About the SRC
State Resource Centre (SRC) for Adult Education, West Bengal is an institute of national importance under the National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA). It is funded by the Department of Elementary Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. It is functioning under the patronage of Bangiya Saksharata Prasar Samity (BSPS), a well-knit mass organization engaged in the promotion of literacy and related action research. On the advice of the Govt. India SRC,WB was set up in 1978 to provide techno-pedagogical and androgogical support to the Govt. of West Bengal for implementing National Adult Education Programme in West Bengal. Late (Dr.) Satyen Maitra, a former eminent Adult Educationist and former member of the NLMA, was the founder Director of SRC,WB. The NLMA has instituted “Dr. Satyen Maitra Memorial National Award” and awarding every year to the best district in the country for the promotion of literacy programme.
The NLMA, set up in 1988, gave a new thrust on the Total Literacy Campaign (TLC) with tremendous potentiality paying more stresses on functionality, awareness and national values. Accordingly SRC,WB developed new teaching-learning materials to cope with the new approach of NLMA. Different districts of West Bengal launched Total Literacy Campaign through respective Zilla Saksharata Samity with techno pedagogical and androgogical supports of SRC,WB. The responsibility of imparting training to the Organizers & Key Resource Persons, monitoring and evaluating of the literacy programme of each district was taken up by SRC,WB.
The NLMA has introduced the Post Literacy Programme as an extension of TLC to consolidate the fragile literacy. It is focused not merely on enhancing the learning skills, but also serves as an umbrella under which different developmental activities are undertaken. It also undertakes the mopping up operation for the residual non-literates. SRC,WB has provided techno pedagogical and androgogical supports to all the districts of West Bengal.
At present SRC,WB is involved in the Continuing Education Programme being implemented in most of the districts of West Bengal with a view to creating a learning society. Simultaneously SRC is providing guidance to the districts for taking measures for the residual non-literates and neo-literates.
The ZSS has been given considerable freedom to develop its own type of programmes depending its socio economic condition, needs of neo-literates and resources available.