In the States
FICCI-West Bengal State Council in association with Vikramshila Education Resource Society organised a programme on May 19, 2015 in Kolkata to release the 'Impact Assessment Study on Education to Employability (E2E) in West Bengal' jointly developed by FICCI and Vikramshila.
The Department of School Education, Government of West Bengal under RMSA West Bengal rolled out the E2E project, an innovative model of employability skills training for secondary school students, in 200 government and government aided schools across the state covering nearly 30,000 students in 2013-14 in collaboration with Vikramshila. The study tries to gauge the overall impact of the project in three areas of intervention - Communicative English & Soft Skills, IT Skills and Career Awareness and draw up a possible way forward.
The Impact Assessment Study was released by Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Minister-in-Charge, Department of School Education & Higher Education, Parliamentary Affairs, Government of West Bengal. He mentioned that the School Education Department will look into the findings and recommendations of the study.
The minister said that one-fifth of the population in West Bengal was in the age-group of 15-24 years and there was a need to tackle the widespread youth unemployment challenge. The vision of the state government was to empower youth with better training and employability skills and there was a need to develop an Employability Skills Framework. He added that RMSA West Bengal was working towards universalising secondary education and improving its quality in the state.
Pavan Poddar, Co-Chairman, FICCI West Bengal State Council, said that the potential for India to accomplish a faster socioeconomic growth through youth empowerment was immense. The existing opportunity gap of having access to skills and training needed to be addressed. There was a need for structural changes in school curriculum of Classes X and XII.
Shubhra Chatterji, Director, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, in her opening remarks briefed about the E2E Project. The Government of West Bengal had decided to take the Career Counselling component of E2E to more schools and 4382 teachers were being trained from May 2015.
Asadur Rahman, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF West Bengal, in his address spoke on the initiatives of UNICEF for empowering adolescents, especially girls. Rahman mentioned that E2E project may be scaled up and replicated in other states.
L to R: Mousumi Ghose, Senior Director, FICCI WBSC; Pavan Poddar, Co-Chair, FICCI WBSC; Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Minister-in-Charge, Department of School Education & Higher Education, Parliamentary Affairs, Government of West Bengal; Shubhra Chatterji, Director, Vikramshila Education Resource Society and Asadur Rahman, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF West Bengal, at the release of the 'Impact Assessment Study on Education to Employability Project in West Bengal'.