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Inspiring through skills

Stars can’t shine without darkness. No one can avoid the hardships of life. The barriers that occur in an individual’s life enroute success not only nourishes one’s character but also provides the strength that enables one to hold the head high.

Twenty-eight young contenders, who are ready to represent India at the Worldskills competition in Abudhabi are the perfect example of how one can overcome all such barriers. National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), which has been spearheading India’s participation under WorldSkills India banner, has selected the team of competitors, who will compete in 26 skills, ranging from car painting, brick laying, hair styling, beauty therapy, prototype modeling, auto body repair, visual merchandizing, mobile robotics, CNC turning and welding, among others.

Most of the competitors come from a very humble background and have worked very hard to earn themselves a place in this contingent. The contenders, who will be representing India at the Worldskills, have not only faced extensive hardship but have also struggled in their life to reach where they are now.

Forced by the inevitable harsh realities, Shailendra Chauhan, a young and enthusiastic tiler, started working in a very young age to overcome the financial burdens that were laid upon him. The young lad, who always thought of doing something remarkable to make his family proud, was introduced to training programmes by his supervisor while he was working in a factory in Pune. Later, he was trained for Regional Skills competition and qualified for the international championships. “I had to pick up some work to support my family.

After I started participating in many skill competitions, I became better and better. I didn’t know that this would change my life forever. I fainted during my first trials. We as labourers work in very wretched and unsafe settings but at such competetions, everything is organised. I lost all my confidence and was eliminated. On that day, I decided not to panic again. I worked hard and in my next competition, I bagged third position and won a cash prize of Rs 25,000. Now I am really excited about WorldSkills, Abu Dhabi, and want to bring a medal home.”

Similarly, Rohil Momin is a 21-yearold mason from West Bengal. In 2013, he started working for ATS, a known builders and developers group in Delhi. Talking about his struggle, Rohil said, “I am from Malda in West Bengal. There were unending problems that occurred in my early days, as a result of which I was unable to finish my studies. I learnt bricklaying from my father. After some time I came to Delhi and started working with the ATS group.

Noticing my potential, my seniors suggested that I undergo vocational training under NSDC programmes. I represented ATS at the regional competition held in Delhi in 2015 and was awarded a Silver medal in bricklaying work.” After India Skills 2016 competition in July 2016, Momin has been training for WorldSkills and is now looking forward to win a gold medal for India.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) had identified all the competitors through a series of competitions organised at regional and national levels over the past two years. Following that all the candidates have undergone extensive training with industry partners and are now awaiting a positive result at the Worldskills 2017, in Abu Dhabi.

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