"National Skills Competitions encourages Indian youth"
44 winners in 19 categories

20th National Work Skills Competition and 2nd WorldSkills India Competitions were held at Bangalore from 25-28th February, 2008. More than 130 workmen notably from Tata Motors, MICO, Denso India, DCM Sri Ram, Hindalco, Tata Steel, Hero Honda, Godrej, Bhillai Steel Plant, Bajaj Auto, GRSE, Carborundum Universal among others participated. These competitions were organized by CII Institute of Quality in association with DGET, Government of India.

Tata Motor's, Pune won the maximum number of prizes and bagged the Best Company Award in the National Skills Competition. MICO BOSCH won the Best Company award for World Skills. The other winners of the competition in different skills included Tata Steel, Bhilai Steel Plant, Denso India, Hero Honda, Worth Trust from Vellore, Godrej & Boyce, Thyssenkrupp from Nasik, GRSE from Kolkata and Caterpillar India.

The Chief Guest Prof. S. Sadagopan, Director, IIITB while congratulating all the winners said that country needs both ITIs and IITs. These two are like two eyes and both are required for the development of the country. "We must offer career progression in skills with continual up-gradation so that a Fitter can also aspire to become the CEO of the company", he said.

Mr. B.R. Satyan, Director, CMTI in his address highlighted the importance of scouting, spotting, nurturing and unbiased evaluation process to compete with the best in the world.

Mr. N. Srinivasan, Special Advisor, CII Institute of Quality applauding the winners of the Skill Competition attributed an ABC of skill development namely A = Aspiration / Attitude; B = Basic Building Blocks: Skill and Domain Knowledge; right infrastructure, training and mentorship; C = Commendation.

Mr. Keshav Murthy, Deputy Director General of DGET in his address complimented CII for taking skill initiative forward along with DGET in building various skills within industry and emphasized on the PPP model.

The 4-day event had 44 winners in both the competitions in 19 different skill categories covering Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and Computer disciplines.

These Competitions not only instill pride in skills through recognizing outstanding workmen, but also provide a performance indicator to evaluate the effectiveness of skill development system in the country.

Though the Indian economy has been registering impressive growth rates, our labour productivity is the lowest amongst the developing nations. For sustainable competitiveness it is imperative to raise the skill standards of our workmen to world-class level. CII has been striving to raise skill standards to World Class level and is working closely with WorldSkills International, a world body dedicated to the enhancement of skills amongst its fifty member countries.

For the first time, a parallel competition based on the rigorous pattern of WorldSkills International was held concurrently. 35 workmen, below twenty-two years of age participated in six different skills of CNC Turning, CNC Milling, Welding, Industrial Control, Electrical Installations and Industrial Electronics. The Winners of WorldSkill Competition will be the potential candidates to represent India in the next WorldSkills International Competition to be held in Calgary Canada in 2009.

India participated in 39th WorldSkills Competitions at Japan in November 2007 in 5 skills of CNC Milling, Electrical Installations, Welding, Industrial Control and Moulding. CII is now aiming to compete in about 20 Skills for the Next WorldSkills Competitions at Canada in September 2009 and bring honours to Indian Workmen.

Tata Motors, Winners of the Best Company
Award for National Skills

Mr Suresh Babu, Manager Training
MICO receiving the Best Company
Award For WorldSkills from
Prof. Sadagopan, Director IIIT-B

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