MAPUSA: The department of information technology has kicked off its boot camp to create awareness among students about the new start-up policy of the government and its opportunities. The first camp was organised at Assagao’s DM’s college, and more such camps will be held in next three months to create awareness on entrepreneurship in information technology field.
The camp was organised to promote, develop and support student start-ups in Goa as per the new start-up policy by state government. The secretary for information technology Ameya Abhyankar in the presence of principal of DM’s School Dr D B Arolkar and other dignitaries inaugurated the programme. The IT department and start-up promotion cell will run skill development programme in association with Facebook.
Addressing the students, Abhyankar said that “entrepreneurship is not difficult – one just needs to translate an opportunity into reality. Opportunities are many. What one requires are skills and awareness. Through start-up policy, the IT department is creating both these things. The camp will help the students become aware of opportunities and it will also help them acquire skills by which he or she can convert opportunities into realities.”
The IT secretary said, “I was told that now many students do not want to move out of Goa and want to stay back with parents.”
“Through entrepreneurship, one need not move out of state, but can stay back and still earn money. A laptop, internet and skills are what one needs.”
He also said that digital marketing has grown in the state as well as India. Abhyankar said, “Opportunity is huge and one should make best use of it as India today has 300 million smartphone users with internet. In next three years that will go up to 650 million smartphone users as a result of which there will be a lot of demand for digital content. There will be demand for businesses to be visible on digital platform.”
Principal of DM’s College D B Arolkar welcomed while Prashanti Talpankar coordinated the programme.