People should take up self-employment, not because of compulsion but because they choose to, he said.
"Many programmes, such as the Mudra Yojana, Startup India and Stand Up India, are helping the youth in empowerment to make them job givers instead of ...job seekers," he said.
"It should be encouraged. The decision of opting for self-employment should not be based on some compulsion but one should choose it," Kovind said.
It is a welcome and empowering development for working women, the president said.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the Economic Democracy Conclave organised by Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, a charitable organisation located in Thane district.