In a bid to develop communication skills, 25 probationary officers of the West Bengal Civil Services had undergone a communicative English course training, sources said on Saturday.
The course was part of the long-term objective of creating an international education hub in West Bengal, Director, British Council, East and Northeast India, Debanjan Chakrabarti said.
The three-week training, which was held under the personnel and administrative reforms and e-governance department, focussed on developing both spoken and written forms of communication of the participants to suit the needs of the 21st century workplace, according to a British Council statement.
Chakrabarti said the course is the beginning of a fruitful partnership between the West Bengal government and the British Council Kolkata as envisaged by the chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Banerjee had in the past stressed on the need to acquire a sufficient level of command over English for all civil services officers in West Bengal.
“This is the British Councils 70th year in India and we are committed to create opportunities for learners with our internationally recognised assessments,” Chakrabarti said.
ATI Director General Sanjeev Chopra said the British Council and the Administrative Training Institute in Kolkata had been holding the training course since 2017 and around 200 WBCS officers, including 25 officers of the latest batch, have received certificates so far.
(With inputs from PTI)