In a first, J&K will send a team of skilled candidates for participation in the regional skill competition under World Skills India, which is an initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. World Skills India initiative has been leading the country's participation at World Skills International competitions since 2011 and is responsible for the selection, development, management and participation of Team India in World Skills International Competitions.
With its secretariat in Netherlands, World Skills organises the world championships of vocational skills every two years in different parts of the world.
Under India Skills Competition-J&K, 2018, J&K State Skill Development Mission (JKSSDM), apart from providing training to the candidates will be organizing cluster level and state level skill competitions in the month of February and March, 2018 respectively. Shortlisted candidates from the state level competition will participate in regional and national level skill competition to be held in April-May and June- July, 2018 respectively. The winners of the national level skill competition will be further trained and mentored for competing at World Skills Competition which is to be held at Kazan, Russia in 2019.
Appreciating the efforts of JKSSDM in providing exposure, guidance and opportunities to the youth to take part in skill competitions, Minister for IT, Technical Education, Youth Services & Sports Molvi Imran Raza Ansari said, "The participation of the youth will provide them much needed platform and opportunity to exhibit their skill at different levels. By demonstrating their skills at local, national and international level, our youth will confirm that they are capable and equally skilled to compete at any platform."
"Our youth have potential to bring home medals. All they require is exposure and guidance. JKSSDM will provide them training and guidance to exhibit their skill and compete at various platforms outside the state," added Minister for IT, Technical Education, Youth Services & Sports Molvi Imran Raza Ansari.