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SURYAMITRA Skill Development Program (90 Days Training)

Overview

All India Agrasen Technical Education and Research Foundation (AIATERF) has been given the privilege to conduct the “Suryamitra Skill Development Program” initiated by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), an autonomous institution of Ministry of New and Renewable (MNRE), is the apex National R&D institution in the field Solar Energy. The Government of India has converted 25 year old Solar Energy Centre (SEC) under MNRE to an autonomous institution in September, 2013 to assist the Ministry in implementing the National Solar Mission and to coordinate research, technology and other related works. It is also actively engaged in training to meet the training needs of solar professionals. NISE has accredited AIATERF on recommendation of RRECL as their training partner under SETNET program. AIATERF is authorized to conduct the skill development program to create and nurture skilled "Suryamitras" in Installation, Commissioning and O&M in the field of Solar Energy. Each training program consists of 30 participants and the total duration of the training will be 3 months (600 hours). The participants will also be given training on marketing & entrepreneurship skill so that they will become the campaigners of solar energy. The training program will be strictly residential with a clear daily time.

Career Prospects

As India – the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases but 127th in terms of per capita emissions – ponders an energy-future balancing growth, jobs and environment, there is encouraging news from a new report. The renewable energy sector, a particular focus of attention by our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has generated hope for tremendous jobs opportunities. According to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), declining costs and supportive policy frameworks in several countries around the world led to a record year for solar in 2016, leading to significant job creation. New capacity additions surpassed those in 2015 by around 50% to reach 71 gigawatts (GW), with China, the United States, Japan and India as the key markets. Employment increased by 12% to approach 3.1 million jobs in 2016. The sector could generate a million jobs by 2022, if the government reaches its goal of 100 giga watts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy and 60 GW of wind energy.[1]

Source: IRENA (2017), Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2017 ISBN: 978-92-9260-027-3 (PDF), International Renewable Energy Agency, Abu Dhabi.

India can take the lead in driving the energy transformation both regionally and globally with one of the largest, and most ambitious, renewable energy programmes anywhere in the world. It has set a target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022, including 100 GW of solar, 60 GW of wind, 10 GW of biomass and 5 GW of small hydropower. India ranks sixth in the world in total installed renewable power generation capacity after China, the US, Germany, Spain and Italy.

India’s target of 175 GW installed renewable energy capacity by 2022 is indicative of its firm commitment to scaling it up. This target has led to much enthusiasm in the market, and recent efforts are bearing fruit – such as auctions for solar PV – but further efforts will be needed for timely realization of this ambitious target.According to Desert Power India, the national target is to add 455 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2050. About two-thirds of this would be installed in desert regions in northern and western parts of the country. The plan is to use 5-15% of the wasteland available in these regions to realize their large potential for solar and wind. Using 95% of the available potential on 10% of the area would be equivalent to 271 GW of total solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and 29 GW of total wind.[2]

Source: IRENA (2017), Renewable Energy Prospects for India, a working paper based on REmap. 978-92-9260-026-6 (PDF) The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Abu Dhabi. www.irena.org/remap

 

The Indian government has announced a goal of achieving 100GW of solar capacity by 2022 in a country with only 240GW of power in total currently. While framing the Scale-up Plan for 1, 00,000 MW of Grid Connected Solar Power by the year 2022, it was envisaged that the Public Sector Undertakings will contribute around 10,000 MW of Grid Connected Solar Power.

This emphasizes that there will be huge skilled manpower will be required in near future in this sector. 

With an aim to fulfill this huge requirement of skilled manpower in solar domain & contribute for social upliftment, AIATERF has started 1st batch Suryamitra Program on 16th March 2016 and it will be concluded on June 21, 2017. The Skill Council for Green Jobs will carry out the assessment of the participating students on June 23, 2017. The training program is coupled with theory, practical and hands on practices according to approved curriculum under the guidance of qualified trainers Assessed by Skill Council for Green Jobs.

Some of the highlights of the activities taken place in our training centre for Suryamitra Training Program are mentioned in the form of images below:

Guest Lecture By Dr S. K. Goyal, Manipal University, Jaipur to Suryamitra Students.
Guest Lecture By Dr A. K. Verma, MNIT, Jaipur to Suryamitra Students.
Visit to Grid Solar Power Plant Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur
Visit to Grid Solar Power Plant, Malviya Industrial Area, Jaipur

References:

  1. IRENA (2017), Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2017 ISBN: 978-92-9260-027-3 (PDF), International Renewable Energy Agency, Abu Dhabi. www.irena.org
  2. IRENA (2017), Renewable Energy Prospects for India, a working paper based on REmap. 978-92-9260-026-6 (PDF) The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Abu Dhabi. www.irena.org/remap
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