USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) scheme


    • 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.
    • Objectives:
      • 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.

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