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Institute in India Offers Master of Social Entrepreneurship Program
A leading educational institution in Southern India, the Deshpande Education Trust (DET), has launched a Master of Social Entrepreneurship program. The program, which has been launched in affiliation with the Karnatak University in Dharwad, Karnataka, will provide an advanced learning opportunity for graduates who are keen to make a professional career in social entrepreneurship.
The program will include 25 subjects divided into four semesters spread over two years. Graduates will receive training in finance, marketing and human resource development with a social entrepreneurial bent of mind. Emphasis will also be placed on the overall entrepreneurial development and communication skills of the students.
The program director, Neelam Maheshwari, says: "We will be the first in north Karnataka to start social entrepreneurship course and we are already receiving good response from students who have finished their graduation from different streams like engineering, commerce, science and arts."
The program coordinator, Shashidhar M.G., informs about the encouraging response to the program: "Already we have received around 45 to 50 applications for the MSE programme and we have selected 13 students for the course so far. The main intention of starting the course is to provide entrepreneurship skills to students as well as prepare them for social work."
A student, Rajeshwari Kalki, who got enrolled for the program pointed out that if she opted for MBA instead of this program in social entrepreneurship, she will get an opportunity to hone her management skills. However, with a social entrepreneurship program, she will be gaining the same skills, while getting an insight into the social sector and how to employ those skills to achieve larger social goals.
Students with a graduation degree in any stream are eligible to apply for this program, as long as they have a commitment towards entrepreneurship, blended with their social goals. The program will include visits from entrepreneurs, apart from presentations and projects, as a part of the teaching methodology. The institute is in touch with real-time entrepreneurs and business leaders, apart from experienced teachers and NGO heads to share their expertise, knowledge and experience with the students during the course.
Source: The Times of India
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