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RK Singh Launches India’s 1st CoE for Skill Development in Power Sector at NISE, Haryana

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Skill India Establishes First Centre of Excellence for Skill DevelopmentOn December 18, 2020, Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), RK Singh virtually launched India’s 1st Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Skill Development in Power Sector at the campus of National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Gwal Pahari, Gurugram, Haryana. The CoE was  established as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MSDE, Government of India & the Ministry of National Education & Youth, Government of the French Republic & Schneider Electric.

The CoE was launched in the presence of Guest of Honour, Mr. Daniel Maitre, Minister-Counsellor for Economic & Financial Affairs, Head of the Regional Economic Department for India & South Asia.

Objective of the CoE:

i.The CoE will serve as a platform to create a robust cadre of certified trainers and assessors across the country.

ii.The certified trainers & assessors will provide skills training to candidates to improve their status of employability in the fields of Electricity, Automation and Solar Energy Sectors.

Amenities in the CoE:

i.The CoE has been established in an area of 4, 000 Square Feet which was contributed by NISE. It has an annual capacity of training more than 300 individuals.

ii.The CoE will house 2 labs – Advance Electrician Lab & Solar Lab set up by Schneider Electric as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.

  • Advance Electrician Lab houses specially designed instruments for facilitating training in home & building, industry installation & automation.
  • Solar Lab will provide the candidates hands on practical training on latest technologies in the Solar Sector.

iii.Power Sector Skill Council will be responsible for managing operations of the centre & for development of  necessary learning contents for job roles in Generation, transmission, distribution & downstream sub sectors.

iv.An Expert will be deputed by Department of Education, France to India for 3 years to conceptualise, design & head the CoE.


i.CoE is a result of a MoU signed between MSDE, Ministry of Education-France and Schneider Electric.

ii.The establishment is also a result of an operational MoU signed between National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Schneider Electric India Foundation (SEIF), Power Sector Skill Council (PSSC) & National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE).

Recent Related News:

i.On 20th August, 2020, A MoU was signed between the Ministry of Shipping (MoS) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship(MSDE) for skilling, re-skilling and upskilling of manpower in Port, Maritime sectors.

About Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE):
Union Minister – Mahendra Nath Pandey
Minister of State – Raj Kumar Singh

About Schneider Electric:
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – Jean-Pascal Tricoire
Headquarters – Rueil-Malmaison, France