Pres­i­dent of In­dia in­au­gu­rates Jigme Wangchuk Power Train­ing In­sti­tute in Sarpang

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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.

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