The first Center of Excellence for skills development in the energy sector was launched on Friday, which will focus on creating a pool of highly qualified trainers and advisers for further training to increase the employability of candidates in the field of the electricity, automation and solar energy sectors. The Center of Excellence located at Gurugram is the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, together with the Ministry of National Education and Youth, Government of France and Schneider Electric. “The center will design and offer training for trainers, trainers, consultant training and other high-level programs in the energy and solar energy sector. The CoE has modern high-end laboratories designed with the technology of the future in mind, which will further strengthen India and France’s relationship in the energy sector, ”an official statement said. The Union Minister of Energy and the Minister of State for Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Raj Kumar Singh, inaugurated the Center of Excellence virtually in the presence of Daniel Maitre, Minister Counselor for Economic and Financial Affairs, Head of the Economic Department Regional for India and South Asia.
The establishment of the CoE is the result of the MoU previously signed between MSDE, the French Ministry of Education and Schneider Electric.
In addition, an operational memorandum of understanding was signed between the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the Schneider Electric India Foundation (SEIF), the Power Sector Skill Council (PSSC) and the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) for the establishment of the center and to undertake a high level training and skill development in the field of energy and solar energy.
“India is taking rapid steps to move towards renewable energy to accelerate economic development, improve energy security and access to energy while mitigating the challenges of climate change. Our success in meeting all these demands of a rich workforce in the energy sector to propel India to become one of the top leaders in the global renewable energy market, ”said Singh. He noted that sustained efforts to boost the growth of the renewable energy sector will play an important role in helping the country move a little closer to fulfilling the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. “Our partnership with the Government of France to establish the Center of Excellence is another shining example of cooperation between countries to achieve their long-term energy goals,” said the minister. The CoE will be equipped with two laboratories, which have been created by Schneider Electric as part of its CSR initiative. Advance Electrician Lab is equipped with specially designed instruments for home and construction training, and industry installation and automation.
The Solar Lab will provide hands-on training on the latest technology in the solar area. “With the launch of the CoE, online evaluator training will begin, which will include trainers from across the country. In addition, the training of young people at the center is also being considered, ”the statement said. The Power Sector Skills Council, which will manage the operations of the center, has also developed the learning content necessary for various job roles in the generation, transmission, distribution and downstream subsectors to facilitate learning. The French Department of Education assigned an expert to India for three years to conceptualize, design and direct the proposed CoE. He has contributed by proposing the layout, guidelines and best practices in the electrical domain.