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10.1 The Ministry is stimulating mass awareness about the use and benefits of renewable energy in the country through an exclusive “Information & Public Awareness (I&PA) Programme”. The information on technological developments and promotional activities taking place in renewable energy sector is disseminated through various media. The Programme is implemented through a pragmatic use of existing Government channels i.e. State Nodal Agencies (SNAs), Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity (DAVP), Doordarshan, All India Radio (AIR), etc. Besides, a variety of media like Print, Electronic and Outdoor publicity through exhibitions, bus panels, hoardings, kiosks etc. are used for popularization of New and Renewable Sources of Energy (NRSE) systems & devices.

10.2 The main objectives of the I&PA Programme are:

  1. To popularize and create awareness about new and renewable energy systems and devices highlighting their benefits;
  2. To create mass awareness about technological developments and promotional activities taking place in Renewable Energy Sector from time to time in the country, with special focus on rural areas;
  3. To make people aware about the availability of NRSE systems & devices, their proper use, repair and maintenance facilities, etc;
  4. To expand and promote the market for NRSE systems & devices; and
  5. To raise awareness about NRSE amongst students, teachers, scientists and public at large through publicity using electronic, print and other media.

Electronic Media

10.3 Two Radio Sponsored programmes on Renewable Energy having a duration of 15 minutes viz. (i) “Roshan Rahe Zamana” and (ii) “Nai Dishayen Nai Aashayen” entailing 42 episodes were broadcast on 109 Primary and 22 F.M channels of All India Radio in Hindi and 16 other regional languages during the year. The programmes covered all functions entrusted to the Ministry, with particular emphasis on those Renewable Energy based systems & devices which are available in the market, and also highlighted the subsidies and financial incentives provided by the Ministry.

Production/updating of films/ video spots

10.4 Four video spots on Renewable Energy viz. Biogas, Solar Lantern, Solar cooker and Solar Water Heating System were updated during the year.

10.5 Financial support has been provided to State Nodal Agencies for production and telecast of video spots/radio spots, video films in their respective regional languages.

10.6 A publicity campaign on Renewable Energy was launched through National Films Development Corporation Limited through 1010 digital cinemas in the country.

Publicity through print media

10.7 By releasing advertisements in national and regional newspapers, publication of newsletters, pamphlets, booklets, reports etc, the Ministry has been creating awareness about NRSE on a continuous basis. During the year, eight display advertisements were released on Renewable Energy Programmes, System & Devices on important occasions such as releasing of guidelines on Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, etc. The publicity campaign for promoting use of solar water heating systems in English,

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Hindi and regional languages newspapers was carried out through DAVP. The advertisements in five issues of Akshay Urja were also published.

Newsletters

10.8 Five issues of the Ministry’s bi-monthly newsletter titled “Akshay Urja” were published in English and Hindi separately, with a focus on national/international renewable energy developments, technological developments, manufacturer’s details, renewable energy education, etc. A total of 20,000 copies of each issue of the newsletter were distributed among various stakeholders. The newsletter has been well received.

Booklets, Folders & Pamphlets

10.9 A booklet on “Renewable Energy in India – Progress, Vision & Strategy” was brought out during “Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference”. Besides, a folder on ‘India’ Progress Towards Renewable Energy” was brought out both in Hindi and English for distribution during India International Trade Fair – 2010, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Besides, two booklets, the first on Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission Guidelines for Selection of New Grid Connected Solar Power Projects (released on 25/07/2010) and the other pertaining to Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission Guidelines for Off-grid and Decentralized Solar Applications and Rooftop and other Small Solar Power Plants (released on 16/06/2010) were also brought out by Ministry.

Exhibitions and Outdoor Publicity

10.10 The Ministry provided financial support for almost 150 district / State-level exhibitions in different States/UTs of the country. NRSE systems and devices, working models and translites were displayed in Hindi, English and regional languages. In addition, hundreds of exhibitions were organized through Mobile Exhibition Vans throughout the country.

Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy at the Exhibition organised during the conference on Green Buildings at New Delhi

10.11 A total of 16 States were provided central financial assistance for taking up “Information & Public Awareness” activities like advertisements, orientation camps and outdoor publicity through hoardings, bus back panels, kiosks, wall paintings and Bus ‘Q’ shelters in their regional languages.

10.12 Publicity on Renewable Energy through the medium of LCD Screens in BEST buses in Mumbai was carried out through Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity (DAVP). A campaign on publicity on Renewable Energy through the medium of Bus Back Panels on Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) was also launched through DAVP. Besides, publicity on Renewable Energy through the medium of panels on Main Line Electrical Multiple Unit was also undertaken through DAVP

10.13 Ministry participated in Renewable Energy exhibition at National Conference on Green Design: Buildings and Habitats during

Officials at the Ministry’s Pavilion at the Expo ISRMAX
at Karnal, Haryana

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Ministry’s Pavilion at International Renewable Energy Exhibition and Conference at Chennai, Tamilnadu

Exhibitions on Renewable Energy were organised across the country during Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas

7-8 January 2010 at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi. The Ministry also participated in Delhi Sustainable Development Summit – International Climate Change Exhibition, organized by “The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) during 2-5 February 2011 and ISRMEX India, 2011 - an International Exposition on Agriculture, Rice, Energy, held from 10-12 February 2011 at Karnal.

A view of the Ministry’s Pavilion at the India International Trade Fair during 14-27 November, 2010

India International Trade Fair-2010

10.14 An attractive pavilion on Renewable energy, covering an indoor area of 702 square meters was set up at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi during India International Trade Fair, 2010 from 14-27 November 2010. “Green Building” and “Renewable Energy Village” were created at the pavilion. State Nodal Agencies and public sector enterprises mainly set up stalls, displaying therein various renewable energy systems & devices such as solar cookers, solar water heaters, solar lanterns, solar invertors, solar water pumps, solar garden lights, solar torches, solar run street, home lighting etc.

Renewable Energy Village during Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference - 2010

10.15 Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference, 2010 (DIREC-2010), was organized by Ministry during 27-29 October 2010. DIREC-2010 was an international platform for government, private sector, and non-governmental leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy. On the occasion of DIREC-2010, Ministry fabricated a Renewable Energy Village in approximately 1000 square meters for display of the New and Renewable Sources of Energy (NRSE) exhibits/systems & devices at Greater NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh. A 10 KW biomass gasifier was set up to light up the village. Besides, Renewable Energy systems & devices were set up in the village to demonstrate various technologies such as biogas, solar water pumps, street lights, home lights, solar charkha, etc. Thousands of people, including foreign delegates, thronged the Renewable Energy and appreciated it.

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View of the Renewable Energy Village setup during the DIREC-2010 displaying working systems and devices using different sources of renewable energy

Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas (RGAUD)

10.16 The ‘Special Day’ – Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas 2010 (RGAUD-2010) was observed all over the country in a befitting manner. The State level function of Delhi on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas-2010 was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Thousands of school children from large number of schools and hundreds of college students participated in the event. Renewable Energy pledge was administered to the participants. School level competitions were conducted for banner painting, slogan writing and scientific model making on Renewable Energy during August, 2010. State level functions were also held in other States throughout the country with active participation of large number of school children. Administering of Renewable Energy pledge to school children, Rallies/Runs and human chains on Renewable Energy, exhibitions of renewable energy based systems & devices and competitions in essay writing, paintings, slogan writing, debates, scientific model making etc. were the main activities organized on the occasion.

Skits, dramas, plays and dances were organised during the Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas

Dr. Farooq Abdullah Minister of New and Renewable Energy launching a new website on Green Buildings of the Ministry

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Special Area Demonstration Project Programme

10.17 The Special Area Demonstration Project Scheme of the Ministry has been introduced with the objective of demonstrating application of various renewable energy systems in a project mode at places of national and international importance including world heritage sites, heritage monuments, religious locations and places of public interest to create greater awareness of renewable and to supplement the energy requirement at such locations

10.18 The Special Area Demonstration Project (SADP) Scheme is being implemented into two parts firstly the Demonstration of Renewable Energy Systems at Prominent Places and secondly the Energy Park scheme.

Demonstration of Renewable Energy Systems at Prominent Places

10.19 SADP Scheme deals with demonstration of renewable energy systems/devices at places of national and international importance, where large flow of people and tourists takes place every day. The objective is to popularize renewable energy systems and devices to create greater awareness and to supplement the energy requirement.

10.20 Renewable energy systems/ devices are being installed at places of national and international importance, world heritage sites, national parks, tourist and religious places, zoological parks, science museums, secretariats, and collectorates, etc. The scheme is being taken up in four categories, depending upon the importance /popularity of the site as per following details:

Category I: Places of national and international importance including world heritage sites

10.21 28 monuments/locations in the country have been inscribed as world heritage sites. In addition, Raj Ghat, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Presidential Retreat Building, Mashobara, Shimla and Rashtrapati Nilayam, Bolarum, Hyderabad, Raj Bhawans and Parliament premises are not only places of nation’s pride but attract large number of Indian as well as foreign visitors round the year.

10.22 Renewable energy systems and devices will be demonstrated at these places so as to illuminate these monuments/locations as also to supplement the energy requirement by way of providing green and clean energy as per the requirement of individual locations. Full support up to 100 lakh per location will be provided by the Ministry.

Category II: Places of tourist and religious interest and of national importance

10.23 There are number of places of tourist interest in the country which are frequented by large number of tourists (with at least five lakh and above visitors per year/site). In addition, there are number of religious places of national importance of various religions in the country frequented by large number of pilgrims. In addition to these, the State Assembly premises are also covered.

10.24 Renewable energy systems and devices will be demonstrated at these places so as to illuminate these locations/monuments as also to supplement the energy requirement by way of providing green and clean energy as per the requirement of individual locations. Full support up to 50 lakh per location will be provided by the Ministry.

Support to Religious locations with visit of devotees of 10 lakh/annum or above

10.25 A number of proposals for support for various religious locations are being received for support. Accordingly the religious locations with more than 10 lakh/year devotees visits will be considered for 50% support limited to 25 lakh per location. Confirmation regarding devotee visits will be submitted by the SNAs as certified by the district collector.

Support to heritage schools/colleges/institutes

10.26 A number of schools/colleges/ institutes which are centres of excellence in their field, are operating and have reached heritage status after

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completing 100 years since their establishment. These are instrumental in grooming future policy makers and decision makers of the country. It will therefore be appropriate to create awareness towards renewables at these pillars of knowledge. Accordingly such institutions will be considered for 50% support limited to 25 lakh/institution.

Category III: Places of tourists and religious interest and of national importance

10.27 There are number of places of national repute including places of tourist interest (with at least one lakh and below five lakh visitors per year/site) where it would be important to demonstrate the renewable energy technologies for creating demonstration effect as also to create awareness amongst large visiting community. The Secretariats in various States/UTs are also covered under this category.

10.28 Renewable energy systems and devices will be demonstrated at these places so as to illuminate these locations/monuments as also to supplement the energy requirement by way of providing green and clean energy as per the requirement of individual locations. Full support up to 25 lakh per location will be provided by the Ministry.

Category IV: National Parks, Zoological Gardens, Government Science Museums/Science Cities, Collectorates.

10.29 Covers national parks, zoological gardens, government science museums/science cities and collectorates. CFA up to 75% cost limited to 7.5 lakh for national parks, zoological gardens, government science museums/science cities and 50% of cost up to 5 lakh for collectorates.

10.30 In addition, renewable energy systems, primarily biomass based/ solar cooking system, recovery and use of biogas from kitchen waste/effluent treatment plant, solar hot water systems is also being demonstrated at 50 such short listed locations. CFA up to 50% is available for government establishments and up to 25% for private sector.

The scheme also covers renewable energy systems, primarily biomass based/ solar cooking system, recovery and use of biogas from kitchen waste/effluent treatment plant, solar hot water systems will be demonstrated in roadside eating joints, canteens at industrial establishments/institutions, dhabas and restaurants.

Achievements under SADP scheme

10.31 Under the Scheme, the Ministry has so far supported 41 proposals for world heritage sites, Parliament House, Raj Bhawans, State Assemblies, places of tourist and religious importance.

10.32 During 2010-11, the Ministry has so far supported 20 projects at four world heritage sites of Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Complex, Keoladeo National Park and Group of Monuments at Hampi, six Raj Bhawans at Dehradun and Nainital, Agartala, Itanagar, Imphal, Bhopal and Chennai, Sikkim State Assembly, and prominent religious locations such as Anandpur Sahib, Badrinath Shrine and Kedarnath Shrine etc.

10.33 Projects at Kolkatta and Raipur Raj Bhawan, Chhattisgarh State Assembly at Raipur and five Collectorates in Chhattisgarh were completed during the year. Lighting at the main holy caves at Shri Vaishnodevi shrine is being carried out through 5 kW SPP installed under SPV programme and water heating system at Niharika complex at Katra is also providing hot water to the pilgrims. Part project have also been completed at Dargah Sharief, Ajmer.

Energy Park Scheme

10.34 The Renewable Energy Park Scheme was started in 1994-95 under the Special Area Demonstration Programme. The main objective of the Renewable Energy Park Scheme is to create awareness, publicity and provide an opportunity to the students / teachers and rural and urban masses about the use and benefits of the renewable energy by demonstrating new and renewable energy systems and devices by demonstrating working systems, cut models, LED models, blow ups etc.

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10.35 Two types of Renewable Energy Parks are being supported under this scheme namely District Level Renewable Energy Parks (DLEP) and State Level Renewable Energy Parks (SLEP). DLEPs are set up at Educational Institutions, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Registered Consumer Forums, and registered NGOs with facilities for Science and Environment Education and public places where there is large inflow of public. SLEP is set up in a State at a location where large flow of people and tourists takes place every day.

(i) State Level Energy Park

10.36 Two State level Energy Parks would be considered for setting up in each State. The State level Energy Park would be established by the State Nodal Agency or departments either by the Agency themselves or through a Memorandum of Understanding with any reputed Government institution/organization.

(ii) District Level Energy Parks

10.37 The Ministry has so far sanctioned 484 District Level Energy Parks. The component of DLEPs from the existing scheme has been discontinued. The sanctioned parks are being completed.

Achievement

10.38 Under the Scheme, the Ministry has so far supported 30 State level Renewable Energy Parks and 484 district level Renewable Energy Parks in 32 States/Union Territories. State-wise break-up of the Renewable Energy Parks supported so far is given in Table 10.1.

The Minister of State for Energy, Spain, Mr. Pedro Luis Marin Uribe calls on the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, in New Delhi

10.39 During the current year, claims of a number of district level energy parks have been settled. New State Level Park has also been sanctioned at NIT, Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh.

10.40 During the year 2010-2011, the following delegations met the Hon’ble Minister of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Secretary, MNRE and other officers and undertook bilateral/multilateral activities, to carry forward its objective of cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy and discussed matters of mutual interest at International level:-

  1. H.E. Mr. N. Varghese, High Commissioner of Australia on 9th April, 2010.
  2. H.E. Mr. Jantsan Gulgou, Ambassador of Mongolia on 9th April, 2010.
  3. H.E. Mr. Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action on 9th April, 2010.
  4. Delegation led by H.E. Mr. Behzadi, Deputy Minister of Power, Electricity and Energy of Islamic Republic of Iran on 16th April, 2010.
  5. H.E. Dr. Mashiur Rahman, Economic Adviser to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Muhammad Imran, Director-General (South Asia), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka, Mr. Tariq Ahmad Karim, High Commissioner and Ms. Mashfee Binte Shams, Deputy High Commissioner, Bangladesh High Commissioner, New Delhi on 6th May, 2010.
  6. H.E. Mr. Ann Ollestad, Ambassador of Norway on 26th July, 2010.
  7. H.E. Mr. Greg Barker, Hon’ble Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK on 29th July, 2010.
  8. Shri Ajay Guha, Lead Professional and

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Energy Head, Asian Development Bank on 3rd September, 2010.

  1. Shri Ashok Kumar Attri, Indian Ambassador to Denmark on 28th September, 2010.
  2. KfW Mission consisting Mr. Jan Schilling, Project Manager, KfW Frankfurt, Mr. Ramana Reddy, Project Manager-Energy, KfW New Delhi and Mr. Arndt Wierhelm, Trainee, KfW, Frankfurt on 30th September, 2010 regarding line of credit to IREDA.
  3. H.E. Mr. Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister for the Environment and International Development on 16th November, 2010.
  4. H.E. Mr. Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister for the Environment and International Development, Mr. Ole Bergam, First Secretary and Ms. Julie Bhusan, Executive Secretary of Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi on 19th November, 2010.
  5. H.E. Mr. Freddy Svane, Danish Ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy andMrs. Sudha Paul from Danish Embassy, New Delhi on 29th November, 2010.
  6. H.E. Mr. Cesar Ferrer, Ambassador of Uruguay on 15th December, 2010.
  7. Mr. Daniel Kraus, Deputy Director-General, Confindustria with Ambassador, Embassy of Italy, New Delhi along with Mr. Gianluca Brusco and Ms Elizabetta Holsztejn, Mrs. Antonella Mathur, Senior Commercial Officer, Commercial Branch, Embassy of Italy on 3rd January, 2011.
  8. H.E. Mrs. Khadija Radman Mohamed Ghanem, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Yeman, New Delhi on 31st January, 2011.

10.41 The details of Foreign delegations and visits by Hon’ble Minister, Secretary and officials of the Ministry during 2010-2011 to keep the Ministry abreast of the latest developments in the field of Renewable Energy are given below:

  1. Dr. H.L. Sharma, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE attended IBSA Working Group Meeting on Energy and visited certain sites in Brazil relating to Bio-fuels from 12-15 April, 2010.
  2. An Indian delegation led by Shri Hari Kumar, Joint Secretary, MNRE, Dr. S. Gomathinayagam, ED, C-WET, Chennai and Shri Rajesh Katyal, Unit Chief, R&D, C-WET, Chennai visited National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA to understand and

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plan possible areas of cooperation in the field of Wind Energy as per the MoU signed between C-WET, Chennai and NREL, USA from 10-14 May, 2010.

  1. An Indian delegation led by Shri G. Upadhyay, Scientist ‘E’, MNRE, Shri Mohan Lal, Dr. E. Sreevalsen, Unit Chief (WRA), C-WET and Dr. E. Sundaram Surendiram, Executive Engineers Electrical, NCES, TNEB, Chennai interacted with ETP expert to understand the facilities and their capabilities for developing of Solar Wind Power Projects in India as follow up action of MoU signed between India and Scotland from 17-21 May, 2010.
  2. Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Hon’ble Minister, MNRE, led an Indian Delegation comprising Ms. Gauri Singh, Joint Secretary (IR), Shri Sanjay Mitra, Joint Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. B. Bandyopadhyay, Scientist ‘G’ and Shri Rohit Kansal, Private Secretary to the Minister, NRE to have bilateral discussions about enhancing cooperation with Spain in the field of Renewable Energy as follow up of the MoU signed by the two countries in April, 2009 and visited certain Solar installation and had discussions on policy experience in Spain in the context of the newly launched, National Solar Mission (NSM) from 19-22 May, 2010.
  3. Ms. Gauri Singh, Joint Secretary, MNRE attended Meeting of DIREC International Advisory Committee on 8th June, 2010
  4. Shri Suresh Agarwal, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE, Shri A.K. Kaushik, Director, MNRE, Shri G. Prasad, Scientist ‘D’, MNRE and Shri Babu Ram Gupta, Additional Private Secretary to the Minister, NRE, as members of Indian delegation, attended INTERSOLAR at Munich and SPV manufacturing facilities in Germany from 7th to 11th June, 2010.
  5. Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister, NRE led an Indian delegation comprising Ms. Gauri Singh, Joint Secretary (IR), Shri Rohit Kansal, Private Secretary to the Minister, NRE and Shri Dilip Nigam, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE to address the Structured Consultation for a Quantum Leap in Wind Power in Asia and the opening Plenary Session of the Energy Forum organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines from 21-23 June, 2010.
  6. Shri Deepak Gupta, Secretary, MNRE led an Indian delegation comprising Dr. N.P. Singh, Scientist ‘G’, MNRE and Dr. B. Bhargava, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE attended discussions/meetings of policy makers and Senior Experts at UNIDO International Solar Energy Centre (ISEC), Gansu and International Centre for Small Hydro Power (ICSHP), Hangzhou, China from 21-26 June, 2010.
  7. Shri Girish Kumar, Director, MNRE attended Meeting of Administrative Committee of IRENA at Abu Dhabi, UAE from 22-24 June, 2010.
  8. Shri Deepak Gupta, Secretary, MNRE attended First Asia Solar Energy Forum at Manila, Philippines from 5-7 July, 2010.
  9. Dr. G. Prasad, Scientist ‘D’, MNRE visited Bahamas to provide assistance to Bahamas for Solar Electrification from 19-24 July, 2010.
  10. Dr. S.K. Sharma, Scientist ‘D’, MNRE and Shri Suresh Kumar, Under Secretary, MNRE attended SAARC Workshop on Rural Electrification through Renewable Energy at Dhaka, Bangladesh from 7-9 August, 2010.
  11. Dr. A.R. Shukla, Scientist ‘G’ (BE), MNRE led an Indian delegation comprising of Shri A.K. Dhussa, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE, Shri M.L. Bamboriya, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE and officers of other organizations visited Sweden in the field of Biogas Production and Utilization from 30th August, 2010 to 4th September, 2010.
  12. Dr. B. Bhargava, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE and Dr. O.S. Sastry, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE attended 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

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and visited Solar Plant at Sweden from 6-11 September, 2010.

  1. Shri Deepak Gupta, Secretary, MNRE attended Side Event ‘Ending Energy Poverty’: Towards Universal Access organized by UNIDO at New York, USA from 20-21 September, 2010
  2. Shri Anil Kumar Joshi, Under Secretary, MNRE participated in Group Training Course in Planning Support for introduction of Solar Power Generation at Japan from 20-23rd September, 2010.
  3. Shri S.R. Meena, Scientist ‘B’, MNRE participated in the Workshop on Production and use of Bio-fuels on Vehicular Energy at Sao Paulo, Brazil on 23rd September, 2010.
  4. Dr. A.K. Tripathi, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE, Shri J.P. Singh, Scientist ‘F’, Solar Energy Centre, MNRE, Shri Rajesh Dube, Scientist ‘F’ (RAV), MNRE, Dr. D.R. Dass, Scientist ‘F’, Regional Officer, MNRE, Guwahati attended 4th India-Japan New and Renewable Energy Seminar at Japan from 27th September, 2010 to 1st October, 2010, as members of Indian delegation led by Shri R.A. Rajeev, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Thane, Maharashtra.
  5. Dr. P. Saxena, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE visited Modern Hydro Turbine Laboratories in Germany, Switzerland and Slovenia from 26th September, 2010 to 3rd October, 2010.
  6. Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister, NRE led an Indian delegation comprising Ms. Gauri Singh, Joint Secretary, MNRE and Shri Rohit Kansal, Private Secretary to the Minister, NRE visited Iceland to have bilateral discussions from 27-28 September, 2010.
  7. Shri A.K. Dhussa, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE attended meeting of the Agriculture Sub-Committee of the Methane to Market Partnership at Venice, Italy from 11-12 November, 2010.
  8. Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE attended 2nd Meeting of the Asia Energy Forum at Tokyo, Japan from 1-2 December, 2010.
  9. Dr. H.L. Sharma, Scientist ‘F’. MNRE attended Workshop on ‘Technical Specification and Standard for Bio-fuels at Pretoria, South Africa from 2-3 December, 2010.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

10.42 The following Memoranda of Understanding were signed with different countries during the year:

- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 19th April, 2010 by this Ministry with the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications of Sweden for cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy.

- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 9th July, 2010 by this Ministry with the Ministry of Power of the Islamic Republic of Iran for cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy.

- An Agreement was signed with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), USA on 30th September, 2010 for Technology Commercialization and Innovation Project.

10.43 The following International Events were organized by MNRE during 2010-2011.

- 8th Meeting of the Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Task Froce (REDGTF) of Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) at New Delhi on 26th October, 2010.

- The Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC), 2010 was held at Greater Noida from 27-29 October, 2010. This Conference was attended by official delegations from 71 countries including about 40 Ministers with the aim of up-

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scaling and mainstreaming renewables for energy security, climate change and economic development.

The Conference adopted a political declaration in which the participated countries acknowledged the multiple benefits provided by Renewable Energy. The participants also welcomed and urged cooperative global action to strengthen human and institutional capacities in developing countries.

10.44 The Planning and Co-ordination Division is responsible for overall planning and budgeting plans schemes/programmes of the Ministry and matters related to Reforms, Policy measures, Fiscal concessions, etc. Its work involves maintaining a close liaison with different Programme Divisions of the Ministry and with other concerned Ministries/Departments/States, State Nodal Agencies, etc. on a regular basis.

10.45 Major activities handled by the Division during 2010-11 include preparation of reports to Standing Committee on Energy relating to the Ministry’s Demand for Grants and other specific subjects selected for examination, monthly reports of major achievements/initiatives to PMO and Cabinet Secretariat, multi-sectoral inputs/briefs for various meetings, speeches of Minister / Secretary, replies to VIP and other references / questionnaires and Parliament Questions involving multiple schemes / programmes, processing of pre-budget proposals relating to Central Excise & Customs and Direct Taxes, Outcome Budget 2010-11, formulation of Annual Plan 2011-12 proposals of the Ministry, organization of in-house review meetings and with State implementing Agencies. Its other major activity has been to maintain/update a large state-wise database of programmes / schemes of the Ministry. A Result Framework Document indicating monitorable activity of the Ministry for Financial Year 2010-11 was also prepared for monitoring by Performance Management Division of Cabinet Secretariat. A Strategic Plan for New & Renewable Sector for the period 2011-17 was also prepared during this period.

10.46 The Ministry provides support to universities, academic institutions/colleges, non-governmental organizations, Government Departments, etc. for organizing workshops, seminars, conferences to provide a forum for professionals, students, policy-makers, managers, economists, industry representatives, etc., to interact and share their views on identified thrust areas related to renewable or any other emerging area impinging on technology, innovation in regard to renewables.

10.47 During the year, the Ministry supported the following major activities:

  1. International Conference on “Green Productivity for Sustainable Energy and Environment”, Concurrent with Eco Products International fair (EPIF) at New Delhi.
  2. International Conference in the field of New & Renewable Energy-3rd RENEWTECH INDIA 2011-International Exhibition & Conference in Mumbai on Renewable Energy, Alternative Fuels & Energy Efficiency
  3. Conference on “A Call to Low Carbon Economy” at Indian Habitat Center in New Delhi.
  4. National Conference on Call of Time: United Natures to Bring about Harmony between Nature & Human Nature. at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
  5. Expo ISRMAX (International Sugar, Rice, Maize & Agriculture Expo) at NDRI, Karnal (Haryana)
  6. International Renewable Energy Expo and Conference 2011 in Tamil Nadu.
  7. International Conference on Renewable Energy, ICRE-2011. at University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.
  8. 7th International Biofuels Conference by Winrock International India
  9. National Conference on “Main Streaming Green Energy-Wind, Biomass & Solar by ASSOCHAM.

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  1. International Renewable Energy Exhibition and Conference-“VaVoVa-2011 at Chennai, by TEDA

10.48 Ministry has been implementing a comprehensive Human Resource Development Programme with the objective of institutionalizing the renewable energy education and training in the country with the following overall goals:

  1. To update the professionals working in the field of renewable energy on technological, economical and social issues and management of the science and technology and public administration through infusion of scientific temper and accountability;
  2. To infuse commitment towards building of partnership and participatory decision-making;
  3. iTo be responsive to the challenge of changing framework needs in policy, institutional, legal, trade, IPR, knowledge management, organizational and technological development;
  4. To strive for improving performance and efficiency of renewable energy systems and devices to make them cost competitive;
  5. To provide adequate knowledge of the technical issues that are essential to help executives in Government, banking and financial sector with non-technical background about renewable energy;
  6. To bring about attitudinal changes among the renewable energy professionals and those working in the mainstream power sector to enhance the use of renewable energy for energy security of the country; and
  7. To act as a facilitator for improving the skill sets of professionals and executives in the renewable energy industry and also in research and development institutions.

10.49 For this purpose, the HRD programme of the Ministry was modified during 2010-11 as follows:

  1. The training approach include:
  1. Training of professionals working in the Ministry and its attached and autonomous bodies, etc at specialized institutions in India and abroad;
  2. Training of professionals working with State Nodal Agencies/Governments/utilities on different aspects of technology, its development and project management;
  3. Training of manpower on social, economic, trade, legal, trade, IPR, administration, managerial and environmental aspects;
  4. Training of the manpower working on various aspect of renewable energy with research & development institutions, NGOs, community based organizations, banking and financial institutions etc;
  5. Organization of training-cum-study tours;
  1. Development of training modules including pedagogy through expert(s)/expert institution(s);
  2. In order to gravitate students and professionals in the field of renewable energy and also to prepare manpower through universities/technical institutions ready to work on various aspect of renewable energy, the following steps have been initiated during 2010-11
  1. The coverage of renewable energy fellowship scheme was enlarged by covering more universities/institutions and also R&D institutions to conduct research on all aspects of renewable energy. This way the renewable energy education and R&D will not be limited only to a few technology institutions but will have larger spread across the country. For this Ministry will provide 400 fellowships/scholarships in the field of renewable energy every year in addition to existing fellowships awarded during 2009-10 and before (which will continue to their entire tenure), as given in Table in following page. Ministry has already been providing fellowships to 32 researchers since January 2010 and has

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already selected 52 new fellows during 2010-11.

  1. Ministry initiated the process of instituting a prestigious fellowship programme called National Solar Sciences Fellow Programme, where in special fellowships on solar energy research of one lakh per month will be provided to 10 distinguished scientists to work in cutting edge research area in solar energy. These fellows will be eligible for an annual research grant of 15 lakh each besides 5 lakh per annum contingency.
  2. Ministry has also initiated process to provide financial assistance to educational and research institutions to set-up infrastructural facilities such as laboratory library and other teaching aids to the tune of 50 lakh to each of the selected institutions.
  3. In addition, Ministry is also instituting Renewable Energy Chairs in five educational institutions by providing one time grant of 1.5 crore only to each of the selected institutions. These Chairs will act as focal point for renewable energy education in the institutions.
  4. Ministry sanctioned short term training programmes to the institutions as given in Table placed right.

  1. In addition, solar lighting, solar thermal and SHP has been incorporated in the regular syllabus of ITI students of electrician, electronics mechanic, Machinist, fitters, turners, sheet metal work, welders and plumbers trades. The course material has been prepared and passed on to Directorate General of Employment and Training and it has been agreed that about 16-60 hours will be devoted on Renewable Energy skill development during regular two-year ITI course.
  2. Ministry also formed two expert groups to identify gaps in the course curriculum of higher education.
  3. Ministry has also been supporting the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) of IIM Ahmedabad by creating a Renewable Energy Incubation Scheme, wherein Ministry’s contribution is 1.188 crore. This initiative named as Renewable Energy Search, 19 aspiring entrepreneurs wanting to set-up their enterprise in RE sector were identified for undergoing three months internship/grooming programme. In addition evaluation of various technologies being developed in various labs and patent search was also done. About 50 Start-ups applied for the initial support under the

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project against which six projects of 13 aspiring entrepreneurs with start-up cost varying from 25 lakhs to 50 lakh have been identified for support. The Ministry is in the process of upgrading its support to CIIE for developing it as Centre of Excellence for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship in renewable energy.

Vigilance

10.50 The Vigilance Division of the Ministry is headed by Mr. Shashi Shekhar, Joint Secretary and Chief Vigilance Officer. The Vigilance Division is following the various rules, guidelines and instructions issued by Government of India and the Central Vigilance Commission in letter and spirit with a view to ensure corruption free functioning of the Ministry and its regional offices, as well as the Government of India Enterprise under it viz., Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA). Although the Ministry has so far enjoyed a clean record in this regard, the Vigilance Division maintained continuous vigil to protect public interest. The Vigilance Division has given due importance to the few complaints received from various sources by initiating preliminary enquiries and the same are in progress. Further action would be taken on merits as per the prescribed procedure.

10.51 During the year, the Vigilance Division carried out its functions and responsibilities meticulously and furnished the prescribed periodic reports and returns to various nodal authorities like CVC, CBI & DoPT.

Library

10.52 The Ministry has well-stocked library, which acts as a reference centre and knowledge house on all areas of renewable energy. Nearly 12500 books are available on various subjects such as Hydrogen Power, Wind Energy, Biomass, Biogas, Solar Energy, Fuel Cell Technology, Tidal Energy, Energy Economics, Climate Change, Applied Sciences, Zoology, Botany, Biographies and Autobiographies, Photography, History, Sociology, Indian Literature, Management, Public Relations, Economics, Indology, Philosophy, Psychology, Natural Sciences, Law, Religions, Computer Science, Paintings, Mountaineering, Sculpture, Food & Cookery, etc. Besides there are more than 3000 books in Hindi on different subjects which include some authored by eminent prize winning writers.

10.53 Currently the library has added the subscription to the new scientific journals like Renewable Energy, Environment & Development Economics, Nature, Discover, Photon International, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy Focus, Energy Economics, Biomass & Bioenergy, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Inwind Chronicle, TERI Information Digest on Energy & Environment, Solar Energy Magazine (TERI), etc. Some of these journals will be available online.

Right to Information

10.54 Officers have been designated as Appellate Authority, Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) and Central Assistant Public Information Officer (CAPIO) as given in Table 10.2. The procedure/other details regarding seeking information under RTI Act 2005 are available at the MNRE website.

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