New Delhi: Odisha made a clean sweep in the national skill chompionship, India Skills 2018, concluded, here at Aerocity Grounds on  Saturday. With 19 medals including 4 golds, Odisha finished second after Maharastra, which bagged 20 medals, in the country’s largest skill competition.

Odisha contingent was of 33 young men and women from Odisha who were selected through competitions held at the regional level and then at the state level. Odisha won 4 golds, 9 silvers and 6 bronze medals. While Anup Kumar Bharti, Hemant Tudu, Jyana Ranjan Muduli and Aswath Narayan won gold medals in restaurant services, CNC Turning, M-CAD & Water Technology trade respectively. Kanhu Charan Sahoo, Soumya Ranjan Das, Sanjay Pradhan, Sudhansu Sekhar Sahu, Xenophone Das, Sumit Kumar Sahoo, Akhil Kumar Senapati and samnath Khotei won Silver medal in Brick laying, CNC Milling, Electrical installation, Health & Social service, M-CAD, Plastic
Die Engineering and Water Technology trade respectively. Similarly Sashank Raj, Subhankar Das, Chakradhar Sahu, Subhalaxmi Subudhi, Aditya Sahu and Rishi Mukherjee won Bronze medals in Web Design & Development, Bakery, Electrical Installation, Patisserie & Confectionary, and Plastic & Die Engineering and in Water Technology trade respectively.
The winners will undergo best-in-class industry training for the international skill championshp, WorldSkills International Competition  to be held in Russia’s Kazan, Russia in August 2019.

The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, will felicitate the participants on 11th October, 2018 in the auditorium of
Institute of Minerals and Material Technology, Bhubaneswar.  The chairman, Odisha Skill Development Authority
(OSDA), Subroto Bagchi,  skill development & technical education secretary, Sanjay Singh, director training & technical education, Balwant Singh, director employment & employment mission cum CEO, OSDA, Rajesh Prabhakar Patil and joint secretay Pinaki Patnaik will accompanying the team.
Congratulating the winners Bagchi said, “It is a proud moment for Odisha. Their success will remain be a milestone and it will inspire the youth of the state. We believe, Our Mission: 123 is in great hands.
Participants from 27 states in India and a delegation from Russia participated in the competition which was the biggest showcase of skilled youth in India. More than 400 participants performed their talent across 46 skills, 10 traditional skill and 10 demo skills.