The National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NIT-W) signed a memorandum of understanding with ABB Power Grids India to drive smart electric grid (SEG) education on Thursday.
According to a press release issued by NIT-W, the institute will create an educational framework for reliable and clean power for all as part of the MoU. The institute is all set to develop a unique master of technology (MTech) programme in SEG from the current academic year.
Recognizing India’s transformation in electric grid with penetration of renewables and need for reliable power under the ‘one nation-one grid-one frequency’ roadmap, the NIT-W will play a vital role in developing a talent pool in this area.
“The development of India’s power network has become a driving force in meeting the demand for rapid growth in urban and rural areas. Our aim is to create the right educational framework and environment that enables a cleaner, greener and smarter grid,” said Prof NV Ramana Rao, director, NIT-W.
The technology firm will help NIT-W create a socially-relevant and yet internationally-acceptable curriculum, implement innovative and effective teaching methodologies and sharpen focus on the wholesome development of students at the Institute over the next five years.
In addition to crafting the course content for the program, ABB Power Grids’ India team will support the institute in setting up a laboratory for SEG technology and provide internship opportunities for SEG for the MTech students and PhD scholars.
“Building the right talent pool is crucial for building a sustainable grid of the future. And we are really pleased to be partnering with NIT-W to achieve higher levels of technical excellence in this domain. This is part of our continued focus on education and skill development – aligned with initiatives such as Skill India - and will help advance efforts in bringing power to all while cutting carbon emissions,” said N Venu, managing director, ABB Power Grids India.