Indians create history at World Skills Contest in Russia

India registered several firsts at the WorldSkills International Competitions that was held in Kazan, Russia this year. The Indian contingent won 19 awards, including one gold, one silver and two bronze. Aswatha Narayana from Odisha won a gold medal in water technology, Pranav Nutalapati from Karnataka won a silver medal in web technologies while Sanjoy Pramanik from West Bengal won the bronze medal in jewellery. The other 15 awards were the medals of excellence. 
Last year India stood at 19th position with 11 medals, at the event which was held at Abu Dhabi in 2017.
This event that sees young people from all corners of the world to compete for the prestigious medal in their chosen field.  There were competitions in 56 skills across a wide range of industries — from joinery to floristry; hairdressing to electronics; and auto-body repair to bakery.
This year the event saw more than 1350 participants from 63 countries wherein India managed to secure 13th position.
Aswatha conferred gold in water technology

A student of CV Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneshwar, S. Aswatha bagged the gold in water technology competition held between August 23 and 27. The 25-year-old competed against 11 countries to win the medal. He was felicitated ‘Best of Nation’ amongst all the other Indian competitors.
Aswatha was a part of the 48-member contingent representing India in the world’s biggest international vocational skills competition. “Since water is the world’s most critical resource, the importance of this occupation and quality of those fulfilling it, is second to none,” Aswatha said after his mega win.
“In Water Technology, the competitor must assume the role of a water technician who ensures that potable water is available from a treatment plant,” he said.
Shweta conferred Bronze for graphic design
To appreciate the achievement of Ratanpura and other participants, the Skill Ministry released a statement that read, “Blazing a trail of glory for India at the global stage, the 48-member Indian team returned with the best-ever finish at the WorldSkills International Competition 2019 in Kazan, Russia by winning 19 medals and medallions of excellence.”
Addressing an audience comprising government representatives of 40 other countries at a Ministers’ Summit organised along the side lines of the competition, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), said India is making all efforts necessary to utilise the potential of its unique demographic dividend. 

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