Students Fared Much Better Than Expected in Business Blasters Programme, Says Manish Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said the AAP government’s Business Blasters programme has been successful in developing an entrepreneurial mindset and instilling aspirations among the students. The Business Blasters programme is an extended practical component of the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum that provides Class 11 and Class 12 students with Rs 2,000 each in seed money for developing business ideas.

Addressing an event here, Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, asserted the government is providing direct admission to finalists of ’Business Blasters’ teams from Delhi government schools in top state-run universities. Sharing his vision of aspirational employment for the youth of Delhi while delivering a keynote address at the livelihood summit organised by The/Nudge institute, the deputy chief minister said, ”The focus should be on developing an entrepreneurial mindset among the students.” ”The Delhi government has tried to do this through the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum. We have started working on (changing) the mindset of students via this curriculum. Under this, we introduced students to people who have achieved something as entrepreneurs,” he said.

”As part of the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum, we have introduced a programme called Business Blasters, under which we give Rs 2,000 to every student as seed money and ask them to make small groups and invest the amount somewhere and in the business of their choice. Blast the business mindset of your mind,” he added. Sisodia said even though nobody thought the programme would be this successful, the students have performed much better than the government’s expectations. ”Students have invested in thousands and have earned lakhs in just a few months. Now, every student is thinking about what innovative idea they can take forward. Every student is taking action and thinking. And this is a big achievement,” he said.

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If dreams and aspirations of a nation are not attached to the skill development of the youth then the country’s progress would be limited, the Delhi deputy chief minister said. ”To change this long-standing scenario, governments and educational institutions should ensure that we give dreams for the nation to our youth along with education so that they can become a part of the nation’s growth, Sisodia said. ”During the expo, these businesses got investments worth crores from investors across the country. Now, these students are all set to join premier higher education institutions in Delhi such as DTU, IGDTUW, Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University and NSUT directly,” he said.

The Deputy chief minister added that in India when it comes to aspiration, children’s thinking is often limited. But business blasters have broken these barriers and taught children to think big ideas and work on them, he said. The/Nudge Institute organised Charcha 2022 – a summit to bring together all stakeholders working to create resilient livelihood opportunities for India’s 250 million citizens living in poverty.

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