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WATER SKILLS – Competition for the technicians and helpers of the Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plants

30 September 2016, Mumbai

Human skills are as important as technologies to solve environmental problems in India. ‘WATER SKILLS’ a one-of-its-kind competition for the technicians and helpers of the Industrial Wastewater Treatment plants was held on 30th September 2016 at IFAT India 2016, Bombay Exhibition Hall, Mumbai. The competition was formally announced open by Ms. Anshika Gupta, Technical Advisor, GIZ SEIP. The competition, designed for the skilled technicians of the ETPs/CETPs, marks a beginning of competitive learning amongst personnel in this sector and also exhibit industry’s steps towards “Skill India” and “Make in India” programmes of the Government of India.

The competition was judged by Mr. Michael Doerr, Senior waste water expert and trainer, DWA and Mr. Sripati, Technical Advisor, SEIP project, GIZ India in their roles as trainers and assessors. M/s Geeta Enterprises supplied the equipment for the teams to perform the tasks. Two teams participated with full gusto in the competition namely: Grauer & Weil (I) Ltd., Vapi and M/ Geeta Enterprises, Surat. As a competition task, the teams were asked to exchange the impeller of the submerged motor pump and answer questions relating to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. The task was divided into work preparation and work execution.

The wonderful audience participated actively and encouraged the teams during the performances. At the end of the competition, our esteemed Chief Guest, Mr. Tanmay Bishnoi, Head, Standards and Research, Skill Council for Green Jobs congratulated the teams for their remarkable performance and said that such skill competitions would be organised on a regular basis for trained technicians and helpers of the existing ETPs/CETPs. He also reiterated the fact that skilling would enhance the performance of the workers of wastewater treatment plants and would effectively reduce mishaps. Mr. Roland Knitschky, Department Training & International Coorperation, DWA and Mr. Michael Doerr, Senior waste water expert and trainer, DWA, shared that skill competition is a successful way of putting skills in practice and an apt organization must take this forward.

As the afternoon drew to a close, the team from Grauer and Weil (I) Ltd was unanimously declared the winning team. The winning team were awarded a trophy jointly by GIZ, SCGJ and DWA. All the participants received medals and ‘Certificate of Participation’. As a symbol of appreciation and motivation, the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) distributed T-shirts and goodie bags to all participants. The competition ended with great enthusiasm for next year.