Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), an acknowledged national resource Institute for Entrepreneurship Education, Research, Training and Institution Building will generated over 12,000 rural enterprises under Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) in Orissa (Odisha) over a span of four years.

EDII is the National Resource Organisation for Startup Village Entrepreneurship Program. The Institute is implementing this program in eight blocks of Odisha, has trained and supported around 3,500 enterprises under this project.

SVEP is a sub-scheme of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development. The main objective of the programme is to stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty & unemployment in the villages by helping start rural enterprises. The eight blocks in Odisha are Ranpur of Nayagarh, Morada of Mayurbhanja, Mahakalapada of Kendrapara, Puri Sadar of Puri, Angul Sadar of Angul, Kuarmunda of Sundergarh, Umerkote of Nabarangpur and Danagadi of Jajpur district. Among the eight blocks the former two blocks Ranpur and Moroda were piloted in the first phase (2016-17) and based on their performance 6 more blocks were added in the later stage (2017-18). This project is being implemented in collaboration with the Odisha Livelihoods Missions (OLM).

Professor Rajesh Gupta, Faculty, EDII and Head-SVEP Programme, said, “Under the long-term vision of SVEP, the Government of India aims to start and support rural enterprises, thereby providing employment opportunity to rural people and help them come out of poverty; while simultaneously resolving the issue of immigration. The entrepreneurs are provided skill training, support in maintaining books of records and credit and market linkages through a cadre of resource persons, these resource persons are village youth who along with the community leaders and community organisations ensure sustained support to the SVEP entrepreneurs at the villages”.

SVEP was approved during 2015-16 and the enterprise formation started in 2017-18. As on 30th November 2018, a total of 30,352 enterprises were formed across 20 States where the scheme is operational. Skill building support is provided to all the entrepreneurs supported under Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme through Community Resource Persons for Enterprise Promotion (CRP-EP).

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