USTTAD Scheme: The scheme was launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Aim: To upgrade the capacity building and traditional skills of master craftsmen and artisans.
Capacity building and upgrading of the traditional skills of master craftsmen and artisans;
Documentation of identified traditional arts/crafts of minorities;
Set standards of traditional skills;
Training of minority youths in various identified traditional arts/crafts through master craftsmen;
Develop national and international market linkages; and
Preservation of languishing Arts/Crafts.
Knowledge Partners: To support Ministry and the Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) with technical inputs for capacity building of master craftsmen/artisan and upgrading their traditional skills, following knowledge partners will be involved by the Ministry:
National Institute of Fashion Technology.
Sectoral Export Promotion Councils.
Other expert agencies.
Components of the scheme: The scheme has following programmes:
Up-gradation of Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts through Institutions.
USTAD Apprenticeship stipend for Research and Development.
Support to Craft museum for curating traditional arts/ crafts.
Support to minority craftsmen/artisans through Hunar Haat and Shilp Utsav for marketing their products through exhibitions throughout the country and abroad.
Recognition of talented Master Craftsmen & Artisans.
News: Directorate General of Training(DGT) has joined hands with Microsoft and NASSCOM Foundation to provide digital content for ITI students and also future-ready employability skilling program via the Bharatskills portal.
Bharatskills Portal: It is an online training platform launched by the Directorate General of Training(DGT) in 2019.
Purpose: It is a Central Repository for skills providing easy access for the trainees and trainers of the ITI ecosystem to access updated curriculums and course content of all courses.
The platform also presents a unique access to a centralized, scalable and a thriving support ecosystem through its industrial partners for the students and teachers who can now learn the newer Industrial Revolution(IR) 4.0 skills to meet the demands of the industry