Maharashtra State Skill Development Society (MSSDS), a nodal agency for implementing the state’s biggest skill competition, organised Maharashtra state skill competition for three days, witnessing participation by 263 candidates from 36 districts in 45 skill trades such as cyber security, hairdressing, mobile robotics, water technology, print media technology, landscape gardening, aircraft maintenance, information technology (IT), agriculture, among others. A total of 130 students from six cities—Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Palghar and Raigad—were declared winners.
The response to this year’s competition reflects the growing interest among young people for skills and skill championships. Maharashtra clocked 20,900 registrations in the age group of 17-25 years from all 36 districts of the state, marking a whopping 700% surge in registrations from the last state skill competition held in 2018. The state-level competition involves three rounds—district, cluster and state as a whole.
The winners at the state level will compete in regionals, following which the national-level competition, IndiaSkills, will be held on December 22-29, 2021, in Bengaluru, Karnataka. IndiaSkills winners will represent the country at the coveted WorldSkills Competition that will be held in Shanghai, China in October 2022. The Indian contingent will compete against more than 1,400 participants from over 60 countries.