In the world of the artisan, a generation is a measure of survival – of family survival as well as of the legacy of craft skills. When for a generation, skills are not practiced and handed down, they are lost. Children of artisans, vital to the perpetuation of craft heritage, are often forced to exit from the craft due to economic uncertainties. These compel them to seek alternative livelihoods, often at a tender age and far from home. Giving these children the option of a fulfilling career within their tradition depends on a sustained demand for handmade products of quality. Promoting this demand is CCI’s central purpose, within which the Council has initiated this unique scheme.
Educate to Sustain
CCI Scholarship Programme
The purpose of CCI Scholarships is to create opportunities for artisans and their children to build capacities relevant to their needs and those of a changing market through education, training and exposure.
While clearly CCI seeks to encourage GenNext to prosper within the traditions of its forbears, the Council also works to provide the children of artisans with the same options of growth and opportunity which are, or should be, the right of all children. Through this approach, carrying on with tradition can become a conscious choice for a young person rather than a compulsion of caste or community, contributing to the dignity of the individual, the advancement of the community, and to pride in craftmanship.
Special attention is paid to the girl child and the woman artisans, as well as to children from other communities who have been exposed to craft/have a demonstrated aptitude for craft while not belonging to hereditary families.
Scholarships are provided from class vi – xii