IEEE PES India Scholarship Award (IPISA)
India is set on an ambitious power development plan in the coming years. While the present installed capacity of 267 GW has been able to cater to a peak demand of 134.5 GW, the peak demand of the country is expected to reach 199 GW by 2016-17 and by the end of 13th
Plan period (2021-22), this figure would reach about 284 GW. To meet this ever growing demand, massive generation capacity addition is planned. This includes Government of India’s plan to build a 100,000-MW solar energy capacity by 2022. Commensurate with the capacity addition, the T&D system expansion is also being planned for delivery of quality power to the end consumers.
Management and operation of such a massive and complex power network of the future by qualified and skilled manpower is a highly demanding task. While the pool of potential recruits is sufficiently large, the challenge is in attracting the young under-graduates to the power sector. With a large number of other growing industries and manpower intensive sectors like IT becoming the preferred choice for the best talent, the Power Sector needs to find innovative ways of attracting well qualified manpower. Power industry groups as well as large companies in the sector need to work on creating a positive brand image for the sector in order to attract fresh talent.
As of 2013-14, the intake of students to the technical education institutes in the country was about 1,634,600. More than 1500 engineering colleges are offering degree in the electrical stream and the degree awarded in most of the colleges is called “Electrical and Electronics Engineering”. The average intake of the students to the electrical engineering stream is to the extent of about 75,000 per year. It is the general notion in the country that the electrical engineering stream is a tough prospect compared to other engineering streams, as the student needs to study more of mathematics and the curriculum involves more of complex problem solving. In this way, the electrical stream is not able to attract the real talent and for the students, it has become a stream of compulsion rather than of interest.
Further, when it comes to job option, the cream engineers passing out of the academic institutes opt for IT related services and then the core engineering companies. Here also, the core engineering companies are not able to attract the real talent to their fold to take up the challenging problems in the power engineering field.
In this context, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) India has instituted the “IEEE PES India Scholarship Award (IPISA) Fund” with the aim of attracting bright & meritorious students to the Electrical Engineering stream.
To attract the real talent and meritorious students to electrical engineering stream by extending the scholarship to toppers in the pre-engineering qualifying examination.
To give adequate opportunities to the selected students to do their internship in the core engineering companies and create an interest, so that the top rank students passing out of the engineering colleges will opt for job opportunities in the core engineering companies.
To give required exposure to the selected students by giving opportunities to participate in seminars, workshops and conferences conducted by IEEE.