WES 2012 :: A Roadmap for- Entrepreneurial Education And Pedagogical Tools Available For Higher Education in Technical And Managerial Institute’s of India

WES Track: Higher Education track

Title of Paper: A Roadmap for- Entrepreneurial Education And Pedagogical Tools Available For Higher Education in Technical And Managerial Institute’s of India
Author Name: Dr Neelam Saxena
Email: Saxena.neelam@gmail.com
Organization: Dronacharya Group of Institutions.
Address: Dronacharya Group of Institutions, # 27,Knowledge ParkIII, Greater Noida, UP- 201306, India.

Co-Author 1:
Author Name: Dr Sheenu Jain
Email: sheenujain007@gmail.com
Organization: Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur
Address: Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur

Abstract:

Purpose: India is among one of the largest and fastest growing economic frontier. Creative and innovative entrepreneurship is the surest way for sustainable social transformation. For far too long, India’s best talent has defined success as a college degree and a secure job in Government ,Public sector or MNC’s as a the only way forward. For India to prosper the mindset is required to be changed. For the prosperity to penetrate down, India needs to convert this attitude from job seekers to wealth creators. The best long-term investment which a nation can do is to prepare it’s next generation and make them responsible citizen to pave path for growth. Rigorous quality education, market- driven training and identifying the opportunities are essential. To keep in pace with the developed countries, India needs to create more entrepreneurs who can design their business effectively and make them grow bigger and larger. This can happen only when Indian entrepreneur’s learn to be more innovative and creative in doing their business with efficiency and effectiveness in the global arena ie. by becoming more entrepreneurial. This can be only achieved when the higher education student gets a proper and rigorous exposure to the required skill sets and acquires a mindset to be entrepreneurial and then they can at least offer a start of Entrepreneurial ventures.The era of being an entrepreneur belonging to a select house is now a history. The importance of inculcation of entrepreneurship skills in the young generation has been emphasized and now it’s slowly becoming a part of curriculum. This has given rise to the technical and managerial institute to impart entrepreneurship as a subject. This paper essentially highlights the pedagogical tools used by academic institutions in developing nations to impart entrepreneurial education to students. Design/Methodology/Approach: Any nation’s, success in the growth and development is based upon it’s ability to develop technocrats’ as entrepreneur’s ready to take up the challenging task of innovation and creation .Hence there is a need of Higher education institutions to participate in this arena. The nation’s immediate concern is then of creating entrepreneurial skill empowered technocrats ready to generate business. Hence, Higher Education Institution’s have a role in highlighting upon entrepreneurial education if they want to ask/appeal to students to apply for the courses like -“start your own business” or business courses being offered by them which the present day students are desirous of along with creating new opportunities, to expand their entrepreneurial mindset, behaviors and skill sets which enable them to build their own future careers along with the contribution to the countries economic growth by creating more jobs. There is an urgent need to excite and inspire students and tell them about the importance of creating their own ventures and inculcating the entrepreneurial skills. Authors have approached various stakeholders, reviewed secondary literature, analyzed best practices across management, and engineering colleges, interviews conducted. It also includes one to one interviews with 50 entrepreneurship educators across the nations. Findings: At present entrepreneurship education is being offered to students primarily in business schools as a module or through extra-curricular activities. There is no set agenda for this syllabus. Candidates offering for this course need more opportunities to obtain experiential learning. Simultaneously B-School entrepreneurial education needs a revamp especially the view point of student, academia-more importantly of those candidates who are offering non business courses. They loose the significance of entrepreneurial education in their respective field. Higher education Institutions need’s to enlarge their focus in these non-business courses and emphasis on its relevance and change the perception of students and bring about a change in innovation, creativity, networking and risk taking ability. Practical Implications: This paper tries to summarize the methodology of teaching this subject, the challenges faced during imparting of the knowledge and the pedagogical tools available to teach entrepreneurship. The skill set required, the risk awareness, team-building, leadership and motivation required, market discontentment-criticality and identification of opportunities and harnessing the innovation and creativity are few examples. Originality/ Value: Creating operational e-cell in the campus, awareness in the youth, mentorship in the required field, initially working with a start-up company, campus- start-ups, setting incubators and a faculty oriented towards entrepreneurial bent of mind are few of the challenges ahead. This paper will demonstrate some of the best practices being adopted across institutions in developing nations and highlight it for the benefit of academic community. It’s more of interactive sessions in the classroom. An attempt has been made to understand the same. Keywords: Entrepreneurial Education, Innovation and creativity, Pedagogical tools, Best practices in Pedagogy.

Brief Biodata of Presenter:

Qualification: PhD,( Coordination-Polymers-BARC scholor), MBA (Marketing & Human Resource), M.Sc (Chem), ISB Hyderabad certified Entrepreneurship Educator, University of Stanford, USA, certified Entrepreneurship Educator, She is currently Professor and head of Department of Management Studies, Dronacharya Group of Institutions ,Greater Noida. Pursuing doctoral program in Mgt. (Entrepreneurial education). She is a doctorate in Polymer Chemistry and having Masters degree in Management. Professor with 22 years of career spanning in industry and education. Her work experiences, include Quality Control, Research and Development as a Scientist and teaching graduates and post-graduate students. Her total 23 years of career is made up of 13 years experience in teaching graduates and post-graduates in management and chemistry, 5 years in industry working in Instrumentation, Quality Control and as Research & Development scientist with GMP guidelines documentation and implementation. Her educational journey started in a missionary school till graduation. Followed by post graduation in Inorganic chemistry from Institute of Science, Nagpur. She started her career at National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, a CSIR Lab. and presented a paper in Indian science Congress based on the work done there. (a patent with CSIR).She was than awarded Junior Research Fellow – Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai, worked on “Development of Radio-pharmaceutical Drug 2-Methoxy isobutyl isonitril (MiBi) as a Brain imaging Agent and study on some TC-99 complexes. (through BARC) , to produce a brain-imaging drug, popularly known as Card iolite in the market.(a patent with BARC). My topic for Ph.D. 1992- Synthetic & Structural Studies on some co-ordination polymers of Zn (II), Cd(II) & Hg(II) Nagpur University, Nagpur. The two polymers as part of her research work have application in Aeronautical industry. She has worked as Quality control manager for a leading Homeo-Pharmaceutial organization following GMP and FDA standards. She has worked as R&D scientist with Maharishi Ayurveda Product, a 100% Export Oriented Unit. The lab. is recognized by Government of India, is a ISO certified and manufacturing as per GMP and FDA standards. Worked on analysis of pesticides and toxic trace metals in food product and in drinking water. She has been taking classes for Chemistry and Management for graduate classes. Worked with DAV Faridabad, initials as an HOD(Chemistry) and then, as a Program Director, looking after a course BBA. Taught marketing and environmental studies . At Manav Rachna College of Engineering, Faridabad she worked as a Professor & Head for Center for Skill Development. Looking after Soft skill development of all the students & teaching chemistry, economics and fundamental of management to Engineering Graduates and Entrepreneurship, Environment to MBA Post Graduates. She has recently completed a Certificate program on Entrepreneur Educator Development Course from ISB Hyderabad. And also successfully completed a Certificate program on Entrepreneur Educator Course from University of Stanford, USA. At present, She is Heading the Department of Management Studies, Dronacharya Group of Institutions, Greater Noida and pursuing Doctorate in Management with specific field of Entrepreneurial Education.

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