SME Times News Bureau | 24 Aug, 2019
The world’s biggest international vocational
skills competition, WorldSkills Kazan 2019 got underway with a
grand ceremony at Kazan, Russia.
The 48-member Indian team, resplendent in
colourful attire, wowed spectators as they walked through the parade along with
62 other participating countries.
More than 2.5 lakh people attended the opening
ceremony at Kazan Arena, where youth from 63 nations gave a variety display of
various cultures. The 48-member Indian team — the sixth largest contingent at
the WorldSkills — stole hearts with a performance that brought alive the rich
diversity and beauty of the vast country.
Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister, Russian
Federation opened the six-day event that will see more than 1,300 competitors
from around the globe competing across 56 skills and trades.
Contestants from India who are representing the
country at the global stage have made it at WorldSkills Kaza 2019 after a
gruelling selection procedure where went through a series of skill competitions
conducted at different levels in India.
An initiative of the National Skill Development
Corporation (NSDC) under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and
Entrepreneurship (MSDE), WorldSkills India is integral to the vision of
building a Skilled India, exposing young talent to the best-in-class
technology, techniques and skills amongst different trades.
Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister of
Skill Development and Entrepreneurship who is leading the Indian
contingent, also inaugurated the India Pavilion at the Kazan
Expo competition area. The Pavilion adorns myriad hues of India’s culture,
traditions, diversity and skills. Dr. Pandey’s is at Kazan to motivate the
participants and is aimed at building G2G and B2B relationships.
During his visit, Dr. Pandey will address
delegates from Industry on the subject ‘Skilling for future with Scale, Speed
and Standards: India Experience’.
He is also scheduled to meet representatives of
key industry players such as DMG MORI, CISCO, Siemens, Lincoln Electric to name
a few, to explore ways of knowledge exchange and global mobility of Indian
workforce with multinational corporations.
As the competition begins on August 23, the
Indian Team will participate in 44 skills namely mobile robotics, prototype
modelling, hairdressing, baking, confectionary & patisserie, welding, brick
laying, car painting, floristry, etc.
Forty-four skill experts and 14 interpreters for
various Indian languages have also accompanied the participants in Kazan to
support them at the event.
Inaugurating the India Pavilion at WorldSkills, Mahendra
Nath Pandey, Honb’le Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship,
said, “Watching Team India showcase the unique Indian culture in a foreign
country is heart-warming. These youngsters are not merely competitors at an
international event of such scale, they are also ambassadors of the Indian
culture and it has been a pleasure to have seen this beautiful performance.
My best wishes are with the team and I hope they
win many awards in the skills they represent. They are the future of India and
their vocational skills will open many doors for them.
With the Government taking a number of
initiatives to boost technical training and vocational skills, India has
climbed the skills ladder, and this year we have a 48-member team up from 28
the last time. I am confident of a good show from the team. In the future, we
will also bid for hosting the WorldSkills.
The Ministry of Skill Development and other
government departments are directing all their efforts at tap the talent of
India’s youth by empowering them to become job-givers and not job-seekers
alone. We have provided training support 12.6 lakh people and we aim to double
this number in the near future with support from other ministries.”