Two schemes of the West Bengal government viz. “Utkarsh
Bangla” and “Sabooj Sathi” have won World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) prizes of the United Nations.
Launched in 2016, the Utkarsh Bangla scheme
provides for placement linked short-term skill trainings across the state of
Launched in 2015, Sabuj Sathi is a scheme for
distribution of bi-cycles to students of class IX to XII studying in Govt. run
and Govt. aided Schools and Madrashas.
WSIS Prizes is an international contest. It
seeks to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognise individuals,
governments and private bodies for outstanding success in implementing
development oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICT.
The World Summit on the Information Society
(WSIS) was a two-phase United Nations (UN) summit. It was initiated in order to
create an evolving multi- stakeholder platform aimed at addressing the issues
raised by information and communication technologies (ICTs).