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Women Entrepreneurship Development: Institutions and their Role

Following the early initiatives by the government of India for targeting credit to vulnerable sections of society including women, there has been several institutional attempts to ensure credit delivery among women. Though the multiplicity of institutions and their schemes have contributed to broad basing of finance, their impact on the women community, in terms of quality, remains an area of critical gap. it is important to examine these critical gaps, and offers some suggestions for policy.

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Gender and Enterprise: Evidences from the Field

Understanding the macro level phenomena relating to gender, enterprise, and finance, is difficult unless there is a close understanding of the micro level processes. Unlike the general analysis of entrepreneurship, and the motivational factors behind that, the factors influencing women entrepreneurship are distinct. Since gender is a biological factor, and family, as a factor influencing division of labour, it is important that these two aspects are factored into the analysis of entrepreneurial behavior. A micro level analysis is, therefore, crucial. The attempt in the following pages is to make such an analysis..The conventional model of ‘infrastructure- finance –marketing model’ cannot contribute much to entrepreneurship development. In the modern environment, the imperatives lie in releasing and enhancing the hidden capabilities, and providing a suitable ecosystem where knowledge has a significant role. After all, in a knowledge economy, it is knowledge and capabilities that can empower women, not simply registration, infrastructure and credit facility.

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MSMEs in India: The Demographics & Structural Changes

A proper understanding of business demography is a sine qua non for development of meaningful enterprise development policies and strategies. However, in many developing countries, this vitality has not been properly understood by planners and policy makers. The difference between economic governance and public administration often underplayed or misunderstood, and the so-called” data” become a tool in the hands of amateur bureaucrats. While data collection, preservation and dissemination are vital for planning and administrative purposes, it need to be considered as an intermediary stage in the process of knowledge creation.. A total review of the database management system needs to be undertaken, with particular emphasis on the its utility for current ‘management decision’ of the various stakeholders, providing for utmost openness and timeliness. Keeping critical, non-classified, data under cover is not conducive to democratic policy development which the government has already commenced in a big way. Development of a clear cut data policy needs to be thoroughly debated in the Indian context.ISED-228 done

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Announcement of Opportunities

Advertisement No. 4/2017

ISED offers the following openings  at its headquarters at Cochin. Applicants are required to carefully go through the Institute website before submitting their application. Detailed bio data  may be e-mailed to on an initial screening, selected candidates will be called for interview. They may seek  appointment for interview directly at  0484-2808171/ 2809884.

Multi-task Assistant

Persons with a minimum qualification of Graduation. Essentially office work .Really computer-savvy candidates alone need apply. The work involves research tasks that are sensitive in nature. Capable and ready to do sensitive hard work, strictly according to the Institute’s Office Manual and Protocol. Age  and experience no bar. Good opportunities of graduation into higher posts, based on performance. If salary is your only attraction, you need not apply.

Graphics Designer

Meant for the Publication Division of the Institute. Need to meet  design requirements of publications and web. Experienced hands with background, preferably , in Indesign software, may apply. The Designer is also expected to do other (research-related/office)  work  of the Institute, applicable to the cadre of Technical Assistants.

Research Aspirants

This is not a post in itself. The Institute welcomes correspondence from candidates with background in Management, Economics, Statistics, Sociology etc., and  having clear aptitude for research work. They will be appropriately considered at a suitable position, depending upon their capabilities. Those planning to pursue their Ph.D. also may apply.

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The Observatory Mirror – June 2017


Dear esteemed well wisher of ISED Small Enterprise Observatory,

We are happy to greet you at this joyous occasion of the China Jubilee celebrations of the ISED Small Enterprise Observatory(ISED-SEO). Among other topical issues, the attached latest issue of the Observatory Mirror gives an overview of the celebrations.

Kindly be with us on this knowledge sharing initiative. The whole ISED Team is working on a campaign mode and mood, to expand the membership base of the Observatory. We would love to see you as an esteemed Member of the Observatory. Please feel free to ask us for details.

We would certainly be at your service with response to queries and support that you may require. Yes, we look forward to your critical comments and suggestions .

Please read the Observatory Mirror at the weblink:

With all our best wishes from Team ISED,

Yours sincerely,



Institute of Small Enterprises and Development  

ISED House, ISED Enclave, ISED Road, Vennala, Cochin- 682028, Kerala, India

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 Tel : 0484-2808171, 2808727, 2809884 

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MSMEs in India: Sectoral and Subsectoral Strategies

A proper understanding of business demography is a sine qua non for development of meaningful enterprise development The industrial and enterprise development strategies during the economic reforms era has been marked by a progressive focus
on value chains and inter- sectoral linkages. However, there is no doubt that, in order to remain sustainable, innovation is the way forward. In this context, public policy need to show the way of having the right mix of individual efficiency and collective efficiency strategies. A subsector approach is a useful analytical and operational approach that can guide both policy and practice. Based on their broad features, one can distinguish four subsector categories among MSMEs in India: legacy subsectors, manufacturing subsectors, New Economy subsectors, and triple bottom line subsectors. These subsectors have their specific role and relevance in the national and regional economy. The task of public policy and strategy is to identify their specificities, and to develop action programmes accordingly.

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MSMEs in India: A Regional Audit

A unique feature of India’s micro , small and medium enterprises is their regional diversity. This, unlike in many other countries, is a reflection of the geographical and cultural diversity of the country. Such diversity is, alternatively, a significant latent opportunity, which probably, is paralleled by China alone. It also offers significant market opportunities for these enterprises. However, policies of the State governments, so far, have tried to follow a national pattern, rather than to grab the local opportunities. The perspective brought in by NITI Aayog paves the way for an alternative line of thinking. A true spirit of cooperative federalism can help to strengthen the national economy, as also the economies of the States. However, the State governments need to evolve region- specific strategies, rather than try to copy national level models and strategies relating to MSME development.

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