Four hundred participants from 27 states to compete at India’s biggest skill competition

Participants from 27 states in India are gearing up to compete at the IndiaSkills National Competition 2018, which is the biggest showcase of skilled youth in India.

The competition will be inaugurated on October 2, followed by the skill competition from October 3 to 5 at Aerocity Grounds, New Delhi.  More than 400 participants across 27 states will showcase their talent across 46 skills, 10 traditional skills and 4 demo skills. For the first time ever, Abilympics – the ‘Olympics of Abilities’, will feature persons with disabilities (PwDs) who will showcase their talents across 10 skill competitions.

The winners across different skills will be facilitated during the closing ceremony on October 6 in Delhi. They will also get a chance to undergo best-in-class industry training to prepare them for the WorldSkills International Competition scheduled in Kazan, Russia from August 22-27, 2019.

Sharing his thoughts on the upcoming competition, MSDE Joint Secretary Rajesh Agrawal said “IndiaSkills competition plays a catalytic role in improving the overall aspiration for vocational training in India. This year’s competition is unique, as for the first time we have collaborated with 22 state government who have organised district and state level skill competitions in their respective states and have supported us in training the winners for the National competition. We are optimistic that the finalists this year will truly raise the bar and bring laurels to the country at the WorldSkills next year.”

Commenting on the initiatives, NSDC MD and CEO Manish Kumar said, “IndiaSkills Competition 2018 has witnessed more than fifty thousand entries this year, which is 10 times more than what we received for similar event in 2016. It’s a great achievement for all the participants who are representing their states at IndiaSkills 2018. Competition like these will help youth benchmark their skills against their peers in other states in India and those around the world, which will us improve the overall standards of vocational training in India.”

IndiaSkills Competition 2018, organised by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), has brought together more than 70 corporates and academic institutes, along with 22 state governments to realise the vision of establishing India as the skill capital of the world.

The registration for IndiaSkills Competition 2018 witnessed more than 50,000 participants from 21 states and union territories who competed in 46 skills/trades across different levels to make it to regional competitions.
Apart from skill competitions, the event will also host several engaging initiatives such as career counselling, skill exhibition, try a skill among others for the youth. Several other events such as State Ministers Conference, Skill Conclave, Industry Round Table will also be organised on the sidelines of the skill competitions.

India won one each Silver and Bronze and nine Medallions of Excellence and ranked 19th among 56 countries at the last WorldSkills 2017 in Abu Dhabi. More than 1300 competitors competed in 51 skills at this event, according to an official statement here.

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