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Chennai college students conduct ‘Angadi theru’

Chennai: To encourage budding student entrepreneurs and give them a taste of the challenges of starting and managing a business, Anna Adarsh College for Women at Anna Nagar in the city conducted the Adarsh Angadi on their college campus.

The event had more than 50 stalls set up by students which sold products like handicrafts, food items, home-made beauty products, etc.

One of the coordinators and professors in the Department of Commerce, Anita Raman, said, “It is an entrepreneurial venture organised by the Entrepreneurial Development Cell (EDC) of Anna Adarsh College to enable students become self-reliant confident young women.’”

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“This venture gives students a forum to exhibit their enterprising and innovative skills,”’ added Shirline David, another coordinator.

Student president of EDC, Nusrat Fathima, said,”The students showcased some unique stalls like Virtual Reality counters, hair-styling salons and even a disco-pub with a DJ to keeps things lively. The highlight was the herbal shop showcasing products like face cream, pain balm and shampoo made by the students of the Chemistry Department completely in-house purely from natural ingredients.”’

The Tamilnadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd. also put up self-help group stalls to create awareness about self-help group products among the college students.

Prior to the event, the students underwent entrepreneurial training from the founder and chairman of Rumi Herbals, Thirugnanasambantham. They were taught the procedure to make the organic products they exhibited.

Talking about the learning experience, Fathima said, “This event will be a success if at least one person carries forward what she learnt here and sets up a business and I think many will. We students learnt coordination, how to set up a business and how to make a profit. We learnt how to interact with the customers.’”

Proprietor of Palam Silks, Jeyasree Ravi, and Anna Adarsh principal, Jayashree Ghosh, visited the stalls and judged the students on their creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and customer relationship skills.

Awards for the best entrepreneur, best customer-relationship and best maintained stall were given after the event. Residents of the neighbourhood thronged the campus to buy the products sold by the students of Anna Adarsh College.

SOURCE: News Today

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