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Established in 1979, pioneered by Smt. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) functions as an autonomous organization under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. It is one of the premier institutions working in the field of linking education with culture. CCRT conducts a range of training programmes for in-service teachers, educators and administrators from across India to foster their creative potential. It also organizes special training programmes for physically and mentally challenged children. The training programmes provide an understanding and appreciation of the philosophy, aesthetics and beauty inherent in Indian art and culture and focus on formulating methodologies for incorporating a cultural component in curriculum teaching. The training programmes are tailored to introduce the participants to various art forms and focus on the development of their observational skills, enhance their writing and verbal skills and develop their powers of deduction and conclusion. They help to make learning informative, interesting and fun. 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. In sensitizing students, teachers and others to the arts and cultures of India, the CCRT aims to encourage local communities to take the lead in the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage, promote respect for diversity and reinforce cultural identity. The underlying emphasis is on imbibing architectural, aesthetic, historical, environmental, archaeological and even spiritual and symbolic values in our heritage. The CCRT has its headquarters in New Delhi and three Regional Centres at Udaipur in the west, Hyderabad in the south and Guwahati in the north-east to facilitate the widespread dissemination of Indian art and culture.