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First-ever skill competition ‘Odisha Skills-2018’ launched in Odisha

Cuttack, April 28, 2014: With an aim to showcase Odisha as the most happening hub for skilled manpower and also to make Skilled in Odisha a global brand, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday inaugurated first-of-its-kind State-level Skills Competition ‘Odisha Skills-2018’ at the Indoor Stadium in Cuttack.

Odisha Skills is the State-level chapter of the India Skill Competition organised by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

On the occasion, the CM said, “Our Mission for World Skills has to be Mission-1-2-3 that is 1Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze.”

The CM also announced a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for Gold Medalist and Rs 75,000 for Silver Medalist and Rs 50,000 for Bronze Medalist at the national level from the State. 

A completion will be held in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. The event has witnessed participation of nearly 7,000 participants from across the State competing in six sectors and 25 skills from the State at the preliminary stage. The skill competitions will be performed and demonstrated live in front of audience for the first time in the State.

In 2016, the State Government has formed Odisha Skilled Development Authority (OSDA) in 2016 with Subroto Bagchi, co-founder of IT firm MindTree as its chairman to ensure quality skill training standards and sustained employability of trained youth of Odisha.

Recently, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled a logo and the Bhubaneswar Skill City Map in a bid to give a brand identity of the 'Skilled in Odisha' campaign of the State Government.

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