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In view of the significant developments in Jammu and Kashmir in last few years, it has been found that development of the regions is critical for the overall well-being of its residents. Women empowerment has been identified as a key variable for development, family welfare, economic growth, progression, and creativity. In order to aid the development in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Institute of Management Rohtak developed a unique program to offer an opportunity to women of Jammu and Kashmir to spend 6 to 8 weeks in IIM Rohtak campus to learn entrepreneurship and management skills.

This programme was offered to various educational institutions of J&K. Nearly 350 students expressed interest in the internship program and finally 64 students from across universities and colleges in J & K were shortlisted. These students were invited to stay at Rohtak campus. During the duration of the internship, students got an opportunity to learn from eminent faculty of IIM Rohtak and imbibe the IIM culture. 

The internship helped students develop their business acumen and learn skills that would help them embark on their entrepreneurship journey or to pursue academic career. The wholesome internship experience included classroom sessions, expert speaker sessions, project work, debates, assignments, and several business development activities that helped the students develop business understanding and cultivate scientific temperament for decision making.

Students were introduced to the fundamentals of business management and entrepreneurship. Classroom sessions included delivery of topics like Bank Management, Market Research, Digital Marketing, Branding, Business Law, Supply Chain Management, and Talent Management among others. Students were also taught on how to design a sustainable business plan, take financial assistance from banks and investors, executive their business model, understand business laws, and launch the start up. Expert speaker from leading banks explained them about the financial regulations to start a new business and how to secure loans based on the business requirement. Similarly, expert speakers from top consulting firms made the students aware of the major opportunities and challenges in the industry and how an entrepreneur can make their business profitable by managing their resources appropriately.

As part of the internship, students worked on several projects, assignments and case studies.  Some of the key projects included writing case study on successful businesses projects of J & K in recent years, identifying the scope of growth for industries in various districts of J&K, and designing a business plan on their own entrepreneur venture. Regular debates on business and socio economic topics helped the students gain broad, multi-faceted knowledge and develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Prof. Dheeraj Sharma congratulated the students for successfully engaging in the internship with IIM Rohtak. He said, “Nurturing women talent who are likely to become future entrepreneurs and future academics is one of the best ways to aid to the further development of Jammu and Kashmir. These interns will lay the foundation for brighter future for Jammu and Kashmir”

One of the students while sharing her experience said, “I wish to thank IIM Rohtak for giving me once in a lifetime opportunity to take an internship with one of the best management institutes of the country. I am grateful to the faculty of IIM Rohtak for imbibing in me the best work culture and business skills that has helped me broaden my vision towards learning”.

“This internship programme has helped me become more comfortable with discomfort and challenges. Rigorous sessions, debates, and project work prepared me to take up challenges more strongly. My confidence level shoot up like never before.” said another students.

“My experience with IIM Rohtak has been amazing. I got the opportunity to discover a whole new world where I could learn from the best faculty with an excellent teaching pedagogy. The infrastructure of IIM Rohtak campus is one of the best I have ever seen” said another student.

More than 60% of those who did the internship will be taking NET examination in the next six months to pursue PhD program in various management institution in India. Further, nearly all of the interns expressed interest in pursuing higher education at IIM Rohtak. More important 94% of the interns will pursue some professional career option.

IIM Rohtak is one of the top management institutions in the country. It is the only IIM in the Delhi-NCR region. IIM Rohtak is the benchmark of management education in India and was ranked 8th among public B schools by Outlook India Ranking 2020.

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