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Start up - A Stepping Stone to Attain Self Reliance and Sustainability in Agricultural Sciences

  August 6,2020

A national webinar was organized by ASPEE College of Home Science & Nutrition on 6/08/2020 entitled “Start up: A Stepping Stone to Attain Self Reliance and Sustainability in Agricultural Sciences”. This webinar was planned to make aware the participants about start up ecosystem in India and opportunities of various startups in community science and other agricultural sciences. At the outset of the webinar, DrSurabhi Singh, organizer of the webinar and Assistant Professor introduced the theme of the webinar and stated its purpose to the participants. After that, Dr. (Mrs.)SantoshAhlawat, I/c Principal, ASPEE College of Home Science & Nutrition welcomed the authorities of SardarkrushinagarDantiwada Agricultural University, Resource persons and participants. The webinar was inaugurated by the address of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. R. K. Patel Sir. He motivated students to open their ownStartups and narrated the importance of start up to boost up Indian economy in current circumstances.  Keynote lectures were delivered by resource persons of national and international repute. The first speaker Mr. Rajneesh Kumar, Chief Operating Officer, PusaKrishi Incubator, IARI-ICAR delivered a lecture on Start up: Concept and Opportunities towards Self-reliance and Sustainability in Agricultural Sciences. He described the process of opening start up and emphasized various sectors of agricultural sciences in which start ups can be opened. He also informed about different startups related to agricultural sciences in India. He emphasized on the novelty and utility of an innovative idea to be successful as start up. Mr. Rajneesh session was especially focused on the landscape of agriculture and food technology in India and startup culture in the agri sector.He talked about the startup India policy and how the government has helped to scale up the Indian  startup ecosystem to be the third largest startup hub in the world. He highlighted various challenges of Indian agriculture and how these challenges can be turned into opportunities for budding entrepreneurs andenterprises.  Ministry of Agriculture and  Farmers Welfare has created a very conducive environment for the agri startup by establishing agri incubators across India  and  by provisioning support through funding support for startups under RKVY-RAFTAAR scheme of  Ministry of Agriculture.  Various ministries are now active in supporting incubators and startup in agri sectors. Besides, Department of  Science and Technology, NItiAayog, Depart of Biotechnology  and MSME has extended support  through their several support programs in scaling up the startup ecosystem. Mr. Rajneesh also mentioned international organizations and investors who are looking Indian  startup ecosystem  as an innovation hub and opportunities for funding  in startups.

 

Next speaker, Dr. Rita Raghuvanshi, Former Dean, College of Home Science, Pantnagar delivered lecture on Opportunities and Challenges for initiating startups related to Community Science.At the inception of her talk, she briefed about start up equation and importance of start up for students. Further she described exhaustively about various areas of community science where student can explore prospects of innovations and turn it into start up. All the five departments of community science have tremendous scope of entrepreneurship and few of those are development of value added products, medicinal clothing, ergonomically designed products, age appropriate toys manufacturing, social media management etc. Dr.Raghuvanshi also pointed out essential characteristics to be a start up owner. She provided an insight about the numerous opportunities of new ideas and innovations in each department of community science. 

Third session was focused on Government Norms, Funding and Support for Agri Start-ups which was taken up by Dr. VaibhavBhamoriya, Faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur. He delivered an in-depth lecture about government norms, funding and support for start up in agriculture and allied sectors. He explained about preparation of start ups to be in compliance with government norms. He discussed about government funding and how it can useful for entrepreneurs and new startups. Dr. Bhamoriya also talked about requirement of government Support for start-ups and how it is helpful. The webinar was higly informative about the start up culture in India and prospects of opening start ups for students of Community and agricultural sciences.Dr. I. N. Patel, co convenor of the webinar expressed gratitude to Honorable Vice Chancellor, Dr. R. K. Patel Sir, Dean, ACHS&N, Dr. (Mrs.)SantoshAhlawat, Resource persons of the webinar, program coordinator, Dr H. B. Patel, organizing committee and technical committee.