Development of small scale industries will create Self-Reliant India: Aditya Jha

Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan to attend IIMC session on Thursday

New Delhi, 25th November:  "If we have to make India self-reliant, we have to focus on small industries. Self-Reliant India is only possible by the development of small scale industries." said eminent Canadian entrepreneur, Mr. Aditya Jha, while interacting with the students of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) on the third day today.

Speaking on the subject  'Entrepreneurship and Self-Reliant India', Mr. Jha said that young people want to start big companies in India, but nobody looks at the small and micro industries. Even if you start a small company or a small startup, you will still be called an entrepreneur. Therefore, I would like to ask the youth to focus on small industries.

Mr. Jha said that in order to become self-reliant it is necessary that we first become self-reliant in our thinking. He said that the big business model is in crisis today. The economy is going through a crisis because of COVID-19.  Today there is a need to create a Micro Multinational Company instead of a Multinational Company.

Associate Dean of Indian School of Business, Professor Siddharth Shekhar Singh said that India has always been Self-Reliant and the present government has made significant efforts in this direction. He said that about 23,000 startups have been started under the Startup India program launched to promote self-employment. Today India has the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world, which generates around 4 lakhs jobs every year.

Prof. Singh said that the Government of India has concentrated its attention on making the country Self-Reliant. The need for 'Aatmanirbharta' is being felt more due to Corona epidemic, which will now further accelerate the efforts of the government. To make India's self-reliant campaign successful, its implementation along with good policy is also necessary.

Earlier speaking in the first session of the program, Professor Daya Thussu of Hong Kong Baptist University said that Corona has inspired us to make changes in the educational field. He said that India has always been a supporter of soft power policy and it is through this policy that it has gained a respectable place in the world. India's spirituality, yoga, philosophy, religion etc. as well as non-violence and democratic ideas have attracted the global community. Professor Thussu said that the Indian government has been successful in presenting yoga as an Indian heritage on the global stage. The United Nations has recognized June 21 as International Yoga Day at the request of the Government of India. It shows the soft power of India.

Prof. Sundeep R. Muppidi of Hartford University of America said that the kind of critical role the media has played in information transmission and analysis during the Corona epidemic is truly commendable. But in this new media era, people have to differentiate between information and propaganda. Due to the increasing number of smartphones all over the world, misinformation is being propagated more rapidly. Therefore today we have to increase awareness and create understanding among people about 'information'.

On Thursday, the fourth day of the Orientation Programme, Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs, Screenwriter and Columnist Ms. Advaita Kala, Director, Localization of Microsoft India, Mr. Balendu Sharma Dadhich, Senior Journalist Mr. Abhijit Majumdar and Mr. Shalabh Upadhyay, Promoter of Goodedge Mr. Madhvendra Puri Das and Communication Chief of Reliance, Mr. Rohit Bansal will interact with the IIMC students.


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