JKSDM conducts cluster level competitions for World Skills Competition

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JAMMU: For preparing candidates in representing India at the World Skills Competition -Russia, 2019, J&K Skill Development Mission (JKSDM), under India Skills Competition – J&K, 2018 initiated cluster level skill competitions at Jammu & Srinagar, on Saturday.

Considered as the Skills Olympics, World Skills Competition is held every alternate year in different countries.

At the World Skills Competition, 2017 held at Abu Dhabi, there were competitions in 51 skills areas with close to 1,300 young people taking part and India bagged one silver and bronze medal along with 11 medallions of excellence. The next competition is scheduled to be held at Kazan, Russia in 2019, read an official handout.

Mission Director, JKSDM Peer G N Suhail said, “The idea is to provide youth opportunities to showcase their talent and provide them much needed exposure to exhibit their skill at different levels.”

JKSDM has received more than 700 applications in 12 different skill categories and on Saturday, more than 50 candidates participated in the Bakery, Cooking, Patisserie and Confectionery skill competitions at Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Srinagar and JKSDM, Jammu Office, it read.

Faculty, IHM-Srinagar, Mohammad Yaseen Reshi told, “It is a positive sign that youth are taking up skills such as Cooking, Patisserie and Confectionery and it is our responsibility to nurture and guide them to compete at national and international level.”

Entrepreneur and Owner Le-Delice French Bakery, Mir Saqib said, “For international competitions such as the World Skills, the level of competition is tremendous and for that we have to prepare candidates beforehand. We should start preparing candidates for the 2021 Skill Competition from today itself so as to take advantage of an early start.”

“I am preparing for the skills competition since last one month and I am looking forward to participate in the competition and perform well,” said Gaurav, an aspirant.

The cluster level competitions for rest of the skill categories will be held on 24th and 25th April, 2018 at Jammu and Srinagar. Institutions such as NIT, Srinagar, IHM, Srinagar, Central University, Jammu, NIELIT, SSMD-Baramulla and Arena Animation will provide training and guidance to selected candidates for the next levels of the skill competition, the handout added.