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By Ritu Kochar

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Entrepreneurship has taken India by storm. A storm our government saw approaching and did everything to only make it stronger. This is not a storm of destruction, but one that will build India.

Celebrating this spirit of entrepreneurship, Skill India will be celebrating its first anniversary on 15thJuly, 2016 and marking the day, the Hon'ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will be inaugurating the first edition of "India Skills Competition" on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day.

IndiaSkills is a national competition steered by Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to select the best talent who will lead India's participation at the biennial World Skills International Competition scheduled at Abu Dhabi in 2017. The opening ceremony will be organized at Vigyan Bhawan on 15th July, 2016, while the main competition will be held at Pragati Maidan on 16th and 17th July, 2016.

Considering skill development is a national priority, Shri Rohit Nandan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship said, "IndiaSkills is a big opportunity for the youth of our nation to showcase their skill sets on a global platform like WorldSkills International Competition, which is globally recognized as Olympics for Skills and is also recognised by UN, where candidates from more than 75 member countries participate. This is our effort to bring recognition and respect to our country's vibrant youth and make them more employable as per industry standards, thereby transforming the skills, labour and employment landscape of India."

Skill Indiahas been quite close to the President's heart. In a recent initiative, he had ensured that 1500 employees at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, get certified under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal VikasYojana (PMKVY), across 18 job roles. The program has ensured that the people working at the President's house get oriented to their job roles, are assessed on their existing skills and then certified basis the National Skills Qualification Framework.

In order to select the best talent to represent India at IndiaSkills, MSDE and NSDC have completed more than 80 regional competitions in 24 skills/trades including hair stylist, welding, car painting, auto body repair, graphic designing, robotics to name a few.

Close to 4820 candidates registered to compete this year. Around 40 organisation like Mahindra, Tata, Maruti, Toyota, CII, FICCI, NASSCOM, CREDAI, NID, NIFT, have come together to make IndiaSkills a success (including consortium partners). The Sector Skill Councils are ensuring standards aligned to National Skill Qualification Framework are being followed in the competition to monitor the quality and standards of the competition which will be important to follow to compete at a world scale.

The shortlisted candidates from these events will qualify for the final selection for WorldSkills International Competition at Abu Dhabi, 2017. The competition will conclude with a closing ceremony on 17thJuly, 2016. It is a platform that will bring youth, industries, and educators together and provide youth an opportunity to compete, experience, and learn how to become the best in the skill of their choice.

At the last event organized at Sao Paolo, Brazil, in August 2015, a team of 29 candidates (all below 23 years of age) participated in 27 skills and won 8 medallions of excellence.

This event will bring together key stakeholders including Central Ministries/Departments, State Governments, leading Industry Bodies, and trainees. Partnerships with all these stakeholders is vital to ensure Skill India's success.

Ritu Kochar

Former Staff, Entrepreneur India

Ritu used to work as a Feature writer for Entrepreneur India.
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