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Soft and Hard Interventions for MSME Clusters (22-26 May 2017)

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By- Programme Director – Surya Prakash Goud


Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector has emerged as engine of growth in the new millennium. Innovation and creativity are the strengths of MSME sector and play vital role in economic development of the country by way of providing huge employment opportunities, investments and exports. Presently the cluster development strategy has become popular across the globe for enhancing competitiveness and promoting innovation in the MSME sector. The development of industrial clusters as a tool for increasing production, triggering economic growth, alleviating poverty and removing regional economic imbalances is gaining momentum in both the developed and developing countries.

Clusters are defined as geographical concentration of enterprises, specialised suppliers, service providers and associated institutions and organizations in a particular field that compete but also co-operate. The Cluster strategy offers advantages for MSME sector in efficiency, effectiveness, and flexibility which help to enhance the productivity and develop new innovative products. To make MSMEs more productive and competitive, the Government of India through its Ministries is implementing a good number of cluster based development programmes.

In addition, many International agencies, Commercial banks and NGOs are also taking part in cluster development. Micro and Small Enterprises Cluster Development Programme (MSE-CDP), Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), Integrated Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (IHCDS), and Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana (AHVY) are some of the important schemes being implementing by the Government of India.

Keeping this in view the National Resource Centre for Cluster Development (NRCD) of ni-msme announces One week training programme on “Soft and Hard Interventions for MSME Clusters” for the benefit of officials of Industry Department, Industry Associations, Development Consultants, NGOs, and other agencies involved in enterprise promotion.


The programme aims to enable the participants to

Understand basic concepts of cluster theory

Carry out Cluster analysis and Prepare Strategic development plan Design and Execute Soft interventions

Preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR)

Recognize issues in Implementation of Hard interventions

Promote Business Development Service (BDS) providers and

Know the role of Government, Development Organizations, and NGOs in cluster development

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