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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'.

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