The Centre for entrepreneurship Development (CED) is a premier organization of government of Gujarat engaged in entrepreneurship development training and skill development since 1979. Concept behind CED is to develop entrepreneurs in the urban as well as rural areas of the state, who can establish their own manufacturing or service enterprise which in turn aids in economic growth of the state and also creates employment opportunities for others.
"Now a days in the era of cut throat competition there is a limited scope of job opportunities hence it is very essential to think over other alternative options. An individual can become self reliant and economically sound when he put his 100% efforts in the different direction of Self Employment."
Entrepreneurship Development Training Programmes were started initially under EDP Cell within GIIC, and later on CED was established.
In 1982 CED came up with a unique combination of training in specific Industrial Skills and concept of Entrepreneurship Development was targeted at tribal and schedule caste candidates (priority sector) in 1982.
Entrepreneurship Development in the next year targeted in Zero Industry specified areas/locations in 1983 for uplifting of rural youth.
Special purpose EDPs were designed for Science and Technology graduates in 1983 and on behest of the Government of India; CED conducted first such EDP in country and set mile stone in 1983.
Looking at the overwhelming success in EDP for Science and technology in Gujarat, similar module of EDPs were replicated for the science and technology graduates all over the country.
Management Appreciation Programmes were launched in 1984 for existing entrepreneurs to enrich and empower the entrepreneurs on Modern Management techniques.
CED has successfully transformed the message of Entrepreneurship to each and every nook and corner of Gujarat.
CED, pioneering entrepreneurship activities in India, has provided consultancy services for replicating Gujarat Module of EDP in many other states in the country.
To sow the seeds of Entrepreneurship right from schooling days and budding, grooming and nurturing with the thought of entrepreneurship, CED started conducting Entrepreneurship Awareness Programmes (EAP) at Schools/ITIs,/Colleges and other educational and training institutes in Gujarat. Later on Entrepreneurship is now being taught in HSC/Polytechnics /BE/ B.Tech / B. Schools and so on in the State.
CED conducts need based Human Resource Development Programmes for Academic, Industry and Business group participants to excel their work performance and aptitude.
In the year 1970 a small cell was created within GIIC to impart the entrepreneurship training. The pioneering step-it was the first attempt of its kind in the whole of country and this experiment turned out to be a phenomenal success. Later on, over a period of nine years, 80 Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) were conducted and over 50% after completing the training successfully set up their own industrial ventures.
Recognizing that a quantitative increase in the number of entrepreneurs and a qualitative improvement in entrepreneurship could considerably accelerate the industrial and there by economic development, the Industrial Development Corporations first thought of developing small entrepreneurs in a systemic manner long back in 1969.
Enthused by the above success in bringing about a perceptible change in public perceptions, the Gujarat Corporations together with the State Government set up in May, 1979, an independent body- THE CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT (CED). This is the oldest organisation in the country incase in promotion of Skill and Entrepreneurship.
In order to strike a deep and long lasting impact on the State economy, CED has constantly been on an innovating spree, consistently coming out with imaginative programs aimed at specified target groups.