IndiaSkills 2018 competitions recently concluded at Delhi with a grand finale held on 6th October 2018. This is India’s largest skills event aimed at encouraging youth to explore different traditional and modern trades. It also prepared them to perform on the global stage at WorldSkills 2019 at Kazan, Russia. A total of 45 gold, 47 silver and 43 bronze medals were won at the competitions. Maharashtra leads medals tally followed by Odisha, Delhi, Karnataka and Chandigarh. Top two winners will be further trained followed by squad selections to represent India at the 45th WorldSkills Competition at Kazan, Russia in 2019
With more than 50,000 registrations for the IndiaSkills 2018; 500 competitions were held across 3 months at the district and state level. Going by the rules of the WorldSkills International competition, each skill category has three winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. A new addition has been the Medallion of Excellence that was awarded to competitors who have scored more than 700 marks.
An interesting feature of IndiaSkills 2018 has been the introduction of four new skills. Referred to as Demo Skills, these categories are Hotel Receptionist, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing and Water Technology, skills that have been included with an eye for preparing the youth in future-ready professions. Abilympics or the ‘Olympics of Abilities’ for candidates with disabilities (PwDs) was also a novel addition that has seen overwhelming response from participants.
IndiaSkills saw a huge support from corporate India, with Ola awarding a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 to the Gold Medalist in the Autobody Repair and Automobile Technology category. Axalta Coating Systems gave away a cash prize of Rs.25,000 for Sustainable Practice Award in Car Painting. The event also saw Paytm awarding insurance up to Rs. 1 lakh to all Gold and Silver medalists for IndiaSkills trades.
Apart from skill competitions, the event also hosted several engaging initiatives such as career counselling, skill exhibition and try a skill among others for the youth. Numerous other events such as the State Ministers Conference, Skill Conclave, and Industry Round Table were also organized on the sidelines of the skill competitions.
MSDE, in close conjunction with Industry, will work towards preparing the winners on best practices before they head to the 45th WorldSkills Competition at Kazan, Russia in 2019. India won 1 Silver, 1 Bronze and 9 Medallions of Excellence and ranked 19th among 56 countries at the last WorldSkills 2017 in Abu Dhabi.