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Integrated Entrepreneurship Development Programmes

Integrated Entrepreneurship Development Programmes P M Mathew WHILE sketching a historical account of the emergence and present position of Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP) in India, A N Oza (EPW, May 28, 1988) raises some important issues relating to its present status, juxtaposed with the original objectives. The central problem posed by Oza is the vitiation of the objective of EDR The objective of EDP, accor- ding to him, is "to identify and develop first generation entrepreneurs for promoting growth of healthy small business enterprises. This objective, however, has got vitiated over time as the number of organisations conducting EDPs mushroomed; there are at present 686 such organisations in various parts of the country, of which 616 are established or sponsored or financially supported (directly or indirectly) by the central or state governments, all-India and state-level financial institutions and the public sector banks.

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