The National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship
Development Board (NSTEDB), established in 1982 by the Government
of India under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology,
is an institutional mechanism to help promote knowledge driven and
technology intensive enterprises. The Board, having representations
from socio-economic and scientific Ministries/Departments, aims
to convert "job-seekers" into "job-generators"
through Science & Technology (S&T) interventions.
The major objectives of NSTEDB are:
- To promote and develop high-end entrepreneurship for S&T
manpower as well as self-employment by utilising S&T infrastructure
and by using S&T methods.
- To facilitate and conduct various informational services relating
to promotion of entrepreneurship.
- To network agencies of the support system, academic institutions
and Research & Development (R&D) organisations to foster
entrepreneurship and self-employing using S&T with special
focus on backward areas as well.
- To act as a policy advisory body with regard to entrepreneurship.
The Programme and schemes evolved by NSTEDB have
created an awareness among S&T persons to take to entrepreneurship
as an alternate career. The academic and researchers have started
taking a keen interest in promoting entrepreneurship, which is now
seen, not only as economically gainful but also socially relevant.
Over 100 organisations, mostly academic institutions, R&D organisations,
agencies specialising in entrepreneurship development training and
also some voluntary agencies, have been initiated and supported
by NSTEDB in the task of income as well as wealth generation besides
creating new avenues of gainful and sustainable employment.
Some of the major activities of NSTEDB are outlined
here. More programmes are being evolved to suit the changing socio-economic
scenario and the available scope for entrepreneurship development.
are broadly classified into the following areas:
- Training programmes
- Institutional mechanisms for entrepreneurship development
- Information dissemination