Hyderabad : KL Deemed-to-be University has hosted the prestigious State Skill Competition 2021 in association with Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC). The 2nd edition of the state’s largest skill competition was inaugurated by Sri. Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, Advisor to Government, Public Affairs, Govt. of. AP at the University’s Vaddeswaram (Andhra Pradesh) Campus along with several dignitaries from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation), APSSDC and APSCHE (Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education).
The winners of this state-level competition will further participate in the national-level selection. The national champions will be attending the global World Skills Contest in Shanghai, China in September 2022. The flagship event hosted in the KL Deemed to be University campus is a joint venture to promote innovation driven entrepreneurship among the youth. The 2-Day event has witnessed a massive registration in over 32 skill trades including Robotics, Animation, Mechatronics, Electronics, Web Technologies, Auto Body Repair, Cyber security, etc. In addition, 6 traditional skills namely Kondapalli Bommalu, Andhra Pradesh Leather Puppetry, Crochet Lace, Etikoppaka Toys, Udayagiri Cutlery and Kalamkari block print were also displayed.
Inaugurating the competitions at the event held at KL Deemed to be University campus, the Chief Guest Sri. Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, Advisor to AP Govt said, “Technology is so advanced, it is changing rapidly year on year and there is a need for us to continuously update our knowledge. Traditional skills also need to upgrade in these situations. That is why the government is also taking steps to develop curriculum that will enhance skills in the education system. Our Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is already making radical changes in the education system to enhance the skills of the students. Steps are being taken to set up Skill Universities in 25 Parliamentary constituencies to provide training and employment in addition to education.”
“Our country is facing a talent crunch for niche skills. This is a pressing issue in India and around the world. According to the eighth edition of the India Skills Report (ISR), only 45.9 percent of graduates are found employable in 2021, a decline from 46.21 percent in 2020. Regrettably, not even half of the Indian graduates are employable due to their lack of the necessary, professional skill sets. This is precisely why we must focus our resources on the quality of education pertinent to enhancing student skills. For us to address this gap, we need more channels to encourage the emerging technical professionals. Events like these encourage students to develop interest and hone their skills in the tech space.”, stated Er. Koneru Lakshman Havish, Vice President, KL Deemed-to-be University.