Odisha has topped IndiaSkills 2021 National Competition held in New Delhi by winning 51 medals.
More than 500+ youth from 26 states/UTs competed in 54 skills. The winners of IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals will get a chance to represent the country at WorldSkills International Competition to be held in Shanghai, China in October 2022.
Odisha has won 10 gold, 18 silver, 9 bronze medals and 14 medallions in the competition.
The skill competitions were held at multiple locations, including Pragati Maidan and offsite locations in the National Capital Region, from January 7-9 under Covid-19 guidelines.
Gold medals winners will get a cash prize of Rs 100,000, silver medal Rs 75,000 and bronze medal winners Rs 50,000.
Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) said the government, industry and experts will work together to ensure that Team India is best equipped with the desired training and tools to perform their best at WorldSkills International Competition, which will be held in Shanghai, China later this year.
Ved Mani Tiwari, Chief Operating Officer and Officiating Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Corporation said that skills create opportunities, build societies and fuel economic growth. Skill competitions play a vital role in raising awareness about the importance of skilling in one’s life and prepare for the jobs and challenges of the future. The introduction of new-age skills shows how IndiaSkills Competition updates to future-relevant trades and job roles.
Among other states Maharashtra won a total of 30 medals and Kerala got 25 medals.