In February, 2016, Arizona State University’s VOCTEC program funded by USAID, conducted its second educators’ solar photovoltaic (PV) workshop in India. The 8-day training was held at Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, in collaboration with Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI).
Twenty three participants, representing 8 different institutions in India, registered for the workshop. Of the 23 participants, 18 were women. The VOCTEC training curriculum includes substantial hands-on activities to put solar theories into practice and cement student's working knowledge. The training coursework provided the participants with the opportunity to expand their knowledge beyond electronics and electrical engineering to gain a foundation in solar PV technology and its practical use.
Data Analysis from the Assessment and Evaluation portion showed a high degree of participant satisfaction and the technical knowledge gain measured significant as compared to pre-assessments. This meets VOCTEC's objective to strengthen the local capacity in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy and empower on-going trainings in the region. The trained educators will now take this new acquired knowledge back to their institutions to enhance future courses in PV and train future PV technicians.