GUWAHATI, Jan 16: The valedictory function for a skill development training programme on "Lifestyle Accessories and Products" under the sponsorship of Indian Oil Corporation, Guwahati Refinery was convened recently by Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) on its premises.
The objective of the programme was to create an ecosystem where aspiring entrepreneurs are well equipped with the requisite skill sets, and help them develop forward linkages to scale up their enterprises.
UPAKRAMAH 2021, an exhibition-cum-sale was part of the valedictory function. The one-day exhibition saw the display of some of the finest handcrafted lifestyle accessories and products which were handcrafted by the trainees of the "Lifestyle Accessories and Products" programme. The products range from coasters, table mats, showpieces, masks etc. The skills that were imparted were paper Mache, bottle craft, hand embroidery, crochet and candle making. Some of the products were also an outcome of up-cycling and recycling waste materials. The trainees who hail from semi-urban and rural parts of Assam have put in their heart and soul to come up with these unique products.
Post-training, a few of the trainees will be forming various self-help groups to make various handcrafted products that they have learnt during the course. A few of them will be supplying their products in and around their hometowns. One of the trainees has been hired by the master trainer herself. The feedbacks received by participants were also very encouraging for the participants.
Officials from IOCL were present for the formal valedictory meeting where Anjana Baruah Sharma, Chief General Manager (CGM), IOCL was really impressed with the final products at display, and had some really encouraging words to share with the participants. She was of the opinion that more of such initiatives are the need of the moment to promote entrepreneurship. This is more true in the context of NER's scenario where entrepreneurship still has many more avenues and scope to be explored.
N.J. Bora, General Manager, IOCL was very heartened with the outcome of this initiative. Dr. Abhijit Sharma, Director, thanked Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Guwahati Refinery for their support. It has been an endeavour of IIE to always work with marginal groups ensuring that entrepreneurship and enterprises thrive and grow. Dr. Sriparna B Baruah, senior faculty member and programme head spoke about the journey from the mobilization of the participants and how they are all groomed up to get into the market. She also mentioned that IIE will also be helping them in mentoring and handholding them post training, if required. All the other members were extremely delighted with the positive response received for all the trainees and the products that they finally came up with, a press release said.
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