Department of First Year Engineering

We have conducted 10-day ISTE workshop on "Solar Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications,” from 12th to 22nd December 2011. Workshop was organized by VPCOE, Baramati, one of the remote center for ISRO-IITB EDUSAT and CDEEP program recognized by IIT Bombay and coordinated by Prof. Disale Anil S. Assistant Professor in Physics Department of General Science. Workshop was sponsored by MHRD, Govt. of India, under the National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT.) The NMEICT, together with the "National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education," supported by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE,).
This workshop is part of the initiative taken by IIT Bombay under the NMEICT, to work with Engineering Colleges in the country to enhance the teaching skills of our faculty colleagues in core Engineering and Science Subjects. Total 35 participants from various colleges in an around Baramati have attended the workshop.
Workshop will be useful towards meeting the goals of the "Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission" (JNNSM), one of the most important technological-cum-societal initiatives announced by the government of India in recent years. It has the potential of simultaneously increasing the awareness and use of clean energy, creating job opportunities, transforming life in rural areas, and also kick-starting a major new industry segment. The success of JNNSM requires availability of a large number of trained teachers, engineers and scientists in the solar energy area. It has been estimated that about 1,00,000 are required in this area over the next decade, of which 25,000 to 30,000 will be engineers and scientists. This presents an enormous challenge. The biggest challenge will be to train enough number of teachers in critical areas like photovoltaics technology, who would in turn teach hundreds of students at their colleges.

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