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Women shine at skilling competition

education Updated: Apr 06, 2015 13:42 IST
Rozelle Laha
WorldSkills India Competition


The recently held WorldSkills India Competition in New Delhi announced three women candidates out of 21 winners, who will be representing India at Sao Paulo, Brazil, in August 2015.

The selected women candidates have been trained in the following areas: beauty therapy, mechatronics and visual merchandising.

“I wanted to become self-dependent and decided to do an apprenticeship programme in mechatronics rather than pursuing a conventional degree which doesn’t guarantee a job on completion,” says Varsha Pawale, one of the winners.

India will be competing for 27 skills in Brazil. Competitions for 19 skills, out of the 27, have already been held and 21 winners have been declared. The India leg of the contest was organised by the National Skill Development Corporation.

Over 1,000 young people (under 23 years ) compete in more than 46 skill categories in the WorldSkills competition held across different countries every alternate year.

The competition categories include transportation and logistics, manufacturing and engineering technology, information and communication technology, creative arts and fashion, social and personal services, construction and building technology.

Talking about the success of the event, Supriya Banerji, principal adviser, Confederation of Indian Industry, says, “We have had few industry people at the competitions who committed that even if some of these participants don’t make it to the competition, they will hire them in their respective organisations.”