ED Cells - History

Development of Entrepreneurship has come to stay in India. Entrepreneurship Development ( ED ) was first introduced to India through experiments conducted by Prof. Macleland of Harvard University in the state of Andhrapradesh . The first systematic attempt of ED was started in Gujarat, when realizing the need for trained entrepreneurs who will have better chances of setting up a successful industrial unit, the state level financial and promotional institutions of Gujarat joined together to set up a centre for entrepreneurship development in Ahmedabad. Thereafter, the small industries extension training institute at Hyderabad, now known as NISIET, under the Ministery of Industy, Govt. of India, also started programmers for ED. In Kerala, the first entrepreneurship development programme   ( ED ) was organized in 1976- 1977 at Alwaye.

The national financial institutions like IDBI, IFCI and ICICI, also realized the essential requirement of ED for the successful development of industries, particularly in the small scale sector. Consequently, they started funding EDPs in association with State Governments. The EDII ( Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India ) at Ahmedabad and the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development ( NIESBUD ) were also set up in the early eighties fort the same purpose. Now, the ED movement has taken strong routes in India.

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