Aswatha Narayana Sanagavarapu, a B Tech graduate in Applied Electronics from CV Raman Engineering College of Bhubaneswar won the gold medal at the prestigious World Skill Competition at Kazan(Russia), the only gold by any Indian so far. He showed his skills in the water technology beating nine other competitors from Korea, Germany, Brazil, Iran, Belarus, Vietnam, Russia and South Africa.
Apart from him, Lufeng Zeng from China also won Gold. The contest was held at Kazan city between August 23 and 27. The closing ceremony of the Contest saw 35,000 people attend the event featuring music, dance, and fireworks.
The other Indians who won medals in the competition are Pranav Nutalapati, Sanjoy Pramanik and Shweta Ratanpura. Pranav Nutalapati won silver medal in web technologies, Sanjoy Pramanik and Shweta Ratanpura won bronze medals in Jewellery and graphic design technology respectively.
This is India’s best performance since it started participating in the World Skills Competition in 2007. The Indian team participated in 44 skills including mobile robotics, prototype modelling, hairdressing, baking, confectionery & patisserie, welding, car painting and floristry. Two years ago, the Indian team had won one silver, one bronze and nine medallions of excellence.
Last year, Sanagavarapu won the State Skill Competition and then went on to win the National Skill Competition which enabled him to participate in the World Skill Competition this year.