48-member Indian contingent for WorldSkills Competition 2019 to leave for Kazan on Aug 18

The Indian team for WorldSkills International Competition 2019 scheduled to take place in Kazan, Russia from 22nd to 27th August 2019,  will leave for the Russian city this weekend and will participate in 44 skills including mobile robotics, prototype modelling, hairdressing, baking, confectionary & patisserie, welding, brick laying, car painting, floristry among others. 

Referred to as the ‘Olympics for Skills’, the largest skill competition held biennially since 2011,  will see more than 1,500 competitors from 60 countries compete in 55 skill competitions. The Team India includes participants from all over the country, including 6 from the North-Eastern region. 77% of these come from tier 2 and tier 3 cities and can speak 10 different languages. Most of these competitors come from a very humble background, with 35% have their parents either employed in the agriculture sector or are working as daily wage earners. 

Details of the competitors are as follows:

S. No. Name Skill State
1 Nidhin Prem 3D Game Art Kerala
2 Sri Ganesha Ananda Aircraft Maintenance Karnataka
3 Suraj Autobody Repair Uttarakhand
4 Tushar Phadatare Automobile Technology Maharashtra
5 Farukh Ahmed Bakery Tripura
6 Mahima Gandhi Beauty Therapy Uttarakhand
7 Md. Ramjan Momin Bricklaying West Bengal
8 Keshar Singh Rajput Cabinet Making Rajasthan
9 Govind Kumar Sonkar Car Painting Uttar Pradesh
10 Soumyajit Dutta Cloud Computing Punjab
11 Ganesan. R CNC Milling Tamil Nadu
12 Abinash Swain CNC Turning Odisha
13 Dharavat Naresh Concrete Construction Work Telangana
14 Amit Yadav   Uttar Pradesh
15 Angad Singh Rana Cooking Delhi
16 Shubham Singh Cyber Security Punjab
17 Swapnil   Delhi
18 Vaibhav S. Raut Electrical Installations Maharashtra
19 Manoj Kumar Electronics Haryana
20 Medha Devgan Fashion Technology Bihar
21 Jibin Williams Floristry Kerala
22 Shweta Ratanpura Graphic Design Technology Maharashtra
23 Utkarsh Hairdressing Uttar Pradesh
24 Thasleem.Mohideen Health and Social Care Tamil Nadu
25 Abhinav Hotel Reception Himachal Pradesh
26 Divya Umesh Godse Information Network Cabling Maharashtra
27 Gursheesh Singh IT SSB Chandigarh
28 Sanjoy Pramanik Jewellery West Bengal
29 Vikash Kumar Naga Joinery Rajasthan
30 Xenophon Das M-CAD Odisha
31 Sumanth.S.C Mechatronics Karnataka
32 Munjunatha. D   Karnataka
33 Omkar Shivaling Gurav Mobile Robotics Maharashtra
34 Rohan Ravidra Hanagi   Maharashtra
35 Sahil Kapil Painting and Decorating Chandigarh
36 Saurabh Baghel Patisserie and Confectionary Uttar Pradesh
37 Raji Reddy Methuku Plastering & Drywall Systems Telangana
38 M Vishwanathan Plastic Die Engineering Tamil Nadu
39 Himanshu Vohra Plumbing and Heating Punjab
40 Shrenik J.Gugale Print Media Technology Maharashtra
41 Abhishek A N Prototype Modelling Karnataka
42 Rahul Jangra Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Haryana
43 Vaidehi Pant Restaurant Service Uttarakhand
44 Ankit Anand Visual Merchandising Bihar
45 Mohammed Rabith K Wall and Floor Tilling Kerala
46 S. Aswatha Narayana Water Technology Odisha
47 Pranav Nutalapati Web Technologies Karnataka
48 Golipally Koteshwar Reddy Welding Telangana

For 20-year Utkarsh from UP, who was rusticated in class XI five years ago for defying school authorities on sporting hair styles despite repeated reprimands, Worldskills at Kazan offers a lifetime opportunity to prove his passion as a skill is world class. “One can participate only once at this competition in life. I couldn’t make it beyond nationals two years ago but now I am thrilled to compete with the best in the world in hairdressing,” he adds.

Another hopeful Angad Singh Rana from Delhi will try his hands on cooking. “I am preparing for this nonstop for the past two and a half years. My institute (Pusa, Delhi where he is pursing diploma in Hotel Management) and my teachers are backing me. I also got landholding from NSDC and am training under expert chefs rigorously,” he says.

M Vishwanathan from Tamil Nadu, also a student will be competing in plastic die engineering. “I am very excited as all my preparation will be put to test. I will have to use software and then actually put together the model. I am hopeful of winning,” he says.

Abhishek AN from Hasan is participating in prototye modeling skill at Kazan. “I come from a village from a farming family, so mud and clay in in my blood literally.” Trained in Bangalore with a corporate foundation, he will be using software to design the challenge that will be thrown at the competition and then he will prepare a model using chemical admixtures.

It may be mentioned that  selection of Team India for WorldSkills 2019 began in January 2018, with the roll out of a scheme on IndiaSkills Competitions. More than 22 states collaborated and organized close to 500 district and state level competitions between March and April 2018. The winners at these events, competed at four regional competitions organized at Jaipur, Lucknow, Bangalore and Bhubaneswar.

The winners from the regional competitions further competed at the National Competition organized from 2nd to 6th October 2018 at Aerocity Grounds in Delhi. Since then, the selected candidates have been undergoing rigorous training and have also participated in international competitions in order to hone their skills and gain the required experience. Most competitors have also received training at international centers which has significantly enhanced their skills.

More than 100 corporates and education institutes including Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, Toyota, Festo, VLCC, Godrej, Axalta, Apollo, Berger Paints, Cisco, Caple, Saint Gobain, Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Schneider, Pearl Academy, NTTF, Daikin, L&T etc.  have come forward to support this initiative. These corporates have also helped in identifying a master trainer/expert who provides hands-on-training to each competitor and monitor their progress on day to day basis.