‘herSTART’ platform

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  • October 8, 2022
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In News: The President of India recently launched ‘herSTART’, an initiative of the Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC) aimed at supporting women-led startups.

  • The President also laid the foundation stone for various projects related to education and tribal development in Gujarat.


  • The platform will include a digital platform to provide resources and training modules free of cost to aspiring women entrepreneurs, a digital community for them, and a digital publication to spread their success stories.
  • The Platform encompasses the herSTART Incubator, a dedicated full-fledged Startup incubator for women entrepreneurs and innovators, and the herSTART Accelerator, a round-the-year accelerator programme for high-impact women-led startups.
  • Gujarat is the first state in the country to form the Garima Cell with the aim of giving new energy and direction to the higher education system of the state.


  • The ‘herSTART’ platform will boost innovation and start-up efforts of women entrepreneurs and also help them connect with various government and private enterprises.
  • Employment generation: through 450 Startup projects operational in Gujarat University. Of these, 125 startups specially inspired by entrepreneurial women are giving a new direction to the entrepreneurship and innovative ideas in women.
  • India has moved from 81st position to 40th position in the Global Innovation Index (GII) of 2022 as a result of the Startup program.
  • Reduction in the drop-out rate among the students of the tribal community due to Vanabandhu Kalyan Yojana, Eklavya Model Residential School and Kanya Nivasi Shala.
  • Real-time monitoring of the education system of more than 55,000 schools in the state by the Vidya Review Centre.
  • Upgrading the infrastructure of about 20,000 schools of the state through Mission School of Excellence.

Source:  Hindustan Times                            

Previous Year Question

Q.1) With reference to ‘Stand Up India Scheme’, which of the following statements is/are correct? (2016):

  1. Its purpose is to promote entrepreneurship among SC/ST and women entrepreneurs.
  2. It provides for refinance through SIDBI.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither1 nor 2


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