Nine youth from the state have been selected for the India Skill Competition 2018. Here is the brief introduction of the selected youth who won the state-level competition and will be representing Jammu and Kashmir in the regional level and all-India competition.
The regional level skill competition will be held from May 31 to June 2 at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. 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.
J&K Skill Development Mission (JKSDM) organized the awareness, workshops and conducted the state level competition apart from active mobilisation and publicity campaigns.
Majid is pursuing his bachelor's degree in the arts stream at Government College, Ganderbal.
Earlier, Majid, 21, of Wahid Pora, Ganderbal has completed an ITI course in carpentry.
Apart from the studies, Majid is supporting his father Ghulam Ahmad Najar in his carpentry workshop.
"I have imbibed the skill of carpentry from my father and I would not let this skill go waste," said Majid.
Skill: Patiserrie and Confectionery
State level winner in the patisserie and confectionery skill, Mohammad Ameen, 19, of Brain, Nishat left his studies after 10th class and started supporting his father who is a gardener by profession.
Ameen had previously attended hospitality and housekeeping programs and is currently employed with Le-Delice, the French Bakery, Srinagar. Owner of Le-Delice Saqib Mir encouraged Ameen for the competition.
Skill: Automobile Technology
A final year student of three-year diploma in mechanical engineering at NITS-Polytechnic, Jammu, Ikhjot, 18, of Narwal, Jammu won the state level competition in automobile technology.
Got information about the skill competition through the principal of his college.
Though his subject specialisation is Mechanical CAD, Ikhjot has interest in Mechanical Thermodynamics and Automobile Technology and some portions of it were overlapping with his subject specialisation.
Rahim Motors Private Limited provided guidance to Ikhjot and other students preparing for the competition in the skill set automobile technology.
Syed Vikas Shabir
Skill: Web Design and Development
State level winner in the skill set Web Design and Development.
Pursuing his three-year diploma in computer engineering at Government Polytechnic, Srinagar, Vikas, 17, of Beerwa, Budgam came to know about the competition through social media and he also attended one of the mobilization programs of JKSDM at his college. He won the state level competition.
The skill competition curriculum had certain areas like online HTML and PHQ, which Vikas hadn't studied earlier and he was provided training by JKSDM in collaboration with Arena Animation, Jammu.
Skill: Mechanical CAD
Resident of Kanil Bagh, Baramulla, Rajpal, 20, is pursuing his BTech in mechanical engineering at National Institute of Technology, Srinagar. He won the state level competition and will be representing J&K in the national competition.
Rajpal was also guided by Professor Saad Parvez , Head-IIED Centre, NIT Srinagar to appear for the skill competition.
Aqeel Ahmad Thoker
Skill: Fashion Technology
Aqeel, 20, left his studies at 8th class and started supporting his father by stitching uniforms at a local firm. Aqeel got information about the skill competition through social media and radio advertisement.
Aqeel of Dub, Ganderbal was trained in the fashion technology by SSMD –School of Fashion and Design, which is the academic partner of JKSDM for the skill competitions.
Rohit, 20, is pursuing his hotel management degree in Institute of Hotel Management, Srinagar.
Rohit attended one of the awareness campaigns conducted by JKSDM at IHM, Srinagar and applied for the competition.
Despite losing his father a month back, Rohit appeared for the skill competition and attained top most position in the state level skill competition in the cooking.
Skill: Graphic Designing
Pursuing his bachelor's degree in English at MAM College, Jammu, Saharsh, 20 of Reshamghar Colony, Jammu won the state level competition in graphic design.
He started learning graphic design as a hobby at Arena Animation Jammu, which is one of the academic partners of JKSDM in conducting the skill competitions.
His father Vishal Arora is a businessman and mother a housewife.
"Earlier, Graphic Designing was a hobby for me, but the platform and exposure, the skill competition provided me, I am planning to choose Graphic Designing as a career", said Saharsh
Mohammad Adeeb Butt
Skill: Beauty Therapy
Resident of Shaheedi Chow, Jammu, Adeeb, 19, was encouraged by his mother to take up beauty therapy as a hobby. After seeing the JKSDM newspaper advertisement about skill competition, Adeeb got motivated to appear in the skill competition.
Adeeb is pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Humanities at Degree College, Mishriwala, Jammu.