West Bengal government launched Utkarsh Bangla Scheme for school-dropouts

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Who: Utkarsh Bangla Scheme for school-dropouts
Where: Kolkata
What: Launched by West Bengal government
When: 16 February 2016
Why: To provide vocational training to school dropouts

West Bengal government on 16 February 2016 launched Utkarsh Bangla Scheme, a welfare scheme for school-dropouts, in Kolkata.

Utkarsha Bangla is aimed at giving vocational training to school dropouts. Each youth will get training ranging from 400 to 1200 hours. The school-dropouts will be trained free of charge in tailoring, driving, repairing television and other electronic equipment and beauty courses etc.

During the inauguration programme, the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee said that in the last four years, state administration has trained 15 lakh boys and girls in vocational streams. Out of which about 10 lakh secured jobs.

Besides Utkarsh Bangla, Banerjee also inaugurated a number of industrial training institute buildings. She also inaugurated the campus of Amity University in Kolkata.

She also operationalised the Online Single-Window Clearance System portal for industrial projects and inaugurated industrial estates in Durgapur and Beliaghata from the programme venue in Kolkata.

On this occasion, she gave away awards to national and state-level winners for excellence in skill development as well.