India is known for its traditions and culture. Minority communities in India are known for their traditional skills, arts & crafts, but due to forces of competitive market and globalization and also due to deteriorating socio-economic condition of master craftsmen/artisans, these skills are not being pursued by the young generation.
Ministry of Minority Affairs is of firm conviction that these arts/ crafts are needed to be preserved especially traditional skills, arts & crafts of the minority communities.
USTTAD scheme aims to preserve heritage of traditional arts and crafts of minority communities and build capacity of traditional crafts persons and artisans and establish linkages of traditional skills with the global market.
Under the scheme, Ministry would involve National Institute of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Sectoral Export Promotion Councils and other renowned organizations/ professionals from similar field for the promotion, capacity building and upgradation of the craftsmen/artisans in minority communities.
Ministry of Minority Affairs invites proposals in the prescribed format from the eligible organizations/ institutions for empanelment to undertake training programme under “Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Craft for Development” (USTTAD) during 2020-21.
PIAs that have been empanelled under the scheme during 2016-17 and 2018-19 should submit a fresh proposal.
Indicative list of courses is enclosed at Annexure–III. PIA may also propose any other courses/ trades which are in demand and having employment opportunities.
The scheme will be implemented through the following Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs):
- Registered institutions/ organizations having expertise /experience of implementation of training in Traditional Skills, Arts & Crafts for at least last three years and establish linkages with market for forward and backward linkages of the products/services.
- Any industry or an association of industries having Financial Capacity to set-up training infrastructure for implementation of training in traditional arts & crafts, and provide market linkages/ establish linkages with financial institutions for availing concessional loan.
- Any institution of Central/State Governments including Universities, Public Sector Undertakings and Training institutes of Central/ State Governments including Panchayati Raj Training institutions having the capacity to conduct such training programmes.
Preference would be given to those organisations:
i. having similar work experience in traditional skill training would be given preference. The organizations who have executed work/sanction order of any traditional skill training under the Central/ State or UT Government, including Public Sector Undertakings/Enterprises, autonomous /subordinate organisations under the Central/ State or UT Government, with single sanction order of minimum project cost of Rs.50.00 lakh or two sanction orders of project cost of Rs.30.00 lakh each during the last three years would be given preference.
ii. having Master Craftsmen who are National or State Awardee would be given preference.
iii. proposing skill training in languishing arts/crafts being practiced by the notified minorities of the country.
Institutions/organizations should be registered on the portal of NITI Aayog NGO Darpan Portal.
PIA should submit the complete information along with all supporting documents in prescribed format on the USTTAD Portal of MoMA http://usttad.minorityaffairs.gov.in.
Proposal should be duly signed by President/ Secretary/ CEO/ Head of Institution/organization. Incomplete forms submitted online will be rejected without any notice. No supplementary documents will be entertained after submission of proposal.
Detailed guidelines, eligibility criteria and proposal format is available on www.minorityaffairs.gov.in and http://usttad.minorityaffairs.gov.in.
Proposals should be submitted online on the USTTAD Portal of MoMA http://usttad.minorityaffairs.gov.in.
The last date of submission of online proposal (duly signed Application forms to the Ministry) is 05.02.2021 by 5:00 p.m.
To download the RFP click the below link: