Mass Education Extention & Library Services Department
Government of West Bengal


  • Catering to the educational needs of visually handicapped, hearing impaired and mentally challenged children through the network of 74 Government sponsored institutions and 74 recognised institutions run by Non- Government bodies across the state in terms of the provisions of PWD Act 1995.
  • Coverage of the children of economically marginalized families by providing food, shelter and education upto class X under the social safety net through the statewide network of 53 social welfare homes including providing shelter to destitute women upto the age of 18 through Destitute Homes(5) in the state.
  • Implementation of the Saakshar Bharat programme- a flagship project of the Government of India launched by the Prime Minister of India on 8th September 2009 on 75% : 25% Centre-State fund sharing basis - in 9 districts (Purulia, Bankura,Birbhum, Murshidabad, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri and Malda) of the State.
  • Carrying out adult education programme through Adult High Schools spread across the State in order to sustain the achievements of literacy programme.
  • Catering to the basic educational needs of the workers /semi skilled /unskilled unemployed youths through the lone Shramik Vidyapeeth located in Kolkata.
  • Observance of International Literacy Day (8th September ) throughout the State towards creating awareness for total literacy.
  • Organising sports and cultural programmes with the neo literates at the block, zonal, district and State levels as a part of sustaining and expanding the benefits of literacy programme.
  • Awarding scholarship to the students with various forms of disabilities studying in Class IX and above.
  • Felicitation of students of the sponsored and recognised schools and mentally retarded students as well as those in the State Social Welfare Homes under the administrative control of the Directorate for outstanding performances in Madhyamik/Uccha Madhyamik Pariksha every year in a Centrally organized programme.
  • Imparting vocational training to the young people through the two Janata Colleges in the State at Banipur in North 24 Parganas and Kalimpong in Darjeeling District.