Jakarta, wapresri.go.id – Students should be encouraged to start entrepreneurship as early as possible so that they can be economically self-reliant and can help improve the people’s economy.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated this when he received the chairman of the executive board of the Association Families of Indonesian Islamic Students (KB PII) Nasrullah Larada along with other board members at the Vice President’s Office, Jalan Merdeka Utara, Jakarta on Wednesday (Sep. 6).

To increase the capacity of students, the Vice President further said, it is necessary to encourage students to be creative. Programs created for them, he added, should be innovative, both in the field of academics and practical life activities.

“Children should be encouraged to be creative, to be scientific. (Make) some competitions per region on academics and other areas. Show people that KB PII is not only talking about politics but also innovation,” he affirmed.

The Vice President then reminded KB PII to return actively in giving guidance to students and not focusing on politics in order not to forget the interests of the students who become the main target of this organization.

He also hoped that the PII executive board and members should still have the status of high school students, not university students as most of the members now.

“PII should ideally consist of high-school students. Even if there are university students, it should be noted that their age must not be a lot different from the students,” said the Vice President.

On that occasion, Nasrullah said that KB PII is now existing in 30 provinces. After the PII Congress last year, he added, PII has refocused its activities on student coaching.

“Besides, PII is also active in the village development program by forming a pilot project called Desapreneur Madani in Garut Regency whose MoU has been agreed by Garut Regent in June 2016,” said Nasrullah.

Nasrullah also reported the planned PII KB National Work Meeting that is to be held this late November. (MIN/FM, KIP Setwapres)