By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 15 Nov: A bilateral agreement was signed between Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE) and National Institute for Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Union Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Ministry, on Thursday for the upgradation of entrepreneurship skill and education. The MoU was signed by Dr SC Gairola, Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education, and Rajesh Aggarwal, Director General, National Institute for Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development. On the occasion, Dr SC Gairola, emphasised that the Council is organising forestry research and related employment generation oriented skill development programmes in various centres of the ICFRE institutes located throughout the country. In the present scenario, entrepreneurship is an important factor to make skill a livelihood enhancement tool. NIESBUD and ICFRE will work jointly to enhance the entrepreneurship skill up- gradation of trainees. With this, new industries will be developed in the near future and new opportunities for self employment would be generated. In the past, joint entrepreneurship based skill development programmes were also organised with NIESBUD, resulting in this MoU. Rajesh Aggarwal, Director General, National Institute for Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development, said that the Institute is working for entrepreneurship development through research and training. The Institute is organising various programmes throughout the country in-order to motivate the youths for self-employment. The youths who are being educated at Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education will be provided entrepreneurship skills so as to prepare for self employment which is the main objective of this bilateral agreement. NIESBUD will train the youth as per the market requirements and help them in establishing industries and marketing of their products. By forming the self help groups (SHGs), NIESBUD will also provide the opportunities of group entrepreneurship to the youth. He also said that NIESBUD will organise entrepreneurship training programmes in ICFRE institutes/ centers located in various parts of the country. Present on the occasion were SD Sharma, Deputy Director General, ICFRE, Dr Poonam Sinha, Director, NIESBUD, Dr RS Rawat, Scientist, ICFRE, and Birendra Singh Sajwan, Chief Consultant, NIESBUD.