In­dia hopes to win big at WorldSkills com­pe­ti­tion

The par­tic­i­pants will com­pete across 50 skills at the event.

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Team In­dia is ready to par­tic­i­pate in the big­gest ex­hi­bi­tion for skills, “WorldSkills” com­pe­ti­tion, which will be held in Abu Dhabi from 14 to 19 Oc­to­ber.

As many as 1200 com­peti­tors from 75 coun­tries are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event, which is re­garded as “Olympics of skills”, be­ing or­gan­ised since 1950. The maxi- mum age for par­tic­i­pat­ing in this event is 23 years. The par­tic­i­pants will com­pete across 50 skills at the event. There will be 28 com­peti­tors from In­dia, par­tic­i­pat­ing in 26 skills.

Na­tional Sill Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (NSDC) chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer (COO) Jayant Kr­ishna said the world level com­pe­ti­tion is held every two years. “We have been spear­head­ing In­dia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion un­der ‘WorldSkills In­dia’ ban­ner since 2011. For the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion, we have se­lected a team which will com­pete in 26 skills rang­ing from car paint­ing, brick lay­ing, hair styling, beauty ther­apy, mo­bile ro­bot­ics etc,” he said.

These com­peti­tors were iden­ti­fied through a series of com­pe­ti­tions at re­gional and na­tional lev­els in the last two years, af­ter which they went through ex­ten­sive train­ing with in­dus­try part­ners, which helped them im­prove their skills be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion. Many of the can­di­dates also trav­elled to for­eign coun­tries to get train­ing un­der the guid­ance of some of the best train­ers.

This week, the NSDC or­gan­ised a three-day train­ing and team build­ing work­shop for all the cap­i­tals in New Delhi, which was aimed at equip­ping the can­di­dates with softer skill like time man­age­ment, cop­ing with pres­sure and other preevent prepa­ra­tion re­quired to par­tic­i­pate at the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. The work­shop was con­ducted by renowned soft skills train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, Tata Strive.

Last time the event took place in Sao Paulo (Brazil) in which the In­dian team could not win any gold, sil­ver or bronze medal. It, how­ever, won eight “medal­lions” for good per­for­mance.

Crick­eter Sachin Ten­dulkar, who is the brand am­bas­sador of the Skill In­dia Mis­sion, and Deepa Ma­lik, who won two medals at the last Par­a­lympics in Rio 2016, sent mo­ti­va­tional video mes­sages for the work­shop. Most of the com­peti­tors come from hum­ble back­ground and have worked hard to earn them­selves a place in the con­tin­gent.

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Busi­ness­man Vi­taly Yan-Vin-Tin (R) and his as­sis­tants mould a clay sculp­ture of an ea­gle in­side a work­shop in the Siberian vil­lage of Bery­ozovka out­side Kras­no­yarsk, Rus­sia on Monday. The Yan-Vin-Tin Sculp­tures Work­shop pro­duces var­i­ous sculp­tures made of bronze, clay, fiber-re­in­forced con­crete, fi­bre­glass and other ma­te­ri­als for the dec­o­ra­tion of city parks, pri­vate manors and in­te­ri­ors.

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