Lahore, September 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): To support the alternate energy sector in the country, Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) has launched a technical training course in solar technologies.
Three months training sessions have already been started at TUSDEC-NIDA (National Institute of Design and Analysis) Lahore Centre training 50 candidates in the technical area of Photovoltaics (PV).
The programme is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassay of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), said Company spokesperson here on Thursday.
Under the one year programme, 125 candidates will be equipped with technical skills to work as solar technicians in the industry. The candidates holding a diploma in mechanical and electrical services or with an experiential base in the similar fields are being listed from all over Pakistan to attend the courses, while nominations for the trainees are also being collected from the industry. To augment the practical pertinence of the programme, TUSDEC has setup a high-tech solar technology lab at NIDA (National Institute of Design and Analysis) Lahore, one of the subsidiaries to the company.
According to the company spokesperson, over PKR 3 Million has been spent to equip the Solar Lab at NIDA Lahore with the latest equipment and requisite to impart modern trainings in Photovoltaics and Solar Water Heating.
Experts from the industry were affianced as the master instructors to train the trainers for the courses. On-site demonstrations were also organized. Development in the sphere of renewable energy and energy efficiency is one of the priority areas that GIZ through its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Support Programme is focusing to propagate and develop in Pakistan through of infrastructure improvement and skill dissemination.
Government of Pakistan is also cognizant to the need of lending in a salubrious reform in the TVET system of Pakistan to ensure sustainable socioeconomic development and to reach parity with the global standards of growth and national prosperity. In order to harness the vital prospects of building a skillful nation, a National Skill Strategy (NSS-2008-13) has also been devised by the Government of Pakistan.
TVET Reform Support Programme is contributing to implement this strategy through its FIT (Funds for Innovative Training) under Component III. TUSDEC is also implementing the above said programme of ”Skill Development in Solar Technologies” under the initiative of FIT (Funds for Innovative Trainings). FIT has been setup as funding facility to assist the TVET reform in Pakistan through stimulating and supporting innovative approaches to skill development.
Pakistan is experiencing a rough patch pertaining to the country’s economic situation which can be attributed to the austere setback contented by the power and energy sector provoking the ire among the general public due to prolonged hours of load shedding while giving a worst blow to the industry.
On the face of it, the imperativeness is to explore and develop on the areas of renewable energy. Availability of the technically equipped manpower is obligatory for a successful intervention into any industrial sector. Contributing to build on the solar power industry of the country, TUSDEC is implementing many projects of skill development to facilitate sector with the provision of technically trained workforce.
Multiple donor agencies are also participating with the government to help Pakistan attain sustainable solution to its energy perturbations. Copulative efforts from public, private and the non-profit sectors to work up the alternate energy sources will certainly help suffice the country’s accelerating energy needs on sustainable basis.
For more information, contact:
Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC)
State Cement Corporation Building
Kot Lakhpat Lahore 54770, Pakistan
Tel: (+92)-42-111-000-143, 35145793
Fax: (+92)-42-35121658, 35145792