Biren Singh inaugurates start-up incubation centre in Manipur
Imphal, May 10 (EMN): A start-up incubation centre funded by the Planning department was inaugurated at DM College of Commerce, Dhanamanjuri University in Imphal on Tuesday.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh along with Education, Law and Legislative Affairs Minister Thounaojam Basanta Singh, Vice-Chancellors Prof. N Rajmuhon Singh (DM University) and Dr. Bhabeswar Tongbram (Manipur Technical University) were present during the inaugural function.
The incubation centre will be organising a three-month incubation training programme for 35 selected participants in the first phase.
Speaking during the occasion, Biren Singh appreciated the discipline and hospitality shown by students of the University on his arrival. He recalled that Start-Up India was launched in 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the scheme was materialised in the state only after the formation of his government in 2017.
Maintaining that youths of Manipur had got many talents and were hard working by nature, Biren Sigh lamented that lack of discipline, professionalism and ethics among the people have been giving hindrances to growth and development and even towards governance.
As such, he stressed the need for proper guidance of youth in the right direction by making them job providers and not job seekers. He said the state government has taken up certain steps to make educational institutions systematic and organised by appointing a regular Vice-Chancellor of Universities.
The chief minister continued that many entrepreneurs have come up with production of a wide range of items like strawberry, poultry, fish etc., thereby helping the state in import substitution and progressing towards self-reliance in many sectors.
Stating that the support of the public was necessary in any development work carried out by the government, he stressed the need to maintain unity among all communities by bringing emotional attachment and working together for the development of the state.
In his speech, Education Minister Thounaojam Basanta Singh stated that the chief minister has led the state with much capability, introducing certain innovative schemes for the welfare of the people.
In his keynote address, Vice-Chancellor, DM University Prof. N Rajmuhon Singh stated that incubation centres have been set up as an integral part of the Start-Up scheme to impart necessary infrastructure, mentorship, assist in obtaining financial support and to nurture and support innovations of start ups. The National Education Policy 2020 had emphasised on skill development, entrepreneurship and to promote technology incubation, he added.
The vice-chancellor continued that the incubation centre aims at enriching the start ups with all business related issues and opportunities, thereby laying stepping stones for the young entrepreneurs and helping them compete at global level. He further expressed hopefulness that incubation centres would help in mitigating the unemployment problem in Manipur.