(Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/ Crafts for Development)
Usttad” is a scheme implemented since 2014-15 for upgrading the skills and in training in traditional Arts/Crafts for Development.
India is known for its traditions and culture, Minority communities in India are known for their traditional skills, arts & crafts but due to forces of competitive market and globalization and also due to deteriorating socio-economic condition of master craftsmen/artisan, these skills are not being pursued by the young generation. Ministry of Minority Affairs is of firm conviction that these arts/ crafts are needed to be preserved especially traditional skills, arts & crafts of the minority communities. USTTAD scheme aims to preserve heritage of traditional arts and crafts of minority communities and build capacity of traditional crafts persons and artisans and establish linkages of traditional skills with the global market.