Suryamitra Skill Development Program: Explained

Introduction

Suryamitra initiative is a residential program to develop skilled technicians in solar powered projects

Need for Suryamitra

  • India has set a target of 100 GW solar power in 25 years
  • According to Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) estimates, this will need about 6.5 lakh trained personnel in the solar energy field 
  • Suryamitra course is designed to meet this need

About Suryamitra initiative

  • Suryamitra initiative is a part of Make in India scheme
  • It is a 3 month training course 
  • The entire course is completed in 600 hours
  • This skill development program is aimed to create skilled manpower in solar power plant and equipment installations


Target

  • To train 50000 Suryamitras in the field of solar energy
  • In 2016, 3200 suryamitras are trained
  • 7000 new suryamitras to be trained in the fiscal 2016 - 2017
  • To achieve the entire target of 50000 suryamitras in next 3 years
  • MNRE is the institution to set these targets


Nodal Agency

  • National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) is the implementation agency of Suryamitra
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)

About National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE)

  • It is an autonomous institution under MNRE
  • NISE is the successor of Solar Energy Center (SEC)
  • GOI has converted SEC that was in operation for 25 years into NISE under MNRE 
  • NISE is the apex R & D institution in the field of solar energy
  • NISE helps GOI in achieving the National Solar Mission
  • NISE coordinates technology and research work pertaining to Solar power

Funding Agency

100 % funding of Suryamitra by GOI


Services covered under Suryamitra

  • Solar project installation
  • Provide servicing for solar powered panels
  • Solar project repair
  • Solar equipment servicing
  • Solar project maintenance 
  • Servicing in solar power plants
  • Servicing of solar products like
         Solar cookers
         Solar pumps
         Solar lamps
         Solar heaters etc
  • Suryamitras are skilled technicians in the above services


Recent Developments

  • NISE developed the Suryamitra App recently 
  • It is a GPS based mobile App
  • This mobile app can handle 1000’s of calls at the same time
  • The app is categorized in the high end technology platform segment
  • The suryamitra app enables monitoring of suryamitra visits in an efficient manner

Training Institutes of Suryamitra

  • ITI
  • Polytechnic
  • Universities
  • Educational institutions etc
  • Suryamitra skill development programs are conducted in the above institutes and various other locations across the country

Benefits

  • Suryamitra scheme creates job opportunities in various solar industries
  • Helps in reducing the unemployed youth
  • 80 percent of the trained suryamitras are placed in a solar field company with a good remuneration
  • Rest of the suryamitras are becoming entrepreneurs in the solar energy field
  • The skill development program promotes entrepreneurship and employment


Conclusion

  • Suryamitra will create employment in the solar energy field
  • Solar energy use will be projected to the public through the Suryamitra mobile app
  • Suryamitra mobile app create demand for solar based products and act as a catalyst
  • Overall, Conventional energy consumption will be reduced to a great extent by switching to solar energy benefiting India as a whole
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