- “Skilling India” is the dream project of Honorable Prime minister of India for creating job opportunities for the unemployed youth in the various service and manufacturing sectors throughout the country. It is a flagships program of the PMO targeting to create 500 million skilled manpower by 2020.
Renewable energy is one of these targeted sectors, and National Institute of Solar Energy, an autonomous institute under the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy is assigned with the responsibility to execute the various skill development programmes throughout the country in the field of renewable energy technology. At present various programs are being conducted at NISE its partner institutes across India.
A list of programs under the skill development division of NISE is as follows:
NISE is conducting “Suryamitras” training program to provide skilled technicians for installation, commissioning, Operation & Maintenance in the field of solar technology. The main objective of this program is to train the 10+2 passed, ITI/diploma holders/ as field technicians to execute National Solar Mission (NSM) programmes across the country. NISE is identifying a network of institutions through State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) to conduct training programs, arranging funds to them, and also monitor them for proper execution. Separately, NISE is also organizing Suryamitra program in its own campus, so as set example.
2. Skill Development Activities at NISE
NISE is conducting Solar and Renewable Energy training for the past two decades for national and International Participants. NISE is regularly inviting people from solar and renewable energy industry and interacting with them to identify the skill gaps in the new recruits of the renewable energy industry. A dedicated training program on renewable energy technologies for the senior Defence officers are also being conducted thrice in a year. This year about 50 programs shall be conducted by NISE.
3. Solar Energy Network (SETNET)
NISE has established the solar energy Training Network (SETNET) institutions across India to build skills and capacities to ensure the availability of qualified solar energy professionals to meet the national solar deployment targets.
The four major courses under this program are given below:
• Aryabhatta Certificate (for high level designers)
• Konark (graduate engineer project management course)
• Surya (for solar field technicians)
• Bhaskar ( for Business/ Financial Programs)
Through a competitive process, NISE has identified 35 SETNET partners across the country which are empanelled by NISE to provide the above four skill development courses. Several programs are launched across India.
4. Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Program (ITEC)
Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India ha s identified NISE as a premier institute to conduct ITEC programs every year for international Participants. For the past several years NISE is conducting about three programs of ITEC every year to the satisfaction of MEA & the participating countries. This program is a three week program focused on latest renewable energy technologies.
5. Other International Programs
Apart from ITEC, NISE is conducting various international programs such as SAARC countries, Mangolia etc. on renewable energy technologies skill development every year.
With excellent pool of scientific manpower and management experts NISE is handling various consultancy projects on solar photovoltaics & solar thermal technologies. NISE has got prestigious clients like: Ministry of Food Processing, Ministry of Defense, Kandla Port Trust, ISRO, Doordarshan, NLC, NEEPCO etc. The consultacy includes technical specifications, project management advisory, techno-economic, feasibility reports, clients engineers, EPC advisory sevices etc.
NISE is providing space and financial support for initial few months to the aspirants/ people coming up with innovative ideas in the field of renewable ene