Sunday, 8 March 2015

Govt to train 7 lakh people by 2018 to meet power sector needs

The government aims to train as many as 7 lakh people for various segments in power generation in line with its ambitious plans of producing 1,75,000 MW renewable energy 2022.

National Power Training Centre (NPTI), a body under the Ministry of Power will train 7 lakh people in the next three years across various branches of the sector.

"NPTI in its 40 years of existence has trained 2,67,000 people. Looking at the requirements of the power sector we have decided on a three-year roadmap. We have a programme to train 7,00,000 people," Power Minister Piyush Goyal said at a seminar here.

Under the ambitious programme the ministry will train one lakh people in the power sector in 2015-16, 2 lakh in 2016-17, and 4 lakh in 2017-18.

"When we talk of 1,75,000 MW of renewable energy, we are certainly going to be needing people skilled in solar power, manufacturing, setting up the equipment, operations & maintenance etc," Goyal said.

The proposed training programme will cover manpower requirements in ramping up power generation, building transmission and sub-transmission networks among other things.

Ministry of Power has set a target of generating 1,75,000 MW from renewable energy sources by 2022.

Of the targetted 1,75,000 MW, lion's share of 1,00,000 MW will come from solar power, 60,000 MW from wind, 10,000 MW from biomass and the remaining 5,000 MW from small hydro projects.

At present, the solar power generation capacity is at about 2,700 MW; Wind - 21,000 MW; Small Hydro - 3,800 MW and biomass -4,100 MW.

Small hydro power projects are plants with up to 25 mw generation capacity.


Its a good initiative by Power minister to train 7 lakhs people in power sector,One of the major problem in power sector is skilled man power.So by giving training, trainee will come to know about the power sector.In recent budget government announced 1,75,000 MW of renewable energy,therefore there is a huge demand of skilled man power in power sector.However in my point of view,there is a need of skilled man power in distribution sector.Every year there is around 1 lakh crores of losses,so government should concentrate more on distribution side.

Government should open more institution for power sector.This is a great opportunity for the people who are going to work in a power sector.As an MBA from power management I feel that the demand of skilled man power like us will increase exponentially.

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