SOW SEEDS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Schools teach the basic sciences and math that lay the foundation for higher education. They also teach students to think ‘out-of-the-box’; however the extent of going beyond the conventional depends on individual tastes. As compared to institutes abroad, Indian schools are limited when it comes to practical education. Most of us, irrespective of whichever generation we may be from, would have acquired more than our fair share of bookish wisdom rather than actual working knowledge of anything. This is one of the reasons we are afraid to venture into dark waters for the fear of the unknown. Books may teach us to flap our hands & legs and hold our breath to swim but reality is much more difficult, especially when one is taking baby steps!

For decades there has been debate on whether academics are the right people to teach entrepreneurship and if, in fact, it is something which can be learnt. Some argue the only way these skills can be taught is by entrepreneurs themselves dissecting their successes and failures and sharing real-world, practical experience. Others say entrepreneurship cannot be taught; that successful entrepreneurs have distinct traits which are innate, and that certain people are hard-wired to see opportunities and pursue them through new and innovative means.

A course on entrepreneurship for high school students has become the need of the hour to empower students to think out-of-the-box, look at unconventional ways for problem-solving and identify needs that have not been met, says Husien Dohadwalla.

Schools should accommodate a more practical method of education so that children will not be afraid to try what they want as they get older. For the seeds of ideas to germinate, a lot of effort, motivation and sacrifice is needed. While growing up, a young adult spends about 70% of his or her time in school, where teachers and peers have the power to make or break them. Therefore, it is very important for schools to realize this and groom each student with utmost care and responsibility.

Practical schooling approach will aid students from all socio-economic backgrounds because it helps cultivate unconventional talents and skills. Early exposure to an environment that hones their penchant for innovation plays an important role in developing the characteristics that are critical to become successful business magnates.

Students will develop analytical skills and core competencies which will help them become future tycoons. They will also develop practical skills like identifying business opportunities, making business plans, applying and coordinating the business growth.

Within our education system, entrepreneurship should be transversal competent. By developing a common description of entrepreneurship as a competence, one can fill in the gap between the world of education and the professional world.

Keeping these factors in mind, ENTREPRENEUR VISION program designed by ICCE is the need of the hour. This program will aid participants to understand a practical approach towards Entrepreneurship and create a better future for nation.