The Office of DC (MSME) conducts a large number of vocational and entrepreneurship development programmes. The Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) are conducted through MSME-DIs, with focus on entrepreneurial skills development coupled with specific skills relating to trades like electronics, electrical, food processing, etc, which enables the trainees to start their own ventures. The programe includes the following :-
(i) Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs):- Entrepreneurship Development Programmes are being organized regularly to nurture the talent of youth by enlightening them on various aspects of industrial activity required for setting up MSEs. These EDPs are generally conducted in ITIs, Polytechnics and other technical institutions, where skill is available to motivate them towards self-employment. The course contents of such Entrepreneurship Development Programmes are designed to provide useful information on product/process design, manufacturing practices involved, testing and quality control, selection and usage of appropriate machinery and equipments, project profile preparation, marketing avenues/techniques, product/service pricing, export opportunities, infrastructure facilities available, financial and financial institutions, cash flow, etc.
(ii) Entrepreneurial Skill Development Programme (ESDP):-Comprehensive training programmes are organized to upgrade skills of prospective entrepreneurs, existing workforce and also develop skills of new workers and technicians of MSEs by organising various technical cum skill development training programmes with the basic objectives to provide training for their skill upgradation and to equip them with better and improved technological skills of production. The specific tailor made programmes for the skill development of socially disadvantaged groups (OBC, ST, ST, Minorities and women) are organized in various regions of the states, including the less developed areas. This programme covers training across 60 disciplines.
(iii) Management Development Programmes (MDPs):- The objective of imparting training on management practice system is to improve the decision-making capabilities of existing & potential entrepreneurs resulting in higher productivity and profitability. Inputs on a variety of topics of managerial functions are provided to the participants in short duration training programmes. This programme covers training across 60 disciplines. These programmes are of short duration and the curriculum is designed based on the needs of the industry and are customized, if required by the clients. 20% of the targeted training programmes are conducted exclusively for the weaker sections of the Society (SC/ST/Women/Physically Handicapped), for which no fee is charged. Besides, a stipend of Rs.500/- p.m. is provided. During 2008-09, a total of 2400 training programmes were conducted and around 60,000 persons were trained.
(iv) Industrial Motivation Campaigns (IMCs):-Industrial Motivation Campaigns (duration of 1 day or 2 days) are organized to identify and motivate traditional / non-traditional entrepreneurs having potential for setting up MSEs so as and to lead them towards self-employment.
(v) Vocational and Educational Training:-The Regional Testing Centers, Field Testing Stations and Autonomous bodies like Tool Rooms and Technology Development Centers (TDCs) of the Ministry conduct long term, short term, trade/field-specific and industry-specific tailor-made courses as well as vocational training programmes.