The solar energy market in India is growing fast. There are various areas where it generates employments. At the core level of manufacturing the factory itself provides training. To install solar modules and total power systems, training is required for technicians to properly install modules and make them last longer. This type of training can be given to people who are less educated. The leading test service provider, TUV Rheinland is partnering with National Institute of solar energy (NISE) to conduct a training program for solar installation called ‘Suryamitra’. Suryamitra will provide industry ready skill to technicians for installation, commissioning and operational-maintenance of solar modules and complete solar systems.
“We are extremely pleased that NISE has chosen TUV Rheinland as one of the 3 agencies in India to conduct the ‘Suryamitras’ training program”, said Thomas Fuhrmann, Managing Director, TUV Rheinland India. “This is a result of our rich expertise and experience in operating such vocational training centers across India. We own more than 80 TUV Rheinland NIFE academy centers and run Cairn Centre of Excellence (CCOE) in partnership with Cairn India which has been awarded as the best Centre of vocational training in Rajasthan.”
“TUV Rheinland India has partnered with several Govt. agencies to offer best of skill education in India. Some of the major Government agencies with whom we have partnered include MNRE, Skill council for green jobs, Rajasthan Skills and Livelihood Development Corporation, Dept. of tribal area development etc. The partnership on the ‘Suryamitras’ program with NISE is yet another initiative by us to further our commitment to ‘Skilling India’, the dream project of the Honorable Prime Minister of India for creating job opportunities for the unemployed youth in various sectors throughout the country.” added Thomas Fuhrmann.
This will train the people who are just high school graduates and ITI diploma holders as field technicians to execute National Solar Mission (NSM) programs across the country. The academy and life scale division of TUV Rheinland is responsible for setting up this Suryamitra centers across India and they have already initiated to establish 35 centers in the current year and train around 5000 students. The total duration of the ‘Suryamitras’ program is 600 hours which is around 3 months.
It is a free residential program where the trainer will provide boarding and lodging. Any 10 plus candidates can apply for this training program including ITI qualified technicians with a minimum age of 18 years. During the selection of the training special emphasis is given to students coming from rural background, unemployed youth, women, and SC / ST candidates. At the end of the training, the trainees are able to operate and maintain a solar setup, plan and install solar photovoltaic system, testing and commissioning of solar plant and also understand the basics of electricity. They are also trained into safety part of the solar system.