- Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has been undertaking initiatives to improve the quality of life and uplift the economic conditions of its surrounding communities. In line with this, Tata Power today inaugurated Tata Power Skill Development Institute’s (TPSDI) Skills on Wheels, a mobile concept to make skill trainings more accessible to people. Through this 'mobile' training and assessment centre, TPSDI will provide recognition of prior learning (RPL), motor rewinding, solar skills, training and accreditation to neighborhood electricians, etc.
The objective of launching Skills on Wheels is to provide trainings to neighborhood electricians by making training opportunities more accessible to them. It is essentially a 16 x 8 x 8.6 ft mobile container designed to seat 12 trainees at a time. At one end of the container is the Neighborhood Electricians’ simulator for testing (NEST), which contains multiple electrical points commonly found in typical Indian homes. The NEST, connected to an electrical motor, can be configured to create multiple faults intended to be rectified by the trainees. The container also has a variety of tools used in household electrical work and common household circuits, safety equipment and fire extinguishers .
On the sidelines of Skills on Wheels initiative, TPSDI further celebrated the graduating ceremony of the third batch of Neighborhood Electricians, a programme launched in collaboration with IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry to recognise the existing skills, and validate and certify their competence. Certificates were also distributed to the graduates of the course. A welding simulator laboratory was inaugurated and dedicated for the use of skilling people on welding skills. The welding simulators will reduce the learning cycle and enhance the quality of learning before trainees are put on actual welding machine.
Speaking on the occasion, Anil Sardana, MD and CEO, Tata Power, said, “We appreciate TPSDI’s efforts in taking forward prime minister’s vision of ‘Skill India Mission’. TPSDI will next expand its footprints beyond its four training hubs through a hub and spoke model, which will include more mobile spokes centers like the TPSDI Skills on Wheels. Over the next few years, we aspire to make TPSDI one of the best in class technical training set ups in the country.”
CN Nagakumar, chief, TPSDI, Tata Power, stated, “Over the last two years, TPSDI has shaped and trained over 11,000 people. To take the initiative to greater heights, we plan partner with CBIP, PSSC and other such bodies in the future. TPSDI will be the frontrunner for skilling workers by adopting a structured course. Structured skill training of the kind provided by TPSDI will help reduce dissatisfaction and create safe workers.”
Some of the dignitaries present at the event were Deepak Premnarayen, president, IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Anil Sardana, CEO and MD Tata Power; Ashok Sethi, COO and ED, Tata Power, as well as officials from JSW Energy and IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.