Empowering Budding Rural Entrepreneurs The Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) is a premier organisation of the Government of Gujarat engaged in Entrepreneurship Development Training since 1979 and Skill Development since 2009. The concept behind CED is to develop entrepreneurs in the urban as well as rural areas of the state who can establish their own enterprise (Trading/Service/Manufacturing). This in turn aids the economic growth of the state and also creates employment opportunities. On the invitation of CED, Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care’s Educational Care team had a fruitful interaction with IAS Dr. Ramnath Prasad – Director, CED and Mr. Dharmendra Pandya – Deputy Director, CED. Consequently, Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care and CED entered into an MOU, which will cover the following initiatives: Develop entrepreneurial talent across different groups including students, women, and rural youth through workshops and custom-designed training. Provide support, mentorship, and handholding to village-level entrepreneurs to help build successful micro and small enterprises. Explore cluster-level joint projects to help enhance the livelihood of maximum rural and tribal communities in South Gujarat and extend the benefit of financial linkages through CED for entrepreneurs. An Entrepreneurship Awareness Workshop under this joint initiative witnessed participation from over 200 students from Shrimad Rajchandra Vidyapeeth and Shrimad Rajchandra Skill Development Centre. Thereafter, a 12-day Entrepreneurship Development Programme was conducted for 60 students from Shrimad Rajchandra Skill Development Centre. Experts from leading industries based in Surat, Navsari, and Vapi took a session during the course. A field visit to a manufacturing unit was also undertaken. Training on various aspects of setting up an enterprise like product development and marketing, team building, strategy and growth plan, and Government regulations was imparted. Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care is thus fueling the ambitions and hopes of the rural youth for a promising future!