GMRVF obtains NTI status for the agro-entrepreneurship course


The GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF), the corporate social responsibility arm of the GMR Group, has been recognized as a Nodal Training Institution (NTI) under the Agri Clinic and Agri Business Center (AC & ABC) program of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare on Monday.

The program is managed by the National Agricultural Extension Management Institute (MANAGE) here, and graduates from agricultural and related fields will be trained in entrepreneurship through a course delivered by NTI.

The GMRVF centers in Shamshabad (airport campus) and Rajam (Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh) have been selected as NTI to deliver the course under the AC & ABC program, an official spokesperson said.

For the course, batch admission will be 35. Unemployed agriculture graduates, agriculture degree holders, students who have completed their intermediate in agriculture and biological sciences, graduates with PG in related courses to agriculture with at least a year gap after education can apply.

The selected trainees will undergo a 45-day training course in NTIs which will include specific technical skills, entrepreneurial and management skills, and extension strategies for agro-entrepreneurship. The training will focus on agriculture and agro-allied activities like horticulture, animal husbandry, dairy production, fishing, beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, sericulture, forestry, poultry and agriculture, to name a few.

NTIs will also work with MANAGE and other nodal technical / financial institutions for the establishment of business units by trained candidates. GMRVF will provide free training as well as board and accommodation to all selected candidates during the training period. A separate youth hostel will be available for applicants. He will also guide trainees in preparing detailed project reports for obtaining bank loans and government grants.

The first batch of this course is scheduled to start from January 1, 2022.

“Skills development and entrepreneurship will ensure the growth of youth employment, as entrepreneurship in agriculture is limited in our country,” said GMRVF CSR director Avanish Kumar, added the press release.

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