Government of West Bengal joins hands with IIM Calcutta to impart leadership development training for 1300 Head of Institutions (Schools)

Kolkata: Paschim Banga Samagra Shiksha Mission (PBSSM), Government of West Bengal and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta) join hands in imparting leadership training for 1300 Head of Schools of government and aided schools in several batches. An initiative of the School Education Department, the ‘Leadership Development Programme’ is a proactive step taken by the West Bengal Government towards focused intervention in 1300 schools in West Bengal for a better outcome.

Present on the occasion were Shri Bratya Basu, Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Department of School Education, Govt of West Bengal along with Sri Manish Jain, IAS, State Project Director, Paschim Banga Samagra Shiskha Mission (PBSSM) and Sri Subhra Chakrabarti, IAS.

Inaugurating the first Batch of the programme, Prof. Uttam Kumar Sarkar, Director of IIM Calcutta, noted that “I am glad that the Paschim Banga Samagra Shiksha Mission (PBSSM), under the School Education Department, Government of West Bengal has identified and taken the lead in focussed intervention in primary education. This is a timely and necessary step in the right direction. IIM Calcutta, which is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, is honoured to join hands with West Bengal Government for national building and striving towards achieving the global sustainable development goal and West Bengal’s mission for universal education.”

Prof. R. Rajesh Babu, joint programme director, stated that the role of the Head Mistress and Head Masters in realising the goal of the fundamental right to education is paramount. Their role is critical in transforming the life and experience of their students, fellow teachers, and the community. Empowering and motivating the Head of Schools to take the lead and be the change agent for their school is the key focus of this leadership development programme.

He added that the leadership development programme is scheduled to be organised in small batches in December 2021 and January 2022.

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