Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia is conducting 16-week comprehensive training for the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) Kashmir students for developing entrepreneurial orientation and converting their innovations and business ideas into successful and commercially viable enterprises.

The aim of the programme, which is first of kind training held for students of a university from J&K, is to nurture Kashmir’s agricultural entrepreneurs for tomorrow, who will run technology-driven and artificial intelligence-based agribusinesses. It will also expose the students to international standards of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The 12-module training programme by the Business School of WSU, Australia is organised under the sponsorship of the World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) for the institutional development of the SKUAST-K.

SKUAST-K was the only institution among the seven agricultural universities of the country approved by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for the training. For organising the training for its students, SKUAST-K has to enter into an MoU with the Western Sydney University, Australia.

The 60 students who will undergo the training were selected from 440 applicants from the various faculties of the SKUAST-K. The selection of the students was done on the basis of a test conducted by the WSU, Australia to check the entrepreneurial ability, innovative ideas and startup knowledge of the applicants.

Also, 12 teachers of the SKUAST-K are taking part in the training, who will act as mentors of the students in their entrepreneurial quest and will also help in creating an ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship at SKUAST-K.

Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-K Prof JP Sharma chaired the online inaugural session of the programme. The V-C, in his address, defined innovative and entrepreneurial behaviour of people as a key for any nations progress. While appreciating the organizing team from both the Universities, he stressed getting ideas converted into viable enterprise while keeping the essence of social responsibility.

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