EDI to help Tamil Nadu in capacity building for MSME sector


AHMEDABAD: Ahmedabad-based Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) will help Tamil Nadu in capacity building for the small and medium industry and the associated government machinery, a top EDI official told media persons. Tamil Nadu government has targeted nurturing 1,000 first generation entrepreneurs in each of its 32 districts every year. 

"They want us to help in capacity building of their District Industries Commisionerates (DICs), cluster development, officials related to cluster development, distance education and that of small industries associations," EDI director Dinesh Awasthi told ET on Wednesday. 

A Tamil Nadu delegation led by state's minister for Rural Industries 
P Mohan is on a visit to Gujarat for exchange of best practises for development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). They visited Gujarat International Finance Tec (GIFT) city, jewellery industry in Surat, the Textile Park, common facilities at the park and were at EDI to strengthen its MSME sector. 

"This is a national level body for entrepreneurship development. We also have our state level institute for entrepreneurship development. Our state government has outlined a ten-year vision for development of small industries, particularly the manufacturing sector. We are here for exchange of best practices. We need help in some areas," said K Dhanavel, secretary of MSME Development of Tamil Nadu. 

The state government has launched a New Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurship Development (NEED) programme, under which it plans to nurture 1,000 first generation entrepreneurs in 32 districts every year. "Fifty percent of these will we women," said Dhanavel. 

Tamil Nadu has a total of 105 industrial clusters and is looking at EDI to help it identify more clusters for development under 
Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The state government plans to give them one month of training and then link them to banks and financial institutes as well as potential market. It has targeted an annual Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growth of 11% up to the year 2013 and a growth rate of 14% for manufacturing sector.