Bhubaneswar: Odisha is aspiring to have at least one Gold, Two silver and Three bronze medals at the 45th World’s Skill Competition 2019 to be held in the city of Kazan in Russaia.
The Odisha Skill Development Authority chairman, Subrata Bagchi, said that the state is aiming at 1:2:3 in the next World” Skill Competition 2019 to be held in Russia. “We are preparing to bag at least one Gold, two Silver and three Bronze medals in the Competition.
Last time in Abu Dhabi, India won one Silver (Mohit Dudeja) one Bronze(Kiran Sudhakar) and 9 Medallion of Excellence, making it India’s best performance so far, since it first participation in 2007. The team competed with candidates from 59 World Skill members countries. Over 1300 participants were competing across 51 skills. India’s 28 participants participated in 26 trades. Dudeja got the Silver for Patisserie & Confectionery and Sudhakar bagged the Brone in Proto-type Modelling. And, the 9 Medallions for Excellence were for across the key skills.
Given India’s track record in the Competition, Odisha’s aspiration looks too high.
However, the state confidence stems from the fact that Odisha has been adjudged as the best state in the country under Deen Dayal Upadhya Grameen Kusalya Yojana for the second time in a row.
Moreover, the state has roped in the service of Subrato Bagchi, the chief of global IT giant Mind Tree to mentor the talents.
The chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, meanwhile, announced cash prizes of Rs 1 lakh for Gold, Rs 75,000 for Silver and Rs 50,000 for Bronze medalists to encourage the talents.
The World Skill Competition occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skill excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry.