National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the nodal agency for skill and entrepreneurship development working under the guidance of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, will hold IndiaSkills 2021 National Competition from January 6 to 10, 2022, at New Delhi.
Over 500 participants from 26 states and union territories are expected to take part in the event, which will take place at the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), Pragati Maidan. The skills that will be covered include cyber security, cloud computing, water technology, and even beauty therapy, painting and decorating, health and social care, floristry, and autobody repair.
With over 2.5 lakh registrations, IndiaSkills 2021 began with district and state-level competitions in August-September. The state-level competitions were conducted across 26 states/ UTs, followed by four regional competitions for East (Patna), West (Gandhinagar), North (Chandigarh) and South (Visakhapatnam). About 1,500 competitors pitted their skills against each other in the state-level competitions, to qualify for the national round. The 500+ finalists from the four regionals will now be exhibiting their skills at the national level to vie for a gold and a silver medal in each skill category.
This year, the competition has introduced seven new-age skills—robot systems integration, additive manufacturing, digital construction, industry 4.0, renewable energy, mobile applications development, and industrial design technology.
The winners of IndiaSkills 2021 National Competition will undergo rigorous training to represent India at WorldSkills Shanghai, to be held in October 2022.
Winners will receive multi-level industry training through boot camps and programmes such as project-based training, industry and corporate training, exposure visits to industries, mind coaching, and personality development. Through its Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) and partner institutes, NSDC trains the candidates for the competitions and for future endeavours.
IndiaSkills Nationals will also feature Abilympics, a demonstration of skills for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in 16 skills including computer programming, painting, embroidery, and poster designing.
According to Ved Mani Tiwari, chief operating officer, NSDC, “IndiaSkills Competition aims to create a pool of talented and skilled workforce, who will fuel the economic growth of the country. The competition offers a national platform to the youth and exposure to global training standards. It is a step towards discovering the power of skills and making vocational training aspirational for the youth.”