New Delhi: Aspiring entrepreneurs in the bovine industry will soon get lessons on the spiritual, social, economic and environmental importance of cows. To encourage cow-based entrepreneurship, the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, which falls under the newly-formed animal husbandry ministry, is set to launch a course that it hopes will help entrepreneurs have complete knowledge of the industry.
While the Aayog has conceptualised the project, the course is being prepared by the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), an autonomous and not-for-profit institute. The course is likely to have 70-80 lectures and will target entrepreneurs across the country.
“This is a major area that has not been tapped. People need to have basic knowledge of the industry,” said Vallabh Kathiria, chairman of the Aayog.
“An MoU will be signed between EDII and Kamdhenu Aayog for this course and other schemes soon. There is a lot of scope in this industry but entrepreneurs don’t know and our job is to ensure there is a greater awareness in the field.”
The Aayog, however, is yet to work out the modalities of where to conduct the course. The Aayog was set up by the Narendra Modi government in February to ensure the conservation, protection and development of indigenous cows in the country.
The course will be divided into five parts each concentrating on a particular theme.
Students will be given lessons on the spiritual, social, economic and environmental importance of cows. They will also be given information on the scope of investment in the industry. At the same time, all the current government schemes that are available will also be discussed so that they can make use of it.
According to sources, the Aayog is trying to ensure government funding for the project. They further said that the EDII, apart from the course, will also work on developing cow-based tourism centres.
Kathiria further said that the economic importance of cows needs to be highlighted which will encourage more start-ups in this field. He has also been holding meetings with academicians and students to chalk out a plan for attracting and encouraging youths to be entrepreneurs in this field.