Ahmedabad: Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad – an acknowledged National Resource Institute for entrepreneurship education, research, training and institution building – released two research studies on May 11 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Both research studies, carried out by the Centre for Policy Research in Science & Technology Entrepreneurship at the institute, were conducted under the aegis of Policy Research Cell, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The studies were released at the hands of the Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences. Also present were Shri Y S Chowdary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences; Dr Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology; and Prof K VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology.
The study – Effectiveness, Efficacy and Sustainability of Incubators in India and Benchmarking Them with Global Best Practices in the Incubation Space – authored by B P Murali, Former Senior Faculty and S B Sareen, Associate Senior Trainer, EDII examines major issues confronted by incubators in India and evolves a comprehensive strategy for growth of incubation movement in the country. The study includes major parameters like entry criteria, selection process, pre- and post-incubation services, infrastructure, human resources, performance, financials and exit strategy. The study has also compiled best practices followed across the world for incubators.
The second study – Inclusion of Technically Qualified Women with Mid-Career Break into Technopreneurial Activities: Potential & Constraints – authored by Dr Lalit Sharma, Faculty, EDII examines the potential and constraints towards participation of technically-qualified women with mid-career break into technopreneurial activities and suggests suitable measures to develop new policies or improve upon the existing ones in this area. The objective of this study is to facilitate increase in the female technopreneurial activity in the country and develop the know-how about the professional challenges faced by the women to re-enter the workforce after taking a gap due to family liabilities. An important finding of this study was that a significant number of respondents, nearly 75 per cent of the entire sample, were willing to become entrepreneurs and only 6.28 per cent of the respondents actually showed their inclination towards job, thereby indicating high possibility of women technopreneurship in the country.