British Council and University of East Anglia host Panel discussion on the role of higher education and entrepreneurship

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British Council with University of East Anglia (UEA) hosted a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship and Universities on 4 November, 2015 at British Council Delhi. The panel discussed and debated on the role of higher education in developing ecosystem for enterprises specifically social enterprises in the country and areas where UK and India face similar challenges.

The panellists included David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Bacterial Biochemistry, UEA; Dr. Anil Wali, Managing Director, Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Dr Kuriakose Mamkoottam, Professor & Director, School of Business, Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship, Ambedkar University Delhi. Panel was moderated by Dr. Abha Rishi, Chairperson & Associate Professor-International Business, Birla Institute of Management Technology.

Richard Everitt, Director Education and Society, British Council India opened the panel discussion outlining the area where UK and India could work together. He emphasised that British Council India is keen to take forward the work on Social Enterprise Education especially in the Higher Education sector and shared some of the initiatives taken by the organisation in this direction.

Professor David Richardson talked about successful models and best practices which UEA is practicing to build knowledge, expertise, capacity and resources to enable a university led ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurs to mature and become self-sustaining.

Dr. Anil Wali mentioned that IIT Delhi gave the template for formal institutional framework to enable entrepreneurial ventures getting all the relevant elements in place. He also reiterated about identifying social challenges and creating innovations and solutions. He also talked about the IIT Delhi’s three upcoming research parks and the need for creating “techno-preneurs” who can scale up the sector exponentially.

Dr. Kuirakose Mamkoottam mentioned about disconnect between reality and the idea of entrepreneurship, with the flip side being that many entrepreneurs are dropouts. He emphasised that Ambedkar University has also set up an Incubation Centre which handholds the students through mentoring and other aspects and creates an engaging environment for social impact.