VOCTEC collaboration with Arizona State University funded by USAID


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Introduction
The VOCTEC workshop scheduled at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India from 17 to 26 November, 2014, is a “train-the-trainer” program on off-grid solar photovoltaic energy systems. The workshop is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The workshop aims to improve local workforce capacity through developing sustainable institutional capacity to offer train‐the‐trainer course on solar photovoltaic energy systems. This training will help establishing in-country training capacity and conducting educator level training in solar photovoltaics. Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) and ASU have collaborated to organize the workshop at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. ASU will provide agreed upon financial and educational support for implementing and conducting a VOCTEC educator level (L-2) training program on solar photovoltaic technologies, VOCTEC solar photovoltaic curriculum, baseline educational material, training components and equipment (Mobile Training Toolkit or MTT) for conducting hands-on laboratory exercises. ASU will also provide ongoing technical guidance, support and resources to implement and organize the program.

Selecting participants for the educator training by applying minimum acceptable credentials:

  • Should be solar PV educators who are graduates from a university or vocational institutions in electrical or similar engineering program, and
  • Should have 2-3 years of teaching experience at vocational institutions, universities or in government, non-profit organizations, or private sector training programs.

Training programs provide a very hands-on, practical and applied technical learning experience. Students obtain a practical understanding of renewable energy (RE) technologies and are able to safely and efficiently install, operate, maintain and troubleshoot RE systems.

Contact InformationMs. Narinderjit Kaur Sethi
Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute
1st Floor, Energy Building,
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Campus
Raisan Village, Gandhinagar – 382007, GUJARAT.
Phone: +91-79-23275370, +91-8141800167
Fax: +91-79-23275380
Email: training-solar@germi.org

About the Organizers:

The Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) an ISO 9001: 2008 certified institute, is a centre for excellence in industry learning, research & development, and education.  GERMI is set up to develop human resource assets to cater to the renewable and non-renewable energy sectors, improve knowledge base of policy makers and technologists, and provide a competitive edge to leaders to compete in the global arena.  GERMI is promoted by the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) Ltd., an undertaking of the Gujarat Government. GERMI is designated as a Scientific and Research Organization (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Govt. of India.