Need-Based Curriculum

The curriculum for the course will be developed with great care taking into consideration the specific needs of the would-be entrepreneurs. A certain degree of competence in reading and writing English, finance and accounts management, digital communication and behavioural science will form an essential component of the programme. Besides, the trainees will also be provided with comprehensive knowledge about the various facets of entrepreneurship with a particular focus on potential areas in rural enterprise and the potential challenges in them. By the end of the training, the trainees will be expected to have a fairly in-depth idea of the rural ecosystem, locally available natural and human resources; government schemes under Atmanirbhar Bharat; the institutional support system available and public private partnership. The training programme will also help them understand the rural business environment, micro and small enterprises and government policies for them, identify and formulate projects and facilitate active interaction with key stakeholders.

The course will be spread over 90 days: 60 days of classroom sessions and 15 days of field visit in phases. There will be a total of 120 classes, split into 74 theory classes and 46 case studies/group work, for 32 subjects under seven core areas. 

Language Based Handbooks

Taking into consideration the ground realities, the medium of instruction will be Odia while the course materials will be bilingual. AASK will develop seven Handbooks in Odia covering all seven course modules and the 32 subjects under them. There will be Lesson Plans in Odia to bring greater clarity on the trainer, facilitator and trainee. 

Plentiful Field Visits

If lessons taught in the classroom are not backed by field visits, they tend to lose their meaning. Based on this belief, we propose to thrown in plenty of field visits for trainees to give them first-hand experience of how things they learnt in the classroom actually work on the ground; the problems that arise and the way they are solved. In fact, as many as 15 out of the 90 days of the course have been earmarked for field visits. But they will be spread over five phases corresponding to four of the seven thematic areas of the course: Introduction to Rural Entrepreneurship (3 days); Institutional Eco Systems for Promotion and Development of Rural Entrepreneurship (3 days); Micro & Small Rural Enterprises (4 days) and Rural Enterprise Incubation (5 days). The field visits will be meticulously planned to ensure that they add value to classroom teaching.

Course Curriculum

1. Sensitization   and Motivation on Self- Reliance

· Dependency and   Self-reliant

· Job seeker and   Job Creator

· Success   Stories on Self-reliant Entrepreneurs

2. English,   Accounts and Communication

· Working   English to Write & Speak

· Finance &   Accounts Management

· Digital   Communications

· Behavioural   Science

3.   Introduction   of Rural Entrepreneurship 

· Understanding Entrepreneurship 

· Types of Rural Entrepreneurship 

· Entrepreneurial Competencies 

· Challenges for Rural Entrepreneurs  

4.   Institutional   Eco-Systems   for Promotion and Development of Rural Entrepreneurship 

· Rural Eco-System, Natural and Human Resource Base 

· Atmanirbhar   Bharat  & Government Schemes 

· Rural Skill Sets and Enhancing Opportunities 

· Institutional Support for Finances and Technical   Backstopping 

· Private-Public Partnership   

5.   Micro   and Small Rural Enterprises 

· Understanding Micro and Small Enterprises 

· Project Identification and Selection 

· Project Formulation, Project Appraisal 

· Government Policies for Micro and Small   Enterprises 

· Rural Business Environment-Social, Economic, Political   and Cultural Issues 

6.   Rural   Enterprise Incubation 

· Scanning Rural Environment- Economic, Technical,   Technological & Market 

· Business Opportunity Identification and Project   Selection 

· Business Plan Preparation 

· Forward and Backward Linkages 

· Market Linkages Development 

· Rural Marketing  

7.   Live   Project and Hands-on Support 

· Study of Rural Entrepreneurs- Growth and   Replicability issues 

· Entrepreneurial Opportunities-Potential and   Limitations 

· Active Interaction with key Stakeholders. 

· Working Together and Finalize Interventions 

· List-out and Networking with all Rural Support   Systems 

Case   Studies Interview, Field 

Mapping,   practice sessions