NSDC, Schneider's 'Centre of Excellence' to strengthen renewable energy sector

New Delhi [India], June 22 (ANI): Aiming to strengthen India's renewable energy sector and support the requirement of skilled manpower, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), in association with Schneider Electric India on Thursday facilitated the installation of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Bengaluru, focusing on power, solar and automation.
They have also set up seven Advanced Renewable Energy Training Centres in the cities of Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Bangalore, Delhi, Cuttack, Vishakhapatnam and Jaipur. Over the next year, a Center of Excellence in the NCR region and 100 labs across the country shall be setup in Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK).
The Centre of Excellence will focus on training of trainers, R&D and specialised corporate programmes. This has been made possible following an MoU between NSDC and Schneider Electric formalised in 2016 with the plan of setting up labs with state-of-the-art equipment in Skill India centres across the country.
The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) signed an agreement with the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research of the Government of France last year in its effort to incorporate global best practices and learn from advanced vocational educational systems.
"Skill India recognises the importance of training in the renewable energy sector, which is a sector with immense potential. Through this partnership, we would like to address demand mismatch with the best technical inputs from a global company like Schneider. In a small way, we also wish to contribute to both our nations' commitment to reduce carbon emission by promoting the use of renewable energy," said Manish Kumar, MD and CEO, NSDC.
With an investment of nearly Rs. seven crore, Schneider Electric India Foundation would support the infrastructure and equipment cost for the initiatives aiming to impact the livelihood of nearly 10,000 candidates every year.
"We have already trained 72,000 underprivileged youth as electricians through 260 training centres across the country and through this association we aim to further accelerate the initiative by upgrading the training infrastructure at 100 centres in India and providing market backed pedagogy. We are delighted to support Skill India mission of Government of India and aim to contribute to the development of the nation," said Anil Chaudhry MD and Country President, Schneider Electric India.
The programme aims to attract youth who have undergone basic electrician training, obtained a diploma from ITI or have dropped out of college. The month-long training program will be aligned to the latest modules, enabling candidates to manage applications from basic to the most complex of processes.
It will propel the growth of renewable energy sector in India by providing pool of skilled resources to the sector on one hand and providing job opportunities to the youth trained on different job roles in the sector. (ANI)

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