For student start-ups, govt to create single window system

The minister made this announcement after a two-hour meeting with the founders of over 40 start-ups in the state. The agenda of the meeting was to find ways to promote start-ups in Gujarat.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: February 2, 2016 12:49:09 am

The Gujarat government would soon implement a single window system to help college and university students launch start-ups, state Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama announced Monday.

The minister made this announcement after a two-hour meeting with the founders of over 40 start-ups in the state. The agenda of the meeting was to find ways to promote start-ups in Gujarat.

“We want to be job creators and hence, the Gujarat government is serious about promoting start-ups in the state,” he told The Indian Express.
The decision to set up a single window system, the minister said, was made after he listened to the problems faced by the founders of start-ups in the state and suggestions to improve the eco-system.

Chudasma noted the state government was already providing Rs 10,000 per month to students help their start-ups survive.

To create a start-up movement in Gujarat and compete with other states in this regard, he announced that “all universities in the state, government-run as well as private, will be asked to allocate space where start-ups and student entrepreneurs able to work during and after college hours’’.

Chudasma promised to “expedite the process of implementing the start-up assistance scheme initiated by the Industry Department, and activating the nodal institutions for these schemes’’.

The minister also promised to hold another such meeting in 90 days to review the progress of the agenda discussed in Monday’s meeting.
Key points discussed:

Develop and implement a common university start-up policy and empower universities to build common minimum infrastructure for supporting start-ups and student entrepreneurs.

All technical and cultural festivals as also other events organised in universities and colleges must have at least one component to promote start-ups in the state.

All universities and education institutions must hold felicitation ceremonies for student start-ups and entrepreneurs, along with such recognition activities at the state-level by the Education Department.

All universities must submit a report on its initiatives for student start-ups every quarter.

Declare an annual student start-up day across the state and also organise activities like “Start-up Run, Start-up Yatra’’.

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