CITD becomes first MSME institute to get solar power

(MENAFN- KNN India) Hyderabad-based Central Institute of Tool Design (CITD) has installed a 50 KWP roof-top solar energy power plant that generates close to 250 units per day.

This is the first‎plant to be installed in one of the 300 institutes and centres that come under the MSME Ministry.

The installation of the plant can save around Rs. 2.91 lakh every six months; CITD has aimed to expand its solar power generation to 400 KWP in coming years.

Solar power, once the plant reaches its full capacity, will cover about 10 to 12 per cent of energy requirements of the institute.

Inaugurating the solar plant, the Additional Secretary and Development commissioner of Ministry of MSME S.N.Tripathi said, 'The Ministry wants its institutes to be self-sufficient energy wise. The CITD has been working towards installing solar power plant much before other MSME institutes and hence it is the first in the country to get a solar power grid”.

Established in 1968, CITD is the first tool room in India. The campus offers courses to 11,000 to 12,000 students per year out of whom 300 are residential scholars.

Other MSME institutes in Arga and Bhubaneswar are expected to install solar power plants before the NIMSME.

The inaugural event also witnessed the launch of video conferencing facility for conducting live classes for sub-centres at Vijayawada, Vizag and Chennai.

CITD Principal Director Sujayat Khan informed that the institute provides four diploma courses, three Masters in Engineering courses in association with Osmania University and one M. Tech course in association with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.

'The institute also provides vocational training and job oriented software skills for Graduate Engineers and Post Graduate Engineers. The Placement Cell facilitates campus placement for students enrolled in the Institute,” said administrator Lt. Col. N. Ravi Chowdhary. The CITD also assists close to 2,000 small and medium industries in and around Hyderabad. (KNN/ AR)

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