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Bengal leads in technical education
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Bengal leads in technical education

Kolkata, Jan 24: Bengal is one of the few States having an integrated Skills Development Policy.

As part of the policy, West Bengal Skills Development Mission, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the chairperson, is providing the policy guidance.

The Paschim Banga Society for Skills Development (PBSSD), with the State chief secretary as the chairperson, is the coordinating agency for skills development programmes.

On February 16, 2016, the scheme, Utkarsh Bangla was launched as the flagship scheme for skills development in Bangla, with a target of empowering about 6 lakh youths with skills every year.

Bengal was selected as Best State in 2013, 2014 and 2016 at the All India Skills Competition organised by the Central Government.

All together Twenty-eight Government polytechnics, including five in Jangalmahal, are constructed and operationalised, while a Government-sponsored polytechnic,11 polytechnics are under construction.

With respect to 2011, Government polytechnics increased by 74 per cent and private polytechnics by 177 per cent, the total intake capacity in Government polytechnics increased by 55 per cent and in private polytechnics by 190 per cent.

All together 25 girls' hostels are being set up, Language laboratories are also introduced in polytechnics for developing communication skills.

Two smart classrooms are being set up in each of the 66 Government polytechnics. E-content developed for 50 subjects in diff­erent disciplines; development of e-content for the remaining 120 subjects are in the pipeline, Safety insurance for students of Government polytechnics being worked out E-Yantra Project on robotics also developed in collaboration with IIT Bombay.

Around 10 Government polytechnics and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, are successfully implementing e-Yantra.

A good performance of teachers and students exemplary was observed in the national competition on robotics. Even the Special placement drive initiated since the last 2 years by TATA Steel at APC Ray Polytechnic, a nodal institute for the project on robotics.

Out of the 341 blocks of the State,150 blocks have ITIs, up from 39 before June 1, 2011,out of which 262 functional ITIs, up from 81 before June 1, 2011and the Intake capacity is 71,379 trainees, up from 17,636 before June 1, 2011.

Bengal Government signed MoU with Maruti Suzuki for advanced course on automobiles at ITI Tollygunge, Samsung for cutting-edge training for making latest consumer electronic appliances at WITI Kolkata, ITI Kalyani, ITI Howrah Homes and WITI Bardhaman; so far, 425 candidates trained in all, and 265 are employed with Samsung.

Government, in collaboration with West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Ltd. (WEBEL), has undertaken a project named WBSWAN, which is the backbone for establishment of internet connectivity with minimum Wi-Fi and LAN at 49 Government ITIs.

Apprenticeship training for pass-out as well as fresher ITI trainees is conducted. Under the new scheme, NAPS, 25 per cent of stipend of trainees reimbursed; total of 19,569 trainees enrolled under NAPS, of which 10,638 in the category of passed-out trainees.

Around 50 per cent concession on admission form and registration fees for Kanyashree-enrolled candidates (women), two classrooms at each of 42 Government polytechnics to be converted into smart classrooms soon. ITI Durgapur is to be upgraded to a Model ITI, based on the iron and steel sector, State PWD Department upgrading infrastructure at 53 Government ITIs. (UNI)