Mass Education Extension & Library Services Department
Government of West Bengal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

1. Who is a person with disability?

Ans.: As defined in the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995. This is available in this website. Please click here.

2. How to get the certificate of disability?

Ans.: A medical board formed, for the purpose examination, at level of Chief Medical Officer of Health at the district level or at the Sub-divisional level or in the Medical College.

3. How shall I know that I am a person with disability?

Ans.: The guardian of any person having any kind of orthopaedic deformity and/or low vision and/or hearing loss and/or mental instability (any one kind or more than one kind), which may be congenital or acquired, should immediately consult with the doctor of the respective specialization. He will examine and diagnose whether the above problem(s) is/are curable or of permanent nature. Then, if he finds incurable, he will refer the matter to the medical board for declaring him/her a person with disability.

4. I am a person with disability. What are the advantages may I get?

Ans.: This is available in the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995. This is available in this website. Please click here.

5. I am a person with autism. What are the advantages may I get?

Ans.: This aspect is regulated by National Trust Act, 1999. For more details, click here.

6. I am a person with disability. How can I get education?

Ans.: Orthopedically handicapped person can take education in normal schools.

For persons with hearing impairment, visual impairment and mental retardation, there are several special schools spread across the state. The district-wise list of these schools may be seen here. The guardian of the said person should have to get in touch with the nearest school for schooling of her/his ward.

7. Why should I take admission in a special school?

Ans.: There are teaching staff in these schools who are specially trained in their respective field. The teachers of the schools for the students with hearing impairment know sign language without which a student with hearing impairment cannot imparted lessons. Similarly teachers of the schools with visual impairment know Braille without which a student with visual impairment cannot imparted lessons. Also, specially trained teachers for the students with mental retardation are there - they know the exact intervention, needed for each and every student with mental retardation.

These apart, supporting staff, e.g. mobility instructors, drawing and craft instructors, music teachers are there to facilitate the process of their education.

8. Is there any financial criteria, like family income, for taking admission in these schools?

Ans.: No. The only requirement is that she/he is to have the certificate of disability.

9. Is there any provision for scholarship?

Ans.: Yes. Any student reading in Class IX and onwards, with family income of Rs. 24000/- per annum, irrespective of the fact she/he is reading in these special schools or not, having 40% disability and has scored marks 40% or more in her/his last annual examination is eligible for getting scholarship.

10. Can I pass Madhyamik and/or Higher Secondary Examination(s) conducted by WBBSE and/or WBCHSE?

Ans.: There are two schools for the students with hearing impairment and five schools for the students with visual impairment which are affiliated with the WBBSE ( please see the list) and four schools for the students with visual impairment which are affiliated to WBCHSE (please see the list).

11. I am student form a very poor family. My family is not in a position to bear my educational expenses. But I want to carry forward studies. Is it possible for me?

Ans.: Yes provided that

  • Your annual family income is less than Rs. 24000/-.
  • Your age is 5years or more but less than 12 years.
  • You do not have any brother/sister from your parents who is already staying in any welfare home.

There are several welfare homes spread across the State. For the list, click here. Arrangements are there for the children hailing from the destitute families can stay there free of cost can carry forward their studies. She/he will have to leave the home after passing the Madhyamik examination or after attaining 18 years of age, whichever is earlier.

12. Whom should I approach for taking admission in these welfare homes?

The District Mass Education Extension Officer of the district in which her/his residence is situated. The contacts of all the District Mass Education Extension Officer may be seen here.

13. What are the documents required for getting admitted in these homes?

Ans.: You have to collect a form for admission from the office of the District Mass Education Extension Officer of the district in which her/his residence is situated. Details of the documents required may be obtained from that office.

14. What is Shramik Vidyapeeth ?

Ans.: Shramik Vidyapeeth, located at 56A, B. T. Road, Kolkata 700 056, is an institute for imparting vocational training amongst the unemployed educated youth.

15. What are the vocational trades, running in Shramik Vidyapeeth ?

Ans.: At present the following trades are running:

Sl. No. Trades Duration
01 Cutting Tailoring 70 days
02 Embroidery 60 days
03 Machine Knitting 80 days
04 Jute Designing 120 days
05 Fabric Printing 45 days
06 Batik Printing 120 days
07 Soft Doll Making 60 days
08 Silk Screen Printing 100 days
09 Book Binding 120 days
10 Commercial Art 100 days
11 Music 80 days
12 Fashion Designing 120 days
13 Beautician 120 days
14 Glass Printing 45 days
15 Tape Transistor Repairing 4 months
16 Telephone and Mobile Repairing 6 months
17 Fruit Preservation 45 days

16. What is the admission procedure?

Ans.: Any Indian citizen, if interested, may apply in prescribed Form attaching his/her attested copies of his/her testimonials along with 2 passport size photos. The applicants then have to appear at the Institute for an interactive session.

For admission, any interested person may contact the office over telephone first. Our telephone no. (033) 2557 4643

17. Is there any monthly fees, admission fees etc ?

Ans.: No.

18. How many training centres are there under "Shramik Vidyapeeth, Kolkata" ?

  • Administrative building of Shramik Vidyapeeth, Kolkata situated at 56A, B. T. Road, Kolkata 700 050.
  • Topsia Byayam Samiti, 88/A, Topsia Road, Kolkata 700 039.
  • Naba Niharika, 3 F, Ganesh Banerjee Lane, Kolkata 700 031.
  • Tollygunge Mahila Samiti, 65/2, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Kolkata 700 033.