Lucknow recently hosted a two days Uttar Pradesh State Level Skill Competition, SKILL FEST 2018. This event served as a platform for the youths of UP to be a part of Skill India mission. The winners of this event goes on to represent UP at the National Skill Competition.
An opportunity to show prowess and skills and be a part of Skill India Mission
As we reached the venue, the huge cut-outs of ‘skill icon’ at the entrance, set the tone for what to expect inside the venue. A huge banner with #AbSkillKiBaari (now its skill’s turn) written on it was hanging at a corner. We came across many stalls on our way to the Fashion Technology Hall. And each stall had participants showing their skills in their respective fields.
Fashion Technology Competition: When we entered the hall, we saw 12 finalists draping the fabric on tailoring form mannequins. They all had made it to the finals, after competing at the Division and Zonal level.
The three winners from them is awarded with certificate and 1st and 2nd gets the cash prizes of Rs.51,000/- and Rs.21,000 respectively. And the winners also goes on to represent Uttar Pradesh at the National Skill Competition.
Why Skill Competitions like this is the need of the hour to accomplish Skill India mission?
U.P. Skill Competition, 2018 acted as a catalyst in creating an eco-system for skills to flourish. It motivated the youths from remote areas also, to horn their skills and be a part of the mainstream. No wonder, the event had maximum participants from ITI colleges. It also opened up a new vista of opportunities for the youths.
As one of the contestant, Puja Rajput says, “I want to start my own business. And in this two days I learned a lot about the basics of setting up a fashion business.”
The event was sponsored by the NSDC and co-sponsored by Dept. of Vocational Education and Skill Development.
Glimpses of the Skill Fest 2018
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