“We will have a workforce of billion persons by 2030 with a million persons entering the job market every month. While skill development is critical, it won’t translate into enough employment unless existing firms grow and many new enterprises come up,“ a senior government official told ET.
The Indian economy is currently creating only 5.5 million organised sector jobs a year, resulting in a burgeoning demand for jobs that are non-existent, he pointed out.
The ministry is exploring tie-ups with Ahmedabad-based Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) and US-based non-profit, Wadhwani Foundation, both of which have ex tensive expertise on the subject.
The National Skills Develop ment Corpora tion and indus try chambers like CII and FIC CI are also likely to partner the startup network.
The new startup network would also bring on board existing entrepreneurship promotion initiatives such as the National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (set up in 1982 under the Ministry of Science and Technology) and the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development under the aegis of the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises.
While social enterprises (read forprofit, but socially responsible businesses) would also be encouraged by the proposed startup network, a partnership is also being put in place for commercialising grass-root level innovations.
“We will work with the National Innovation Foundation to support and scale-up grass-root innovations and idea. New technologydriven startups will get a platform of incubation, mentoring and assistance,“ the official said, adding that they are consulting state governments on these plans to boost entrepreneurship.
According to the ministry, the Wadhwani Foundation trains and backs over 100,000 aspiring student entrepreneurs at 500 colleges in India and has over 7,300 mentors and trainers. The EDII, which is an autonomous not-for-profit institute, has developed over 20,000 entrepreneurs and has 3,000 trainers in its institutional network.