In news– IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals, the country’s biggest skill competition, concluded recently with more than 150 participants being felicitated by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
- IndiaSkills is a closed-door competition, organized by National Skill Development Corporation under the guidance of MSDE.
- It was conducted following four Regional Competitions that were held in East (Patna), West (Gandhinagar), North (Chandigarh) and South (Visakhapatnam) during October-December.
- The 2021 edition witnessed participation in 54 skills such as concrete construction work, beauty therapy, car painting, health and social care, visual merchandising, graphic design technology, wall & floor tiling, welding, among others.
- It also featured Abilympics, a demonstration of skills by Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), in 16 skills including computer programming, painting, embroidery, poster designing and photography.
- IndiaSkills 2021 introduced three new skills – yoga, shoe making (leather) and garment making (leather), which were exhibited to showcase opportunities for candidates in these trades.
- Seven new-age skills—robot systems integration, additive manufacturing, digital construction, industry 4.0, renewable energy, mobile applications development, and industrial design technology were introduced to this year’s competition, keeping pace with the emerging technologies.
- Among the 270 winners, Odisha topped the chart with 51 winners, followed by Maharashtra, 30 and Kerala, 25 winners.
- The winners of IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals will represent the country at the 46th WorldSkills International Competition to be held in Shanghai, China in October 2022.
- The WorldSkills Competition, a flagship event of the WorldSkills International, is organised every two years.
- The competition, known as the ‘Olympics of Skills’, is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects the benchmarks of the global industry.
- It provides a global platform to young people from 83 countries and regions to showcase their skills and talent.
- NSDC, through its WorldSkills India initiative, has been leading the country’s participation at WorldSkills International competitions since 2011.
- The last edition of WorldSkills International was held in 2019 in Kazan, Russia.
National Skill Development Corporation-
- It is a not-for-profit public limited company incorporated on July 31, 2008 under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 (corresponding to section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013).
- It was set up by the Ministry of Finance as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
- The Government of India through the MSDE holds 49% of the share capital of NSDC, while the private sector has the balance 51% of the share capital.
- NSDC aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational institutions.
- Further, the organization provides funding to build scalable and profitable vocational training initiatives.
- Its mandate is also to enable support systems which focus on quality assurance, information systems and training the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships.
- NSDC acts as a catalyst in skill development by providing funding to enterprises, companies and organizations that provide skill training.