Shweta Ratanpura becomes 1st Indian woman to bag Bronze in World Skills Event

Last year, India was ranked 19th position with 11 medals, at the competition which was held at Abu Dhabi in 2017. This year alone, the competition saw more than 1350 participants from 63 nations wherein India managed to secure the 13th position.

India registered several achievements at the WorldSkills International Competitions that was held in Kazan, Russia 2019. Let’s take a moment to congratulate Shweta Ratanpura, a graphic designer from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad who became the first-ever woman participant from India to win a bronze medal for graphic designing.

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This event sees bright young prospects from all corners of the world to fight for the prestigious medal in their respective field.

There were some intriguing competitions in 56 skills across a wide range of industries, right from joinery to floristry; hairdressing to electronics; and auto-body repair to bakery.

The Indian contingent bagged 19 awards, including 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze. Besides Shweta’s bronze in graphic designing, Indian bagged gold in water technologies, a silver in web technologies and bronze in jewellery and graphic designing.

S Aswatha Narayana, hailing from Odisha won a gold medal in water technology, Karnataka’s Pranav Nutalapati won a silver medal in web technologies while Sanjoy Pramanik from West Bengal settled for bronze medal in jewellery and the other 15 awards were the ‘medals of excellence’.

To congratulate the achievement of Ratanpura and other participants, the Skill Ministry has released a statement on Friday that read, “Blazing a trail of glory for India at the global stage, the 48-member Indian team returned with the best-ever finish at the WorldSkills International Competition 2019 in Kazan, Russia by winning 19 medals and medallions of excellence.”

“India is a young nation with the median age of 27.6 years. We will have the largest working population during 2022-2034. We have adapted global standards of skilling to strengthen the young workforce with competent skills,” Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) said while addressing an audience consisting of government representatives of 40 other nations at a Ministers’ Summit organised along the sidelines of the event.

“We have undertaken several initiatives to provide opportunities for the workforce, including prominent international recruitments to enhance their skill level,” he added.