A platform for promoting Entrepreneurship, which helps young citizens become job creators rather than seekers amid the uncertain employment scenario in the country – AAP’s pioneering attempt to empower through education.
With a vision to increase the number of job creators, Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal-led government has launched an entrepreneurship mindset curriculum (EMC) in the Delhi government’s schools. EMC is perhaps the next big reform in education after the happiness curriculum.
Aim of this reform is to build an entrepreneur mindset, so that students do not have to rely on the uncertain job scenario in the country.
The primary aim of this reform is to build an entrepreneur mindset, so that students do not have to rely on the uncertain job scenario in the country. This program is designed to not just develop skills but make an impact on the student’s self-confidence and instill self-belief. The programme aims to help students realize their potential and leverage with the help of a supporting ecosystem.
As per reports, the Delhi Government has been working on this project since December 2018. The framework was structured by a 40-member committee of SCERT, NCERT and teachers from well-known private schools as well as experts in the field of education.
The framework was structured by a 40-member committee of SCERT, NCERT and prominent teachers.
A team of 16 core members was working on the program since January. This includes notable names like SCERT director Sunita Kaushika, project director Sapna Yadav, educationist and skilling and entrepreneurship expert Abhishek Gupta, and chief minister’s urban leaders fellow Gayatree Anand.
The program was then started in pilot mode, by first educating the teachers. The pilot project was carried out across 24 schools in Delhi from 1 April to 10 May. The main aim of this project was to gather feedback for a full-fledged launch across the capital city.
The curriculum will be launched across 1024 government-run schools for over six lac students of class 9th to class 12th.
Over 950 observations were made by 76 observers. Initially, 480 teachers were provided training for this pilot project. The government received 371 feedback forms from the teachers. After that, training for over 3000 teachers was started for the big launch in July.
According to the team members, they
reviewed every activity and story rigorously to make sure that students will
enjoy the activities with a great level of engagement. The curriculum will be
launched across 1024 government-run schools.
It will be added in the syllabus of over six lakhs students of class 9th to class 12th. It will include a daily 40 minute lesson which is made compulsory for the students. To make sure it doesn’t add up stress on students, the course is made non-credits with no books and exam.
To make sure it doesn’t add up stress on students, the course is made non-credits with no books and exam.
Job makers not seekers
Such entrepreneurship curriculum are popular internationally. They are practiced by educational ecosystems in various countries and world universities. Delhi government’s effort is first such in India, to instill the mindset in early stages right from high school.
The man behind this curriculum, Delhi’s Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia believes that this curriculum will make students job makers, not job seekers.
He said in the inauguration event that during his visits to schools 99.9% students wanted to go for a job after studies, rarely someone used the word entrepreneur.
During his visits to schools, Education Minister Manish Sisodia found 99.9% students wanted to go for a job after studies, rarely someone used the word entrepreneur.
The government in this mindset program will give Rs. 1000 to each school student annually as seed money. The students studying in colleges under Delhi government will receive Rs. 5000 from the government. The AAP government will allocate Rs. 40-50 crore in their next budget for this scheme.
Each student will be provided seed money annually which can be used for case studies and developing a business model.
Students can use this money for case studies and developing a business model. This will make sure they don’t lack resources to further explore the world of entrepreneurship. They are allowed to keep the returns and government will bear the loss in case of failure.
The program looks great on papers, although there are still some challenges the government will face in order to make this a success. The biggest challenge will be to engage students, make them understand this is not any other extra-curricular activity but crucial grooming exercise.
The government should also focus on auditing the curriculum classes to make sure the school management and teachers are making the required efforts from their side to engage students. This may very well mean we can see some more surprise visit from Delhi’s education minister to schools.
By: Ishant Chaudhary, Editorial Desk, DKODING Media