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Feb 03, 2011 | The Hindu, Coimbatore

COIMBATORE: For a country that has just 16 per cent of its students moving to higher education in colleges after school, developing their entrepreneurship skills can be one way of encouraging more to look at self-employment. National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) will reach out to schools during its Entrepreneurship Week programmes from February 5 to develop entrepreneurship skills in students.

Laura A. Parkin, Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship Network, told The Hindu on Wednesday that the NEN was celebrating Entrepreneurship Week every year to create general awareness and build support for entrepreneurship outside the entrepreneurship circle, reach out to students and get more number of them excited about entrepreneurship, and introduce those already into entrepreneurship to a new set of opportunities.

The theme for this year was: “Ideas for India”. Last year, about six lakh participants attended nearly 4,000 events. This year, it was expected to be more than six lakh participants. The NEN had E-cells in colleges and decided to introduce structured programmes in schools too. Students would be encouraged to develop ideas, develop the product and try to market it. The E-cell members in colleges would reach out to schools during the week. Based on the response, the school initiative would be strengthened, she said.


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