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20 skilled youth to represent JK at India Skill Competition 2018


Srinagar, May 27: At least 20 young skilled youth from Jammu and Kashmir have been selected for regional level India Skill Competition 2018, Minister for Higher Education, Technical Education and Information Technology, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari said today.

Ansari earlier flagged off the candidates for their participation at the regional level skill competition. The participating candidates will further compete at the national level skill competition which will be held in July, 2018, leading to their participation in the World Skills Competition-Russia, 2019. He said that in order to aim at engaging different stakeholders in skill building, entrepreneurship and grassroots innovations, the government recently held a two-day skill and entrepreneurship conclave, first-of-its-kind event in the state. The maiden conclave TALAASH was themed as “Building Human Capital: Skill-Innovation-Entrepreneurship”.  He lauded the role of Jammu and Kashmir Skill Development Mission for launching hunt to spot young talent and identify the skilled youth and work for their further improvement.


The Minister said that government is mulling to strengthen ITI’s and other skill initiatives, which offer skills at a lower level. However the Higher Education has been a challenge and the government is mulling that degrees being offered at graduation, masters and doctoral levels be given some vocational orientation.

According to Mission Director, Jammu and Kashmir Skill Mission, Dr Peer Ghulam Nabi Suhail, a team of skilled candidates from Jammu and Kashmir will be participating in the regional level skills competition to be held at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from 31st Mayto 2nd June, 2018 under World Skills India, which is an initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. He said candidates qualifying the regionals will qualify for the national level competition leading to World Skills Competition-Russia, 2019. He said that apart from J&K, the following states will be participating in the regional level skill competition: Uttar Pradesh (II) Uttarakhand (III) Chandigarh (IV) Punjab.

The winners of the regional level skill competition will further participate in the national level skill competitions leading to the World Skills Competition to be held at Kazan, Russia in 2019.

Jammu and Kashmir Skill Development Mission (JKSDM) organized the awareness, workshops and conducted the state level competition apart from active mobilisation and publicity campaigns. The Director said that there were 9 winners, 9 runner ups and two wild card candidates in mobile robotics.  He said all the 20 young skilled youth would be representing the State at the national level.