SME Times News Bureau | 18 Aug, 2019
India to participate and compete at the World Skills Kazan
2019 to be held in Kazan Russia on August 22-2.
The 48-member Indian Team representing the
country at World Skills Kazan 2019 was given a grand send-off at a ceremony in
the capital on Sunday, organized by National Skill Development Corporation
Nearly 1,500 competitors from 60 countries will
compete in 56 skill competitions at this mega event in Kazan.
The 48-member Indian team will participate in 44
skills, including mobile robotics, prototype modelling, hairdressing, baking,
confectionary & patisserie, welding, brick laying, car painting, floristry,
Forty-four experts and 14 interpreters are also
accompanying the participants to Kazan. In 2017, a 28-strong contingent took
part in the World Skills International at Abu Dhabi, winning one silver, one
bronze and nine Medallions of Excellence.
Addressing the candidates Mahendra Nath
Pandey, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, “My
heartiest congratulations to the 48 of you who have proven your mark at the
national level. You all will now represent the country at the world’s biggest
skill competition in Russia. My advice to you is to compete in the true spirit
of participation and make India proud on the global platform and at the same time
learn from your international peers competing with you.”
“I am happy to learn that we have six young girls
also bearing the flag of the country at Kazan. I am positive you will inspire
many more and we will see increased female participation in the years to come.
I also hope with Team India’s participation at World Skills, the event will
gain the same level of popularity in the country, as the Olympics and the Asian
Games,” he added.
About 75% participants come from tier II and tier
III cities, with 25% from rural areas. Most belong to humble backgrounds, parents
work as farmers, coolie, daily wage laborers and security guards.
Among states/UTs, Maharashtra tops the chart with
seven contestants participating in the competition, followed by five from
Karnataka and four from Uttar Pradesh. Over 50,000 youth had registered for the
IndiaSkills Competitions that was organized across several legs last year.
Participants spoke about their experiences at the
send-off. Present among the audience were proud parents who greeted them with
loud cheers as the Minister felicitated all 48 contestants.