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A Training Workshop on SELLING SOLAR LIGHTS: TECHNOLOGY AND FINANCE was held on the 15th February 2014 at Center for Management Development, UPES, Village- Bidholi, Dehradun. …

A Training Workshop on SELLING SOLAR LIGHTS: TECHNOLOGY AND FINANCE was held on the 15th February 2014 at Center for Management Development, UPES, Village- Bidholi, Dehradun.

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  • 1. Training Workshop on SELLING SOLAR LIGHTS: TECHNOLOGY AND FINANCE 15th February 2014 Center for Management Development, UPES, Village- Bidholi, Dehradun A Report University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun in collaboration with Center for Management Development (CMD) organized a Training Workshop on Selling Solar Lights: Technology and Finance for 56 participants from 11 different districts of Uttarakhand. The workshop was part of an initiative under the project funded by GIZ and Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) in lieu of technical cooperation between Germany and India to promote private investment in providing access to clean energy in rural areas from renewable energy sources. In the one day workshop, Mr. A.K. Tyagi, Chief Project Officer (CPO), UREDA, Dr. S.J. Chopra, Chancellor, UPES, Mr. Onkar Nath, Project Officer, GIZ and Dr. Kamal Bansal, Director, College of Engineering, UPES were present in the inaugural session. Mr. Sudhir Kulkarni, Mr. R.N.Dixit, Mr. Rustam Sengupta from SELCO and BOOND, an incubator of SELCO and Dr. Ajit Nigam from UPES are the instrctors for the workshop. Dr. Prasoom Dwivedi, Associate Professor and Head, Center for Energy Economics Research, Dr. Pankaj Kumar Sharma, Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Dr. Rajeev Sharma, Assistant Professor (Selection Grade), Department of Economics and International Business, Colllege of Management and Economics Studies alongwith Archit Agrawal, Rajat Gupta, Sarvesh Sahu, Megha Singh, Sneha Thambi, Dushyant Parihar, Vindyachal and Himanshu Shekhar students of MBA (Energy Trading), 2nd Semester and Rahul P C, M.Tech (Energy Syetems- 2nd Sem) orgnaised this event. Dr. Neeraj Rawat, Assistant Director, Center for Management Development is the overall coordinator of this event. Implemented by Supported by
  • 2. Different stakeholders shared platform to build capacities of technicans, Ashkay Urja Shop Owners, NGOs in the state in terms of technical up-gradation and developing financial linkages for promoting solar lighting technologies and solutions to entrepreneurs engaging in this activity in the state. Mr. Onkar Nath (GIZ), Mr. A K Tyagi (UREDA), highlighted positive features of adopting solar technologies and shared an example of BOOND (Karnatka) which could be termed as one of the benchmarks when Uttrakhand government is trying to promote this technology in the state. Mr. Sudhir Kulkarni (SELCO foundation, Bengaluru) facilitated the workshop and shared the model of SELCO Solar Lighting (Pvt) Ltd., which is recognized as one of the pioneers in India in this field and has been in the business of selling solar lighting solutions in rural areas of India for the past 15 years. Mr. Rustam Sengupta (BOOND) shared his experience while implementing similar program in Karnatka. He also addressed the issues and challenges faced by his team to develop a self sustainable model while utilizing solar technologies which can play significant role in development of rural areas. Mr. R N Dixit appraised participants about the schemes introduced by banks for supporting young entrepreneurs and technicians undertaking initiatives to establish solar technologies in rural areas. He did encourage them to make use of these schemes for significantly contributing to the society and benefit themselves too in the development process through self employment. Dr. S. J. Chopra, Chancellor, UPES reinforced the need of capacity building for self employment generation in the state of Uttarakhand. He also mentioned that we sould also strive to help these rural youths in starting their own business. In this regard, he introduced the incubation center of UPES and said that UPES is always committed for development of state therefore, UPES can offer its services to help the rural youth in setting up their own business. Dr. Kamal Bansal, Director, College of Engineering presented vote of thank for the guests and dignitaries. The participants from different districts of Uttrakhand including, Haridwar, Dehradun, Almora, Champawat, Tehri Garwhal, Pitthoragarh, Uttarkashi and Udham Singh Nagar. They were keen to learn about critical inputs on technical and financing aspects of selling solar lighting solutions to entrepreneurs engaged in this activity in the state. They also expressed their desire for Implemented by Supported by
  • 3. participating in more such programs to further engage and develop more human resources for spreading awareness across the region. After the workshop, a brainstorming session was done to decide a way forward to encourage the entrepreneurial effort in this regard in the state. We are thankful to Dr. S.J.Chopra, Chancellor, Dr. Kamal Bansal, Director, CoE, Mr. Arun Dhand, Director, GRMA, Dr. Sreekanth Venkataraman, Vice President, Incubation Center and Dr. Sanket Goel, Vice President, R & D for gracing the occasion. We are grateful to Dr. Parag Diwan, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Utpal Ghosh, PVC, Dr. Shri Hari, Campus Director, Dr. Anirbansen Gupta, Dean, and Dr. Anshuman Gupta, HOD, Economics and International Busines, CMES for their countinuous support and guidance. We appreciate the unstinted help of Mr. Manish Yagnik, Mr. Anjul Khanduri, Mr. Michael, Mr. Vinay Chhetri, CMD staff and security staff. Group Photograph Implemented by Supported by