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The annual Entrepreneurship Development Prgramme(EDP) of MBA department was successfully conducted on June 8. Chief guest M. Ganesh Kamath, president, Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in his speech said: “We need to have a positive mindset, right attitude and leadership quality and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and take the leap into the world of startups.”

Director Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ in his address said, “To be an entrepreneur, it requires to think beyond yourself.” He called upon students to let go of fear and think out the box to become future entrepreneurs.

The programmecommenced with the first session by Ms Vathika Pai who shared her entrepreneurial journey, focusing on family entrepreneurship and women entrepreneurship. Mr Nithin Vas, founder, Paper Seed, highlighted his experiences as a social entrepreneur, emphasising the dangers of non-biodegradable products. The third session featured a panel discussion on starting a business. Mr Edrich D’Souza,marketing and branding manager at Bank of Baroda;advocate Nikesh Shetty and CA Daphny D’Souza were the panelists. Mr Sorabh Naatha, entrepreneur, Canara Electic and Regrigeration Co. and Air Conditioner Point, chaired the session.

The programme was coordinated by staff coordinator Dr Swapna Rose along with student coordinators VenugopalPai and Vanessa Gokavi.

Earlier, in a video message, Ms Smitha Priya D’Souza, the managing director of Prime Tech MEA and the sponsor of the programme, urged the students to take up entrepreneurship seriously and wished the programme great success. Officials from the Santa Clara University in California with whom AIMIT has an MOU, in a video message commended the College on their collaboration and congratulated the MBA students for completing the business course. Certificates of ‘Starting a Business’ course offered by Santa Clara University California were distributed to students.

Dr Rajani Suresh, Dean (Academics and Research) of MBA was presented.