Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-K) has launched a Centre for Energy Regulation (CER), which is touted as the first of its kind chair in India for strengthening the policy and regulatory framework in the domestic energy sector.
Partly supported by the UK government, the Centre has been set up by the Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, IIT-K.
The primary aim of the Centre is to fortify the Indian power sector and work closely with the key stakeholders in the domestic power space, including central and state governments, civil society groups, business entities, academia etc.
The key objectives of the chair comprise increasing interaction between businesses, regulatory authorities and academia; developing required knowledge base for future policy decisions; research into power sector and developing a collaborative research environment.
The chair was recently launched by P K Pujari, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) chairperson at New Delhi in the presence of union power secretary A K Bhalla, IIT-K board of governors chairman R C Bhargava and Gavin McGillivray, the Head of Department for International Development (DFID) India.
“The Department of Industrial and Management Engineering at IIT-K has been actively involved in regulatory research and policy advisory. I commend this initiative and hope that this dedicated Centre will further push the existing work of the Institute, Pujari, who is also a former union power secretary, underlined.
Anoop Singh, Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, IIT-K and CER coordinator, said the Centre would adopt innovative approach to engage with stakeholders in the power sector and develop a regulatory database to enable stakeholders in taking more informed decisions.