This Entrepreneur Believes The End Use Of Education Is To ‘Give Back To Society’
Faisal, an MBA graduate, is self-sufficient, employing others in a manufacturing unit
Posted by Younus Rashid on Friday, November 4, 2022
Anantnag, November 3: A boy in Anantnag, in southern Kashmir, was never in the running for a government post. Rather, his goal was to work for himself. Despite having caliber and receiving offers in the private sector, he remained focused on his goal and immediately went on to shape his well thought out business plan.
Meet Faisal Yusuf, 26, from Hanji Dantar, who now employs young people in his trading company and earns a “decent” livelihood. In the unit, they are manufacturing about seven lakh corrugated apple boxes in a season.
Two years ago, Faisal opened a factory in his area where he manufactures cardboard boxes and boxes for packing apples. Boxes for packing bread, pizza, medicine, and many other items are also made there.
After getting the loan from Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), he worked hard and pursued his business. He said the Centrally-sponsored scheme was a “blessing” for him.
Now he earns a good income and has employed 12 young people from his area. Faisal obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from a university in Punjab after earning a BBA from the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora. “After finishing my studies, I received a job offer in a private institution. However, my dream was to do something else: to be self-employed,” he said.
Faisal said that a large population of Kashmir is associated with horticulture, so he came up with the idea of starting a business related to this industry.
“Since the livelihood of the people around me depends mainly on the gardens, I thought of doing something related to this industry. That’s where I got the idea to make cardboard boxes and sell them to horticulturists”, he says. “Wooden boxes cost more than cardboard boxes and many farmers choose the latter. Apart from these, we also make pizza, soap and other boxes.”
Faisal said that education should not be tied or confined to a government job. “The end use of education is to give back to society. Educated youth must fend for themselves. They should try to become job givers, not job takers,” he said.
Last year, Vice Governor Manoj Sinha’s office considered Faisal’s suggestion about businessmen in the episode ‘Awaam Ki Awaaz’.
Faisal said that to create an environment for self-employment, promising young entrepreneurs should be invited to schools for lectures. “Such interactions with students will ignite and fuel the entrepreneurial spirit in young minds,” he said. The LG thanked Faisal for his positive suggestion and said that the instructions will be sent to the school and higher education for his consideration.