Partnership 2k20

Promoting women's family-based entrepreneurship in West Bengal
Collaboration: Claflin University and Visva-Bharati

"It gives me immense pleasure to extend my warm wishes to the newly created website developed especially for the international collaborative project USA – India Partnership 2020 on Promoting Women’s Family-based Entrepreneurship in West Bengal funded by the Claflin University, USA. The project collaborates with two important Universities of two countries. Claflin University, the oldest historically black university in the state of South Carolina is located in the small city of Orangeburg in South Carolina. For the last 150 years, Claflin University has fulfilled its mission of providing higher education, economic opportunities, and empowerment for minorities and women. Likewise, Visva Bharati was founded in 1921 by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. In 1951, Visva Bharati University became a central university operated by the Government of India. An act of the Indian Parliament declared this university to be "An Institution of National Importance". Currently, at Visva Bharati University there are more women students than male students. Both the partnering institutions are located in small cities located in the middle of rural areas. In West Bengal, in most cases, women’s home-based small businesses needed the daily assistance of family members such as sisters, daughters, and husbands. Based on these findings the proposed Claflin University- Visva Bharati University project will address the small business development needs of women and their family members who work with them. The choice of the state of West Bengal is justifiable because the state government of West Bengal is currently promoting entrepreneurship with Startup Bengal. The project activities will benefit the state of West Bengal in India to augment women’s entrepreneurship. The training programs on different entrepreneurship will have tangible impacts on job creation and entrepreneurship. For the benefit of the region in the U.S. where Claflin University is located, project staff is also offering a similar training program for women’s family-based small businesses. The project will also contribute to expanding academic research on entrepreneurship among faculty and students in both institutions. No income is expected from this project for the partnering universities. I am confident about the success of the project to meet the need of the future entrepreneurs of the two countries. Best Wishes!"

Professor (Dr.) Amit Kumar Hazra

Project Manager of the Project USA-India Partnership 2020
&
Dean of Faculties Institute of Rural Reconstruction Visva-Bharati
&
Head Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension Visva-Bharati

"It gives me immense pleasure to extend my warm wishes to the newly created website developed especially for the international collaborative project USA – India Partnership 2020 on Promoting Women’s Family-based Entrepreneurship in West Bengal funded by the Claflin University, USA. The project collaborates with two important Universities of two countries. Claflin University, the oldest historically black university in the state of South Carolina is located in the small city of Orangeburg in South Carolina. For the last 150 years, Claflin University has fulfilled its mission of providing higher education, economic opportunities, and empowerment for minorities and women. Likewise, Visva Bharati was founded in 1921 by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. In 1951, Visva Bharati University became a central university operated by the Government of India. An act of the Indian Parliament declared this university to be "An Institution of National Importance". Currently, at Visva Bharati University there are more women students than male students. Both the partnering institutions are located in small cities located in the middle of rural areas. In West Bengal, in most cases, women’s home-based small businesses needed the daily assistance of family members such as sisters, daughters, and husbands. Based on these findings the proposed Claflin University- Visva Bharati University project will address the small business development needs of women and their family members who work with them. The choice of the state of West Bengal is justifiable because the state government of West Bengal is currently promoting entrepreneurship with Startup Bengal. The project activities will benefit the state of West Bengal in India to augment women’s entrepreneurship. The training programs on different entrepreneurship will have tangible impacts on job creation and entrepreneurship. For the benefit of the region in the U.S. where Claflin University is located, project staff is also offering a similar training program for women’s family-based small businesses. The project will also contribute to expanding academic research on entrepreneurship among faculty and students in both institutions. No income is expected from this project for the partnering universities. I am confident about the success of the project to meet the need of the future entrepreneurs of the two countries. Best Wishes!"

Professor (Dr.) Amit Kumar Hazra

Project Manager of the Project USA-India Partnership 2020
&
Dean of Faculties Institute of Rural Reconstruction Visva-Bharati
&
Head Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension Visva-Bharati