Meet the winners of IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals

More than 500 candidates from 26 states/UTs participated at the IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals.

About 58 candidates won medals, and 18 won medallions of excellence in web technologies, cloud computing, cybersecurity and mobile robotics at IndiaSkills, a recent skill competition organised by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

In mobile robotics, the candidate had to design and prototype the robot including the overall structure, fabrication, quality, optimal positioning of sensors, and programming of robots. The robots were operated remotely through a camera and also programmed to run autonomously. 

In cyber security, participants showcased their skills in infrastructure hardening and digital forensics. A surprise element was introduced in the competition, like threat hunting, where participants had to find out breach traces and anomalies in log files.

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IndiaSkills introduced seven new-age skills—robot systems integration, additive manufacturing, digital construction, industry 4.0, renewable energy, mobile applications development, and industrial design technology– to the competition.

More than 500 candidates from 26 states/UTs participated at the IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals. On the whole, about 191 candidates won medals and 79 won medallions of excellence. The winners of IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals will represent the country at WorldSkills Competition, a biennial event that brings together the best skilled youth from more than 60 nations. 

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P Sreekar Sai from Andhra Pradesh won a gold medal in Cloud Computing category. This was the second time the 23-year-old participated in the skill competition after securing fourth position in the 2018 IndiaSkills Regionals. Coming from a family of teachers, Sai is working as the lead engineer in Bangalore-based start-up, Mobiotics. After preparing for three years, he is now confident of fulfilling his dream of bringing a medal for the country at the WorldSkills Competition. 

Srihari Ruttala (20), from Badangi Village, Andhra Pradesh secured a gold medal in the cybersecurity category. He is currently pursuing MCA from GITAM university. He aspires to hone his skills in the Malware Research Domain. 

Mufeed Hamzakutty from Kerala won a gold medal in the cybersecurity category. His passion for creativity and computers landed the 19-year-old in Cybersecurity. He has recently started his own Cyber Security Research startup. Through IndiaSkills, Mufeed had the opportunity to meet like-minded people and learn new things. He looks forward to representing India in the WorldSkills.

A Pavan Kumar (21) and A Srinivas (20) from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh won gold medals in Mobile Robotics category. They are  currently studying BTech at KL University. Both students have undergone training at HunarPro Academy of Robotics in Pune. Pavan wants to pursue his career in Mobile Robotics whereas Srinivas wants to pursue cybersecurity SLAM technology

 The skills imparted to the participants include:

Specific training details of Mobile Robotics:

1. Basic principles of mechanical, electrical and electronics engineering

2. Principles of fabrication and assembly

3. Principles and practices of safe manufacture and operation

The participants learned to: 

 1. Fabricate frame parts of mobile robots

2. Integrate the structural and mechanical parts of mobile robots

3. Integrate the electronic control circuits

4. Install, set up and make all necessary physical and software related adjustments required for effective use

5. Install, set up and make all necessary adjustments to mechanical, electrical and sensor systems

6. Install, set up and make all necessary adjustments required for effective teleoperation of mobile robots

7. Integrate sensors to gain control of the required tasks

To help India’s youth attain world-class standards of competence, excellence and productivity, NSDC has been encouraging young people to participate in skill competitions.

The ‘Skill India’ mission aims to train over 40 crore people in different skills by 2022. To ensure the benefits of skill competitions reach the remotest parts of the country and identify the right talent, NSDC has been conducting state and regional-level competitions. 

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