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ABB Power Grids India and National Institute of Technology Warangal to drive smart electric grid education

12 Aug 2020

India’s electric grid is transforming with the penetration of renewables and need for reliable power under the ‘One Nation – One Grid – One Frequency’ roadmap. The government is striving to provide 24x7 power for all the households, while honoring its climate commitments and Sustainable Development Goals. A smart grid can help balance both, facilitating a safe, cost-effective, clean and reliable power network. For a nation-wide smart electric grid, India’s education system and future talent play a vital role. In recognizing this need, ABB Power Grids India has partnered with the Department of Electrical Engineering of NITW to develop a unique Master of Technology (M.Tech) program in Smart Electric Grid (SEG) from the current academic year. "This is an important partnership that will strengthen collaboration between academia and industry,” said N Venu, Managing Director, ABB Power Grids India. “Building the right talent pool is crucial for building a sustainable grid of the future. And we are really pleased to be partnering with NITW to achieve higher levels of technical excellence in this domain. This is part of our continued focus on education and skill development – aligned with initiatives such as Skill India - and will help advance efforts in bringing power to all while cutting carbon emissions,” he added.

NITW has dedicated itself to creating a healthy academic environment and attuning education, research and technological advancements with societal aspirations. Its mission is to impart quality education to produce globally competent electrical engineers, advance the development of cutting-edge and sustainable technologies and nurture scientific temperament, professional ethics and industrial collaboration. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. N V Ramana Rao, Director, NITW, said: “The development of India’s power network has become a driving force in meeting the demand for rapid growth in urban and rural areas. Our aim is to create the right educational framework and environment that enables a cleaner, greener and smarter grid. We are extremely glad to have partnered with the best in industry for this endeavor.” The pioneering technology company will help NITW create a socially-relevant and yet internationally-acceptable curriculum, implement innovative and effective teaching methodologies and sharpen focus on the wholesome development of students at the Institute over the next five years. In addition to crafting the course content for the program, ABB Power Grids’ India team will support the Institute in setting up a laboratory for SEG technology and provide internship opportunities for SEG for the M.Tech students and Ph.D scholars.

About ABB Power Grids

ABB Power Grids is a global leader and pioneer in power technologies. We create value for customers across the energy, industrial, transportation and infrastructure sectors, delivering an extensive range of digitally advanced solutions. Active in more than 90 countries, our experts contribute deep insight that enhances reliability, efficiency and safety. Together, we are committed to shaping the future of sustainable energy for generations to come, as the partner of choice for a stronger, smarter and greener grid. www.abb.com/grid

About NITW

NIT Warangal is well-known for its commitment in good teaching, active research in current and emerging areas and top-class consultancy. This is the first among the chain of Regional Engineering Colleges established in 1959. It has got the status of Institution of National Importance in 2007. It is ranked 19 in the Engineering Category of the NIRF rankings for the year 2020.

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