Letter to Ministry of Power requesting not to close NPTI MBA & B.tech program

Dear Sir,

This letter is to request the Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India (GoI) to revisit its decision of closure of MBA and B.Tech courses in National Power Training Institute (NPTI). The letter is on  behalf of the entire alumni of MBA and B.Tech courses.

Around a decade ago, Ministry of Power, Government of India, under the kind guidance of Mr. Suresh Prabhu (then Power Minister), seeded a sapling to nurture the talent in power industry of the country by initiating MBA (Power Management) through National Power Training Institute (NPTI). In past 10 years, these saplings have grown gradually in to large trees having its roots in every part of the power sector. Since the inception of this course the institute has been seen as a talent hub which provides customised graduates and post graduates to the requirement of industry.

It is a matter of pride for the MoP, GoI that the vision with which these saplings were sown, has gradually been achieved and the institute with these courses has been able to contribute requisite talent to the power sector. These unique courses have successfully been able to provide customised man power to entire segment of the industry. The uniqueness and need of these courses by NPTI can be established by the presence of its alumni across the entire value chain from high end consultancy organisation, state power sector utilities, electricity regulators, independent power producers, private power transmission and distribution companies and EPC players. The institute has made meaningful contributions to the sector and shall be looked as a unique and important talent contributor to the sector.

In spite of the unmatched contributions made by these courses of NPTI, the industry and the institute is at a verge of receiving a setback, as in the recent times, a proposal has been put up for closure of MBA and B.Tech courses in NPTI. It’s a matter of utmost pain and grief that despite the contribution of this course to the industry, such a proposal is being put forward to ministry for its consideration. We believe the decision to close the course is being rushed without proper consultation with the institute faculty, alumni and other stakeholders. We would like to bring out certain facts to the kind consideration of learnt governing council and would request you to consider the same before taking prudent decisions.

Ø  These unique courses of NPTI have a long and proud history of producing Power Sector professionals for last 20 years and have produced more than 5000 professionals, who are working relentlessly, round the clock to bring value to sector. The following table provides a snapshot of industries/organisations where the alumni of MBA program are presently working. It is pertinent to mention that these are few to name, though the list is significantly long. You may please refer to NPTI Alumni Summary (enclosed) for the details – name, organization, designation, email IDs and contact no.

 S.No. Central sector Consulting organisation Renewable sector companies State sector companies Private Sector companies Trading Entities Others Funding agencies IT Companies
1 PFC KPMG Welspun Renewable Energy MSEDCL Lanco Infratech IEX Reliance Infrastructure Limited World Bank TCS
2 EESL Deloitte Mytrah Energy DERC BSES RPL PTC India Power ADB Wipro
3 BSNL PwC S N Power NBPDCL Torrent Power Tata Power Trading Company Aditya Birla Group GIZ HCL
4 IREDA McKinsey JAVA Green SBPDCL Enzen Global Mittal Processors Citi Bank DfiD Infosys
5 NHPC E & Y Abellon Clean Energy CERC Shree Cement JSW Power Trading Infraline Shakti Foundation  Accenture
6 CIL ICRA WISE UPNEDA Jindal India Crisil Research
7 REC TetraTech Azure Power MPUVNL Tata Power Delhi Distribution Company Ambuja Group
8 CAG Feedback Tata Power Solar Company CREDA Mosearbear  Atria Power
Forum of Regulators
IL&FS Renew Power CSREDA Tata Power  ZenMeter Solutions
10 SECI ABPS  Suzlon Energy GMR Energy  Wish Energy

–  Despite opening of 5 new IITs along with countless engineering colleges and 6 new IIMs along with hundreds of management colleges, the college has never failed to attract the students for admission. The quality of students is ensured by keeping a cut-off of 60% marks in engineering.

– Prominent power sector entities are regularly visiting campus for recruitment; to name a few Mercados, Deloitte, E&Y, PwC, KPMG, Adani Power, Tata Power, TCS, Infosys, ACME, Azure, Wipro, TPDDL, Torrent Power, CRISIL, ICRA, Accenture, IREDA, Mytrah, GMR, PTC, Lanco, ECOREN, Suzlon, Jindal Power etc. From past couple of years the MBA program has witnessed 100% placement along with upward trend in terms of package. A snapshot of the same is hereunder

 S.No. Batch (Year) Highest Package (lpa) Lowest Package (lpa) Average Package (lpa)
1 10th (2013) 8 1.8 2.5
2 11th (2014) 10 2.5 3.5
3 12th (2015) 10 3.5 4.6
4 13th (2016) 8.8 4.3 5.4

– This course has provided sufficient fuel for inculcating entrepreneurial skills. Many alumni have successfully established own power firms such as Nirvana Open Access Solutions Pvt. Ltd., indiansolarmarket.com, Indianpowersector.com,power plus consultants etc

-Such Central Government supported courses indicates the seriousness and Government’s vision of skill development in the sector. Similar other courses are driven by other Ministries (eg. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International School of Textile & Management etc.) to boost the confidence of investors and students towards the sector

–  NPTI is presently venturing with other PSUs for skill development as per the initiative of Ministry of Skill Development. These courses compliment such initiatives of skill development and fuel growth to the sectoral skilling.

–  NPTI has a pool of highly dedicated and talented faculty members. NPTI Faridabad has a better resources and infrastructure as compared to its competitors. The faculties of NPTI, power management do visit the campus of UPES, MDI, Great Lakes as guest faculties to share the enormous knowledge of the sector as maximum faculties have prior Power sector experience and are from engineering background with post-graduation in management. Also, the alumni of NPTI have delivered guest lectures in such institutes

– NPTI Faridabad offers MBA in Power Management course at a very reasonable cost (INR 5 lakhs fees for the full 2 year course), whereas MDI Gurugram offers the same course at an approximate cost of INR 14 lakhs, Great Lakes Gurugram at INR 15 lakhs and UPES at INR 11 lakhs (approximate values). The closing of this course at NPTI Faridabad would not only hurt the sentiments of the Power sector but also would impact the general public and future aspirants who want to work in the power sector in future. This program at NPTI caters the need of the general Indian public at minimum reasonable cost. NPTI provides quality education at low cost and does a thankless service to the nation by providing talented pool of professionals ready to serve the power sector.

This unique course of NPTI is well accepted in industry and the same can be substantiated by wide presence of the alumni across the sector. Further, the course has a potential to cater to the emerging needs of the sector given the turnaround and revival plan of the present government. The initiatives of GoI like power for all, UDAY, DDUGJY, IPDS, NEF, RE focus etc. would require immense technical and professional manpower which can be catered through these courses.

This unique course is a unique blend of technical and managerial skills and knowledge that is aided by good regulatory knowledge and additional skills and knowledge related to marketing, finance, human resources, information system, business research and entrepreneurship. This course has developed huge energy and power professional that have been driving the Indian Power Sector with their hands on all major aspects.

With so much of positivity around, it is of utmost surprise that proposal for closure such courses has been put forward to competent authorities. We request competent authorities to give due consideration to industry landscapes and future trends, contribution and potential of such courses in skill development before taking appropriate decision on the subject.


Alumni of MBA and B.Tech- NPTI


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2 Responses

  1. Ravi Pohani says:

    Thank you for showing your support towards a greater cause. The Indian power sector was an infant in a cradle which was nurtured by professionals from NPTI. The sector needs more of such professionals to make itself felt, seen and praised globally.

    Ravi Pohani
    15 batch MBA NPTI, FARIDABAD

  2. Ashok says:

    Thanks for taking up this matter. Just see the below lines from one of the NPTI website. How they are now closing the same on filmsy grounds of useless courses:
    Academic & Training programs
    With its mission to emerge as global leaders in enhancing human and organizational excellence in Power and Energy Sectors by blending frontier Technologies with Management to facilitate HRD interventions that are instrumental in providing reliable, safe, economic and clean power, the Corporate Centre and the Regional Training Institutes of NPTI are conducting various long-term, medium-term and short-term courses. Some of the long-term courses cover the requirements under sub rule 3(2- A) of Indian Electricity Rules for 1956, amended in 1981. A wide range of short-term courses are offered by NPTI to improve the competencies of the in-service Engineers, Supervisors and Operators of the Power Sector.

    Academic Courses
    Two-Year MBA in Power Management approved by AICTE
    Four-Year B.Tech./B.E. Degree in Power Engineering approved by AICTE
    One Year Post Graduate Diploma Course in Thermal Power Plant Engineering
    One Year Post Diploma Course in Thermal Power Plant Engineering
    Three Months Post Graduate Certificate Course in GIS and Remote Sensing (RS)
    Nine Months Post Graduate Diploma Course in Hydro Power Plant Engg.
    Six Months O&M of Transmission and Distribution System for Engineers
    Two-year MBA (Power Management)
    NPTI (CAMPS), Faridabad launched its first ever MBA Program in Power Management in the year 2002 which was a first for the sub-continent, to meet the huge requirement of Power Managers in Ministry of Power’s massive efforts of attaining self-sufficiency in Power Sector and run the Indian Power Sector on commercial lines. This MBA program duly approved by AICTE is affiliated to Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. The intake for the program is 120 seats out of which 15 seats are reserved for candidates sponsored from Power Sector organisations. In addition to theinputs provided in regular MBA programs, this ‘Program with a Difference’ lends special emphasis on specific Power Sector issues and ethos to give extra strength to Indian Power Sector Engineers to steer Power Sector of the country in the challenging times ahead. The MBA in Power Management Program in the last six years has catered to the industry need in providing Power Managers who have taken on issues in the industry from both technical and managerial insight. A large number of power managers have found excellent placement in the companies like PricewaterHouse Coopers, ABPS Infrastructure Advisory, Infraline Energy, Global Energy Limited, Tata Power, Feedback Ventures Pvt. Ltd., Torrent Power, Energy Infratech, MoserBaer, Lanco, Avantha Power, GMR, IREDA, PTC, IL&FS, BSES, CARE, CRISIL, KPMG, NDPL, Noida Power, PwC, Reliance Energy Limited etc. So far eight batches comprising of 434 students have graduated in this program. Two batches of 105 and 120 students are attending this course at NPTI Corporate Office, Faridabad.

    Four-Year B.Tech./B.E. (Power Engineering)
    Four-year B.Tech./B.E. in Power Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical) course being offered by NPTI is the first of its kind in India. The program is directed at the young aspirants who are looking for bright career in the Power Industry, the backbone of all industrial activities. The program coverage includes the regular inputs generally provided in B.Tech. program and lays special emphasis on Indian Electricity Act 1956, preparing skilled Engineering Executives for the Power Sector. This is an AICTE approved course being offered at New Delhi, Nagpur and Durgapur Institutes with an intake of 60 seats each and are respectively affiliated to GGSIP University, Nagpur University and West Bengal University of Technology. The objective of the course is directed at creating a pool of committed and competent professionals equipped with appropriate technical skills to steer the Indian Power Sector and run it on techno-commercial lines. Four Batches (60 each) are attending the course at each of the training Institutes at New Delhi, Nagpur and Durgapur.

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