,the District Collector brought a team of foreigners to visit the college Bazaar. They enjoyed spending times in various stalls and also showed interest in purchasing a few items. It was a happy coincidence that Dr.S.Vijayalakshmi, Joint Director of collegiate Education, Madurai region, Madurai during her official visit the to our college, happened to spent some time in the college Bazaar interacting with the members of the self help groups ,our students and also purchasing a few items. On the whole, the scheme launched by the Government of Tamilnadu was a wonderful success because the response of our staff and students was enormous and the members of self help groups were immensely happy because they could earn a lot of profit.
The inaugural function of EDP cell was held on 16.02.2012 Mrs.M. Senthil D/O Miracle Beauty Center, karaikudi was the chief guest. He motivated the III year students to learn skill oriented courses like brainy work and sarjothi work.
Another one day training programme was given by Mrs.karpayam vedhamoorthy on 23.02.2012. Students got trained in the preparation of articles like paper plate, flower wash , artificial banana and coconut tree from the waste.