The CEA and its predecessor organization, the Central Water and Power Commission (Power Wing), established the training facilities such as the Thermal Power Station Personnel Training Institutes at Delhi, Nagpur, Durgapur and Neyveli and the Power System Training Institute (PSTI) and Hot Line Training Centre at Bangalore. Subsequently, Power Engineers Training Society (PETS) was created in 1980 and the four Thermal Power Stations personnel training instates of CEA were transferred to it. This society, later, renamed as National Power Training Institute (NPTI) with four regional chapters has been functioning as the National Body for the Human Resource Development of the power sector personnel in India. The PSTI and HLTC, Bangalore have also been merged with the NPTI w.e.f. 1.4.2002.

The officers of the Power Sector are also detailed for training being imparted by various lead Instititues in the Government and Public Sector. The Sponsored training programmes of the DOPT and the Foreign Training under various bi-lateral agreements (Colombo Plan; Training under USAID programme; JICA etc.) coordinated by the Department of Economic Affairs etc. are also available to them.

National Power Training Institute (NPTI)

The National Power Training Institute (NPTI), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Power has an excellent infrastructure with state of the art training facilities comprising modern simulators, multimedia CBT equipment, modern teaching aids etc. NPTI has also started a degree course in MBA (Power), and B.Tech (Power) in Power Engineering. The PSTI and HLTC which were hitherto under the Central Electricity Authority have been merged with the NPTI. Their major activities and facilities are:

  • Long term and short term courses run separately for Engineers, Supervisors, Operators, Technicians and Chemists in the areas of Thermal and Hydro Power Generation, Power System and other related areas.
  • Centre for Advance Management and Power Studies (CAMPS) having departments in specialized areas of Hydro, Thermal, Power Systems and Management Studies established at Faridabad.
  • NPTI have Hostel and Library facilities.
  • Well equipped laboratories and workshops have been set up for giving wide range of training in the maintenance aspect of power plants.
  • Open Learning Centres have been established with multimedia, CBT packages at all the Four Regional Training Institutes.

In order to meet the need of trained personnel in the supervisory cadre of power sector, NPTI have in addition to Post Graduate Diploma Course in Thermal Power Plant, launched Post Diploma Course in Thermal Power Plant Engineering designed for Diploma holders in Engineering at all the Regional Institutes of NPTI. The Institute depends on Grant-in-aid to balance their Plan & Non-Plan Budget. During 2003-04 a sum of Rs.6.70 crore was released as Non-Plan grant and Rs.5.08 crore as Plan Grant to NPTI.

The Central PSUs of Power Sector have over the years built up considerable training facilities and are engaged in training activities as detailed below:

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)

Power Management Institute, NOIDA under NTPC is an apex institute with integrated campus and modern infrastructure, a wide collection of books & periodicals and online access to library, a campus wide LAN network. Besides that, there are EDC’s (Employee Development Centers) located at all the plants of NTPC providing training specific to the needs of the plant both in technical and managerial areas. The four specialized training centers at Singrauli, Ramagundam, Korba and Farakka also have necessary infrastructure for training. NTPC have two simulator training institute at Korba and Kawas providing experience on running a plant to graduate engineer trainees, promotees fro non-executive category to executive category. The facilities at NTPC are also available to other organizations in the power sector.

National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC)

Corporate HRD Division takes care of the training needs of the employees of NHPC at corporate office and also all the executives of the corporation. The four training centers at O&M power stations, the project training units and the in-house training facilities available in each region cater to the training needs of employees, constantly in coordination with corporate HRD Division.

Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL)

Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) have five training centers with facilities of Class Rooms, Syndicate Rooms, Working Library and Hostel besides instruction aids. They are also collaborating with Institutes of national repute like IIT, Delhi, MDI, Gurgaon, ASCI, Hyderabad, NPTI, Faridabad, etc. for imparting specialized training to their employees.

Rural Electrification Corporation (REC)

Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) is a financial institution providing assistance to various State Power Utilities, Rural Power Cooperatives for rural electrification projects. The Central Institute of Rural Electrification (CIRE), Hyderabad equipped with latest teaching aids and well maintained library imparts training to the power sector officials in rural electrification and its related aspects.

PFC, PTC, THDC, BBMB, NEEPCO, CPRI, DVC, SJVNL and BEE in the Central sector, do not have their separate training institutes, but are following a well thought out training policy after making training need analysis and deploying their executives and other employees on training to institutes of repute.

In the Private Sector, Tata Electric Companies and BSES have set up their own training facilities.

Training of personnel at Manufacturers’ Units is also a major ingredient in the training efforts, as it provides an opportunity to the engineers and other personnel to get acquainted with the plant and equipment which they would be using. BHEL have set up training centers at each of the manufacturing units. The facilities set up are also used for training of personnel in power station erection, commissioning and maintenance.