More than 200 youth selected across 5 states to compete at the 3-day event in the Pink City. The competition is envisaged to create opportunities for the youth at the regional level and select the best talent to represent India at WorldSkills International Competition 2019.
In a bid to promote international standards in over 40skills among the youth of our country, National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) kick-started India Skills Regional Competitions 2018 in Jaipur today. Rohim Momin a skilled bricklayer and winner of the Medallion of Excellence at the World Skills International Competition 2017 in Abu Dhabi, inaugurated the ceremony at Jaipur Exhibition &Convention Center. The event was also graced by senior officials from Central and State Government including Shri Krishna Kunal, IAS, Commissioner for Industries & Corporate Social Responsibility and Special Secretary to the Government of Rajasthan; Shri Prakash Sharma, Chief Financial Officer, NSDC and Shri Jaikant Singh, Senior Head, State Engagement, NSDC among others.
The competition is designed to showcase the highest standards of skills in India and provide a platform for the youth to explore various career opportunities in the skills ecosystem.More than 200contestants from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana will take part in this 3-day competitions across 24 trades/categories. Winners from the regional competition will compete at the National Competition scheduled in Delhi from 15th to 18thJuly 2018. The event will commence with a grand opening ceremony, followed by skill competitions and panel discussion on the subsequent days. The event will conclude with a grand closing ceremony on 26th May 2018.
Commenting on the initiatives, Mr. Manish Kumar, MD and CEO, NSDC said, “Skills form the backbone of all national missions and our country can only grow if its workforce has the best technical and industrial skills. IndiaSkills competitions are designed with an objective to showcasethe highest standards of skills in India and motivate youth to consider vocational education as a mainstream career option. The initiative will help us identify the best talent who could represent India at the WorldSkills International Competition and bring laurels to the country.”
“In our experience, the participants from these competitions serve as role models for their communities and further help in making vocational training aspirational for the youth in India.”, he further added.
The participants at the IndiaSkills Regional Competitions are selected after a rigorous selection process at the district and state level organized by 20 states. The winners from each states will compete in 4 regional competitions scheduled in Jaipur – West (24th to 26th May), Lucknow – North (31st May to 2nd June), Bhubaneswar – East (9th to 11th June) and Bangalore – South (15th to 17th July).
In 2017, India ranked 19 among 56 countries participating at the WorldSkills Competition organized in Abu Dhabi.More than 1300 competitors competed in 51 skills/trades at this competition. The next WorldSkills Competition is scheduled in Kazan, Russia in August 2019.