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HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled to Win! is a pioneering one hour weekly reality TV show on Doordarshan National that searches for India's Best Skill Star and Best Innovator.

Telecast every Sunday at 11 am from 9th February 2014 for 40 weeks

HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled to Win! will help millions of young Indians become aware of the various ways in which they can upgrade their skills, become employable and commercially utilise their inventive genius to pr ovide for themselves. The show does this by showcasing the most in-demand skills across different Industry sectors, creating contests and tasks around these skill sets and featuring employment and entrepreneurship opportunities available for people with these skills.

After a rigorous series of tests that sees participants collaborating and facing off against each other, India's best Skills Star and Innovator will be crowned. Through this sustained media spotlight,HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled to Win! will contribute to making skills aspirational, showing the country the heights the truly skilled and innovative can reach, and taking the message of skilling and innovation to every section of society across India, including the disadvantaged, the remote, and the illiterate.

HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled to Win! is supported in part by the Ministry of Labour & Employment, National Skill Development Corporation, National Innovation Foundation, FICCI, Doordarshan, Cinema Vision India, among numerous other national agencies and institutions.

HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled to Win! has a confirmed broadcast schedule of 40 episodes of 1 hour each on Doordarshan National every Sunday at 11.00 am from 9th February 2014 for 40 weeks.

The 40 episodes are grouped as Zonal (episodes 1-10), Sector Competition (episodes 11-30), Team Mission (episodes 31-38), and Grand Finale (episodes 39-40).

Each episode will

  • be compared by an MC;
  • showcase various skills and professions;
  • showcase innovators and gamechangers;
  • contain competitions, fun facts, career guidance;
  • award winners of competitions, innovators and gamechangers.

India is facing a severe skills shortage. But with one of the world's youngest population, it also has an unprecedented opportunity to convert this shortfall into an advantage if only it can increase skilling amongst the youth.

Training India's skills-deficient population is vitally important to ensure robust growth. Taking on this challenge is the Prime Minister's Skills Development Mission which is set to create 500 million skilled people by 2022.

In order to both meet the demands of new industries requiring a variety of new skills, as well as to encourage people to continue to hone traditional skills, it becomes important to shine a spotlight on skills and professions, publicise ITIs and other training opportunities and centres, and inform people of the benefits of upskilling.

One of the best ways to do that is to harness the power of the media to create HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled to Win!, India's first-ever reality TV show on skilling and innovation.

HUNNARBAAZ and its PARTNERS together are addressing the trained manpower needs of the industry across sectors by developing a cohesive and integrated framework and a conducive environment for training based on industry needs.

HUNNARBAAZ is creating a platform to showcase the talent of skilled youths from different states and bringing all skills and innovators on the same platform.

The show will help millions of young Indians become aware of the various ways in which they can upgrade their skills, become employable and commercially utilise their inventive genius to provide for themselves.

HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled To Win! An Opportunity For Skilled Youth

Excellent opportunity for students, trained in various courses and sectors to showcase their talent, skill and knowledge.

Excellent opportunity to showcase the various skill sector trainings undertaken by the partnering organisations, PSUs, Private Corporations, NGOs, and Government Agencies and also attract more students to get enrolled for such skill building programs.

Platform to showcase the project highlights, number of students trained and the various skill building courses available under the ongoing projects.

Platform for the partner to promote ongoing skill building initiatives, projects across the across the country and across various sectors and also potential projects coming up.

Excellent opportunity for students to gain exposure, experience by talking about their skill trainings, experience gained and challenges that they foresee

HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled To Win! showcases contestants across various sectors, their skills, aspirations and ambitions to instill a feeling of inspiration amongst the audience.

Since there is a big challenge in mobilizing candidates for various training programs, associating with HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled To Win! can be a path-breaking effort in promotion of skills as a vocation among school and college students and creating a national database of skilled people.

Feature experts from skill development and training institutes, NGOs and industry associations to guide those in need by shedding light on skill development and its importance.

Partnering Organisation can nominate eminent mentors, guides and trainers to feature in the sector, and encourage accreditation/certification of students, training providers, and of trainers and trainees in order to validate the skills and experience levels of these entities.

Development and maintenance of a database of skilled trainees, trainers and employers that would serve to bridge the skill gap of demand and supply of jobs in India.

Doordarshan is received by 100 per cent of India's 148 million TV households given its multi-platform availability on terrestrial TV, analog and digital cable, with its massive reach, colossal footprint and a total TV viewership in India of 415 million.

HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled To Win! has on board some of India's most prestigious organizations in the area of skills development and innovation with the concurrence of the Prime Ministers Skills Development Mission.

GOVERNMENT PARTNER: Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoLE) - One of the oldest ministries set up by the Government of India, MoLE is responsible for vocational skill training and employment facilitation services in India.

INDUSTRY & SKILLS PARTNER: National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) - One of its kind Public Private Partnership, the NSDC aims to promote skill development by making possible the creation of large, quality, for-profit vocational institutions.


KNOWLEDGE AND FEDERATION PARTNERS: FICCI, IL&FS Skills, TiE, B-Able, Sector Skill Councils, TRRAIN, Ratnakar Bank

BROADCAST PARTNER: Doordarshan National Network (India's National Network and Public Service Broadcaster, DD reaches more homes than any other network in the country) and select regional language channels of Doordarshan.

CONTENT PARTNERS: Cinema Vision India headed by Siddharth Kak, the man behind Surabhi, has over 30 years expertise in the field of television production and is one of India's oldest non-fiction production houses.

  The Team  

HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled To Win! will be presented by Siddharth Kak and Renuka Shahane who had teamed up over 20 years ago to showcase the ground-breaking cultural documentary 'Surabhi'.

The HUNNARBAAZ! theme/title song has been composed by Satyendra Khare and arranged by Sumeet Bellary. The song has been sung by Divya Kumar (male vocal of Havankund fame) and Neeti Mohan (female vocal of Jab Tak Hai Jaan fame).

The episodes of HUNNARBAAZ! Skilled To Win! are anchored by Sunny Pancholi and Princy Sudhakar. The skits are written by Mohan Azaad and team, under guidance from theatre and ad guru Bharat Dabolkar.

 Sector Wise Partnership 


The show provides a single organic platform on television creating access to millions of viewers every week across TV, events, news coverage and social media in an effort to integrate the different initiatives taken by PSUs, Private Corporations, NGOs, and Government Agencies through Sector-wise Partnership & Enabling Diverse Organizations to integrate as one resource pool.


The Indian economy can be broadly divided into several sectoral industries that are striving to increase the overall potential and standard of their respective sectors and in many cases are facing a severe shortage of skilled workers.

Medicine & Healthcare

Foods & Nutrition

Agriculture & Rural Dev


Beauty & Wellness

Handicrafts & Handlooms

 Gems & Jewllery

Automobiles & Components











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