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Shweta Ratanpura becomes the first Indian woman to win a medal at the World Skills Event

Shweta Ratanpura

The World Skills event is an international skills event organized every two years. It is the world’s biggest vocational education and skills excellence event. This year it was held in Kazan, Russia from 22-27 August 2019. A total of 1350 participants from 63 countries participated in the event wherein India managed to secure the 13th position.

Shweta Ratanpura became the first-ever woman candidate from India to win a medal at the World Skills. She won a bronze medal in the graphic design category and made the country proud! She is a graphic design student from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

The Indian contingent bagged 19 medals at this global competition which includes one gold, one silver, two bronze and other 15 medals of excellence. Indian bagged gold in water technologies, silver in web technologies and bronze in jewelry and graphic designing. S Aswath 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 the bronze medal in jewelry.

A statement by skills development ministry released on Friday 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.”

Welcoming the victory, another official statement read, “With this historic triumph, Team India won hearts and set a new standard of skilling on the world stage. India finished 13th in the overall standings several notches up from the last time when it won 11 medals and finished in the 19th position at Abu Dhabi in 2017.”

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