28 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odia boy S Aswatha Narayana has won India’s first ever gold at the 45th WorldSkills competition held at Kazan, Russia on Tuesday. The Indian team also scalped one silver and two bronze medals.
Narayana, 25, has won the gold medal in Water Technology. Pranav Nutalapati, 17 from Karnataka, has won silver medal in Web Technology. Sanjoy Pramanik, 21, from West Bengal and Shweta Ratanpura, 22 from Maharastra both have won bronze medals in Jewellery and Graphic Design Technology respectively.
Odisha’s Abinash Swain and Xenophon Das had also participated in the biennial competition but failed to win any medals.
Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) Chairman Subroto Bagchi congratulated Aswatha Narayan on his win. He said via Twitter, “Competed in emerging water tech against developed countries. It is a testimony to the potential we have to be world-class. Congratulations Aswatha, come home soon."
India, with a strong 48-member contingent, is among 63 countries participating in the world's biggest international vocational skill competition. India 15 medallion for Excellence points and hence finished with 26 medal points.
The Indian team had the sixth largest contingent at the WorldSkills. They stole hearts with a performance that brought alive the rich diversity and beauty of the country.
The team participated in 44 skills including mobile robotics, prototype modelling, hairdressing, baking, confectionary & patisserie, welding, brick laying, car painting and floristry. The participants contested in some individually while in others they took part as a team.
This is team India’s best performance since they first participated first back in 2007.