President Mukherjee to inaugurate first edition of ‘India Skills-2016’ competition tomorrow

On the occasion of the first anniversary of Skill India, President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the first edition of ‘India Skills Competition’. The inauguration of this event will take place on July 15 at Vigyan Bhavan. On 15th July, the opening ceremony will get organized and the main competition will be held at Pragati Maidan on 16th and 17th July.

Initiated by Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), India skills competition is a national competition to select the best talent. The winner of this competition will lead the India’s participation at the biennial WorldSkills international competition scheduled at Abu Dhabi in 2017.

MSDE and NSDC have already completed more than 80 regional competitions in 24 skills including welding, car painting, auto body repair, hair stylist, graphic designing, etc. A total of 4,820 candidates registered to participate in these competitions. To make India Skills a success, around 40 organisation like Mahindra, Tata, Maruti, Toyota, CII, NASSCOM have come together.

Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, lauded the success of Skill India and said, “We are about to complete one year of Skill India and it is a proud moment to celebrate our achievements and milestones over the last one year. The year has been remarkable with more than 1.04 crore youth trained under the various initiative of Skill India in 2015-16, marking 36.8 % growth compared to the year before. Skill development is a national priority and we are confident of maintaining the speed, scale, and standard required to make this mission a success.”

In the last event of world skill organised at Sau Paulo, Brazil in August 2015, a team of 29 candidates from India participated in 27 skills and won medals of excellence.

This two-day event is believed to an important event for the youth of India. The event will bring together key stakeholders including central ministries, state governments, leading industry bodies and trainees.

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