Social Enterprise Education Programme Network

Social Enterprise Education programme (SEEP) is an initiative to build collaborative partnerships facilitating opportunities to students and faculty in India and the UK. The aim is to promote social enterprise ecosystem and create platforms for research and pilot projects within educational institutions. This will support institutions from both the countries to work together in creating material for students planning to take up Social Enterprise as a career.

This is a partnership programme that supports collaboration between UK and Indian academic institutions by providing grant for mobility and project activities. The primary purpose is to of build social enterprise ecosystem in Education systems and to strengthen policy and practice of embedding social enterprise in the curricula of higher educational institutions in India and the United Kingdom.

The programme is expected to contribute to and lead to one or more of the following objectives outcomes in the Social Enterprise domain in India and the UK

  • Mainstreaming Social Enterprise across disciplines
  • Curriculum development and joint courses
  • Incubation
  • Social enterprise network focused on higher education

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Mainstreaming of Social Entrepreneurship Education in India Supported by the British Council

Social Entrepreneurship in India, notwithstanding its visible growth, remains on the fringe of entrepreneurial landscape. The “Mainstreaming of Social Entrepreneurship Education in India” programme managed by EDII, in collaboration with the University of East London (UEL), seeks to inject enthusiasm and competency for social entrepreneurship education. This is supported by the British Council, New Delhi under their aegis of Social Enterprise Education Programme (SEEP), a significant initiative by the Council in facilitating social entrepreneurship education in India.

The primary purpose of SEEP is to build a social enterprise ecosystem in education domain and to strengthen it both in policy making and its practice. It intends to do so by introducing it into formal education system, blending Indian knowledge/practice with global one. This would lay ground for social entrepreneurship education through development of curriculum and learning material resource. It promotes innovation on social entrepreneurship education through tie-ups with incubation centres and a higher education oriented network. Given the size of the country and complexity, the programme focuses on eight low income states and Gujarat in the context of programme work.

Dr Sanjay Pal and Mr S.S. Modi, Faculty Members of EDII attended the Round Table on 31st March 2016 at University of East London, U.K. to make a presentation on EDII’s approach, rationale and also share their experience in Social Entrepreneurship Education.

The British Council convened a Review-cum Sharing Meeting of the 10 SEEP project partners at IIT Madras, India on 14th April 2016.

Mr Richard Everitt, Director - Education and Society, British Council India while welcoming the participants highlighted the importance of SEEP for furthering UK-India partnership endeavours, especially in social enterprise education system.

Dr Guru Gujral, Head – Society (India), British Council and Mr. Sameer Chaturvedi, Head – Social Enterprise (India), British Council addressing the project partners at IIT Chennai.

Five Regional Advisory Group (RAG) meetings were held at Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Lucknow, Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata. More than eighty participants across eight states helped generate ideas for effective introduction of social entrepreneurship in the formal education system. This group was a rich blend of academia, policy makers, social entrepreneurs and business membership organisations (BMOs). The critical discussion helped us develop keen insights on the pedagogy, curriculum and evaluation of the subject.

RAG Meeting at EDII Ahmedabad under progress:

Prof Andre and Prof Tim of University of East London visited EDII and interacted with the students of EDII. The learnings from the RAGs and due discussions with our partners at University of East London (UEL) helped in planning and developing viable knowledge, skill networks and curricula besides the course content for social entrepreneurship for the MOOC platform. Plans for Training of teachers and accreditation were also discussed. The Indian audience and its need are being kept in mind while developing the course content. The curriculum being developed under the SEEP project should soon be up on the website. UEL also encouraged social entrepreneurship ventures at EDII. A Network on Social Entrepreneurship Education (NSSEE) is also being strengthened.

Sensitization Workshop Concluded At Ahmedabad

Under the aegis of British Council, EDII in partnership with University of East London is helping in mainstreaming social entrepreneurship education across disciplines. The primary purpose is to build social entrepreneurship in education systems and to strengthen policy and practice of embedding social entrepreneurship in the curricula of higher educational institutions in India and the United Kingdom. We have already been in consultation with various enthusiastic stakeholders of the education system through the regional advisory group meetings. These discussions were highly useful and helped us to consolidate various perspectives before launching an appropriate strategy to mainstream social entrepreneurship in our Indian education system.

It is against this background that a sensitization workshop was organized on 20th September 2016 at EDII Gandhinagar. Dr Sunil Shukla, Director EDII welcomed Ms Moumita Bhattacharya, Head British Council Ahmedabad and gave the inaugural address. Ms Bhattacharya shared the role of British Council in India and an overview of the project .The real life experiences of two social entrepreneurs, Ms Sonal Mehta and Mr Pritesh Bhatia, who are also academicians, were shared helping to develop keen insights on the subject. Dr Bhavesh Pandya discussed how social entrepreneurship was getting huge attention in academics and one could see its positive impact. The objective of the workshop was to understand the diverse scope of social entrepreneurship across multi-disciplinary education system.

Inaugural Session at the Sensitization Workshop

Dr Sunil Shukla, Director EDII giving the inaugral address

The participants of the programme:

Ms Moumita Bhattacharya, Head British Council with other participants

Ms. Maumitaa Bhattacharya, Head British Council Ahmedabad, addressing the Meet