NETWORKING WITH NATIONAL AGENCIES
The West Bengal Board of Primary Education has become a member of the
Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE) in India. A brief profile
of the Board was duly despatched to COBSE and paper on Continuous and
Comprehensive Evaluation prepared by Dr. Sulapani Bhattacharya, President
was sent to the conference of the General Body of COBSE.
It is heartening to note that the Board is gradually extending its network
with other educational bodies at the national level. A number of Project
Proposals sent to the Department of Measurement and Evaluation, NCERT
were accepted by the Department and were approved for implementation by
the Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar under the aegis of the
State Coordination Committee, involving participants from West Bengal.
Training of Teachers in Research Methodology, Science Teaching in Primary
Schools are a few to mention where teachers/teacher-educators from West
Bengal participated. Dr. Sarala Rajput in a letter to Board conveyed her
Departments' willingness to shoulder the responsibility of holding some
The West Bengal Board of Primary Education is possibly the only Board
that could cater to the requirement as per Supreme Court's verdict, for
study of environmental sciences within its curricular area. The President
of the Board on being invited by the Director, NCERT participated in the
national level conference recently held in New Delhi.
NETWORKING WITH THE INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES
UNICEF, Kolkata has offered support for (i) Manpower, (ij) Mobility, (iii)
Management of Information, (iv) Monitoring and (v) Media and Documentation
necessary for functions and working of Primary School Sanitation and Hygiene
Education Cell established within the Board in November'05 basically
with a view to looking after the use, maintenance and sustainability of
the toilets and drinking water facilities provided in the primary schools
by the Government through its various departments and under Sarba Siksha
The representatives of the Department for International Development (DFID),
U.K. pays occasional visits to the Board basically to discuss the progress
of the on-going programme of interventions known as District Primary Education
Programme. The Board has so far played crucial role in collaboration with
the Paschim Banga Rajya Prarambhik Siksha Unnayan Sanstha for effective
implementation of WBDPEP.
The European Commission with its Sector Investment Programme has already
started supporting the Primary School Health Progrmme and is full of appreciation
for the type of Programme which is unique in nature in whole of India.