Centre for Cultural Resources and Training
Setup in 1979, the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) is a premier institution working towards culture with education. CCRT organizes variety of programmes to achieve specific objectives for enrichment of Indian educational system with the Cultural content.
Functions and Powers
Centre for Cultural Resources and Training is an Autonomous organisation under the ministry of Culture. Its headquarters in New Delhi and it has 3 regional centres at Udaipur, Hyderabad and Guwahati.
The main objective of CCRT is to revitalise the education system by creating an understanding and awareness among students about the plurality of the regional cultures of India and integrating this knowledge with education.
One of its main activities is to conduct a variety of training programmes for in-service teachers drawn from all parts of the country. The training provides an understanding and appreciation of the philosophy, aesthetics and beauty inherent in Indian art and culture and focuses on formulating methodologies for incorporating a culture component, in curriculum teaching.
Other important activities:
school tours to museums, monuments and craft centres
collecting teaching resources including photographs, audio recordings, films and software
publishing materials for the promotion and understanding of Indian art and culture
Awards and scholarships
The Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme
The scheme aims at providing facilities to outstanding young children to develop their talents in various artistic fields. Children eligible for the scheme are those in the age group of 10 to 14 years studying either in recognized schools or belonging to families practicing traditional art forms are eligible for the scholarship.
The scholarship is provided for 500 children every year and a minimum 5 seats are reserved for every state. The scholarship is initially for two years and is renewable after every two years till the completion of the first University degree stage of education or up to the age of 20 years, subject to the awardees maintaining good progress.
CCRT Teachers’ Awards
CCRT has also instituted CCRT Teachers’ Award, since 1985, which is given every year to selected teachers in recognition of the outstanding work done by them in the field of education and culture.
The Award carries with it a citation, a plaque, an angavastramand a cash prize of 10,000 Rs.
During 2013-14, CCRT is planning to implement two schemes namely, Cultural Heritage Volunteer Scheme and Centre for Management of Cultural Resources.