Minority communities in India are known for their traditional skills, arts and crafts. But due to forces of competitive market and globalization, and also due to deteriorating socio-economic condition of master craftsmen/artisan, these skills are not being pursued by the young generation. Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India has USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/ Crafts for Development) Scheme for training of Minority communities.
- To build capacity of master craftsmen/artisans and training of young generation through the master craftsmen/ artisans for traditional arts/crafts.
- Set up standards of identified arts/ crafts and their documentation.
- To establish linkages of traditional skills with the global market.
- To improve employability of existing workers, school dropouts etc.
- To generate means of better livelihood for marginalized minorities and bring them in the mainstream.
- To enable minorities to avail opportunities in the growing market.
- To ensure dignity of labour.
- Design development and Research in traditional arts/crafts.
- The trainee should belong to minority community. In addition, 3% seats will also be reserved for differently abled persons belonging to minority communities.
- The trainee should be between 14-35 years of age. Upper age limit may be relaxed for differently abled persons belonging to minorities.
- The minimum qualification of trainee should be at least Class V. This may also be relaxed for differently abled persons belonging to minorities.
- More than one member of a family is eligible for training in the same art/craft form, provided she/he fulfills the eligibility criteria.
The scheme will have following programmes:
- Up-gradation of Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts through Institutions.
- USTTAD Fellowship for Research and Development.
- Support to Craft museum for curating traditional arts/ crafts.
- Support to minority craftsmen/artisans for marketing their products.
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