National workshop on design component under MSME innovative scheme concludes in Srinagar

Youth of J&K should avail opportunity to take benefits of MSME schemes: Prof Sehgal

Srinagar, Mar 14: The two day national workshop on Design Component under MSME innovative scheme aimed to generate new knowledge, build infrastructure and educate entrepreneurs concluded on Tuesday at SKICC Srinagar.

The workshop was organised by the Union MSME Ministry through Incubation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IIEDC), National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar and Br MSME DFO Srinagar at SKICC here

The valedictory function was presided over by Director NIT Srinagar, Prof. (Dr) Rakesh Sehgal. The function was also attended by Dean Research and Consultancy (R&C) NIT Srinagar, Prof. M F Wani, Registrar Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari.

Other dignitaries include Assistant Director MSME, Saheel Alaqband IEDS, Head, IIED Centre, Dr. Saad Parvez, Dr. Noor Zaman Khan, Incubation Incharge, IIEDC and Dr. Dinesh Kumar R., Program Coordinator MSME Design Scheme.

In his key address, Prof. Sehgal said organizing such workshops are the need of the hour. I hope that all participants would have high end ideas during the workshop, he said.

“Small scale industries are one of the best sources of employment generation in India and youth of J&K should avail opportunitiy to avail benefits of MSME schemes launched by Government of India,” Prof. Sehgal he said.

He said employment generation is one of the most important factors that determine the growth of a nation.

On the occasion, Dean R&C Prof. MF Wani said MSMEs have an integral role to play in the economic development of any nation. These enterprises are critical drivers of innovation, job creation, and economic growth, he said.

“They play a crucial role in fostering innovation and competition. They are more agile and responsive to changes in the market and innovative products and services,” Prof. Wani said.

Registrar NIT Srinagar, Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari said that MSMEs are an essential part of the economic landscape and have a significant impact on job creation, innovation, and economic growth.

“The NIT administration will continue to support young and budding innovators and they can use the institution’s labs and other facilities to foster their ideas,” he said.

Prof. Bukhari said there is no dearth of talent among the youth of Kashmir but there is a need for proper guidance, counseling to enhance and encourage their capabilities.

Asst. Director, Br. MSME DFO Srinagar, Saheel Alaqband IEDS presented his presentation on Design Components under MSME Innovative Scheme, Other Schemes of Ministry of MSME.

In his lecture, he highlighted the various schemes of the Ministry of MSME. The business scenario is changing and today innovation and businesses move forward together. It is very difficult to grow unless you have innovation in business,” he said.

Mr. Alaqband IEDS also ensured all possible help to young and budding entrepreneurs of the region from his office at Sanatnagar Srinagar.

In his concluding remarks, Head IIEDC, NIT Srinagar, Prof Saad Parvez said the aim is that the manufacturers, MSMEs should benefit from the MSME ministry schemes.

 He said the workshop provides a platform to MSMEs for design intervention by NIT faculty, top institutions across the country and top designers by rethinking and redesigning products to help them grow in the market, he said.

Prof. Saad said such workshops boost and encourage local entrepreneurs to come forward and avail benefits of such schemes.

Earlier Prof. Inderdeep Singh, IIT Roorkee delivered his lecture on Design for Excellence, it was followed by another lecture by Dr. Saad Parvez, NIT Srinagar on ‘Innovations in Design/ support from NIT Srinagar on MSME innovative Schemes’.

Dr. Noor Zaman Khan, NIT Srinagar delivered his lecture on Facilities for Design and Manufacturing and Dr. Dinesh Kumar Rajendran, NIT Srinagar presented his lecture on Design Thinking :A Progressive Mindset for Entrepreneurs & Start ups in J&K.

A formal vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Noor Zaman Khan, Incubation Incharge, IIEDC to all the resource persons, guests, participants who attended the workshop.

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