President of India inaugurates Jigme Wangchuk Power Training Institute in Sarpang
The Jigme Wangchuk Power Training Institute in Dekiling in Sarpang was inaugurated by His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee , President of India in the capital last Friday. Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and Lyonpo Nyeema Sangay Tshempo, Ministry of Labor and Human Resource graced the ceremony at the Tashi Taj.
The training institute was felt necessary following an inter- government agreement in 2006, hydropower projects of 10,000 MW additional capacity has been planned in Bhutan with the support of Government of India. The 10,000 MW target was envisioned by making all the indentified hydro power projects operational by the year 2020. A man power requirement study has been conducted by WAPCOS which includes assessment of the year wise requirement of trained manpower requirements in the hydropower plants. To meet the trained manpower requirements in the hydro power sector and to generate employment, the local youths needs to be trained. Hence the establishment of the institute was proposed for building and for the knowledge and skills of the officials and staff who would be working in the hydropower plants.
The intake capacity of the Jigme Wangchuk Power Training Institute is 300 annually ad it could increase annually ad it could increase to 500 based on the staggered recruitment. The Institute will be targeted to work towards becoming a centre of excellence in Hydro Power Skills and to deliver renowned training courses in the field of hydropower. It will also provide training courses that are in line with national priorities for human resources development, provide TVET programs that target youth especially school leavers , provide up skilling programs for those already working to update their skills responsive to changing labor market.
The existing institute was constructed during the 10th FYP at a cost of NU.332 million funded by the Government of India. An additional Nu. 337 million under the GoI PTA was approved during the 11th Five Year plan to augment the present institute by building additional infrastructures, procurement of tools and equipments and other software components.