The establishment of the first hydro engineering college in Himachal Pradesh will boost regional development and provide more job opportunities, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said Friday.
He was speaking at an event where an MoU was signed between the Himachal Pradesh government and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and National Hydel Power Corporation (NHPC) for setting up of the hydro engineering college in Bilaspur.
“Setting of the first hydro engineering college will boost regional development and provide more job opportunities for local educated youths and make available specialised work force to NTPC and NHPC. It is indeed a historic moment,” Nadda said.
He said the institution will help in generation of a technical human resource specialised for specific requirement of hydro power projects. “This initiative of a specialised engineering college dedicated to hydro engineering would be unique not only to our country but perhaps globally as well,” he said.
The Health Minister noted that hydro power generation, particularly in Himalayan region, requires a combination of technical skills spanning different fields of engineering – civil, hydrology, mechanical and electrical engineering, among others.
“Thus, there is a need to have a comprehensive and specialised field of study – hydro engineering college would be an appropriate model,” he said, thanking Power Minister Piyush Goyal for taking up the project.
Noting that the Hydro Engineering College was conceived in 2009, Nadda said the long-cherished dream is being realised through signing of the pact on Friday.
Himachal Pradesh possesses more than 20,000 MW hydropower potential and NTPC and NHPC are engaged in operation and construction of many projects in the state.
Goyal said that the institute will provide avenues for higher and technical education and youth of the state will not have to go to faraway places for being technically trained and skilled and added that the college will develop into a Centre of Excellence. BCCI President and BJP MP Anurag Singh Thakur was also present at the event.
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