A helping hand to small enterprises

With exams just round the corner, students of Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC), Delhi University are behaving like true bookworms. 

But as soon they finish with their exams, an interesting internship programme awaits them. 
 
Titled the ‘IT Maha Abhiyan’, Strategic IT Alignment of MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises),  DU’s joint venture with PHD Chamber and Integrated Association of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises of India (IamSMEofINDIA), this much awaited internship  programme will provide an opportunity to the students to assist MSMEs at the technical level. 

Though this e-Business Circuit by CIC, which aims to maximise turnover profits of MSMEs through strategic IT implementation, was started in December 2013, it is now ready to get implemented in June once the university exams get over. 

Students have already gone through the training programme session,  which 
is designed and facilitated by PHD chamber and IamSMEofINDIA to impart technical knowhow to students for the effective implementation of  technology like account and pay-roll automation software, benchmarking of website, document management system, office automation and inventory management, security solutions, hardware and networking of MSMEs. 

“It’s a kind of mini MBA where students will get a first hand account of MSMEs. We already had lectures by the faculty of the institute as well as experts from different companies,” says Professor Bibhu Biswal, who is heading the programme along with Rajiv Chawla, chairman IamSMEof India.

“There are a total of 27 groups where each group comprises first, second and third year students. Each group will work with differ-ent companies and will place them into different levels. Thereafter, they will help them to move from one lev-el to another by providing them IT solutions,” says Professor Biswal. 

Students will categories companies into different levels. After the survey, if the company is placed in level one category then students will help train personnel of the firm about the use of software like MS Office/Open Office, installation of the automated accounting packages and modules and creation of page on social networking sites. 

This will also include the registration of the company domain and improving the existing website for better business opportunities. 

In level two, procuring and installing document management system, training employees for efficient data base management, creating intranet for the firm and hardware and networking upgrade will be included. 

Meanwhile, level three will do a survey of the software used by the company and 
aid in installing and implementing infrastructure safety system and policies. 

Level four will have MSMEs struggling with business model and IT strategy. 

“There is a need for the MSME segment in India to improve the efficiency in order to be more competitive in the international and domestic market. 

DUCIC e-Business Circuit initiative will help the MSMEs in finding ways to leverage technology and services to be more efficient, reduce costs, and to develop flexibility to respond rapidly to the changing market conditions thereby transforming MSMEs to ‘Digital MSMEs’”,  says the professor. 

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