With the highest ever tally, Team India leaves a foot print at the World Skills Competition, the largest vocational skills competition globally.
Team India recorded their best-ever performance at WorldSkills 2017 in Abu Dhabi finals with the highest ever tally of two medals (a Silver and a Bronze) and Nine Medallions of excellence. World Skills Competition is the largest vocational skills competition globally and is organized by the Amsterdam-based not-for-profit organization World Skills International. In 2007, India joined the World Skills International Organization as its 48th member.
Competitors from different countries pitch their skills against the best of the best for gold, silver and bronze medals. The World Skills Competition, popularly known as the Skill Olympics with 1,300 competitors in 51 skill categories, was held in Abu Dhabi from 14 – 19 October 2017.
Mohit Dudeja from Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts, Bengaluru, won a silver for Patisserie and Confectionery whereas Karan Dilsher Dhaliwal from IHM Pusa bagged a Medallion for Excellence in restaurant skill. Mohit Dudeja also won the award for best of Nation. Nine medallions of Excellence were won for mechatronics, brick-laying, restaurant service, automobile technology, jewellery, graphic design technology, mobile robotics, beauty therapy and car painting.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sonali Sinha, COO, Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC) said, “We are determined to perform better by improving our own standards by each passing day. The objective of the challenge is to act as a link, a platform and an instrument for the enhancement and overall development of the national community of skilled manpower.”
“With winners being presented medals at a glittering closing ceremony on the Deepawali day, Indian participants and winners have truly made the Festival of Lights sparkle even more,” said Vivek Saggar, Head – Business Development, THSC.
Recognising the immense potential of these young professionals, THSC, along with National Skills Development Agency, under the leadership of Honorable Minister for Skills Development and Entrepreneurship organized India Skills Competition on a National level. This was in accordance with the dynamic vision as shared by Shri. Narendra Modi, Honorable Prime Minister of India.
“Skills for some time have been looked at as a second option after formal education. India Skills aims to make skills more aspirational and visible for the Indian Youth. These completions channelize the Skill India initiative of the Government of India to make it more lucrative for the budding professionals and the youth who are still in the process of identifying their careers,” informed Dr Sonali Sinha.
The India Skills competition for the Tourism and Hospitality Sector were conducted for 3 specific trades:
- Patisserie and Confectionery
- Restaurant Service
“These trades were chosen to be a part of the competition as these are also the trades that are competed for at the World Skills Competition that happens once every 2 years,” informed Vivek Saggar.
To provide an opportunity for the youth who intend to showcase their skill at the competition, THSC team conducted regional competitions at 7 different cities Pan India ensuring that all the regions were well covered. Out of 750 registered for the competition, 356 candidates cleared the online pre-screening test conducted by THSC’s appointed assessment agency, to participate in the regional competition.
Total 19 candidates were shortlisted for India Skills Competition i.e. 7 candidates from Cooking, 6 from Patisserie, and 6 from Restaurant Service.
The Industry came together to contribute and encourage the India Skills competition and 45 esteemed jury members from the industry helped select the winners from each region in these 3 trades.