A Pradeep Kumar MLA inaugurates India Skills Kerala 2020 in Kozhikode

KOZHIKODE: The north zone competitions of India Skills Kerala 2020 commenced at Malikadavu here on Monday. A Pradeepkumar, MLA inaugurated the programme Councillor K Rathidevi presided over the function.

Students up to the age of 21 from the six districts of Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kasargod are partiicing in the competition organized by the Industrial Training Department and Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence under the State Labour and Skills Department.

State Council for Vocational Training Member M S Shaji; Inspector of Training (Northern Region, Kerala) T Haresh Kumar, Kozhikode Government ITI Principal M A Balakrishnan, PTA Member Unni Krishnan and Trainees Council Chairman S Jithin and others spoke during the occasion.

The ITI at Kozhikode is holding zonal competitions in automatic technology, brick-laying, carpentry, cabinet making, electronics, electrical installation, joinery, mechanic engineered lab, painting and decoration, plumbing and heating, RAC and wall and floor tiling. At the Government Women’s ITI here, competitions are on in fashion technology, floristry, web designing and graphic designing.

The northern zonal event is being held in Kannur as well, at the Government ITI in Kannur. Minister Ramachandran Kadannappally, who is also the local legislator, paid a visit to the venue on the day. While the preliminary district-level competitions of the event had concluded on January 20, the zonal-level event will continue till January 31, . The hall tickets of participants of zonal competitions are available on their respective India Skills Kerala profile. Those who are yet to secure it can logon to its website www.indiaskillskerala.com and download the documents and appear at the respective centre on Tuesday, organisers said.

The previous edition of annual event held competitions in 20 skills, while this time it has been more than double to 42. These include 20 academic skills and 22 specialised skills. The grand State-level finale is scheduled from February 22 to 24 at Kozhikode. The winners at those competitions in Swapna Nagari of the Malabar city will get Rs 1,00,000 each as prize money, and runners up Rs 50,000. All finalists will get Rs 10,000 each. The state-level winners will qualify for the national competitions. The prize-winning performers in that round will represent the country at World Skills 2021 in Shanghai, China.

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