Regional Apprenticeship Day

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Regional Apprenticeship Day (RAD)

Since its establishment in 1968, Board Of Practical Training (Eastern Region), Kolkata, under the directives of Ministry of Education, Govt. of India has been implementing the provisions of The Apprentices Act, 1961 as amended from time to time for Apprenticeship training of Graduates and Diploma Engineers. Thereafter, further responsibility of arranging Internship Training, General Attribute Development Programme(GADP) for B.Tech/ Diploma pursuing students as well as Apprenticeship Training of Non-Engineering Graduates in optional trades have been entrusted to BOPT (ER) in the years 2017 and 2020 respectively. Therefore, BOPT (ER) with increased responsibilities of arranging Apprenticeship/Internship Training for Engineering and Non-Engineering Graduates passing out from different institutions located in the 13 States and Union Territory of Eastern Region of India have been striving hard to fulfil the need of the students so as to provide a platform for honing their skills through On-Job-Training (OJT) and become more employable. In order to provide on the job training to fresh engineering/non-engineering graduates and diploma holders in engineering/technology in an organized effective manner, BOPT(ER) implement National Apprenticeship Training Scheme through a national web portal (, facilitating all the stakeholders like Establishments/ Industries, Students and Institutions. Over the 50 years, BOPT(ER) achieved tremendous success with continued growth. During 2021-22 BOPT (ER) provided apprenticeship training to more than 42,000 students in association with more than 3 thousands industries in eastern region. The Board of Governors in a meeting decided to celebrate Regional Apprenticeship Day as an annual function with following objectives:-


  1. Increase awareness of National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) amongst the vast majority of stakeholders i.e. Industries, Students and Institutions.
  2. Recognizing apprenticeships as a ladder of opportunity for students to a brighter future and recognizing that they are ready for employment.
  3. Recognition of the contribution of the Establishments, Institutions & Students in NATS during the year.
  4. Minimizing the gap among Industries and Academia.

Eligibility for Nomination

  1. For Establishments – An establishment/organization who registered in NATS portal ( and engaging apprentices of minimum 2.5% of total manpower (including contractual, casual & outsourced staffs) in the last 3 financial years is eligible to file their nomination.
  2. For Apprentices – An apprentice who have completed his/her apprenticeship training in last financial year by maintaining minimum 60% of attendance at workplace and having a Certificate of Proficiency (COP) generated through NATS Portal ( only can apply.
  3. For Institutions – An Institution who has updated its profile in NATS portal ( and at least 05 passed out students of that institute placed for apprenticeship training in any NATS registered establishment in the last financial year, only can apply.

In this backdrop, the competent authority of BOPT (ER), Kolkata has decided to honour Top 3 esteemed stakeholders i.e. Apprentices, Establishments and Institutions from 13 States of Eastern Region on following categories on Regional Apprenticeship Day: I. Establishment of the Year. II. Institution of the Year. III. Apprentice of the Year. Once short listed, the nominees are invited to present their achievement at BOPT(ER), Kolkata premises on scheduled date & time