31 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday felicitated S Aswatha Narayan, Odisha's Gold Medalist at World Skills Competition held in Kazan, Russia.
Commending the achievement of Aswatha at a special function organised at Lok Seva Bhawan, the Chief Minister announced Rs 10 lakh cash award for his and Rs 5 lakh for his coach Rajat Kumar Samantray.
The Chief Minister also announced Rs 5 crore assistance to CV Raman College of Engineering, where Aswatha is pursuing his B Tech, for setting up Biju Patnaik Centre of Excellence.
The Chairman of CV Raman College of Engineering Sanjeeb Rout, Coach Samantray and two other participants Xenophone Das and Abinash Swain were also felicitated by the Chief Minister.
Congratulating Aswatha, the Chief Minister appreciated his immense talent and determined effort to competed with the best in the world and coming out as a champion.
"You have truly become an icon for the millions of youngsters who are pursuing skills in various trades. This win at the global level is a reaffirmation of our commitment towards providing the best opportunities for the youth of Odisha in Skill Development," said Patnaik.
He also appealed to all the youngsters of Odisha in ITI, Polytechnics and other skill institutions to participate in the forthcoming Odisha Skills and subsequently India Skills and World Skills in 2021.
World Skills is the largest skill competition in the world which happens once in every two years. The competition is equivalent to Olympic Games for skills amongst the youth across the world.
Over 50-year history, the World Skills Competition has come to symbolize the pinnacle of excellence in vocational training. By winning the first gold, Odisha has brought honour for the country.
Aswatha competed in the emerging hi-tech area of water technology against developed countries like Germany, South Korea, China and Singapore.
Among others, Odisha Skill Development Authority Chairman Subroto Bagchi, Minister for Skill Development and Technical Education Premanand Nayak, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Skill Development Commissioner-cum-Secretary Hemanta Sharma and other senior officials from the department were present during the felicitation.