SHIMLA: Himachal government has formulated the “Chief Minister’s Start up/Innovation Projects/New Industries Scheme” to turn the educated youth from job seekers to job creator and in order to give support to the ‘Startup ‘and ‘ Innovation projects’ in the state besides providing skills to the youth and potential investors to develop entrepreneurship.
Industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri said that the scheme envisages various incentives for startups so as to enable the entrepreneurs to succeed in their ventures. He said scheme also makes provisions of creation of incubation centres in the host institutions in the state in order to build capacities, develop networking, establishing necessary infrastructure and generate Awareness.
Agnihotri said that basic objective of this scheme is to create self-employment and employment, upgrading the skills of entrepreneurs and to provide them support to set up their units under professional guidance.
“The scheme also aims at helping and holding entrepreneurs to select viable projects in the potential areas in manufacturing and service sectors and training them to set up Startups and running them professionally,” he added.
He said that key focus areas of the scheme would be technology driven innovation sector, rural infrastructure and facilities, crafts, arts, water and sanitation, renewal energy, healthcare, clean tech, agriculture, horticulture and related areas, food processing, retail, tourism and hospitality, mobile, IT and biotechnology.
He said that the government would also encourage Host Institutions like the reputed technology (IIT, NIT etc.) management (IIM etc.) and R&D Institutions (CSIR), other Universities and private Universities/colleges which are in existence for at least five years as on 31-3-16 in the State to set up Incubators/Incubation Centres in the State.
He said that government may enter into memorandum of understanding (MoU) with established Incubators to set up Incubators on PPP model in the state or may tie up with national R&D, Management and Technology Institutes to set up Incubation facilities/Incubators in the State.
He said that the state government would encourage establishment of incubators in the existing institutions such as HP Univresity, Shimla, CSK HPKV, Palampur, Dr Y.S.Parmar University of Forestry and Horticulture, Nauni, NIT, Hamirpur, IIT Mandi, IIM Paonta Sahib etc. for helping and promoting Startups and new industries in the State. He said that the government would also facilitate in development of appropriate infrastructure.