Mallikarjun Kharge awards CII National Work Skills Competition winners
Written by James   
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Bangalore: Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of Labour and Employment, Government of India gave away the prizes to the winners of the 22nd CII National Work Skills Competitions on 27th March at Bangalore.

381 competitors took part in the regional levels out of which 95 made it to the National Competitions in the age category of less than 22 years and above 22 years in the industrial skills like Electrician, Industrial Electronic, Fitter, Miller, Turner, Tool & Die Maker, Welder, Instrument Mechanic and COPA.

32 tradesmen were declared winners in respective trades. The best tradesmen award for upto 22 years category went to Mr. Bhaji Shaik from NTTF Training Centre, Chennai and  Mr. Kalpande PS from TATA Motors Ltd, Pune was awarded best tradesmen in over 22 years category.

The best Establishment award went to Bosch Ltd, Nasik and Hero Honda, Gurgaon for under 22 years category and over 22 years category respectively.

Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of Labour and Employment, Government of India emphasized that the scale has be increased to engage more youth. He added that CII and industry must involve themselves more to really make India the Skills Capital of the World. The target for industry is to skill 40 crore people by 2022. The Minister added that there is need to sensitize the parents and youth to engage whole heartedly in skills development. He said that CII and Ministry of Labour and Employment will jointly work towards preparing the Indian team to participate in the next World Skills Competitions at London October in 2011.

R K Chugh, DDG (Training), Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment said competitions like this help in increasing industrial production. He urged the participants to be the skills ambassadors and spread the word in their neighbourhood to encourage the youth to engage in skills development activities.

R P Aggarwal, past chairman CII Karnataka announced that CII was setting up "World Skills India" in association with the DGET to scale up the skills competitions from state level to international level mainly to engage the youth. He emphasized that CII will continue to work very closely with the Ministry of Labour and Employment in all areas of skills development, including the PPP schemes to make India the Skills Capital of the World.

The 22nd National Work Skills Competition was organized in FTI Bangalore from 24th-27th March 2010 in association with the DGET, Ministry of Labour and Employment.

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