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Entrepreneurship Education in Engineering Curriculum: Some Insights Into Students' Viewpoints

Entrepreneurship Education in Engineering Curriculum: Some Insights Into Students' Viewpoints
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Author(s): Mukta Mani (Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, India)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 19
Source title: Research Anthology on Business and Technical Education in the Information Era
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5345-9.ch062

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Abstract

Entrepreneurship education programs are commonly offered in business schools, but recently, the educationists have started recognizing the need for such programs in engineering education. This chapter is targeted to empirically explore the suitability of entrepreneurship education in engineering curriculum from the perspective of students. The study attempts to unearth the levels of willingness of engineering students to take entrepreneurial activities and investigate the factors that motivate them and the factors that deter them to go for entrepreneurship. The analysis revealed that the students are highly interested in taking entrepreneurship as a career option because of some intrinsic motivating factors such as being their own boss, chasing their dreams. They consider decision-making skills, risk-taking capacity, creativity, communication skills, and ability to prepare business plan are the most important skills. However, lack of experience and funds deter them. The right kind of entrepreneurship education programs can promote more entrepreneurial activities among the engineering students.

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