India is seen as one of the, if not the most, entrepreneurial countries in the world. Recognising the fact to social entrepreneurship education in India, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) has collaborated with University of East London (UEL), United Kingdom, to tap into that entrepreneurial spirit and to nurture and enhance it.
The primary objective of this collaboration is to mainstream social entrepreneurship education in India through sensitization, awareness, discussions and deliberations. EDI and UEL have formed a partnership to develop an internationally accredited qualifications framework to support social enterprise across India.
EDII – the renowned national resource Institute for Entrepreneurship Education, Research, Training and Institution Building, is planning to offer two-year distance education programme in Social Entrepreneurship for imparting knowledge, education and skills to set up social enterprises. Under the aegis of Udyamita project of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the Institute will also promote social entrepreneurship to facilitate inclusive and holistic growth of the local economy.
The Advanced Award in Social Enterprise will be launched in January 2017, which will give budding business and social entrepreneurs a pathway to gain the essential business and social skills and to bring their ideas to fruition – whilst also gaining a qualification and developing experience of building and managing social enterprises. The award will also be a motivation to the start-ups.
Speaking about the collaboration, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII said, “The collaboration seeks to inject enthusiasm and competency for social entrepreneurship education. This is supported by the British Council, New Delhi under their aegis of Social Enterprise Education Programme (SEEP), a significant initiative by the Council in facilitating social entrepreneurship education in India.”