Mumbai girl bags gold at WorldSkills Competition in New Zealand

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2015 17:13 IST

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of taking India to new heights, in Canada, by making the country synonymous with his vision of a “Skilled India”, India made its very first mark this year on the world skills landscape in New Zealand by winning six medallions of excellence at the recently concluded WorldSkills Oceania Competition.

Six youngsters have made India proud by bagging 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals at the WorldSkills Oceania competition in New Zealand.

WorldSkills Oceania, which is hosted by WorldSkills New Zealand, saw over 100 participants from across 7 countries participating this year. These countries are New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Canada, Malaysia, China and India. This is the first time WorldSkills India has sent its contingent to participate in WorldSkills Oceania.

Out of 14 candidates who represented India at the competition, 6 have been announced winners and felicitated with medals of excellence in their respective categories. These candidates are part of the Final 29 India team which will also represent the country at WorldSkills Sau Paulo, Brazil in August 2015.

Congratulating the India team, minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship (I/C) and parliamentary affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, “This is a remarkable performance by our India contingent and this is just the first step towards making our mark in the skills landscape. Congratulations to Team India. My ministry has been entrusted by our Hon’ble Prime Minister, with making our country a skilled nation and we are currently creating synergies across departments and ministries to ensure that this happens very quickly.

Platforms like WorldSkills help us analyse and assess our position on the global map. WorldSkills Oceania shows us in a good position. My best wishes to team for the upcoming WorldSkills International Competition 2015 taking place in São Paulo, Brazil.”

Commenting on the momentous occasion, Shri Sunil Arora, Secretary, ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship (MSDE) said, “We are very clear on the skills agenda for the country and this is a major step towards making India the skills capital of the world. It’s a moment of pride for us that 6 candidates from the India team have won laurels in a world class competition. We are confident that they will perform equally well at São Paulo. We are proud of each and every candidate who represented the country at the Oceania Competition in New Zealand. My very best wishes to Team India for the big finals of WorldSkills scheduled for August 2015.”

“Minister of skill development, Rudy, has also asked the ministry to make a pitch to host the WorldSkills Competition in 2021, which is being done by us,” he further added.

Commenting on the occasion, Dilip Chenoy, managing director and CEO, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) said, “My heartiest congratulations to all 6 winners who have made the country proud. This is a great beginning and a fabulous achievement for us. I am happy to learn that 2 of the 6 medallists are women. I am happy to see the enthusiasm, passion and competitive spirit that the participants have showcased.”

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