India Skills Competition 2018 begins in Kohima
Morung Express News
Kohima | May 16
With the theme ‘Make Nagaland proud with your skills’, the India Skills Competition 2018 for Nagaland began on May 16 at the Directorate of Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Kohima.
Organized by the Department of Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Synergy Systems as its event partner, the competition is open to all the youth below the age of 21.
Participants can audition in two skills/trades – Patisserie & Confectionary and Cooking – and judges will select over 8 participants to represent Nagaland in the regional level. The contest will end on May 19.
During the inaugural event, Anthony Ngully, Joint Secretary, L&E, SD&E department & Convenor, Organizing Committee stated that Nagaland is organizing the competition for the first time and it will be an encouragement for future skills competitions which the department envisions to continue in more systematic manner.
Held as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship for India Skills, the State skill competitions aim to promote vocational trades and propagate standards and competency based trainings and assessment at grassroots levels.
“It is to showcase and inspire excellence in skills with such competition to provide a platform to inspire options of a vocational career to the talented youths of our state,” stated Ngully, who informed that the competitions will be held at various levels starting from the districts, state, region and national levels then at the world level.
The main aim of the competition, he said, is to create a transparent and organised system for preparing talented youths for world skill competition. “It is also to revive local /domestic skills, to encourage youths for harnessing their skills and to showcase skills to the world.”
After the state level competitions those selected will represent Nagaland for the regional level and later at the national level. “The national level skill competitions will be held every alternate year and the winners will represent India in the WorldSkills competition,” mentioned Ngully.
WorldSkills competition is the largest skill competition in the world held once in every two years where India is also member since 2007. The competition involves competing in 52 skill trades. The present competition in Nagaland however will only include two skills, that is, Patisserie & Confectionary and Cooking.
“Future competition may include more skill trades to accommodate our talented local youths excelling in other trades such as stone masonry, electricians, painting and decorating, carpentry, hairdressing, beauty therapy, fashion technology, graphic designing. The department will endeavor to organize such competitions in future to provide platform to our youths,” Ngully added.
Y Vandanshan Lotha, Director of the department, who flagged off the competition, stated that skill is something that is acquired with time and not inborn. “Skill is acquired through sincerity and interests,” said Lotha encouraging the young people to develop more in local skills and trades especially in local cuisines.
The judges for the competition are Aien Jamir, Alemjungla Jamir, Chenti Phom, Joel Basumatari, and Rovi Chasie.