The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) is one of the premier institutions working in the field of linking education with culture. Established in 1979, pioneered by Smt. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, it functions as an autonomous organization under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. At the philosophical core of the CCRT lies a commitment to holistic education, encompassing the cognitive, emotional and spiritual development of children. To this end the CCRT conducts education grounded in cultural knowledge and understanding as conducive to clarity, creativity, independence of thought, tolerance and compassion. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development had reviewed the work of CCRT in 1994 and had recommended that the activities of CCRT should be spread at grassroot level by opening Regional Centres in different parts of the country.
The Planning Commission had accorded its approval for setting up of three Regional Centres. Two Regional Centres at Udaipur & Hyderabad had already become functional after the approval accorded by the Standing Finance Committee on Human Resource Development. The Standing Finance Committee had then also recommended to open a Regional Centre in the North-East, which the CCRT has brought into function at Guwahati from the year 2008 with a skelton staff. The CCRT's publications aim at providing an understanding and appreciation of different aspects of Indian Art and Culture. They also highlight the influence of nature on artistic expressions so as to develop an understanding of the impact of environment on cultural manifestations.
The educational materials developed by CCRT on Cultural Education are the outcome of the continued interaction with scholars and guidance provided by the experts. A great deal of study and research is conducted for bringing out these publications. The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) has been producing a variety of publications for the benefit of people associated with the field of culture and education particularly teachers and students. Some of these publications are theme based Cultural Packages, Series of Booklets, Folios, Work-books, Journals, etc. that provide knowledge on India’s rich natural and cultural heritage, information on Indian art and culture and ideas on how to link culture with education.
These publications contain illustrated material, bilingual descriptions and creative activities for students and teachers.Orientation Course - In-service Teachers Workshop on: Integrating Craft Skills in School Education