The Department has has excelled in the field of entrepreneurship promotion and Human Resource Development. It was established as the first state level department for entrepreneurship development since 1996.
The mission of the department is to promote entrepreneurial culture and entrepreneurship through well planned interventions for different segments of the society and to contribute towards economic development.
In this department has organized series of Skill Development and Capacity Building programmes for officials concerned with Industrial Development. The department of the Asian Institute has sought professional resource support from other such National level partners.
Its activities focus on building capacities in entrepreneurship, micro & small enterprises, vocational employable skills, technology up gradation, REASERCH, academic, management, entrepreneurship education, social entrepreneurship, water and Sanitation.
It has expanded its activities to other areas also which include Monitoring & Evaluations as well as Capacity Enhancement Programmes for NGOs working in the development sector; Management Development Programmes for Government Officials; CSR interventions for Corporate Sector; Faculty Development Programmes and Educational Interventions for students from Schools, Colleges, Engineering & Management Institutions.
Career Counselling has always been important but only recently, got the recognition it deserves. Earlier, people sought out career counsellors, for a change in careers, only after they got a job and were unhappy with it. Now, people recognize that this isn’t ideal. What note is worthy is to consider why people change careers.
It doesn’t take much thinking to understand that someone who does that was never convinced of what career they should take. Such a decision usually stems from school. Many students make career choices based on the most picked career among their peers. They don’t, for once, consider what they like until it’s too late.
Picking a career usually, comes after picking a course. If a student doesn’t pick the right course, it would inadvertently affect their career choice. A recent study showed that 1 in 3 students are unhappy with the course that they picked. That is nearly half a million dissatisfied university students! Such figures only point to one clear truth - The importance of career guidance in schools.
Decisions made at High School level often make or break a student’s career. Experienced career counsellors are trained to understand students thinking and their potential. Once a student’s potential is understood, the department r is able to guide the student to the best career suitable to him/her and help them make the decisions that ensure career success.
Students want to be successful and they don’t mind getting help. They may feel shy at first or think it’s weak to take help, but it is our responsibility to help them build strong careers. Having a career counselling department in the Institute was the first step in doing that. It is a great step indeed taken in the history of the institute which has shaped the futures of several students bright and glittering.