The Department of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Secretary, Chanchal Kumar, unveiled a coffee table book featuring 75 young entrepreneurs compiled by the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis at IIM Shillong.
The book serves as a compilation of inspiring stories, documenting the journeys of successful entrepreneurs under 40 years of age from the Northeast. The felicitation of these entrepreneurs acknowledges their noteworthy achievements.
Coffee Table Book Release by DoNER Secretary
The coffee table book, released during a ceremony attended by senior officials of DoNER and IIM Shillong, including Atul Kulkarni, member, Board of Governors, IIM Shillong, DP Goyal, director, IIM Shillong, and Sanjeev Kumar Ningombam, center coordinator, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis, aims to recognize and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Northeast India.
The initiative is driven by the Dr. Kalam Centre to acknowledge the business prowess of the youth and support them in scaling their businesses through management intervention, handholding, mentoring, and various forms of assistance provided by IIM Shillong. The coffee table book serves as a platform to showcase the vibrant entrepreneurial landscape of the Northeast and inspire future generations.
During the release event, entrepreneurs featured in the book shared their journeys, challenges faced, and concerns related to developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region. Entrepreneurs present at the ceremony included Dasumarlin Majaw of Smoky Falls Tribe Coffee (Meghalaya), Tage Rita of Naara Aaba (Arunachal Pradesh), Bhaskar Bhuyan of Digibility (Assam), Pallav Gogoi of Bhaskar Homestay (Assam), Bijiyashanti Tongbram of Sanajing Sana Thambal (Manipur), and Pranay Kumar of Chakras Farm Pvt. Ltd (Sikkim).
The coffee table book launch not only serves as a celebration of individual successes but also emphasizes the collective entrepreneurial spirit that contributes to the economic and social development of the Northeast. The stories shared by these young entrepreneurs reflect the diversity and innovation embedded in the region’s business landscape.
In a separate article, we explore the thriving chai business in India, driven by young entrepreneurs creating modern and trendy chai cafes. Brands like Chai Garam Cafe have played a significant role in organizing the tea cafe sector across the country, offering unique chai experiences. The chai business not only reflects India’s culinary diversity but also fosters connections and hospitality.
Additionally, the Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam recently celebrated the graduation day of the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) program. The fellowship, funded by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, focuses on providing skills in public policy and management. The program, completed by 61 fellows, received praise from the chief guest for its impact on societal change and effective mentoring by IIMV.
In conclusion, these initiatives and recognitions underscore the importance of fostering entrepreneurship and skill development, particularly in regions like the Northeast, contributing to the overall economic growth and empowerment of the youth.
For more information on entrepreneurship and educational programs, visit the official websites of DoNER, IIM Shillong, and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis.