Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials have broken ground on a new technical college in Himachal Pradesh that will focus on cultivating a workforce for India’s growing hydroelectric power sector.
The Himachal Pradesh government signed a memorandum with utilities NTPC Limited and NHPC Limited last July to set up what is being called the Hydro Engineering College. Each company has also announced it will contribute about US$11.3 million for the school.
The state government is providing about 12.4 acres of land in Bilaspur for the college, which is expected to admit about 300 students across five areas of study, including mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and technology. The school will operate in affiliation with the Himachal Pradesh Technical University.
Modi said during the groundbreaking ceremony that Himachal Pradesh — located in India’s northern region — has a hydropower potential of about 24,000 MW, of which 21,500 MW is under development.
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