“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. 
Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” 
— Mark Twain



Shristi has successfully implemented a multi-craft Common Facility Centre (CFC) for Artisans in Barasat, West Bengal with the grant-in-aid of Development Commission (Handicraft), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.

The CFC has an initial support of 20 SHGs. The artisans of the different SHGs basically belong to the lower socio-economic strata of that area and are in need of appropriate skill enhancement through design and technology intervention. The craftsmen can access modern advanced firing facilities and other equipment at the CFC. The CFC involves multi-crafts for comprehensive coverage and extends required benefits to artisans engaged in various crafts such as terracotta, cane and bamboo, metal and natural fibres.

Artisans from the CFC have worked on terracotta murals at Jorasanko Thakurbadi, Kolkata, Kalighat VIP Crematorium (projects of KMC) and at Kali Mandir, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi. Production of terracotta items at the CFC started full scale since June, 2006. Production of cane and bamboo and natural fibre products are also in full swing and these products are in high demand in the market. The cluster has shown positive growth thereby ensuring well being of its artisan members and their families with augmented income from sale of products.
The objective of the CFC is to assist craft clusters to take advantage of modern facilities and move at par with the changing industrial and market scenario, which will help them, achieve greater profitability along with necessary skill enhancement. Craftsmen are guided in the process of developing, designing, costing and then marketing the product, and suggesting proper usages and investment of the income generated ensuring that end products so produced are competitive in cost, better in utility services and aesthetic in nature.

The artisans of the different SHGs basically belong to the lower socio-economic strata of that area and are in need of appropriate skill enhancement through design and technology intervention. This is imperative so as to make the product more cost effective, marketable and sustainable in the future independently.

Training is given on a regular basis to the artisans from the clusters mainly in Terracotta and ceramic crafts and natural fibres in the form of workshops and seminars. The craftsmen are apprised of the latest technologies in the relevant crafts and new designs are introduced to them.
As a direct result of the workshops, the earnings of the craftsmen have significantly increased as they have been able to introduce new designs and explore new possibilities in their craft. At present at the CFC, artisans belonging to the clusters are involved on a regular basis and are directly benefited and their earnings have been significantly augmented. Artisans from the CFC have worked on terracotta murals at Jorasanko Thakurbadi, Kolkata, Kalighat VIP Crematorium (projects of KMC) and at Kali Mandir, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi. They have also participated in various fairs and exhibitions throughout the country to showcase their products and gain a wider exposure.


-- Training facility of CFC Barasat fully equipped with modern tools like Gas and Electric kilns, mechanized potters’ wheels, ball mill, pot mill, filter press, pug mill, glaze spaying device etc. would be utilized for the benefit of the artisans.
-- A well stocked library with books and crafts & design publications. There would be a comprehensive collection of books on crafts, design, art, management, technology, economics, social sciences, international trends and other subjects relevant to the craft and design sector.


Why EDP?

In today’s global competitive scenario, it is essential to possess knowledge and skills which match global intellectual requirements. These can be acquired through a systematic approach involving creative concepts as well as practical exposure.
Entrepreneurs implement ideas. They create value systems in society. However, one must be in a position to interpret different components which would be utilised during setting up of and running any business.

Connection with SDGs

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 targets are a part of universal agenda, which is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. Shristi has forged a relationship with Indo-American Friends Group​ (www.indoamericanchamber.us)​ for delivering EDP on Sustainability for budding entrepreneurs, young professionals, consultants, students studying in pre-final and final semester and individuals who are interested in professional life long development and emerge as a competitive skilled workforce for absorption incorporates and development sector.

EDP on Sustainability

Our EDP programme on sustainability intends to provide an edge for the participants on acquiring world class skills by imparting innovative conceptual knowledge. These will assist in obtaining relevant outlook during professional life engagements.
The Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) on sustainability is a two week long high impact classroom teaching with 360 degree training approach involving pillars of sustainability along with an intensive delivery on the critical components required for establishing any business or getting a competitive edge during job interviews, just like a finishing school.
The faculty for the programme is chosen from a mix of personnel from educational and professional spheres with more than 15 years in the choice of sector.
Career Edge

This program is meant to boost the career growth of professionals and provide students with thorough knowledge of Sustainability concepts viz. Economics, Environment and Social. The course takes you through the journey of understanding the pillars of sustainability and how they are critical in any business context. The second part is designed for providing the fundamentals of business management such as how to set up a business, arranging finance, available schemes of Government, etc.
They will be able to avail the benefits of various Government sponsored schemes. This EDP online programme will help the colleges and universities in nurturing first generation entrepreneurs.
The EDP is designed for any who wants a career level boost for graduating to the next level in academics and industry. The program helps in professional growth and aims to provide requisite knowledge for skill upgradation for climbing up the career ladder. All participants get a certificate after completion of the course from NIESBUD, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. The course carry an online evaluation.

Next Steps

For more details such as course fees and logistics fill in the registration form and our team shall get back to you. Alternatively, you can call on 011-2627-6333 or send e-mail at [email protected] for more details.

The city of intellect was our first experience in delivering our innovative program to link sustainability principles and business
1. Training Location : Kolkata
2. State : WEST BENGAL
3. Supporting agency, if any: In Kolkata there was no supporting agency. 4. Dates: 5th to 7th August,2017
5. Participants: There were 14 participants in Kolkata and 06 through online mode
6. Profile of participants : Graduation onwards (Environment, History, English)
7. Feedback: Need to focus project management plan as well internship. Training on marketing and digital marketing
8. Faculty: Anoop Sharma, Manas Chatterjee, Anandam Sanyal, Pinaki Dasgupta
9. Observers: All India Pottery Manufacturers Association
10. Secretarial Manager: Geeta Khuswah

Sikkim has made a mark at global level with its portrayal and implementation of organic farming. It is the first state in the country (India) for stepping up standards for environmental conservation and awareness. 

The training covered the fundamentals of the UN SDGs and the importance of sustainability in daily life of the participant. The content was inspired by the state of the art materials available publicly by different international agencies as well as the experience of the faculty in consultation with the respective ITIs and feedback obtained from the Secretary, Department of Skill Development, Government of Sikkim.

ITI, Namchi 

The EDP programme at ITI Namchi was conducted from 28th of August to 30th of August, 2017 at the institution premises with 30 (thirty) students. All 30 students appeared for the written exams.

The observer for the EDP on Sustainability was Dr Sapna Gurung, ITI Namchi

ITI, Gyalshing (Geyzing) 

The EDP programme at ITI, Gyalshing (Geysing) was conducted from 31st August to 2nd September, 2017 at the institution premises with 86 (Eighty Six) students and 10 (ten) faculties.

A total number of 78 students appeared for the written exams.

The students at both the ITIs were exposed to interactive sessions supported by audio visual aids whenever possible. They were also encouraged to ask questions and clarify any queries or doubts at regular intervals within the sessions. Every day, students were encouraged to volunteer for discussing as well as sharing the deliverables and their own understanding of the topics which were taught during the day.

The observers of the programme were:
1. Ms Pramila Koirala, Instructor, Employability Skills, ITI Gyalshing
2. Mr Budhi Lall Niroula, Surveyor Instructor, ITI, Gyalshing.

Feedback from Participants


 What are your expectations from EDP?
“I expect that it will give me useful knowledge in our upcoming life and it make us good people.”
--Junila Basnet--

Why have u enrolled for EDP?
“I enrolled for EDP because I want to learn new things and like to know about entrepreneurship.”
--Asim Rai (Boy)--


What are your expectations from EDP?
“My expectations from this course to build good communication skill as well businessman”
--Manju Sherpa--

What are your expectations from this course?
“My expectations from this course to gain new sense of technology. I also want to get some new opportunity while I have finished the course.”
--Sukram Rai--


“I want to strong my future continuing this course.”
--Babita Chowdhury--

What are your expectations from this course?
“I want to be an entrepreneur as well gain technical knowledge.”
--Sugata Ghosh--