Since the launch of Startup India initiative in January 2015, by the central government – there has been a lot of activities pertaining to startups in the country. As 19 Indian states launched their startup policies in the past three years, the state governments in the country have left no stone unturned to walk the extra mile to support the startup ecosystem in their respective states and turn India collectively into a thriving startup hub.
Speaking of supporting the ecosystem, mention may be made of Rajasthan, wherein – the Honorable CM Vasundhara Raje and Shri Akhil Arora, Principal Secretary of Rajasthan government’s Department of Information Technology and Communication has been relentlessly making efforts to nurture the state’s startup ecosystem and has been attempting to turn the state into the heart of India’s startup ecosystem.
So far, the Rajasthan government is burning the midnight oil to adhere to the seven pillars of the Proposed Scheme On Entrepreneurship Development by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
After launching several policies to nurture innovation and improve ease of doing business in the state along with providing platforms like iStart, Rajasthan DigiFest and Rajasthan IT Day to help startup showcase their talent, the state officials have now turned to boost the startup culture at its roots – by imbibing the the young college students and the budding entrepreneurs into the ecosystem.
The Rajasthan government’s Department of Information Technology (DoITC) is now implementing a first-of-its-kind government initiative wherein the selected students from the local colleges will get a chance to travel to the Silicon Valley, US. The idea behind this step is to help broaden their vision and enable them to take a quantum leap towards their prosperous future.
The main aim of the programme is to encourage college students to take to technological innovations, to encourage them to come up with digital solutions to real-life problems and also to transform their ideas into successful businesses. To be a part of this programme, any student pursuing his or her higher education in any college of Rajasthan is eligible to apply.