|Scheme of Community Development through Polytechnics [CDTP]|
With a view to providing meaningful and quality non-formal training to rural youth, women, school dropouts, SCs/STs, disabled, other weaker sections and under-privileged groups of the society to enable them to obtain gainful wage/self-employment and in turn improving their standard of living, the Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development [MHRD][Department of Higher Education], started a scheme named "Scheme of Community Development Through Polytechnics [CDTP]" in the year 2009. The Scheme is presently operational in 518 polytechnics [government, aided and private] covering almost the entire country. Manpower Development through Skill Development Training Programmes, Dissemination and Application of Appropriate Technologies, Technical and Support Services to the intended target groups and creating awareness among the masses about the technological advancements and contemporary issues of importance are the major activities organized under the scheme. Each polytechnic is permitted to start 5-10 extension centres within its vicinity. Each polytechnic is expected to train 600 persons, demonstrate five technologies and organize five technical services camps annually.
The four National Institutes of Technical Teachers' Training and Research [NITTTRs], located at Chandigarh, Chennai, Bhopal and Kolkata act as resource institutes for effective implementation of the scheme in their respective regions. NITTTRs conduct training programmes for the project staff, approve annual operational plans, monitor progress of the scheme, solve day-to-day problems of polytechnics implementing the scheme and act as an important link between polytechnics and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India. The institutions implementing the scheme receive recurring and non-recurring grants from MHRD, Govt. of India for carrying out activities prescribed under the scheme. The scheme is monitored at the state level by the Directorate of Technical Education, at regional level by the concerned NITTTR, and at the national level by the MHRD, Govt. of India.