The Government of West Bengal has an integrated approach to Skill Development in the State. In the context of the same and with a view to provide for coordinated interventions in the domain of Vocational Education and Skill Development leading to sustainable gainful employment, the Government of West Bengal has set up the “PASCHIM BANGA SOCIETY FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT (PBSSD)”, an autonomous society under the Technical Education & Training Department. Among other objectives, the PBSSD intends to develop and strengthen Skill Development at all levels through institutional and/ or non-institutional interventions. In this connection the PBSSD coordinates, guide, supervise and monitor the Skill Development Programs implemented in the state of West Bengal through various Government Departments ensuring standardization of process in skilling as well as assessment and certification of the trainees in West Bengal.
Government of West Bengal is committed towards large scale skill development for its youth population to improve the scope of gainful employment and entrepreneurial opportunities under the WBSDM (West Bengal Skill Development Mission) chaired by the Hon’ble chief minister of West Bengal.
To ensure that the above commitment is met successfully the Department Of Technical Education, Training & Skill Development; Government of West Bengal has launched the “UTKARSH BANGLA”, a flagship scheme on 16th February 2016 under the aegis of the PBSSD (Paschim Banga Society for Skill Development) for placement linked short-term skill trainings across the state of West Bengal.
The Utkarsh Bangla scheme is started by West Bengal government (Ministry Of Human Resource And Development) with an aim of providing vocational training to school dropouts.
Utkarsh Bangla scheme, a welfare scheme for school dropouts, in Kolkata.
Under this scheme, each youth will get training ranging from 400 to 1200 hours.
The training will be completely free of cost even no fee required for registration.
AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF UTKARSH BANGLA
To introduce a Flagship Scheme in the State of West Bengal for the entire non-institutional, non-project mode, short term Skill Development interventions to provide wage/ self-employment linked skills training to the residents of the State.
Integrating all Skill Development interventions at the State level, this scheme shall be called the “UTKARSH BANGLA 2016”.
To skill individuals to empower them to engage in wage employment or self-employment.
Leading to improved livelihood through increased earnings, and/or improved working conditions, and/or opportunities to move from informal to formal work sectors.
The skills imparted will be compliant with National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF)/ NCVT/QP – NOS and conform to prevalent National norm and Standards. The training shall be in National Council(s)/ Industry validated and market relevant skills based modules followed by assessment and certification procedures that have an all India acceptance.
AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF UTKARSH BANGLA
The Utkarsh Bangla scheme provides benefits in the form of free vocational training that would help them to gain employment and better life
Key features are to give vocational training to school dropouts by providing training ranging from 400 to 1200 hours free of charge.
Under this scheme, beneficiaries will be trained in driving, tailoring, repairing television and other electronic equipment’s, beautician courses, etc.
On successful completion, the courses beneficiaries will be given certificates.
Utkarsh Bangla scheme also ensures that the students get the opportunity of campus placements after their training.
Polytechnic and ITI training to 6 lakh students every year will be provided under the scheme
Some of the companies that will provide employment under the scheme are Samsung, Raymond, Berger Paints, Maruti Suzuki, Assocham (Gems And Jeweler), and Credai.