Month: March 2014

Seminar Courses under PGDM-BE programme – Part 1

The seminar courses are an important part of the PGDM-BE programme at EDI. They are specially designed to provide in-depth understanding of various sectors where the student wants to associate in future. These first-year seminars are taught by EDI faculty in association with various industry experts and consultants. Seminar faculty often serves as informal mentors for their students long after the class has ended.

Let’s see a brief of the various topics that fall under the Seminar Courses:

(1)  Agricultural business (AB)

The scope and opportunities in the agri-business have substantially expended due to globalization of trade and agriculture and the policy reforms at national level, leading to an unprecedented level of corporate interest in this sector.

Under this course students will be imparted with knowledge related to livestock wealth, organic farming, seeds, genetically modified crops and more on related topic.

(2) Automobiles & Ancillaries (AUT)

The Indian automotive industry comprises of a number of Indian-origin and multinational players with varying degree of presence in different segments. Today, nine of the top ten global automotive manufacturers have a presence in India which clearly points to its importance as a strategic market. Similarly, the domestic tractor market also has a mix of Indian-origin and international manufacturers.

The current low vehicle penetration of 15 vehicles per 1,000 population (compared to an average of 120 vehicles per 1,000 population for the world) also suggests that there are significant growth opportunities for the industry. Along with this, students will also be given an idea about the opportunities & threats in the field.

(3) Design & Fashion (D&F)

Indian Fashion Industry is at its infancy at the moment and has great potential to make the mark on the world stage. Fashion Industry is growing at a rapid pace with international developments, such as the India Fashion Week gaining popularity and annual shows by fashion designers held in major cities of India.

Students will be given a complete analysis along with facts and figures of not only the Indian market but the international market as well.

(4) Education & Training(E&T)

The Indian education system is one of the largest in the world. The education sector is divided into two main segments; the core segment comprises of schools and higher education, while the non-core comprises of coaching classes, pre-schools and vocational trainings. Realising the fast growth of education sector in India, many private companies are looking for relevant acquisitions and alliances in this space. As the education segment is expected to undergo intense changes and activities in terms of foreign partnerships and foreign players entering the market in the coming years, swill be briefed about the Indian players rejuvenating and improvising their methodology, technology and course content to match the competition.

(5) Electricals & Electronics (E & E)

Electronic industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the country and is driven by growth in key sectors such as IT, Consumer Electronics and Telecom. Indian electronics industry today stands at US $ 25 billion and is ranked 26th in the world in terms of sales and 29th in the world in terms of production. It is growing at over 25% CAGR and is expected to be worth US $ 158 billion by 2015.

Students will be given in depth details about the exciting and worrying events for the Electronics Industry in India, slowdown in the country’s economic growth, far-reaching consequences for the Indian Electronics industry and more.

Watch this space for more topics under the Seminar Courses.

Design your Ahmedabad

Design your Ahmedabad Challenge was an initiative by EDI & eChai Ventures that took place on 8th March, 2014 at EDI campus as a part of the Empresario 2014 to address the civic issues in the city. Its aim was to make Ahmedabad a better place to live in by engaging entrepreneurs, professionals, academicians, students, and civic authorities to build solutions for the civic challenges faced by the people of Ahmedabad. 

Entrepreneurs, professionals, academicians, students and civic authorities came together to
build a better Ahmedabad

Initially all the participants pitched their ideas that included problems, potential solutions and how they are willing to contribute. Some of the ideas suggested were for promoting responsible traffic and parking behavior, clean air awareness campaign, clean public toilets and waste management among other issues. These ideas were then brainstormed upon and finally thirteen projects were selected and the participants who proposed these ideas will lead the projects in implementation.

Out of all these projects, top 5 were voted as winners by the participants.

The projects are:


Sticker Campaign for promoting responsible traffic and parking behavior by Pathik Jhalavadia, Tech Entrepreneur

2. LET’s GO!–

Car Pool/ Ride Sharing for events by Deep Patel, Budding Entrepreneur


Clean air awareness campaign. On-ground activities with volunteers + videos, pamphlets, social media etc. by Nishit Jariwala, Student Entrepreneur, Founder,


Text and/or voice enabled mobile app to access information about institutions, processes etc. starting with Public Transport by Shivam Dhruva, Tech Entrepreneur


Online and Offline resource to link mentors & New Ventures – by Vishesh Bansal, Lawyer

These five shortlisted teams will be invited to present their work at ‘Design Your Ahmedabad’ conference to be hosted on 5th April where prominent people from the city are expected to participate. Top 2 winners judged by the jury will be given the Rs. 10k cash prize each.

Know more about it:


EDI – Library

EDI Library and Information Centre (EDILIC) was set up way back in 1983. Enriched with updated information resources on Entrepreneurship and related subjects, it is an information resource centre of national and international repute. 

EDI’s library is equipped with a large number of text and reference books on entrepreneurship and related subjects. The EDILIC endeavors to support the teaching, research and academic needs of the faculty, students and participants of the programmes, through books, journals and other reading material. The total collection of EDILIC is more than 25000 which includes books, CDs, back volumes and other materials, selected after carefully scrutinized by the Library Advisory Committee.

Reference material includes:

  • Text Books
  • Reference Books
  • Research Reports
  • Handbooks
  • Directories
  • Serial Publications
  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Working Papers
  • Economic and Industrial Surveys
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Biographies of Entrepreneurs
  • Project profiles on products
  • Business Opportunities

EDILIC has been fully automated through LibSys Software. All the library holdings are accessible through Institute’s website. EDILIC uses Bar Code Technology for its housekeeping and lending service.

It has been subscribing 150 national and international journals in the field of entrepreneurship and related subjects. EDILIC also subscribes to 25 Newspapers published within the country.

EDILIC has a collection of 200 videocassettes and more than 2000 CDs/VCDs. The EDILIC has in-house viewing facility for videocassettes and CDs.

EDILIC is an institutional member of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, Indian Library Association (ILA), Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC), Management Libraries Network (MANLIBNET) and The British Library, Ahmedabad. Apart from this, EDILIC is regularly using services of Ahmedabad Library Network (ADINET) and Information and Library Network Centre (INFLIBNET).

The library functioning hours are 08:00 AM to 12:00 AM (midnight)

(It will be closed on the public holidays observed by the Institute)

External Membership

EDILIC membership is primarily given to the EDI faculty, staff members, students and programme participants of the Institute. In order to fulfill the demands, raised by several institutions and individuals, the EDILIC extends membership to outside users such as Academic Institutions/NGOs/Entrepreneurship Development Cells/outside faculty/entrepreneurs/corporate executives/students, EDI Alumni and OLPE Alumni on payment basis.

You can apply for an external membership here: