Promotion of Entrepreneurship from the Slums of Chennai City through Service Learning Department of Loyola College, Chennai

S. John Kaviarasu

Promotion of Entrepreneurship from the Slums of Chennai City through Service Learning Department of Loyola College, Chennai

Keywords : Interdepartmental approach, synchronization, public-private partnership, social concern, social significance, women entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, unskilled women, educational institutions, marketin


The interdepartmental approach in every institution is to be the key element of synchronization of ideas which help the institutions to reach out to the outside world. The students are to be exposed by the respective departments to interact with other departments and this fruitful interaction should give an idea for them to identify the possibilities to network and avail the resources internally for the benefit of students and the community. Students can also be made to approach the private companies and government organizations to pool out their resources as way of starting public-private partnership to largely benefit the society. In this way, the concept of land to the lab and lab to the land could be exercised. Institution can emphasize this as one of its goals and this should be focused on the academic restructuring of the syllabus. This article gives the concept note of networking with other departments to understand the possibilities of the strengths and weakness. This approach could help the departments bridge the gap of their weakness and strengthen their existing best practices and available talents.
As a social concern and social significance, students of commerce, for example, while studying the degree to make their prospective future can explore and pool out the resources for promoting the women to become women entrepreneurs from the poor communities; specifically from the slum. Initially students can help the women to start with a small business like saree selling, flower selling, vegetable vending, running tiffin shops, stitching clothes through tailoring shops, selling soups and they could gradually help women to extend and also strengthen their business / entrepreneurship.
The women entrepreneurs are to be trained enough by the institution in such a way that this would give a chance for the unskilled women in the slums and villages to develop their confidence in order to sustain their business and to become a successful entrepreneur with the support of educational institutions. This article concludes that outcome of such interaction and synchronization should at least help widows and deserted women to become successful entrepreneurs in a small way in their localities. This good initiative, if taken seriously and implemented by educational institutions, the poor women will gain social respect and lead a dignified life and have a strong footing in their life. For example, students of commerce in networking with outreach department can help financially at the end including the marketing skills to create victorious women entrepreneur in the neighborhood community.


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