Agriculture department to provide Rs 25 lakh annually for FiiRE incubation centre: Vijai Sardesai

Margao, December 8 (GCBUsiness): Goa Forward Party President and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai has promised to allocated Rs 25 lakhs annually from the Agriculture Department to Forum for Innovation Incubation Research and Entrepreneurship (FiiRE) which he inaugurated at Don Bosco College of Engineering at Fatorda.

Goa Public Service Commission Chairman Jose Manuel Noronha , Fr Felix Fernandes, (Fr Superior), Fr Kinley D’Cruz and Fr Paul D’Souza were present on the occasion.

He also promised special and increased FAR to deserving educational institutions if they comply with the infrastructural requirements in the ongoing Margao ODP.

Sardesai recounted that in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of New Delhi’s Red Fort on Aug. 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced a new slogan: “Startup India, stand up India.”

It was perhaps the first time that an Indian prime minister spoke of the country’s fledgling startup sector on such a big national stage.

Naturally, it gave India’s startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs a newfound sense of importance—and that sentiment continues to be bolstered in Goa which was taken forward by the IITian CM Manohar Parrikar. The incubation centre will get Rs 10 Cr grants from Dept of Science and Technology of the Government of India.

Praising the GPSC Chairman Mr Noronha & Don Bosco’s Fr Kinley, Sardesai said it was their tenacity and perseverance that had brought India’s 191st incubator to his constituency.

Vijai said Goa has an ideal work-life balance which is the perfect environment for innovation.

Add to that connectivity and physical infrastructure that are fast improving, and a supportive state government that’s trimming the red tape, and what you have is a startup paradise. He said we should work to make Goa the startup capital of India.

The brand Goa is much more than the stereotypical tag of fun and leisure. Goa is the epicentre of the creative belt and with the presence of several prestigious technical and management institutions, it now boasts of high quality talent that can be comparable to any metropolitan city.

Recalling that as a young party, Goa Forward too supports the concept of incubation of business and technological ideas. Goa Forward too can be compared to a startup which first started as an idea to contest the Margao Municipal Election under the banner of Fatorda Forward. Upon tasting success in that election, it went on to take up the next challenge of contesting the State Assembly Elections, where it won three of the four seats it contested. Saying that Goa Forward’s achievements or rather victories have come through a lot of use of modern IT Technologies used during campaigning and electioneering right upto management of elections all thanks to IT. He said ‘We as a political party too are young and are on a path of constant innovation.’

“Goa Forward firmly believes that the talent in Goa is on par with the IT hubs in India but needs this kind of motivation and support form such incubations centers to help give them that extra boost to propel into becoming the next successful start up in the dynamic IT World,” he said.

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