According to reports, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute’s (GERMI) eight-day comprehensive workshop – ‘Train-the-Trainer’ on off-grid solar photovoltaic energy systems began on Monday at its premises in Gandhinagar. The workshop has been organized in collaboration with the Arizona State University (ASU), USA as a part of ASU’s Vocational Training and Education for Clean energy (VOCTEC) Programme. This training programme is fully funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Dr Omkar Jani, principal research scientist, Solar Research Wing – GERMI said, “This program is aimed at training the educators on how to train the workforce for use of solar energy technology in efficient manner. This kind of workshops will also be held in other parts of the country, as trained manpower for operations of the solar power plant is the need of the hour.”
This VOCTEC program has been organized by ASU in different parts of the world and for the first time this program is being organized in India at GERMI, Gandhingar. This VOCTEC “Train-the-Trainer” programme incorporates comprehensive educational elements including how to train technicians and operators on clean energy technologies for the sustainable installation, operation and maintenance of renewable energy systems.
In this programme 20 participants have been selected from organizations from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bhubhaneshwar and New Delhi.