TATA Power-DDL Learning Centre was established in the year 2005 with an aim to cater to the needs of the power sector professionals.
Over the years, the centre has established itself as the preferred learning and development centre.
The centre has a sprawling campus in Sector-11, Rohini, Delhi and is equipped with world class training facilities like interactive classrooms, auditoriums, labs etc. including fully furnished and air conditioned accommodation for residential programs and in-house dining facility.
The centre is a Partner Training Institute for capability building initiatives of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, through Power Finance Corporation (PFC) under Distribution Reforms, Upgrade and Maintenance (DRUM) Program and Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (APDRP), Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) and Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) programs.
The centre has provided training to 21 State Utilities in various fields for sustainable competency development of the utility officials. State Utilities have benefitted by reducing Aggregate and technical losses by first-hand knowledge from the subject matter experts through customized training programs. The institute has trained over 6600+ engineers and officers in 36000+ man-days from Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Goa and other State Electricity Boards (SEBs) etc.
Through the various state-of-the-art laboratories like Smart Grid Lab, Transformer Workshop, Meter Diagnostic Lab, SCADA Centre, Protection and Testing Lab, RMU Workshop, AMR Diagnostic and Analysis Centre, Solar Plants, GIS Development and Analysis Centre etc. the centre provides hands-on-training to utility officials.
The centre also provides training to overseas utilities and offer programs such as customized training program for engineers / officials in commercial, operations, IT, finance and contracts on best managerial practices, financial management and accounting system, IT, best practices in distribution and smart grid technology adoption et al in the power distribution. The programs have been organized for delegates from countries like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guyana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, etc.
The centre has also joined hands with Global Training partners in USA and Europe. Several programs have been facilitated internationally, in order to align Senior Power Sector officials with the future technologies in the power sector. Programs on Smart Grid at USA – Raleigh and Capability Building Programs on Integration of Renewable Energy Resources in Germany and Spain have also been organised.
The Learning Centre has also collaborated with leading international and national institutions like Harvard, MIT, UCLA, IIT and other Engineering Colleges, to carry out research activities in emerging technologies.
In order to provide training in the area of renewable energy like solar energy, the centre also runs DOSEC (Distribution Operations & Safety Excellence Centre), which is accredited by CEA (Central Electricity Authority, Ministry of Power, GoI) as the only Category 1, Grade B institute in power sector in India. DOSEC is also affiliated with Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ). SCGJ is aligned to the most recently launched initiatives of the GoI under National Skill Development Mission, promoted by MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) and CII (Confederation of Indian Industry).
Besides renewable energy training, the DOSEC also trains field staff on operating various distribution equipment like distribution transformers/ power transformer, switchgear, energy meters, overhead conductors, cables, etc. with a focus on actual and demonstrable performance to create skilled manpower.
The centre is also tying-up with several technical universities to help train students as per the immediate needs of the distribution sector and is also planning to start e-learning courses.