Anuradh Thandayan Madappurakkal
"Never Give Up"
Anuradh hails from a small district of Kannur in southern state Kerala. He completed his diploma in Tool
& Die Engineering from GEDEE Technical Training Institute, Coimbatore last year and has since been
undergoing training in CNC Machine operations and programming at his institute. He continues to learn
more about CNC lathe operations, programming and manufacturing using CAD/CAM software and is now
preparing hard to compete at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
Sarath Viswesh Prabhakar
"We generate fears while we sit, we overcome them all by
Sarath, as he is fondly called, is currently pursuing his diploma in Tool & Die Engineering at Gedee
Technical Training Institute, Coimbatore. While training in CNC milling and cam programming at GTTI, he
participated and successfully secured first place in final selection competition at IndiaSkills 2016. He
moved to the subsequent rounds held at the National level. An energetic and enthusiastic Sarath, wants
to win a medal for his country and make his family proud too.
Tamil Selvan PERIYASWAMY
Plastic Die Engineering
"Never back-off from challenges"
Tamil Selvan hails from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. He completed a diploma course in Tool & Die Engineering
from GTTI, Coimbatore and is now undergoing Industrial Training. His passion for engineering and
determination to excel has helped him in achieving his first major milestone - to represent India in the
Plastic Die Engineering at WorldSkills, Abu Dhabi. He has been learning about the hi-tech advancements
in mould making, mould design and manufacturing using the CAD/CAM software and CNC Machining to compete
against some of the most skilled workers. His aim is to win a Gold medal for India and make his country
and family proud.
"Never Back Down."
Asrof Jamal comes from the state of West Bengal. He studied Jewelry Manufacturing in Bangalore and got
selected for the IndiaSkills 2016 competition, where he stood second and in the subsequent regional
rounds at Ganjam and Jaipur, he didn’t fail to impress with his skills. Now, he wants to make his mark
at the international level and aims to bring laurels for the country.
Varun Hanumanth Gowda
"Let’s master the skills"
Varun hails from a small town near Bangalore and is one of the brightest candidates. After his
bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics, he was fortunate to get a maintenance job in Toyota, a leading
automobile company. An agile and friendly worker, Varun is known as a ‘problem solver’ amongst his team
members and is recognized for finding unique solutions for technical issues in the line machines. He
says that he is ever-ready to learn and challenge himself for the most difficult tasks. This passion
encouraged him to participate in the World Skills selection rounds. After winning a gold medal at
IndiaSkills 2016, he is now aiming to win a medal at WorldSkills 2017 with his team mate.
T Anand Kumar
"Let’s go for Gold"
Anand is passionate about his studies and is known amongst his peers for his creative thinking. He has
always been applauded for his efficient problem-solving skills during his three-year Mechatronics course
at the Toyota Institute. After joining as a maintenance member in Toyota, Anand was very passionate to
make his mark and kept practicing Kaizen in various areas and gained the ‘Best Kaizen Mind’ title in his
department. He participated in Asia Pacific Skill Contest 2015 where he won a Bronze. At the IndiaSkills
2016 his team won a Gold medal. Anand believes in learning and sharing his knowledge with everyone
around him. Presently his team is preparing vigorously for the WorldSkills competition.
Marshal Lazar Wilson
"Motivating and honing skills to realize dreams for a podium
Marshal is a professionally qualified tool and die making engineer from NTTF, a technical training
institute in Bangalore. A creative boy from his childhood, he enjoyed drawing, do-it-yourself concepts
and was always interested in using different computer softwares to hone his creative skills. After
finishing high school, he developed a deeper interest in design and wanted to turn his passion into his
career. His degree in Mechanical Engineering Design-CAD from NTTF offered him that special training
which gave him direction for his future. Marshal has participated in various boot camps of AUTODESK and
his presentation was amongst the top five design concept presentations.
"You earn your trophies at practice, but you pick them up at
20-year old Mohit holds the position of an Assistant Pastry Chef at India’s first specialised baking
school, Lavonne Academy of Baking Science & Pastry Arts. An alumnus of Lavonne, he graduated with a
diploma in Patisserie offered by the institute in affiliation with City & Guilds, London in 2016.
Following his training, he interned at the Trident Hotel, Mumbai for three months before returning to
his alma mater to serve as a team member of pastry chefs. A stellar feat for a professional as young and
as talented as Mohit, he has been to Korea to enhance his skills in Sugar Art, for his participation at
WorldSkills 2017. Mohit has also competed in various national and international competitions such as
JPC, India and WorldSkills UK. He loves practicing yoga and likes participating in marathons.
"A canvas is something that anyone needs to paint his/ her
Born with a painter’s brush in his hand, Nitish Kumar, 20-years, is studying Fashion & Apparel Design at
the Army Institute of Fashion & Design (AIFD), Bangalore. Adept at using both physical and digital
paint, Nitish has a keen eye for detail and a flair for balanced art and design. His nimble fingers and
neat execution have earned him the sobriquet of a "Magician". Nitish has designed and executed several
murals in various media at his college. He has won an international gold medal, two national gold medals
and one bronze in painting during his school days. He has also been a part of the design team that won
the national level fashion competition at IIT, Mumbai in 2015 and was fortunate enough to present a
portrait of Mr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to the late President himself. His journey to the World Skills
competition, Abu Dhabi has been exciting which motivates him to improvise his skills every day.
Meher Rishika Nori
"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish"
Be it her college, her decisions or her career choice; everything revolves around her passion for
Information Technology (IT). Meher chose to take part in the IndiaSkills 2016 where she was declared as
a winner in IT Software Solutions for Business. Amongst 300 participants pan- India, she was the only
female to qualify for the finale. After receiving the national award, she found it as a window to the
world. She gives the credit of her success to a unique program at her college - WISE, which laid the
foundation to her dream in IT SSB. The thirst of doing something innovative and out-of-box thinking is
what makes her distinct from others.
"Mission – Gold!"
Kiran is an ITI Electrician from Karkala, Karnataka. He is a 19-year-old technocrat who loves to play
cricket and listen to music. His aim has always been to work hard and do whatever it takes to perfect
his skill and thus, he participated in the IndiaSkills competition where he succeeded by winning a Gold
medal. His next aim is to compete at the international level and bring a gold medal for the country.
"I have an unquenched thirst to learn more about designing and
developing new applications and aspiration to be one of the best designers in the country."
Saurabh is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Information Technology from Acharaya College, Mumbai. His
parents continue to inspire him to strive for excellence. As far as he can remember, he has been
passionate about web development and looks forward to learning new technologies. His hobbies include
playing cricket and volleyball. While undergoing an IT course from Aptech, Saurabh got the opportunity
to participate in IndiaSkills 2016. After winning at the regional and the national rounds, he has been
preparing for a big win at WorldSkills 2017, Abu Dhabi. He continues to participate in various
competitions to gain confidence and equip himself for problem solving techniques with speed and
Karishma Sunil Gupta
"My father served in armed forces and I fully understand what it
means to service the nation. To me, winning a medal in the WorldSkills competition would be my
ultimate tribute to the country, which has given me all that I am today."
Karishma, a small-town girl from Pune, with a goal to become a successful Beauty Therapist, took up the
course soon after finishing her high school. She attributes her personality to be fit for her profession
- a keen observer, quick learner and gentle demeanor; making her determination strong to pursue her
passion. She believes in her motto of providing service with a smile. Karishma had the privilege to work
and train under some of the best trainers and beauty experts in India. She represented India at
WorldSkills UK 2015 and further, undertook specialized training in Singapore. She is confident to give
her best at the upcoming skills competitions at Abu Dhabi.
"Robots are good at things that are structured and those structures
we can conquer when we work hard"
Vibhor is a robotics enthusiast who loves designing, fabricating and developing robots. Currently in his
final year of Engineering at MIT Academy of Engineering Pune, Maharashtra; he has already won a gold at
IndiaSkills 2016 in mobile robotics. He also represented India at EuroSkills 2016, Sweden and is now
aiming to prove his mettle at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi.
"When you're surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment
around a common purpose, anything is possible."
Samarth is an engineer with a passion for robotics and automation. He has completed his Bachelors of
Technology with specialization in Electronics and Telecommunication from MIT Academy of Engineering,
Pune, Maharashtra. He has been an active participant in various robotics competitions including the
Indian robotics Olympiad (IRO) and the Robocon. He stood as a runner up at the final selections of
WorldSkills India2015 in mobile robotics. He won a gold at the IndiaSkills 2016 and is now preparing
hard to represent India at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
"Fitness of mind and body is a key mantra to work efficiently and to
perfect your skills."
Omkar is a young 21-year-old trainee welder, working with the leading automobile company Mahindra Ltd.
in Pune. He was inspired by his peer Sachin Narale who won at Brazil 2015 and also selected him for his
job at Mahindra. Under Sachin’s mentorship, Omkar has been putting a lot of effort into his training
programs to improve his skill in welding. He has participated in national competitions and then, was
selected to participate in IndiaSkills 2016, where he won a Bronze medal. Omkar stood first in the final
round selection for World Skills and is now going to represent India at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
Aditya Pratap Singh Rathore
"I want to make my parents and nation proud by achieving success at
the WS Abu Dhabi 2017."
Aditya hails from the city of the Taj Mahal - Agra. With a childhood fantasy about cars, aided by his
father’s profession of being a Manager at the Tata Motors’ Dealership, Aditya joined a Full-Term
Apprentice (FTA) Mechanic Motor Vehicle (MMV) trade in Pune. When he moved from Agra to Pune, he knew
little about the intricacies of automobile technology. During his formal training, he came to know about
the nuances of complex systems that power modern day automobiles. He is passionate about Automobile
Technology and has a hunger for solving complex problems using his knowledge and skills. After winning
IndiaSkills and the final selections for Abu Dhabi, Aditya is all geared up to put his best foot forward
at the WS Abu Dhabi 2017.
"No work is big or small. One must have a goal and a dream to make
that goal into a reality."
Rohim Momin is a 21-year old Mason from West Bengal, India. In 2013, he started working for ATS, a
renowned infrastructure company in New Delhi. In 2015, he represented ATS at a Regional Competition held
in Delhi and was awarded a Silver Medal for excellence in bricklaying work. After participating in
IndiaSkills 2016 competition, he has been training for WorldSkills 2017. He is completely dedicated
towards his goal of achieving a medal at Abu Dhabi.
Wall & Floor Tiling
"Win or no-win; I will give my best at the WorldSkills
Shailendra is a young and enthusiastic tiler. He started working at a very early age and always thought
of doing something unique to make his family proud. While working at a construction site, he came to
know about the WorldSkills competition. After a full-year of training, he participated in the selections
which, according to him has changed his life. Through his hard work, and sincerest dedication, he won
IndiaSkills Competition. He is excited about WorldSkills Abu Dhabi and wants to bring a medal home.
"No matter how daunting it might be, if you work hard believing it
can be done, it will be done!"
Harsha was born and brought up in Chennai. He started presenting science projects from the age of 9
years and later, found his niche in electronics. He gained a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and
Communication Engineering. During this time, he realized the importance of specialized skills in his
field. He dedicated a lot of his time developing his skill-set along with academic proficiency. His
commitment and hard work has resulted in a funded internship at France, publication of a paper in IEEE
journal and most importantly, winning a Gold-Medal at IndiaSkills 2016, amongst other accomplishments.
He has also filed for a few patents and has authored and published a couple of books.
"Determination, focus and love for your skill can help you reach for
At the age of 11, Karan had already resolved that he wanted to be a renowned Hair Dressing Artist. He
always wanted to follow an unconventional path, which aided his creativity and love for styling
flourish. After a post-graduation in hair dressing from Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts &
Design (BKCCAD), at the age of 17, he started his career as a shampoo boy at a local salon. After
struggling for 9 months, he managed to get a job where he worked his way up to the post of a senior
hairdresser. It was during this time that he participated and made a win at the IndiaSkills Competition
2016. Now, he is aiming for a podium finish at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi.
"Somewhere over the rainbow, the skies are blue And the dreams that
you dare to dream, really come true."
Sahil was born and brought up in a small town Naraingarh, Ambala in Haryana. He was inspired with his
mom’s cooking, who encouraged her to pursue a career in the food and beverage industry. He joined the
Indian Institute of Hotel Management at Pusa, New Delhi, where he received some of the best lessons on
palette development and received right guidance, mentorship and infrastructure to pursue his dream to be
a great chef. He was awarded "The Most Dedicated Student Award” from the institute, which motivated him
to participate at the UK Skill competition 2016. He also won a medal in a culinary competition at the
national event - AAHAR. He is looking forward to representing India at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi.
Enchanted by the culinary world, Sahil strives for new challenges and experiences to explore the
diversity of flavours.
"Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. Two motives must never stop
- - your will to achieve and the process of learning."
Karan was born in Ludhiana and later moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with his parents. He found his
passion and interest in food, cuisine and travelling; and to turn his passion into profession, he
enrolled at the Indian Institute of Hotel Management, New Delhi. It was here that he discovered more
about the industry, found the right mentors, got training and opportunities. After winning the
IndiaSkills competition, he was also awarded as the Best Culinary Student for exhibiting innovative
acumen through skill display in the field of Culinary Arts & Sciences by the Young Chefs Association of
India. Further, he represented India in Restaurant Service Skill at UK Skills Competition. Karan is
fascinated by the world of wines and spirits and is always keen to broaden his knowledge and experience
in this evolving profession.
Shahad Shahida Manzil
"Quality is not an act, it is a habit"
Shahad is a self-motivated Paint Technician who loves to refurbish old and damaged cars. He hails from
Kozhikode, Kerala and is presently working with Maruti Suzuki Service network as a Paint Technician. He
loves to play football and cricket, enjoys music and finds chatting with his friends most destressing.
He won a Gold in IndiaSkills 2016 and participated in UK Skills. He has also been trained at BASF
Academy, Indonesia to compete at the upcoming WorldSkills 2017, Abu Dhabi.
Auto Body Repair
"Nothing is impossible, work hard to achieve your goals'
Manmohan hails from Jhajjar, one of the districts in Haryana. A seasoned Auto-Body Repair Technician, he
loves to repair and experiment with damaged vehicles. He joined the Vocational Training Program for Auto
Body Repair (VTP-ABR) at Maruti Suzuki in Gurgaon, where he got the chance to participate at the
Indiaskills competition in 2016 and made the country proud by winning a Gold medal in Auto body Repair
category. He has also represented India at the UK Skills Competition. To hone his skills further and to
learn new auto body repair techniques, Manmohan joined Car-O-Liner Training Academy in Bangkok. With
significant improvements in the skill, he is all charged to earn laurels for the country at the
WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
"I aspire to revolutionize the fashion industry through my unique
style and identity."
Talat Razia is an undergraduate student of Fashion Design at Pearl Academy. She is an enthusiastic and a
creative candidate who aims to make a mark in the world of fashion. Extremely motivated for her first
ever international competition at World Skills 2017, Abu Dhabi, she is keeping herself abreast with the
latest trends in International fashion. She had worked with leading designer Afamado and has also
interned with Pearl Global Ltd. Talat is a fun-loving person. She likes photography, calligraphy,
sketching, gaming and collecting vivid items.
"I'm humbled by this incredible opportunity and I want to do India
21-year-old Simoul Alva is a Graphic Design student from the prestigious National Institute of Design
(NID), India. Her age belies her maturity. During her education at NID, Simoul dabbled with typography,
illustration, motion design and used her creativity to lend voice to some of the most complex issues of
the modern world. From creating an illustration led campaign on substance abuse to an experimental
animation on wage gap, Simoul's skills are eclectic and can range from subtle to nuanced to unorthodox.
An awardee of the Ratan Tata Scholarship in 2015, she has also been recognised as one of the top
25-under-25 visual artists and designers of the country by GenX Tata Nano. She recently completed an
exchange program at the ÉcoleSupérieured'Artet de Design de Reims, France.
"Determined to Win"
Anant Kumar is a young Woodwork Technician and performs part-time construction jobs like kitchen
fittings, furniture-making and on-site installation work. He acquired his professional degree from
Industrial Training Institute and has undergone training on modern power tools at an industrial firm -
Caple Industrial Solutions. After getting through national selections at IndiaSkills, he has been
focusing on WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. Anant has been undergoing extensive training at I.EVO Udaipur,
where he has received opportunities to learn from international experts. He is excited to represent
India at an International competition and is looking forward to enhancing his knowledge.