OPTCL Signs MoU with IIT Bhubaneswar to Develop Power Sector

The state public sector undertaking Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar on Friday to develop the power sector. This memorandum will establish an OPTCL Chair in the premier engineering institute.

Commending this initiative, Energy Minister D S Mishra said it as a historic moment for Odisha to collaborate with a premier institute like IIT for the development of the power sector.

“We are happy to know that IIT is not only confined to academic service but also extended its arm for the development of the state. This industry-institute interface will be a win-win situation for both with regards to research and development,” Mishra said.

OPTCL chairman Sourav Garg expressed his joy and pride on collaborating with IIT and expects it to be a troubleshooter for various technical issues surfacing in the power sector.

This tie-up will enable students from IIT to have the necessary practical exposure to real-time projects. The OPTCL engineers will also have an opportunity to interact with the youth and enhance their knowledge.

“Apart from education, IIT Bhubaneswar is committed to the local area and social development through structured intervention. This Chair will act as an extended arm of the R & D wing for the Odisha power sector,” said Prof R V Raja Kumar, Director of IIT Bhubaneswar.

“These synergies are sure to create lasting impact in addressing key issues pertaining to the power sector. We also assure that the proposed Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy, SMART Grid will provide an amalgamation to both academics and industry in general,” he added.

Director of OPTCL, Ragunath Pratihari, emphasised on the importance of collaboration in modern development scenarios, enabling a common platform to address issues in academics and industry.

Notably, a Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy, Smart Grid will also be established under the umbrella of this initiative.

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