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IndiaSkills Competition 2024 Inaugurated: Celebrating Skill, Innovation, and Determination

New Delhi: Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), inaugurated the IndiaSkills Competition 2024, the country’s largest skill competition aimed at showcasing the highest standards of skilling. The opening ceremony, held at Yashobhoomi, Dwarka, New Delhi, saw the enthusiastic participation of over 900 students from more than 30 states and Union Territories, along with over 400 industry experts.

Gracing the occasion were esteemed dignitaries including Nilambuj Sharan, Senior Economic Advisor, MSDE; Trishaljeet Sethi, DG Training, MSDE; Sonal Mishra, Joint Secretary, MSDE; Hena Usman Joint Secretary, MSDE; and Ved Mani Tiwari, CEO, National Skill Development Corporation. The event commenced with a vibrant cultural program showcasing diverse dance forms from across the country.

Secretary Atul Kumar Tiwari hailed IndiaSkills 2024 as not merely a competition but a celebration of skill, innovation, and determination. He emphasized its role as a platform for realizing dreams and nurturing aspirations, expressing confidence in the candidates’ capabilities and their potential to excel in WorldSkills 2024.

Over the next three days, participants will compete in various skills ranging from Construction and Building Technology to Creative Arts and Fashion, Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, and Transportation and Logistics. The event will culminate with a grand closing ceremony on 19th May.

Ved Mani Tiwari highlighted IndiaSkills as a platform nurturing aspirations and fostering creativity, positioning the country ahead while promoting inclusivity. He underscored its role in building equal societies by creating opportunities for engagement with candidates, industry leaders, education partners, governments, and partner countries.

IndiaSkills 2024 encompasses competitions across 61 skills, from traditional crafts to cutting-edge technologies, with 47 onsite and 14 offsite competitions. Participants will also showcase their skills in 9 exhibition categories, including Drone-Filming, Textile-Weaving, Leather-Shoemaking, and prosthetics-makeup.

Candidates participating in the national-level competition have undergone training in various institutes, reflecting the international-standard training within India’s existing skill network. Winners will prepare for the WorldSkills Competition scheduled in Lyon, France, in September 2024, bringing together competitors from over 70 countries.

This year, participants have the opportunity to earn credits within the National Credit Framework, aligned with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). The incorporation of a competition information system called Qrencia enhances the competition experience.

About 2.5 lakh candidates registered on the Skill India Digital Hub (SIDH) Portal, with 26,000 shortlisted through pre-screening. This rigorous selection process not only fosters competition but also ignites aspirations for skill development among the youth. By promoting diverse opportunities and fostering a competitive yet collaborative environment, IndiaSkills Competition lays a solid foundation for a skilled workforce driving national progress and innovation.

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