Lahore, January 12, 2016 (PPI-OT): Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), has initiated a move to promote industry academia linkages to accelerate SME growth through entrepreneurship development among youth. In this regard, an exclusive briefing session was arranged at SMEDA Head Office today with a group of 25 students from Shaheed Benzair Bhutto University (SBBU), Upper Dir, KPK. During the session a brief presentation on SMEDA activities and its role in promoting entrepreneurship development in Pakistan was shared.
At the occasion, GM P and P, Mr. Mairaj Anees Ariff highlighted the role of SMEs in economic development. He said that the Universities play an important role in promoting entrepreneurship culture. He said that only 2% of management students opt entrepreneurship as a carrier option, which is lowest as compared with developed nations. SMEDA in this regard provides services and facilitation to develop entrepreneurship ecosystem in the country. The students from the university expressed their deep interest in initiating entrepreneurial activity after the completion of their education and requested SMEDA to provide facilitation in this regard.
Raja Hassanien Javed, Provincial Chief SMEDA Punjab, speaking on this occasion, said that SMEDA develops prefeasibility studies and business plans to facilitate new start ups. He further added that a clearer vision, proper planning and risk taking attitude are the basis of entrepreneurial spirit.
Mr. Kalim Ullah, Lecturer SBBU, in his vote of thanks, stressed upon the need of developing industry academia linkages to provide hands on experience to the students. He said that a special attention may be given to the less developed areas like Upper Dir to inculcate a spirit of entrepreneurship in students.
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Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA)
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