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Unveiling Opportunities for Entrepreneurs: MSME Awareness Sessions at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Pharmacy

Unveiling Opportunities for Entrepreneurs: MSME Awareness Sessions at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Pharmacy


Empowering aspiring entrepreneurs requires guidance and insights into available opportunities. The Sri Aurobindo Institute of Pharmacy recently conducted a series of enlightening sessions aimed at providing comprehensive awareness about the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and its role in nurturing budding business minds. These sessions, led by industry experts, delved into various facets of entrepreneurship and financial support provided by MSME, paving the way for a more informed and empowered entrepreneurial journey.


Speaker Sessions:

  • Dr. Anil Kharia: Fostering Innovation Excellence in the Pharmaceutical Sector
  • Mr. Gaurav Goyal: Financial Support Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs
  • Mr. Punit Khandelwal: Blueprint for Success - From Idea to Implementation
  • Mr. Sunil Dhaka: Bank Schemes for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
  • Mr. Aditya SG Vyas: Mindset Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs & Early Start in Entrepreneurship
  • Mr. D.D. Gajbhiye: Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a Career Opportunity
  • Dr. Subhash Masih: Opportunities and Threats in Entrepreneurship - SWOT Analysis


Session 1: Dr. Anil Kharia


A Pathway to Innovation Excellence

Dr. Anil Kharia, the distinguished Group Managing Director of Modern Laboratories and Nandani Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. graced the event with a profound session on fostering innovation in the pharmaceutical sector. His talk encapsulated pivotal aspects:

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence: Insights into maintaining high standards and global quality benchmarks in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

  • Research and Development Focus: The vital role of R&D in driving innovation, with a spotlight on staying at the forefront of industry advancements.
  • Education's Role: The significance of quality education in nurturing future leaders, is exemplified by the Modern Group of Institutions' mission.

Dr. Kharia also imparted indispensable advice for aspiring innovators, emphasizing the significance of embracing failure, nurturing curiosity, fostering adaptability, collaboration, persistence, problem-solving, and the essence of continuous learning.


Session 2:  Mr. Gaurav Goyal


Financial Support Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs

As the Assistant Director of MSME DFO, Indore, Shri Gaurav Goyal enlightened the audience about various financial support programs offered by the Ministry of MSME. His talk highlighted schemes and awards available for aspiring entrepreneurs, aiming to generate employment opportunities and support self-employment initiatives.

Key Schemes Discussed:

  • National Awards, including special recognition awards.
  • Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY).
  • Stand-Up India for marginalized entrepreneurs.
  • Startup India facilitates tax exemptions and funding opportunities.
  • Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) offers collateral-free loans.
  • Pradhan Mantri Yuva Yojana and other initiatives fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.


Session 3: Mr. Punit Khandelwal

From Idea to Implementation: A Blueprint for Success

Shri Punit Khandelwal, a Consulting Manager turned entrepreneur, offered a practical roadmap for transforming ideas into thriving ventures. His session encompassed critical aspects:

  • Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset: Building the right foundation for success.
  • Idea Generation and Validation: Strategies for identifying pain points, conducting market research, prototyping, and soliciting feedback.
  • Building a Strong Foundation: Insights into business planning, legal considerations, team building, adaptability, and resilience.
  • Embracing Continuous Learning: Stressing the importance of learning from failures and staying inquisitive.

Attendees found Khandelwal's insights actionable, providing a strategic guide for navigating the complexities of entrepreneurship.


Session 4: Mr. Sunil Dhaka


Bank Schemes for Aspiring Entrepreneurs:

Shri Sunil Dhaka, the Lead Bank Manager at Bank of India, Indore, presented an insightful session, shedding light on pivotal financial schemes designed to bolster aspiring entrepreneurs. His expertise and experience in the banking sector provided a comprehensive overview of crucial initiatives facilitating the entrepreneurial journey.

Key Schemes for Entrepreneurs:

  1. PMEGP:
    Initiated by the Indian Government, PMEGP generates employment through micro-enterprises. It supports manufacturing and service projects, fostering inclusivity.

  2. Stand-Up India:
    Empower women, Scheduled Castes (SCs), and Tribes (STs) with loans from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 1 crore, encouraging economic empowerment.

  3. Mudra Yojana:
    Categories loans into Shishu, Kishor, and Tarun segments, aiding micro and small enterprises in various business growth stages.

  4. CGTMSE:
    Provides credit guarantee cover for term and working capital loans, easing collateral-free credit challenges faced by small enterprises.

    Offers soft loans at concessional rates to MSMEs, focusing on innovation and technology adoption for enhanced competitiveness.

  6. NSIC Subsidy:
    Supports credit rating for MSMEs, subsidizing costs and enabling smoother fund access from banks.

Mr. Dhaka's session highlighted banks' role in supporting entrepreneurs, fostering economic growth, and promoting financial literacy.


Session 5: Mr. Aditya SG Vyas


Mindset Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, and Starting Early
  • Background: Aditya SG Vyas, the CEO of IITI DRISHTI CPS Foundation, spearheads a Technology Innovation Hub at IIT Indore, supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  • Leadership Experience: With over nine years in technology and entrepreneurship, Aditya has been instrumental in driving innovation and fostering collaborations, showcasing visionary leadership in building and commercializing cutting-edge technologies.
  • Track Record: Aditya's entrepreneurial journey includes founding and operating a successful technology design and development firm that collaborated with industry giants like Bosch, Panasonic, Yamaha, and CMF, demonstrating not just technical expertise but also impactful partnerships.
  • Role in Startup Support: He played a pivotal role in setting up and growing CIIE.CO in the Central India region, designing initiatives backed by prestigious partners like SAP India, SAP Ariba, NSTEDB, GIZ, and STPI, showing an understanding of the startup ecosystem and meaningful collaborations.
  • Passion for Innovation: Aditya's commitment extends beyond personal success to empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators, aligning with his current role as CEO of IITI DRISHTI CPS Foundation, focusing on upskilling industry personnel and advancing cyber-physical systems.


Session 6: Mr. D.D. Gajbhiye


Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a Career Opportunity
  • Professional Involvement: D.D. Gajbhiye serves as the Director/HOO (Head of Office) at the MSME DFO (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Finance Institution) in Indore under the esteemed Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India.
  • Contributions: D.D. Gajbhiye is recognized for orchestrating diverse training programs focusing on self-employment schemes, innovation, intellectual property rights (IPR), export strategies, and entrepreneurship. His role in bridging academia-industry gaps and fostering skill development is highly regarded.
  • Educational Impact: His role as Director involves fostering an environment conducive to skill development and entrepreneurial spirit, reflecting his dedication to upholding the values of education and holistic development.

Session 7: Dr. Subhash Masih


Opportunities and Threats in Entrepreneurship, SWOT Analysis
  • Professional Position: Shri Subhash Masih is the Dean of Management at Vikrant Group of Institutions, Indore, showcasing a dedication to academic excellence and fostering growth within the institution.
  • Leadership and Academic Expertise: His tenure as Dean is characterized by a commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders, advancing academic offerings, research initiatives, and industry collaborations, demonstrating visionary leadership and adaptability.
  • Educational Impact: Under Dr. Masih's guidance, Vikrant Group of Institutions has become a hub of academic excellence, reflecting his vision for holistic education and commitment to upholding institutional values.



This blog undertook a road to transformation through entrepreneurship and innovation spearheaded by inspiring teachers at the Institution’s Innovation Council of Sri Aurobindo Institute of Pharmacy.

Feedback from participants showed a thirst for knowledge, indicating the desire to learn more and gain practical insights. These sessions were a spark, which urged future entrepreneurs to adopt innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

So, the journey as a whole serves to be an emblem that should inspire hope in budding entrepreneurs and prompt them towards embracing innovation with single-mindedness on their entrepreneurial path. It speaks of the transformative potential within, igniting a spark in innovators and change agents to make their mark on this world.

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