Pune: Three participants from Pune have won Medallions of Excellence in their respective skill categories at the recently-concluded WorldSkills Competition 2017 at Abu Dhabi.
Karishma Gupta bagged the Medallion of Excellence in Beauty Therapy while Samarth Goudar and Vibhor Meshram bagged the Medallion of Excellence in Mobile Robotics.
During the competition, Indian participants managed to secure a top 20 finish at the Skill Olympics with a total of 13 Medals and Medallions including one silver, one bronze and nine Medallions of Excellence.
Gupta, who has worked under some of the best trainers and beauty experts in India, scored better than the competitors from France, Switzerland, Singapore, Germany and Japan. Goudar and Meshran, both winners at the the IndiaSkills 2016, scored over Singapore, Germany and Brazil in this category.
Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan said, “It has been an incredible and by far the best performance by the Indian team since we began participating in WorldSkill International Competition. It is an important day in the skills calendar for India and a big moment of pride for our country. Skills have the power to transform individual’s life, change society and change the world and we believe skills will make the New India of our dreams.”
Official delegate from India for WorldSkills 2017 Rajesh Agrawal said, “The country should take inspiration from the grit, confidence and determination with which the young team has performed at the Olympic of Skills and proved their mettle against countries like China, Russia, Korea, Japan, Brazil. Our preparation for the next WorldSkills will begin soon and I encourage more and more youth to participate and have the honour to represent the country at such international levels.”
Managing Director and CEO of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) Manish Kumar said, “We have yet again proved the potential and passion that our nation’s youth has. We are confident that our champions will inspire others to opt for vocational training as the mainstream career option.
The competition has provided a platform to benchmark our skills against the best in the world.”