Dharmendra meets ‘Team Odisha’ members, assures of help for World Skills Competition


New Delhi, October 8, 2018: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday interacted with the members of ‘Team Odisha’, which won the second position at ‘India Skills Competition-2018’ that concluded in Delhi on Saturday.

The Minister wished the medal winners from Odisha for the ‘World Skills Competition’ to be held in Kazan, Russia in August 2019, assuring them of all support from the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in their preparation.

“MSDE will provide training to the medal winners of IndiaSkills Competition, grooming them further in their wares so they can rise to the occasion on the global stage in a competition where India has had an enviable record,” said Pradhan, who hails from Odisha.

He felicitated the members with a memento and a special commemorative Nabakalebara coin that celebrates the creation of new idols of the sibling deities at Jagannath Temple in Puri.

The Union Minister described the winners as “Dharmapadas”.

Odisha has won 21 medals, including four gold, nine silver, six bronze and two medallions of excellence in the IndiaSkills Competition that saw more than 400 competitors across 27 States vying in 46 skills categories, and seven traditional skills.

Maharashtra topped the medals tally with 23 medals, followed by Odisha, which had 21 winners. Karnataka and Delhi came third with 16 medals each, while Chandigarh finished in the fifth position with 12 medals.

The State ranks number 2 behind Maharashtra by one medal. For the first time, 33 men and women from Odisha were competing in the country’s largest skill competitions. The state had participants across a range of skills, including Electrical Installation, Bricklaying, Plumbing and Heating, Electrical Installation, CNC Milling, Health and Social Care, Plastic Die Engineering and M-CAD.

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