About the DST -NIMAT Project
To promote & strengthen Science & Technology entrepreneurship, the National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India sponsors following programmes:
Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp
Each Camp, of 3 days duration, is conducted in the premises of an academic institution and aims at creating awareness among students about various facets of entrepreneurship while highlighting the merits of pursuing such a career option. In each EAC, students are exposed to different aspects of entrepreneurship, including opportunity guidance, services offered by agencies of support system etc. A visit to the industries located in the region is also arranged to bring the students in direct touch with practicing entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship Development Programme / Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme
An Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP), of 6-8 weeks duration, aims at training the S&T graduates and the diploma holders in the essentials of conceiving, planning, initiating and launching an economic activity or an enterprise successfully.
The programme content includes class room training on essentials of entrepreneurship survey of the prevalent socio – economic scenario, identification of business opportunities, role and function as well as schemes of assistance offered by various constituents of the support system, preparation of a technically feasible and economically viable project report, Achievement Motivation Training and also the nuances of management of an enterprise. Sessions on technology and finance are also arranged, depending upon the nature of project selected.
Technology based Entrepreneurship Development Programme
A Technology Based EDP primarily focuses on training and development need of S&T entrepreneurs in a specific technology area (for example, Leather, Plastic, Electronics & Communication, Fragrance & Flavour, Instrumentation, Sports Goods, Bio-technology, IT Computer Hardware, Food Processing, Bio-medical Equipment, Glass & Ceramics, Jute Products, Sustainable Building Materials, Herbs & Medical Plants Processing, etc.). The participants are provided with hands-on training in indigenous technologies developed by R&D institutions that are available for commercial exploitation.
In each TEDP, 20-25 persons, having a degree/diploma in S&T are trained through a structured training programme of about 6 weeks duration. The TEDP provides class room training on motivational management areas besides actual hands-on training in the specific technology areas by technology providers.
Faculty Development Programme
A Faculty Development Programme (FDP) is designed to train and develop professionals in entrepreneurship development so that they can act as resource persons in guiding and motivating young S&T persons to take up entrepreneurship as a career. Through each FDP, 15-20 faculty members of Science and Engineering colleges, Polytechnics and Entrepreneurship Development Organisations are trained for a duration of 2-3 weeks.
These programmes under the project namely “DST-NIMAT” (Department of Science & Technology -National Implementing and Monitoring Agency for Training) are mainly conducted by various institutions/organizations namely; IEDCs, NewGen IEDCs, STEPs, TBIs, State ED organizations, NPOs, educational institutions and other specialized organizations involved in the field of S&T entrepreneurship. On behalf of NSTEDB, DST the project is implemented by Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad on pan India basis.