Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programme (ESDP)

Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programme (ESDP)

Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programme (ESDP)


The Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programme (ESDP) is a comprehensive initiative designed to empower individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to embark on entrepreneurial ventures. Aimed at fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, ESDP focuses on equipping participants with practical skills, business acumen, and the mindset required to establish and manage successful enterprises. Through a combination of training sessions, workshops, and mentorship programs, ESDP seeks to bridge the gap between formal education and the dynamic demands of the business world, thereby creating a conducive environment for the growth of small and medium enterprises.

ESDP recognizes the pivotal role that skill development plays in enhancing employability and promoting economic self-sufficiency. By offering targeted training in areas such as financial management, marketing strategies, and technological proficiency, the program nurtures potential entrepreneurs and contributes to the overall economic development of communities. As a catalyst for innovation and job creation, ESDP serves as a vital tool in building a resilient and enterprising workforce, ultimately contributing to the sustainable development of economies on both local and national levels.

The program’s objective is to motivate the youth to consider self-employment or entrepreneurship as one of the career options. The ultimate aim is to promote new enterprises, build the capacity of existing MSMEs, and inculcate entrepreneurial culture in the country. As per scheme guidelines, there should be an overall 40% women participation in EAP and E-SDP.

The program includes the following:-

  • i) Industrial Motivation Campaigns (IMCs):-One day/Two days Industrial Motivation Campaigns are organized to identify and motivate traditional/non-traditional entrepreneurs having the potential to set up MSEs and for Clusters SPVs/ Industry Associations/ Chambers for propagating schemes for MSMEs.
  • (ii) Entrepreneurship Awareness Programmes (EAPs):- Entrepreneurship Awareness Programmes are being organized regularly to nurture the talent of youth by enlightening them on various aspects of industrial activity required for setting up MSEs. These EAPs are generally conducted in ITIs, Polytechnics, and other technical institutions, where skills are available to motivate them towards self-employment.
  • (iii) Entrepreneurship-cum-Skill Development Programme (E-SDP):-Comprehensive training programs are organized to upgrade the skills of prospective entrepreneurs and existing workforce and also develop skills of new workers and technicians of MSEs by organizing various technical cum skill development training programs.
  • (iv) Management Development Programmes (MDPs):- The objective of imparting training here is to improve the decision-making capabilities of existing and potential entrepreneurs, resulting in higher productivity and profitability.

Vocational and Educational Training:

The Tool Rooms and Technology Development Centers (TDCs) of the Ministry conduct long-term, short-term, trade/field-specific, and industry-specific tailor-made courses and vocational training programs.

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