Dr Uday Salunkhe Speaks To The Financial Express

Dr Uday Salunkhe Assocham’s 9th Higher Education SummitWeSchool bagged two awards at Assocham’s 9th Higher Education Summit in New Delhi for the ‘Best Innovative Institute’ while Dr. Uday Salunkhe was honoured as ‘Best Education Entrepreneur’.

Here are some bytes from his interview with Vikram Chaudhary of The Financial Express:

Expectations from the upcoming Union Budget:
Education needs more resources, funds and focus. The government must spend more on infrastructure with intense focus on quality and expanse.

“Higher Education creates professionals who can fuel the growth engine,” says Dr. Salunkhe.

Views on Start-up India:
Start-ups are going mainstream as they create wealth and generate employment. This is fourth industrial revolution. During such times, the start-up culture is bound to grow, and must grow.

Universities’ role in Start-up India and Skill India:
Universities will help create an atmosphere to promote entrepreneurial mindset, risk-taking and, most importantly, an attitude that is not averse to failures. A few institutions, like IIT Bombay, The Munktell Science Park of Malardalen University in Stockholm are good examples.

Entrepreneurship cannot be taught in just two years at a business school. Thoughts?
The statement is partially true. Entrepreneurship is a culture, not a workshop. It needs to be imbibed from an early age. Training is pivotal here. Two years of business school provides live projects, industry interface, EQ training, soft skills, internships and much more that help in creating entrepreneurs.

On the experience of working at the Nashik Kumbh:
It was launched in collaboration with the MIT to resolve several civic issues. The initiative gave students a platform to complement technological solutions with management innovation. Students worked on several projects ranging from basic amenities to traffic management and health services.

Association with MIT:
WeSchool has signed an MoU with MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services that gives access to methodologies used by them for mentoring ventures on their campus.

On Welingkar’s Venture Mentoring Platform?
Welingkar has a mentor board comprising entrepreneurs, investors and attorneys. They interact with student to provide views on the concepts of ventures, the business model, and target groups. There are over 33 successful ventures that have taken off from this platform in the past three years.

On training corporates:
Our MDPs cater to over 70 corporate houses, training personnel at different levels of their career.

Efforts on assimilating youth from Northeast India:
We are working on enhanced interaction, representation and academic connectivity with the Northeast. The region has about 36 business schools. WeSchool will devise a plan on how to give them a bigger and meaningful exposure.

For More On Story Follow The Link: The Financial Express

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