Strong representation by Skill India team at the Grand Opening Ceremony of WorldSkills 2017

16th October, 2017: India’s 77 strong member contingent, marched their way out to the middle and were cheered aggressively by the capacity crowd at the 44th WorldSkills Competition grand Opening Ceremony which was held on Saturday, 14th October, 2017 at du Arena, Abu Dhabi. The men wore blue blazer trouser combination and finished the look with a red stole around their neck while the women participants were beautifully dressed in traditional Indian sarees. It is for the is the first time that the WorldSkills International Competition which is the Olympics of Skills is held in the Middle East and the North Africa (MENA) region.

The spectacular ceremony witnessed thousands of competitors, officials,and guests who were gathered together to watch the Parade of Nations. Theofficial start of the competition began with the Parade of Nations – including60 plus countries and regions represented by more than 1300+ competitors withtheir country flags flying and heads held high- demonstrating their joy anddelight in representing their country at a global stage.  Close to 1300Competitors, 10,000 international visitors, and 100,000 visitors from UAE areexpected to attend, with around 80,000 UAE students registered to visit theevent.  The night featured grandeur performances presenting the best ofthe culture, heritage and art of the Middle East. 

 

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is the nodal agency forWSAD 2017 and has been leading country’s participation at World SkillsInternational Competitions since 2011. As part of Skill India mission, WorldSkills India is an initiative of the NSDC under the aegis of Ministry of SkillDevelopment and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

 

Another highlight at the event was that the India's Ambassador to theUAE Navdeep Suri inaugurated the very unique India Pavilion today at Olympic ofSkills, which is this time built in an architectural style resembling the TajMahal – an embodiment of genuine architectural skills. The pavilion saw manyfrom the India’s diaspora interacting on options to invest in India, hiringfrom India and advisory services in skills.

 

Congratulating the team on their participationin WorldSkills, Mr Suri said, “Events like the WorldSkills provide us with the opportunity to learnand imbibe the best practices across skill sets and network with skillproviders across the world. With participation from so many countries, we havethe opportunity to showcase our skills in multiple areas by some leadingexponents from India. I wish them all the best in their participation over thenext three days and I look forward to meet, engage and learn from them duringthe course of the event.”

 

Addressing the gathering at the opening ceremony, the WorldSkills President Simon Bartley beganby thanking the hosts, organizers, sponsors, and partners.  He wished thecompetitors good luck and told them that this competition is just the start ofmany great things they will do in life and that each competitor at the globalplatform is already a WorldSkills Champion and a master in his skill set.

 

The event also saw, ChiragGoel, a World Skills Competitor in web design in the year 2015 fromIndia representing Asia be chosenas the one of nine Champions Trust representatives to promote WorldSkills Competitions as the major global hub for skills excellence. ChampionsTrust is a group of Champions working to help the bridge the gap betweenChampions and Word skills beyond the Competition.

 

Wishing the candidates for WorldSkills 2017,Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhansaid, “Our good wishes to all the competitors whowill be showcasing their best of skills in the next four days. It is sheerdedication and efforts of these competitors that has helped them inrepresenting their countries in various skills at a global platform. We areproud of our team of 28 competitors who will be taking up the challenge againstthe competitors from other countries. We are sure that they will win laurelsfor our country and make India proud. They are already champions for us inIndia and will inspire many to hone a skill and add to their personal andnation’s growth.”

 

Encouraging the teams, Shri Rajesh Agrawal,Official delegate India for WorldSkills 2017 said, “WorldSkillsis a global platform thathelps us inspire our youth to compete in skills of transnational standards andquality. It’s a huge experience for us to learn the best in technology acrossskill sets through this international competition and be abreast with theglobal industry requirement. The youth are tested here on their finish, theirdelivery time, and the techniques they learn; and it’s a very proud moment forus to see the energy and passion with which the Indian Team is all set to givea tough match to 60+ other countries across the globe in this Olympics ofSkills. My best wishes to the teams. May the best Skill win.”

 

Feeling proud of the Indian contingent, Mr.Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC said, “Each of these 28competitors has undergone rigorous training under the guidance and supervisionof respective industry experts. They have received international exposurethrough trainings conducted abroad and participation in other global skillcompetitions. The team has put their heart and soul into the preparations andI’m confident they will come out with flying colours and prove their worth.”

 

During the send off ceremony lastweek, the Hon’ble minister has also announced, the reward for the winners ofthe competition on their return.

 

WorldSkills Competitor

Gold

Rs 10 Lakh

Silver

Rs 8 Lakh

Bronze

Rs 6 Lakh

Medallion

Rs 2 Lakh

WorldSkills Experts

Gold

Rs 4 Lakh

Silver

Rs 3 Lakh

Bronze

Rs 2 Lakh

Medallion

Rs 1 Lakh

 

 


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