Government of Himachal Pradesh, NTPC Ltd. & NHPC signed an MoU for setting up Hydro Engineering College in the State of Himachal Pradesh to promote technical education in the State here today.
The MoU was signed by Rajeshwar Goel, Director, Department of Technical Education, Vocational and Industrial Training, Himachal Pradesh and K.K. Singh, Regional Executive Director (Hydro), NTPC Ltd., & S. Mitra, Executive Director (CSR & SD), NHPC in the presence of Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister (Health, and Family Welfare), Prem Kumar Dhumal, Former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy & Mines, G.S. Bali, Minister (Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs with Addl. Charge of Transport, Technical Education, Vocational & Industrial Training), MPs from Himachal Pradesh , Anurag Thakur, Ram Swaroop Sharma, Virender Kashyap and Viplove Thakur.
Speaking on the occasion J.P. Nadda said that this college will provide great opportunity to strengthen hydro capacity of the state. He also appreciated support of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Power Minister Shri Goyal for the college.
Addressing the gathering, union minister Piyush Goyal said, “I am very happy that the institute will help youth of the state to higher education near their homes.” He suggested of launching a series of short term skill development courses with the college. Shri Goyal said that he will ensure proper funding for the basic infrastructure and proper operational needs of the college.
NTPC & NHPC are committed to contribute Rs. 37.50 crore each (total Rs. 75 crore) in the first tranche for setting up of Hydro Engineering College at Badla, District Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. NTPC & NHPC will also consider to release Rs. 12.5 crore each (total 25 crore) in the second tranche.
NTPC and NHPC will also contribute Rs. 2.5 crore each (total Rs. 5 crore) per year for five years (total Rs. 25 crore) towards operating expenses. The land for the proposed college has already been identified by the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh in Badla, Distt. Bilaspur & will be transferred to the society registered for the purpose. NTPC, NHPC and Ministry of Power, Govt. of India will be represented in the Governing Body of the College which will be affiliated to Himachal Pradesh Technical University.
Shalini Prasad, Addl. Secretary (Power), Anirudh Kumar,Joint Secretary ( Thermal), Archana Agarwal, JS (Hydro). Sanjay Gupta, Principal Secretary, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC Ltd., K.M.Singh, CMD NHPC , Shri U.P. Pani, Director(HR) NTPC, Shri R. S. Meena, Director (HR) NHPC were also present on the occasion.