Mass Education Extention & Library Services Department
Government of West Bengal



A flagship programme of Government of India , it was launched by the Prime Minister on 8th Sept 2009.It aims at raising the overall literacy rate, reducing the gender gap and minimizing the regional, social and gender disparities in literacy levels throughout the country. The principal focus of the programme is on women and excluded groups like SCs, STs, minorities, etc.

The programme is being implemented West Bengal State Literacy Mission Authority (WBSLMA) in ten districts of the State- Jalpaguri, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda , Murshidabad, Purulia, Bankura & Birbhum where female literacy is below 50% as per 2001 census. Coverage-144 blocks, 1366 GPs. Number of targeted learners is 49,42,377, out of which 27,19,510 learners have been certified as literates, up to August 2015, by National Institute of Open Schooling.

Evaluation of the neo-literates takes place twice a year. The next evaluation will be held in August, 2016.

Hon'ble Minister-in-charge of this Department and the Principal Secretary of this Department are Chairman and Vice Chairman of the WBSLMA.



Among the various programmes of this Department, the education and vocational training of the disabled holds an important place. The department looks after their education provided by voluntary organizations who come forward to take care of the educational needs of these students for this purpose, the Department accords academic recognition to such schools after they have fulfilled Government norms in this regard. Such recognized institutions are duty bound to follow specific syllabus and other norms prescribed by this Department.

In the second stage, such special schools are sometimes provided with financial aid for meeting some of their requirements. In the third stage such developed schools are accorded sponsorship by the Govt.

In case of sponsored Institutions, Government in the Mass Education Extension & Library Services Department sanctions grants which include salary of all staff, hostel subsidy@ Rs 1000/-per month per student (for ten months) and contingency @ Rs 400/- per student per annum.

74 sponsored schools and 74 academically recognized schools are being run by the State Government.

Syllabi for the pre-primary classes of the schools for the students with Visual Impairment and Hearing Impairment and for all classes of the Schools for the students with Mental Retardation have been finalized during the year 2011-12.


This Department awards scholarship to disabled students studying in class IX and onwards. The existing rate of scholarship is given below:

Sl. No. Type of courses Rate per month
for day scholar
Rate per month
for Hostellers
Rate per month for
Reader for Blind students
1 Class IX-X Rs. 85/- Rs.140/- Rs.50/-
2 Class XI-XII Rs. 85/- Rs.140/- Rs.50/-
3 BA/ BSc/ BCom/ B.Ed/ LLB
/ Graduate level courses
Rs. 125/- Rs.180/- Rs.75/-
4 MA/ MSc/ MCom/ LLM/
 M.Ed/ Otherpost graduate courses etc.
Rs. 170/- Rs.240/- Rs.100/-


Social Welfare Homes under the control of this Department can be categorized as shown:

No. of Homes
1. State Welfare Homes 11
2. Sponsored Welfare Home 1
3. Aided Welfare Homes for boys and girls up to the age of 18 yrs. or Madhyamik pass whichever is earlier. 35
4. Aided Welfare Home for Destitute Women above 18 years of age 5

The main purpose behind running these Welfare Homes is to provide social security and education to its inmates who come from families from the deprived sections of society and who are incapable of arranging their basic needs.

Besides providing food, shelter and other basic necessities to the inmates of these Homes, education is imparted up to the Madhyamik level. An inmate is allowed to stay in a Home up to his/her attaining 18 years of age or passing the Madhyamik Examination whichever is earlier. Family income is the sole criterion for admission to the Welfare Homes. Children from families whose income does not exceed Rs.25,000/- per annum are eligible for admission in these Homes. Only one child from a family may be admitted to a Home subject to availability of vacancies. At the time of admission the child should generally be in the age group of 6-12 years.

The per capita grant for the inmates of Welfare Homes is Rs.1250/- per inmate per month.

Besides this, a one-time Initial Outfit Grant @ Rs.1000/- per month per inmate is sanctioned in favour of the Homes calculated on the basis of new admissions in each year.


The Shramik Vidyapeeth at 56A, B.T. Road, Kolkata -700050 was established by Govt. of India on 4th Sept 1981. The Vidyapeeth has been taken over by the State Government. The target group constitutes the dependent children of workers in the organized and unorganized sectors who are literate, unemployed and above 15 years of age. The Vidyapeeth organizes short term vocational training courses on different trades .The courses are – Tailoring, Embroidery, Batik Printing, Music, etc. these training courses are imparted free of cost.


These schools aim at imparting education to adult learners who could not continue their education in formal schools due to socio-economic reasons.

7. Audio-Visual Units

There are 10 aided Audio-Visual units run by different voluntary organizations under the control of this Directorate. These units organize film shows and exhibitions as a part of motivational campaign for literacy programmes in the State. At present most of the units are not functioning.


This Institute is located at Banipur, North 24-Parganas, imparting training in Librarianship.


  • Yearly Felicitation of Disabled Students and Students of Welfare Homes who perform well in the Madhyamik or Higher Secondary Examination of the year concerned.
  • Observance of International Literacy Day (8th September) : Main function is held at Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata with colourful participation of the neo-literates of Kolkata and its adjacent districts. After the prelude session, cultural programmes are organized by the participation of the learners and neo-literates, who were successful in the cultural competitions, held on previous year.
  • Annual Sports and Cultural Competition for the Learners and Neo-Literates.
  • Annual Sports for the inmates of the Social Welfare Homes.
  • Fund is made available to the schools and social welfare homes under the control of this Department for purchase of festival garments (every year) and for winter garments (once in two years).
  • Fund is made available to the schools and social welfare homes under the control of this Department for educational tour.
  • Fund is made available to the schools and social welfare homes under the control of this Department for organizing school level sport meet.