NIMSME Society revenue declining: Mahabir

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister Mahabir Prasad today expressed concern over the decling revenue of the National Institute for MSME Society, and called upon the officials and the faculty to augment the services of the Institute.

Addressing the Annual General Meeting of the Institute, Mr Prasad said its income declined from Rs 9.34 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 8.26 crores in 2007-08.

The total number of training programmes also declined from 255 to 215, resulting in a fall in the number of trainees from 7,235 to 5,588 during the period, he said.

''I call upon the officials and the faculty to do everything possible to augment the services of the institute,'' he added.

MSME Secretary Dinesh Rai said the Ministry had allowed the Institute to increase the intake of foreign trainees, particularly from African nations, from the academic year 2008-09.

''This year the Institute plans to train 350 candidates from the African countries, and provide overall training to 15,000 candidates from domestic and other markets,'' he said.

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