All India Management Association (AIMA) in collaboration with Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) organized its first ever workshop for Students of African countries studying in India. The theme of the Workshop was “Don’t Hunt for a Job, Be your own Boss”. Over 52 students from different countries of Africa participated in this Workshop held at PHD Chamber in sector-31, Chandigarh.

Mr. Kamal Singh, Director, AIMA; Dr. J S Juneja, Past President, AIMA; Mr. Anuj Aggarwal, CMD, Altruist Technologies Pvt Ltd; Dr Anshu Kataria, President –CMA & Chairman- Aryans Group of Colleges and Ms Madhulika Kak, General Secretary-CMA addressed the students in the event .

Some of the other speakers who shared their perspectives included Mr. R C Chopra, Consultant, Mr. J R Singal, CMD – Eastman Industries Ltd, Mr. Gurdip Singh Deep – Advisor – Parwanoo Urban Cooperative Bank, Dr. H R Bhojwani, Advisor – Ministry of HRD, Govt of India, Mr. C J Singh, MD – Core Communication Pvt Ltd and Mr. Gurmeet Singh, Director – GCS Group.

The focus of the Workshop was to inculcate spirit of enterprise among these African Students. They will get to know firsthand what is entrepreneurship and its challenges, complexities, pain and pleasure of starting an enterprise. This is primarily being undertaken keeping in mind the need of creating entrepreneurship particularly when jobs are scarce. Students after undergoing this workshop can pursue their interest on starting their own enterprise when they go back to their countries. The highlight of this Workshop is also a live visit to some of the small enterprises where the participants will have first hand appreciation of running business and where they will learn the entire process of doing business.

Earlier welcoming the participants Mr. Kamal Singh said the objective of the workshop is to strengthen the partnership of India and Africa by making students of Africa aware of the challenges of entrepreneurship. Dr. While giving the Workshop Overview said that it is needed particularly for these students when they go back and they will be able to implement this concept for starting their own enterprise. Mr. Anuj Aggarwal, inaugurated the Workshop complimented both AIMA and Chandigarh Management Association to start this initiative and also advocated the need of strengthen the spirit of entrepreneurship specially for African Students. He gave his own experience on starting his enterprise successfully.

Some of the subjects the participants will cover are Micro Small Medium Enterprises in India & Africa, How to Manage Small Business, Small Business Management. This Workshop has been organized as a part of India Africa partnership and it is supported by Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India.Dr. Anshu Kataria and Ms Madhulika Kak thanked AIMA for bringing this workshop to Chandigarh and appreciated the efforts in this regard.


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